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Vail Lacrosse Shootout starts Saturday

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VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Lacrosse Shootout returns for its 37th edition Saturday through July 5 with 60 men’s teams and 30 women’s teams in seven different divisions hitting fields from Edwards to Vail.

The Vail Shootout actually started in Aspen in 1973 and was founded by Flip Naumburg and Jim Soran. After making its permanent move to Vail in 1979, the tournament has enjoyed steady growth and become a fixture on the lacrosse landscape.

The men’s elite division (July 2-5) is the headliner, coinciding with the women’s elite tournament. Preceding the elite Divisions, men’s masters (30 and older), supermasters (40 and older) and grandmasters (50 and more mature) kick off Saturday. The boys and girls high school divisions take the field on Sunday.

Over the years, some of the world’s best lacrosse players have played in the Vail Shootout, including Gary and Paul Gait (Syracuse), Jen Adams (Maryland), Casey, Ryan and Mike Powell (Syracuse), Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins) and Michele DeJuliis (Penn State).

This year, Cody Jameison, and Stephen Keogh – two players from Syracuse’s NCAA championship team, not to mention a plethora of players from Cornell’s runner-up team on Team 21 – are expected in the elite. There are projected players from the All-America teams of all four collegiate lacrosse divisions – I, II, III and the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA).

What’s new

With 21 teams in the men’s elite, the Shootout is moving back to a tournament form after experimenting with pool play last year. This year, there will be five play-in games in the elite division to get to a 16-team field.

The Baltimore Crabs in boys high school is in the middle of a dynastic run, having won three championships in a row. They will attempt to be the first four-time champions in tourney history this season while Team Colorado looks for its first crown since 2004. The Crabs are also entering a team in the elite division looking to draw from their experience at the U-19 level.

Team Jagermeister (masters) and the Adidas Magic Wands (supermasters) will be looking to defend their titles from last summer. The grandmasters bracket expands to eight teams this year as well.

Notables

Playing for a purpose: Cornell-based Team 21 won its first men’s elite title in 2008 and will continue to support the memory of former teammate Mario St. George Boiardi. Boiardi, who wore No. 21, died while playing lacrosse in 2004 and has been an inspiration to both the Cornell lacrosse program, who came in second at this year’s NCAA championships, and their Vail team.

Legend in recovery: Team Last Call has been coming to Vail for several years as the tournament’s premier Canadian entrant. In the past they had been headed up by former Team Canada goaltender Chris Sanderson, but things are different in 2009. Sanderson, 34, was diagnosed with a grade IV glioma, malignant brain tumor, Glioblastoma Multiforme in December. Team Last Call definitely wants to lift Sanderson’s spirits with a win.

Local flavor: In the girls high school division, we welcome Team Mountain Mania. With lacrosse blooming into a high school sport on the Western Slope, Mountain Mania is a combination of regional players, including players from Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain.

2009 Vail Lacrosse Shootout

Men’s elite: July 2-5

Women’s elite

July 2-3: Pool play

July 4-5: Tournament play

Men’s and women’s elite championship games are July 5 at Ford Field

High school boys

Sunday-Monday: Pool play

Tuesday-Wednesday: Tournament play

High school girls

Sunday-Monday: Pool play

Tuesday-Wednesday: Tournament play

Men’s masters: Saturday-Monday

Men’s supermasters: Saturday-Thursday

Men’s grandmasters: Saturday-Monday

Chumash 3-on-3 youth tournament: Monday-Tuesday