The 37th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout is in the books and Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear is the Men’s Elite Champion following a well-played 11-8 victory over defending champion Team 21. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear was the best team all tournament long and proved their status as champions in the final game.
Gang Green had to endure overtime to defeat CRSLax.com 12-11 in the Women’s Elite title game. Both teams were stellar all tournament and seemed destined to meet on the final day. They did not disappoint, giving the Shootout its first overtime title game in years.
Championship – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 11, Team 21 8
In a battle of the one and two seeds, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear took down defending champion Team 21 to earn their first Vail Lacrosse Shootout on Sunday afternoon. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear gained the lead on a two point goal from All-Tournament midfielder Jake Plonket (Syracuse) late in the first quarter and never looked back.
The staunch defensive effort of Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear held the balanced Big Red offense at bay. All-Tournament long poles Tim Shaw (Virginia), Billy Haire (Bucknell), and Tom Izard (Bucknell) hounded the Team 21 offense all game. All three were essential in keeping 21 off the board for a stretch that from the end of the first quarter until only 8:31 remained in the third.
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear used their size and speed to dominate the possession game, scooping up 43 ground balls and winning 18 face-offs on the afternoon. In contrast, Team 21 got only 19 ground balls and four draws. The game was extremely well played by both teams as there were only two thirty-second penalties in the entire game.
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear’s All-Tournament attackman Tim Desko (Syracuse) finished with four goals and totaled nine goals and three assists for the tournament. Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player Steve Giannone (Virginia) tallied two goals and one assist, he totaled thirteen goals and three assists en route to carrying his team to the championship.
Tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player, Chris Madalon (North Carolina) finished with six saves in his half of play. Madalon made several great stops throughout the tournament, and was the second-half anchor for the champions. Matt Madalon (Roanoke) also made six stops in the championship game during his half of play. For team 21 A.J. Fiore (Cornell) finished with fourteen saves and also played well throughout the four days. The young goaltender will be heading to Cornell for his freshman year this fall.
Rocco Romero (Cornell) was also an All-Tournament selection and finished with one goal and two assists on the day for Team 21. Bobby Magrin (Herkimer) had a hat trick and that included a laser of a shot that hit the top corner.
For Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear, it is their first Vail Shootout title after several years of near misses. They were simply the better team throughout the tournament and will be the favorites coming into 2010 as well.
Championship: Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 11 , Team 21 8
3nd Place: Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon7, Last Call 5
5th Place: Brine Elite 9, Collared Greens 7
7th Place: Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters 12, Club All-Stars 3
Championship: Olympic Club 10, Baltimore Crabs 7
11th Place: Team Chipotle 9, Team Gutman 7
13th Place: Team 5280/Tap Room 4, Victorious Secret 2
15th Place: The Lofers 7, Vendetta’s 4
Round Robin Bracket:
Pond Hoppers 16, Dunn Financial 14
83 ½ Lacrosse 9, Lax Zone Miami 3
2009 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite All-Tournament Awards:
Alex Capretta – Olympic Club
Kip Dooley – Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon
Pete Carrol – Last Call
Tim Desko – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Jake Plonket – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Rocco Romero – Team 21
Adam Goodwin – Club All Stars
Steve Giannone – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Greg Gurenlian – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Long Stick Middie:
Tim Shaw – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Paul Starwick – Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon
Billy Haire – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Tom Izard – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Tim Deblois – Team 21
Billy Olin – Last Call
Offensive MVP: Steve Giannone – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Defensive MVP: Chris Madalon – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Coach of the Year: Paul Landaiche – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
Earl Bill Staff Award: Sean Byrne and Julie Sutherland
In the Gold Division, the first overtime game in several years as the game went back and forth. With several ties in the course of the game, CRSLax.com scored the last goal in regulation to tie the game. In overtime CRSLax.com took the first shot on goal but Gang Green’s goalie, Julie Wadland, made the save. Gang Green, not to be out done, took the ball and went down field. Colorado’s own Annie Liebovitz had possession at the top of the fan, made a few moves and placed the ball in the top corner for the winning goal.
Meatloaf 5 vs. TexLax 13
Team 180 12 vs. Team Xtreme
Lizards 6 vs. The Porkchops 4 – 3rd Place
Gang Green 12 vs.CRSLax.com 11 OT – Championship
Ramalo 0 vs. St. Louis 1
Portland 13 vs. ThELMas 3
Team Wild 13 vs. Minnesota Northstars 5 – Championship
1. Gang Green
4. The Porkchops
5. Team 180
6. Team Xtreme
1. Team Wild
2. Minnesota Northstars
5. St. Louis
2009 Women’s Elite Vail Shootout All-Tournament Team:
Hannah Clark, Porkchops
Kim Hillier, Lizards
Devon Wills, Gang Green
Beth Calder, Team Xtreme
Katie Sheridan, Portland
Robyn Yeatman, CRSLax.com
Amy Campbell, Gang Green
Katie Wallis, TexLax
Jackie Koehn, Team 180
Tara Singleton, Gang Green
Blair Bowie, Team Wild
Team Rep AWARD
Janet Holdsworth, Minnesota
Defensive MVP: Blair Bowie, Team Wild, #26
Offensive MVP: Rachel Culp, CRSLax.com, #20
Championship Game MVP: Devon Wills, Gang Green, #18