Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear opened the Men’s Elite Championship scoring eleven straight goals, and that early, massive lead proved to be all they would need to claim victory in the 39th Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
The Oysters were not able to execute the game plan that led them to success in the semi-finals, and once Merrill jumped out to a big lead the Oysters lacked the offensive fire power necessary to facilitate a comeback.
Several players had standout performances for Merrill; Rob Forester (Penn State ’09) went off finishing with ten points on nine goals and one assist. Forester was the main beneficiary Zach Howell’s (Duke ’11) nifty moves with Howell assisting Forester five separate times. Howell was also phenomenal in the Championship game, finishing with 9 points with three goals and six assists. The Offensive MVP of the 39th Shootout was Kyle Wharton (Johns Hopkins ’11) who is one of the most gifted attackmen to ever play in the Shootout. Wharton scored seven points in the final game on four goals and three assists; playing on the left side of the attack he was dominating all tournament.
Merrill’s defense and faceoff play was also stellar. Defensive MVP CJ Costabile (Duke ’12) was a force to be reckoned, dictating his will all over the field as a long stick midfielder. All Tournament Faceoff Man, Trevor Sipperly (Notre Dame ’10), finished the championship game winning 20 of 29 draws.
For the Oysters, All Tournament midfielder Alex Moore (St. Lawrence ’05) tallied two goals in the championship game. Despite the unrelenting Merrill offense, Goalie Ben Brown (Whittier ’09) had an impressive performance, finishing with 13 saves in three quarters of play.
Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear 24, Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com 7
Maverik Elite 14, Team Chipotle 10
Team Sandy 16, Team 21 7
Brine Elite 16, Team Sasquatch 12
Denver City Lax 15, Lacrossewear Red Lions 11
Consolation Bracket 3rd Place
BAWLS Guarana 15, Warrior X 8
Consolation Bracket 5th Place
Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon 19, The Olympic Club 5
Consolation Bracket 7th Place
Sacred Marlins 6, Team Awesome 4
Division B Bracket
Division B Finals
Southern Combat Americans 7, Toonsquad 4
Division B Consolation
Gutman 7, True Lacrosse 6
Lofers 5, Prestige Lacrosse 1