Upsets abound at Vail Lacrosse Shootout
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Lacrosse Shootout turned into Upset City Friday.
In both the men’s and women’s elite divisions, the defending champions were unseated in quarterfinal action as Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear and Gang Green were bounced.
Semifinal action continues today.
Two of Vail’s premiere teams bowed out in the quarterfinals as Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon and Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear each dropped their contests on Friday. Jammin’ Salmon fell behind early to Maverik Elite and made a valiant comeback, but came up just a little short. The Salmon have been stalwarts in Vail for years and made the most of their tough match-up before eventually succumbing 12-9.
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear, last year’s tournament champs and this year’s No. 1 seed, jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Denver-based Chipotle. But the young Chipotle squad slowly “chipped” away at M.L.’s lead and finally overcame them in the fourth quarter, winning an entertaining 11-9 contest.
M.L. had all the talent in the world, but not quite enough numbers to stave off the energetic and numerous Chipotle team.
In other quarterfinal action, Combat Sports/Rocky Mountain Oysters were impressive in a 16-10 win over The Med. The Oysters have scored 30 goals in their two games and are playing extremely well. Team 21 jumped out early on the East Coast Kings and never looked back en route to an easy 15-1 win in the final game of the day at Ford Park.
Of the teams remaining, Team 21 is the only with championship experience, having hoisted the hardware in 2008. Maverik Elite continues to be the favorite with their stacked roster, but Team 21’s togetherness will make them a tough out.
On the other side, the Oysters and Chipotle will feature plenty of local talent as both teams pull hard from the local lacrosse scene.
Combat Sports/Rocky Mountain Oysters 16, The Med 10
Maverik Elite 12, Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon 9
Team Chipotle 11, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 9
Team 21 15, East Coast Kings 1
Team 21 vs. Maverik Elite, 11 a.m., Ford Park
Combat Sports/Rocky Mountain Oysters vs. Team Chipotle, 1 p.m., Ford Park
Cons. Semifinal No. 1: Sasquatch vs. Brine Elite, 10 a.m., Edwards Turf
Cons. Semifinal No. 2: Team Awesome vs. The Olympic Club, 2 p.m., Edwards Turf
Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon vs. East Coast Kings, 9 a.m., Ford Park
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear vs. The Med, 11 a.m., Ford Park
Team Gutman vs. Bigfoot Lacrosse, noon, Edwards Turf
83 1⁄2 Lacrosse vs. The Lofers, noon, Edwards Grass 1
Fender Benders vs. Victorious Secret, noon, Edwards Grass 2
Several of the women’s top seeds were taken out of the tournament on Friday as Gang Green, last year’s tournament champs and No. 1 Stunner of the Month, an undefeated team from pool play, were both eliminated. CRSLax.com is the only pool winner to advance to the semifinals, which will also feature the Colorado Tropics, the Portland Purple and Team Extreme on Athletic competing for a chance at the championship.
Play-In Game No. 1: Colorado Tropics 13, Team Chipotle 4
Play-In Game No. 2: Team Extreme 8, Colorado Storm 6
Play-In Game No. 3: Team Wild 9, TexLax 6
Colorado Tropics 10, Gang Green 9
Portland Purple 13, No. 1 Stunners of the Month 11
Team Extreme 15, Minnesota Northstars 3
CRSLax.com 16, Team Wild 8
Colorado Tropics vs. Portland Purple, 11:30 a.m., Athletic Field
Team Extreme vs. CRSLax.com, 12:40 p.m.,Athletic Field
Team Chipotle vs. No. 1 Stunners of the Month, 8 a.m., Athletic Field
TexLax vs. Gang Green, 9:10 a.m., Athletic Field
Colorado Storm vs. Team Wild, 10:20 a.m., Athletic Field
Winner Chipotle/No. 1 Stunners vs. Minnesota Northstars, 1:50 p.m., Athletic Field