Vail Shootout: Polar Statesmen, Jagermeister win lax titles
VAIL – The grandmasters and masters divisions of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout crowned champions Monday afternoon with the Polar Statesmen and Jagermeister taking home titles fairly comfortably. The Polar Statesmen were dominant all week long in grandmasters, outscoring their opponents 47-12, while Jagermiester dominated its opponents, 37-15. The boys high school divisioncompleted quarterfinal play, while the girls high school finished up pool play and sorted into three brackets. In the supermasters, Millennium/Team Rock-it Pocket faces the Elder Statesmen in the championship game today at 1 p.m. at Ford Park.MastersJagermeister defeated Middlebury for the second consecutive year in the masters championship, running away in the second half for an 11-7 victory. Jager got superior goaltending all week long from Sean O’Rourke and got three goals and one assist from tournament MVP Mark DiGiovanni to get the win. After a close first half that saw Jager ahead 4-3, Jager’s good defense and transition game led to three quick goals that opened the game. Faceoffs were key in the game as well with Jagermeister winning 15-of-27. Monday’s GamesChampionshipJagermeister 11, Middlebury 7Third placeLax Gear def. Olympic Club (forfeit)Fifth placeTeam MAC/Vipers 8, Lacrossewear 6Seventh placeBreakaway 17, Rhinos 8Masters All-Tournament TeamAttack: Mark DiGiovanni, Jagermeister; Seth Low, Middlebury; Peter Milliman, Lax GearMidfield: John Atherton, Middlebury; Jim Koppler, Jagermeister; Jeremy Guski, JagermiesterDefense: Jed Raymond, Middlebury; Sean Monahan, Jagermeiser; Troy Ergenbright, Lax GearLong stick midfield: Ben Foucht – Team MAC/VipersFaceoff: Garth Heth, Lax Gear; Kevin Owens, Jagermeister Goaltender: Sean O’Rourke, Jagermeister SupermastersMillennium/Rock-it Pocket 7, Adidas Magic Wands 6In the best game of the day, Millennium/Rock-it Pocket put one home with 25 seconds left in its game against the Adidas Magic Wands to move on the supermasters championship. Millennium/Rock-it Pocket had six different goal scorers. Elder Statesmen 12, FROGs 7 The Florida Realy Old Guys (FROGs) had no answer for Bill Edell as he notched six goals on the day and could basically score at will. In the fourth, the FROGs made a small splash to bring the score to 10-7, but it was too little too late. Monday’s GamesDivision ISemifinalsMillennium/Team Rock-it Pocket 7, Adidas Magic Wands 6Elder Statesmen 12, FROGs 7ConsolationNavy Old Goats 7, NYAC Founding Fathers 6Middlebury 6, Lacrossewear 3Division IIdePHIant 8, Princeton Obsoletes 5Colorado Lacrosse Club 11, Air Force Graybirds 6Today’s GamesDivision I(All games at Ford Park)ChampionshipMillennium/Team Rock-it Pocket vs. Elder Statesmen, 1 pmThird placeAdidas Magic Wands vs. FROGs, 9 a.m.Fifth place Navy Old Goats vs. Middlebury, 11 a.m.Seventh placeNYAC Founding Fathers vs. Lacrossewear, 9 a.m.Division II(All Games at Donovan Park)Princeton Obsoletes vs. Colorado Lacrosse Club, 9 a.m.Arizona Graybirds vs. dePHIant, 11 a.m. Grandmasters DivisionThe Polar Statesmen scored 10 consecutive goals to take an 11-2 lead against the USA Stars on the way to an 18-4 victory in the grandmasters title game. Scott Petosa pumped in five goals and two assists and the Statesmen used accurate shooting and good riding to get the victory. Tom Chancellor and Jim Hayes were huge on offense as well.Monday’s gamesChampionshipPolar Statesmen 18, USA Stars 4Third placeNacho Mamas 13, Gravediggers 8Fifth placeMiddlebury 10, Colorado Lacrosse Club 4Seventh placeLos Viejos de Adidas 12, Navy Grandgoats 2Boys high schoolThe East Coast Kings, Team Colorado, Baltimore Crabs and Players Lacrosse Club all advanced to the semifinals in Division I. Players Lacrosse was the only No. 2 seed to win, taking down Maverik Dallas, 11-8, in a nice comeback. Team Colorado looked extremely impressive in its win over Team Ohio, cruising, 18-9. Players Lacrosse represents the best for a Chicago-based team in the Shootout. There were no surprises in the other two games as an extremely-talented Baltimore team took down Blue Lion Elite with ease and the East Coast Kings hammered War Cry Lacrosse. The Division I semifinals will be at Nottingham Park (Avon 1) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today. Monday’s GamesDivision IQuarterfinalsEast Coast Kings 13, War Cry Lacrosse 4Team Colorado 18, Team Ohio 9Players Lacrosse Club 11, Maverik Dallas 8 Baltimore Crabs 23, Blue Lion Elite 3Division IISacramento Heat 12, Salpointe Lancers 5Team Nebraska 12, Winnipeg Wolverines 11, OTToronto 13, Sacramento Heat 6Tuesday GamesDivision I(All games at Nottingham Park, Avon 1)SemifinalsPlayers Lacrosse Club vs. Team Colorado, 11 a.m.East Coast Kings vs. Baltimore Crabs, 1 p.m.ConsolationMaverik Dallas vs. Team Ohio, 9 a.m.Blue Lion Elite vs. War Cry Lacrosse, 3 p.m.Division II(All games at Nottingham Park, Avon 2)Play-inSalpointe Lancers vs. Winnipeg Wolverines, 10 a.m.SemifinalsToronto vs. Team Nebraska, 11:30 a.m.Sacramento Heat vs. Winner Winnipeg/Salpointe, 1:30 p.m. Girl’s high schoolPool play’s done and the gold bracket is set. PA Express edged Heros 2010, 12-10, in what could be a championship preview. But MFL, M&D Lax, and CTLF are strong contenders as is Team Colorado Red. The Centennial State laxers must get by Heros 2010 today, though.Monday’s GamesPool APA Express 12, Heros 2010 10 Team Utah 18, Lakeshore Lacrosse 5Pool BM & D Lax 19, Houston Heat 2Bay Area Wave Blue 13, Team Vegas 5Pool CTeam Colorado Red 13, Minnesota Lakers 8Team Colorado Red 20, Mountain Mania 0Bay Area Wave White 15, Mountain Mania 2Minnesota Lakers 7, Bay Area Wave White 6Pool DCTLF 10, Stars Silver 8Idaho Hawks 11, Players Club 3Stars Silver 16, Players Club 6CTLF 12, Idaho Hawks 6Pool EMFL10, Puget Sound Select 7Team Colorado Blue 20, Blue Lion Pride 4Today’s GamesGold 1, Houston Heat vs. PA ExpressGold 2, MFL vs. CTLFGold 3, Heros 2010 vs. Team Colorado RedGold 4, Minnesota Lakers vs. M & D LaxGold 5, Loser G2 vs. Loser G1Gold 6, Loser G4 vs. Loser G3Gold 7, Winner G1 vs. Winner G2Gold 8, Winner G3 vs. Winner G4Silver 1, Lakeshore Lacrosse vs. Stars SilverSilver 2, Bay Area Wave White vs. Team Colorado BlueSilver 3, Idaho Hawks vs. Bay Area Wave BlueSilver 4, Team Utah vs. Puget Sound SelectSilver 5, Loser S2 vs. Loser S1Silver 6, Loser S4 vs. Loser S3Silver 7, Winner S1 vs. Winner S2Silver 8, Winner S3 vs. Winner S4Bronze 1, Mountain Mania vs. Blue Lion PrideBronze 2, Team Vegas vs. Players ClubBronze 3, Blue Lion Pride vs. Team VegasBronze 4, Mountain Mania vs. Players Club
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