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Vail Lacrosse Shootout finals set: Nos. 1 vs. 2

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VAIL, Colorado – Give the folks who run the Vail Lacrosse Shootout some credit.

The organizers’ bracketology was impeccable when it came to the men’s and women’s elite divisions. We’ve got No. 1 against No. 2 in both finals today at Ford Park.

For the women, No. 1 Gang Green takes on No. 2 CRSLax.com. Both teams have been on crash course for each other since the first faceoff of pool play.

While the ladies will crown a new champion – Dos Brisas won last year and wasn’t here to defend – there will be a familiar face for the men’s. Team 21, aka Cornall, is the defending champ, and Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear has done everything at the Shootout except win it.

The women play at 11 a.m., followed by the men at 1 p.m.

Men’s Elite

Team 21 13, Last Call 9

Team 21 defeated Last call to return to the championship game and a chance to repeat for the Championship.

The Big Red was paced by Colorado native Rocco Romero (Cornell) who scored four goals and three of 21’s last four goals to pull away late in the game. Team 21 used another solid team effort to come back from a slow start as it trailed 3-0 in the first quarter.

The excellent effort of the 21 defense led by close defensemen Tim Deblois and Todd Olson stymied the Canadians of Last Call. 21 goalie, A.J. Fiore (Cornell) , fresh from playing in the Under-Armor High School All-America Game, played well and finished with nine saves.

Team 21 plays an excellent brand of team offense, with eight different goal scores. Derek Haswell (Cornell) and Geroge Calvert (Cornell) finished with two goals each and Bobby Magrin (Herkimer) played well and finished with a goal.

For Last Call Pete Carroll (St. Lawrence) was a feeding machine assisting four goals and Stephen Keogh (Syracuse) scored three goals.

Merrill Lynch 16, Jammin’ Salmon 7

Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear outscored the Jammin’ Salmon 10-3 in the second half, wining the second semifinal of the day. In contrast to Team 21, Merrill Lynch used good individual efforts to win the game. Steve Giannone (Virginia) put home five goals, while Jake Plunket and Tim Desko both tallied three goals on the day.

Wearing their traditional pink ribbons on their jersey to support the search for the cure or breast cancer, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear played the possession game well. They cleared the ball effectively, going 18-for-21 and winning 11-of-15 second-half faceoffs.

Kip Dooley had three goals and one assist leading Jammin’ Salmon.

Women’s elite

Saturday’s Games

Gold Division

Game 1, Gang Green 1, Meatloaf 0

Game 2, Lizards 11, Team 180 – 3

Game 3, CRSLax.com 12, TexLax 6

Game 4, The Porkchops 11, Team Xtreme 10

Game 5, Team 180 – 10, Meatloaf 5

Game 6, Team Xtreme 7, Tex Lax 5

Game 7, semifinal, Gang Green 8, Lizards 7

Game 8, semifinal, CRSlax.com 10, Porkchops 8

Silver Division

Game 1, Portland Women’s 19, St. Louis 4

Game 2, Minnesota Northstars 9, Ramalo 8

Game 3, semifinal, Team Wild 16, Portland 2

Game 4, semifinal, Minnesota Northstars 10 ,TheELMas 9, OT

Game 5, St. Louis Thelma 15, Portland 4

Game 6, Portland 11, Ramalo 8

Sunday’s Games

Gold Division

Game 9, Meatloaf vs. TexLax

Game 10, Team 180 vs. Team Xtreme

Game 11, third place, Lizards vs. The Porkchops

Game 12, championship, Gang Green vs.CRSLax.com

Silver Division

Game 7, Ramalo vs. St. Louis

Game 8, Portland vs. ThELMas

Game 9, championship, Team Wild vs. Minnesota Northstars


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