Vail Lax Shootout: Masters and gradmasters title games set
VAIL – After Day 2 of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout Sunday, the masters and grandmasters divisions are set to crown champions on Monday as the first section of the tournament is already drawing to a close. The supermasters division completed quarterfinal play while the boys and girls high school tournaments kicked off their events with pool play. MastersIt will be a rematch of the 2008 masters championship today at the Vail Athletic Field as both Jagermeister and Middlebury moved through their semifinal opponents. Last year, Jager defeated Middlebury, 8-6. In the premiere game of the day in any division, Middlebury survived a late game-tying goal by The Olympic Club and a 30-minute lightning delay before getting the winning tally from tournament vet John Watts in overtime. In the earlier semifinal, Jagermeister jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter of their game against Lax Gear and coasted in for a 10-6 victory behind the strong goaltending of Sean O’Rourke. Sunday’s GamesSemifinalsMiddlebury 6, Olympic Club 5, OTJagermeister 10, Lax Gear 6ConsolationTeam Vipers/Mac 18, Rhinos 8Lacrossewear 15, Breakaway 9 Monday Games(All at Vail Athletic Field)ChampionshipMiddlebury vs. Jagermeister, 12:30 p.m.Third placeOlympic Club vs. Lax Gear, 2:30 p.m.Fifth placeTeam Vipers/Mac vs. Lacrossewear, 10:30 a.m.Seventh placeRhinos vs. Breakaway, 4:30 p.m.SupermastersThe Final Four of this year’s supermasters is full of all the usual suspects. Last year’s champions, the Adidas Magic Wands, were on autopilot for the quarterfinals breezing to an 18-0 win over the NYAC/Founding Fathers, while the Florida Really Old Guys (FROGS), 2008 runners-up, pulled out an 8-6 win over a scrappy Middlebury squad. The Hobart alumni-filled Elder Statesmen are looking to return to their 2006 championship form, and took a good step in that direction with a 14-2 shellacking of Lacrossewear. Team Millennium/Rock-it Pocket also cruised into the semis with 8-2 victory. Sunday GamesDivision I quarterfinalsAdidas Magic Wands 18, NYAC 0Team Millennium/Rock-it Pocket 8, Navy Old Goats 2Elder Statesmen 14, Team Lacrossewear 2 Frogs 8, Middlebury 6Division IIPrinceton Obsoletes 8, Arizona Graybirds 6dePHIant 10, Colorado Lacrosse Club 3 Monday’s Games Division I(All games at Ford Park)SemifinalsAdidas Magic Wands vs. Team Millennium, 12:30 p.m.Elder Statesmen vs. Frogs, 2:30 p.m.ConsolationNavy Old Goats vs. NYAC, 10:30 a.m.Lacrossewear vs Middlebury – 10:30 a.m.Division II(All games at Donovan Park)Princeton Obsoletes vs dePHIant, 12:30 p.m.Arizona Graybirds vs Colorado Lacrosse Club, 10:30 a.m.GrandmastersNacho Mamas dynastic run of four titles in a row came to an abrubt end on Day 2 of the grandmasters division at the hands of the Polar Statesmen. The former Hobart stars pounded Nacho Mamas by 10 goals to move on to the championship game today. The USA Stars snuck past the Gravediggers by one in the other semifinal to set up the championship at Ford Park today. Sunday’s GamesSemifinalsPolar Statesmen 16, Nacho Mamas 6USA Stars 9, Gravediggers 8ConsolationColorado Lacrosse Club 10, Middlebury 1Middlebury 11, Los Viejos de Adidas 2Today’s GamesChampionshipPolar Statesmen vs. USA Stars, 8:30 a.m., Ford ParkThird placeNacho Mamas vs. Gravediggers, 8:30 a.m., Vail Athletic FieldFifth placeColorado Lacrosse Club vs. Middlebury, 8:30 a.m., Ford ParkSeventh placeNavy Grandgoats vs. Los Viejos de Adidas, 8:30 a.m., Donovan ParkBoys high schoolPool play in the boys division kicked off and not without a few surprises on Day 1. Most notably, tournament stalwart Team Ohio was knocked off by the East Coast Kings, a team out of New Jersey primarily, in Pool C. This sets up one of the biggest high school rivalries for a first-round showdown when Team Ohio takes on Team Colorado in today’s quarterfinals. Colorado and the Baltimore Crabs both rolled through their pools relatively easily while Maverik Dallas won Pool D. Sunday’s GamesPool ABaltimore Crabs 14, Toronto 3Players Lax Club 16, Team Nebraska 0Baltimore Crabs 12, Players Lacrosse Club 5Toronto 11, Team Nebraska 8Players Lacrosse Club 8, Toronto 2Baltimore Crabs 17, Team Nebraska 1Pool BTeam Colorado 15, War Cry Lacrosse 0War Cry Lacrosse 13, Sacramento Elite 8Team Colorado 14, Sacramento Elite 1Pool CTeam Ohio 15, Salpointe Lancers 3East Coast Kings 14, Salpointe Lancers 1East Coast Kings 12, Team Ohio 6Pool DMaverik Dallas def. WinnipegMaverik Dallas 8, Blue Lion Elite 2Blue Lion Elite 14, Winnipeg 9Today’s Games:Division I Quarterfinals(All games at Avon 1, Nottingham Park)East Coast Kings vs. War Cry Lacrosse, 9 a.m.Team Colorado vs. Team Ohio, 11 a.m.Maverik Dallas vs. Players Lacrosse Club, 1 p.m.Baltimore Crabs vs. Blue Lion Elite, 3 p.m.Division II(All games at Avon 2, Nottingham Park)Sacramento Elite vs. Salpointe Lancers, 10 a.m.Winnipeg vs. Team Nebraska,. 11:30 a.m.Winner Sac/Salpointe vs. Toronto – 1:30 p.m.Girls high schoolSunday’s GamesM & D Lax 21, Team Vegas 0Houston Heat 6, Bay Area Wave Blue 5Puget Sound Select 22, Blue Lion Pride 0MFL 11, Team Colorado Blue 5Houston Heat 17, Team Vegas 4M & D Lax 20, Bay Area Wave Blue 1MFL 21, Blue Lion Pride 1Puget Sound Select 10, Team Colorado Blue 9, OTHeros 2010 17, Lakeshore Lacrosse 2PA Express 18, Team Utah 2CTFL 16, Players Club 5Stars Silver 18, Idaho Hawks 2Team Colorado Red 20, Bay Area Wave White 3Minesota Lakers 17, Mountain Mania 2PA Express 16, Lakeshore Lacrosse 4Heros 2010 19, Team Utah 1Monday’s Games(All games at Miller Ranch in Edwards)Team Colorado Red vs. Minnesota Lakers, 8:30 a.m.Mountain Mania vs. Bay Area Wave White, 8:30 a.m.Puget Sound Select vs. MFL, 9:40 a.m.Hero’s 2010 vs. PA Express, 9:40 a.m.Team Colorado Red vs. Mountain Mania, 10:50 a.m.Minnesota Lakers vs. Bay Area Wave White, 10:50 a.m.CTLFF vs. Stars Silver, NoonIdaho Hawks vs. Players Club, NoonTeam Colorado Blue vs. Blue Lion Pride, 1:10 p.m.M&D Lax vs. Houston Heat, 1:10 p.m.Stars Silver vs. Players Club, 2:20 p.m.CTLF vs. Idaho Hawks, 2:20 p.m.Team Utah vs. Lakeshore Lacrosse, 3:30 p.m.Bay Area Wave Blue vs. Team Vegas, 3:30 p.m.
There Marco Odermatt was, in the Birds of Prey finish corral following his gutsy super-G run, wondering just how fast he was. As the second skier on course, and the first to finish, the confusion was understandable.