Vail Shootout: Championship matches set
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – Saturday was semifinal day at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout as both the Men’s and Women’s elite divisions moved ever closer to crowning champions.
On the men’s side, Maverik Elite continued to impress, running away from a plucky Team 21 side, 13-6 while, Team Chipotle had no trouble with Combat Sports/Rocky Mountain Oysters, winning, 14-5, to set the championship match-up.
For the women, CRSLax.com appears to be the favorites now that Gang Green is eliminated. CRSLax.com had an easy time of it against Team Extreme, winning, 12-3, while the other semifinal was arguably the best game in the Vail Valley on Saturday as the Colorado Tropics beat Portland Purple, 11-10 ,in overtime.
In the first semifinal match-up of the day, Maverik Elite continued to show why many believe it’s one of the best teams to play in the Shootout in several years with an impressive win over Team 21. Maverik led, 7-5, at halftime behind the efforts of Casey Powell (Syracuse ’97) four points and John Galloway’s (Syracuse ’11) 10 saves. Galloway finished with 19 saves in an impressive performance that wrapped up in Maverik’s favor 13-6.
Maverik continues to get solid play from Powell, who finished with seven points on three goals and four assists and Eric Boyle (Maryland ’11), who had three goals as well as stellar face-off work by Lou Braun (Johns Hopkins ’04) and appear to have a great mix of veteran and youth talent heading into the final tomorrow. If the team continues to dominate groundballs and possession time, it will be tough to beat.
In the second semifinal, it didn’t take long for Team Chipotle to get up on Combat Sports/Rocky Mountain Oysters, leading 6-1 at the end of the first quarter and 7-1 at halftime, mostly thanks to the goaltending of Peyton Tyrie (Denver ’10), who had eight first-half saves, and an aggressive transition game. The Oysters tried to mount a comeback in the third quarter, but Chipotle had an answer ever y time, eventually pulling away to win 14-5.
Midfielders Andrew Lay (Denver ’12) and Joey Murray (Denver ’09) are playing well right now and Chipotle also got a solid contribution from a balanced attack unit to move to the championship game. No one on the field had more than two goals for Chipotle, which is using its depth and athleticism to their advantage.
Looking at the teams on paper, Maverik certainly will have the edge, but Chipotle showed tremendous heart and resiliency in its quarterfinal comeback against Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear and then looked comfortable playing from in front Saturday. Face-offs will be a key as Braun has been dominant so far for Maverik. Chipotle has used long-stick middie Pat Murray (Georgetown ’13) to take draws and he will have his hands full with Braun today. Galloway has been a difference both in the cage and in the clearing game for Maverik as well.
But Chipotle’s strength is its quality in numbers. With no one in particular to key in on, the team has found a way to score goals in myriad ways, so the match-up will be intriguing. Look for Chipotle to push in transition and get some easy goals while at the same time protecting against Maverik’s lethal fast-break game.
Maverik Elite 13, Team 21 6
Team Chipotle 14, Combat Sports/Rocky Mountain Oysters 5
Brine Elite 8, Team Sasquatch 5
The Olympic Club 17, Team Awesome 3
Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon 15, East Coast Kings 5
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 15, The Med 7
Bigfoot Lacrosse 12, Team Gutman 10
83 1⁄2 Lacrosse 13, The Lofers 4
Victorious Secret 13, Fender Benders 7
Elite championship: Team Chipotle vs. Maverik Elite, 1 p.m., Ford Park
Consolation championship: The Olympic Club vs. Brine Elite, 11 a.m., Ford Park
Third Place: Team 21 vs. Combat Sports/Rocky Mountain Oysters, noon, Athletic Field
Fifth Place: Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon vs. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear, 11 a.m., Edwards Turf
Seventh Place: East Coast Kings vs. The Med, 11 a.m., Edwards Grass 2
11th Place: Team Sasquatch vs. Team Awesome, 11 a.m., Edwards Grass 1
Team Gutman vs. 83 1⁄2 Lacrosse, 9 a.m., Edwards Turf
Bigfoot Lacrosse vs. Victorious Secret, 9 a.m., Edwards Grass 1
Fender Benders vs. The Lofers, 9 a.m. Edwards Grass 2
CRSLax.com will be the decided favorites going into today’s championship against the Colorado Tropics. It will be CRSLax.com’s second-straight championship game appearance, but it has yet to claim the hardware. The Tropics are a first-year team and have had some impressive results to get to the finals, but they will need to put together a complete game to secure the win against CRSLax.com.
Colorado Tropics 11, Portland Purple 10, OT
CRSLax.com 12, Team Extreme 3
No. 1 Stunner of the Month 13, Team Chipotle 5
Gang Green 17, TexLax 2
Colorado Storm 11, Team Wild 2
No. 1 Stunner of the Month 14, Minnesota Northstars 5
Gang Green 8, Colorado Storm 7
TexLax 9, Team Chipotle 8
Elite Championship: CRSLax.com vs. Colorado Tropics, 9 a.m., Ford Park
Third Place: Portland Purple vs. Team Extreme, 11 a.m., Athletic Field
Fifth Place: Gang Green vs. No. 1 Stunner of the Month, 10:10 a.m., Athletic Field
Seventh Place: Minnesota Northstars vs. Colorado Storm, 9:05 a.m., Athletic Field
Ninth Place: Team Wild vs. TexLax, 8 a.m., Athletic Field