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Lacrosse Tournaments: “2013 Vail Lacrosse Shootout” Men’s Elite Division Begins Play With LacrosseWear, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Brine Elite, Denver City Lax And The Big Green Herd Favored

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Coach: Paul Landaiche Jr., Clark Mercer
Key Players: Austin Kaut (Goalie, Penn State, 2014); Goran Murray (Defense, Maryland, 2015); Mike Chanenchuk (Midfield, Maryland, 2014); Wells Stanwick (Attack, Johns Hopkins, 2016); Kieran McArdle (Attack, St. John’s, 2014)
Team Preview: Lacrossewear is in its thirteenth Vail Shootout and has earned a reputation as one of the premier Men’s Elite teams in the nation. Lacrossewear’s team consistently features many of the most highly skilled players in lacrosse, young men who are leaders on the field, in their classrooms and in their communities. The mission is always to have a consistent focus on community involvement and philanthropy in addition to athletic endeavors. Team Lacrossewear decided back in 2005 that it was time to expand the scope and the significance of their involvement in the Shootout by benefiting the American Cancer Society and organizations committed to finding a cure for breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer; they incorporate pink and purple in their uniforms, colors representing cancer awareness, as a visible reminder of their causes.With your support, they can continue their great efforts both on the field and in their local areas, highlighting the impact that we as individuals can have on everyday lives. As a team and with their partner organizations, Team Lacrossewear supports health and social services causes and research through contributing to the United Way, the American Cancer Society and with exposure in events such as the Vail Shootout. Each year is another step closer to a cure! The Team would like to thank their longtime partner at Lacrossewear, Bo Lamon, for his continued support and providing the highest quality apparel in the lacrosse industry. They would also like to thank Clark Mercer, whose Red Mountain Grill in Avon is the new destination for Men’s and Women’s Elite après lax – with great food, 28 beers on tap and an outdoor patio, we know where the teams will be at sunset!


Coach/Organizer: Logan Bobzien
Key Players: Ben Brown (G: Whittier); Erik Smith (M F/O: Air Force); Will Corrigan (M: Notre Dame); Taylor Young (M: Denver); Ryan Parietti (A: Penn); Davis Gunter (D: Air Force); Hayden Porter (D: Colorado State)
Team Preview: The Oysters enter 2013 looking to build upon the success of recent years after taking 4th, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. The team’s emotional leader, Ben Brown, is hungry for his first Vail title and anchors a defense heavy with big game experience including Hayden Porter and Davis Gunter. The Oysters in the past have been successful because of chemistry, and this year is no exception. Outside of Will Corrigan, starting midfielder at Notre Dame, all midfield and attack hail from the same area of Colorado and have been playing together since middle school. Craftiness, veteran tactics, Youngbloods, and high IQ are all a part of The Oysters game. The best description: family. The Oysters look forward to the great competition that Vail always attracts, and letting their play show the fans of the tournament what has made this team consistently one of the best.


Team Founder: LT Matt Keller – USNA 2009
Team Managers: Tom Keller (Williams ’80)

Key Players: Ryan Danehy (Dartmouth ’06), Randy Fraser (Springfield ’90), Grant Whiteway (UMass ’15), Connor Mooney (UMass ’14), Mike Maggio (Lasell ’09), Nick Maggio (Merrimack ’12), Sam Mayes (Pheiffer ’10), Mike Levin (Brown ’04), Jimmy Harrison (Holy Cross ’09)
Team Preview: This year’s Brine Elite squad will look to repeat its journey to the final four of the Men’s Elite Division. The rarified air of Vail left the team eager to compete for the title once again. Some of the best players to ever play in the BRINE Elite Summer Lacrosse League make up about half of the roster. The other half has a distinct Colorado flavoring. With this melting pot of lacrosse talent, the team really looks forward to the 4th of July and the Vail Shootout. Thanks go out to our sponsors for their continued support; BRINE, Party Time and the BRINE Elite Lacrosse League. Our thoughts and prayers are always with the people serving to protect our country, especially the members of Riverine Squadron 3, USN.


Coaches: Ben Allison
Key Players: Kyle Harrison, and Sam Bradman
Team Preview: Denver City Lax is back at the Shootout for a third year, and has assembled a talented team made up of current college players, recent graduates and professional players. These players consist of current and past college All-Americans, college Players of the Year, Tewaaraton nominees and winner, and Team USA, Canada, & England representatives. This group of ambassadors meet in Vail each summer to compete and support the mission of Denver City Lax, a sports based youth development non-profit focused on introducing the sport of lacrosse to under-served neighborhoods while teaching life values and the importance of education. We are excited to team up with our sponsor StyLax, the premier manufacturer of sublimated lacrosse uniforms and apparel anywhere. And a big shout out to both STX and the players for hosting a free clinic for City Lax kids in Denver before arriving in Vail. You are ambassadors for the sport and we appreciate you giving back to help grow the game in urban areas. We also want to thank the long list of volunteers and contributors whose ongoing support continues to fuel the numerous success stories of Denver City Lax kids on the field and in the classroom. Your time, donations and financial support are what’s made it possible to bring new opportunities to youth in the Denver metro area. For more information or to make a donation please visit our website at: http://www.DenverCityLax.org.


Coaches/Organizers: Ryan O’Connor, Brad Heritage
Key Players: Todd Heritage (A, Bucknell, 2014); Kyle Menendez (D, Stevenson, 2011); Jackson Place (D, Bucknell, 2014); Kyle Feeney (G, Bucknell, 2013), Mike Devine (M, Eastern Connecticut, 2014)
Team Preview: The Big Green Herd [BGH] is made up of a strong contingent of current and former players from Dartmouth College and Bucknell University, hence the team name. Beyond the members tied to those institutions, the BGH is rounded out with a very strong group of athletes who have excelled at all levels of the game. With an experienced and seasoned defense, led by savvy veterans Ryan O’Connor and Andrew Goodhand, and backstopped by net-minders Mike Novosel and Kyle Feeney, goals should be hard to come by against the Herd. Offensively, the BGH has very capable playmakers in attackmen Todd Heritage, Mike Bonacci, and Ronjohn Dadd, while the presence of Nick Bonacci, Peter Burke, Cam Lee, and Mike Devine from the midfield should put serious pressure on opposing defensive units. The BGH prides itself on making plays on and off the field, with hustle and camaraderie at the core of its approach. We’d like to thank the event organizers for their tireless work in putting the Shootout together and our friends/family for their support.

“2012 Vail Lacrosse Shootout”: Merrill Lynch Defeats Defeats Brine Elite 16-6, Maverik Elite Tops Rocky Mountain Oysters 19-7 To Advance To Men’s Elite Lacrosse Finals

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Vail Lacrosse Shootout

In the Men’s elite quarter-finals all the top seeds advanced with the exception of Team Harrow. In the day’s first game on Ford Field, Team Harrow thought they had taken a one goal lead with less than a minute remaining, only to realize the bench had called a time-out before the goal. Brine Elite, then took possession of the ball and scored the game winning goal with less than 30 seconds left to win the game. Brine Elite will face Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear at 1:00pm for the day’s first semi-final. The second semi-final will be a repeat of last year’s match-up. Maverik Elite will look for redemption after being upset last year by Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com. The Maverik vs. Oysters game will take place at 3:00pm on Ford Field.

Championship Bracket
9am – Ford Field – Team Harrow 15, Brine Elite 16
11am – Ford Field – Maverik Elite 21, Denver City Lax / Encore 14
1pm – Ford Field – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 15, Big Green Herd 6
3pm – Ford Field – Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com 13, FCA Lacrosse 2

Consolation Bracket
9am – Edwards Turf – LOFers 14, Back Country Brewery 8
11am – Edwards Turf – Southern Combat 12, Tunesquad 4
1pm – Edwards Turf – Warrior X 15, Balance Bar 18
3pm – Edwards Turf – Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon 13, Crease Beavers 2
11am – Edwards Grass – Team Gutman 6, True Lacrosse Club 7
1pm – Edwards Grass – Prestige Lacrosse 7, Eager Beavers 4

Men’s Elite Schedule for Tuesday 7/3

Championship Bracket
1pm – Ford Field – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear vs. Brine Elite
3pm – Ford Field – Rocky Mountain Oysters/Lax.com vs. Maverik Elite

5th Place Bracket
9am – Ford Field – Team Harrow vs. Big Green Herd
11am – Ford Field – FCA Lacrosse vs. Denver City Lax/Encore

Consolation Bracket
1pm – Edwards Turf – LOFers vs. Balance Bar
3pm – Edwards Turf – Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon vs. Southern Combat

Remaining Consolation Games
10am – Edwards Grass – Warrior X vs. Back Country Brewery
11am – Edwards Turf – Crease Beavers vs. Tunesquad
12pm – Edwards Grass – Team Gutman vs. Eager Beavers
2pm – Edwards Grass – Prestige Lacrosse vs. True Lacrosse Club

“2012 Vail Lacrosse Shootout” Elite Division Features Defending Champion Team Merrill Lynch, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Maverik Elite And Team Harrow

A lot has happened in the last 39 years… the Berlin Wall fell, the internet was born, the human genome was mapped, the space shuttle came and went, and the Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite division crowned 39 champions. Much has changed about the Shootout during that time, sometimes for the better (e.g. 2 point-line) & sometime for the worse (e.g. neon’s recent comeback) but the high level lacrosse, beautiful scenery, and lively town of Vail have consistently drawn participants for decades. This year 20 teams have journeyed from across the country to compete for the title of 40th Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite champion.

In 2011, Team Merrill Lynch returned to their championship ways with one of the most potent offenses in tournament history. Tallying 66 goals in four games (an average of 16.5 goals per game) Merrill Lynch rode the performance of Tournament MVP Kyle Wharton (Johns Hopkins ’11) to the team’s second title. It has been said that the “best defense is a good offense” and with the Shootout’s 30 second shot clock, Merrill Lynch did an excellent job managing the unique rules on both ends of the field. Merrill Lynch’s Vail resume now includes:  two Vail Lacrosse Shootout Championships, three “final four” appearances, and six championship bracket appearances. With a seat at the table when discussing the most successful Vail Lacrosse Shootout teams of all-time Merrill Lynch is the early favorite in 2012.

While Merrill Lynch did walk away victorious from last year’s championship game, runners-up Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com were – by far – the most remarkable story the Shootout has seen in the 21st century. Perennial tournament participants, the Oysters used a deliberate, controlling offensive system and spectacular goaltending to earn their first championship appearance.  No game showcased this more than the 2011 semi-finals; the Oysters overcame heavily favored Maverik Elite (2010 champions), in possibly the greatest upset in Shootout history.

The remaining two teams from last year’s semi-final are back for the 2012 Vail Shootout,  Maverik Elite and Team Harrow (formerly Team Chipotle) will have excellent odds to win a 2012 title. Additionally, Brine Elite, Denver City Lax / Encore, Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon,  Team Gutman, Warrior X, Tunesquad, Southern Combat Americans, Back Country Brewery, The LOFers, Prestige Lacrosse Club, Eager Beavers and True Lacrosse Club all return for another round of Shootout action.

Newcomers to the 40th year of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite division include The Big Green Herd, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Balance Bar, and Crease Beavers.

Get ready for another high-flying Vail Lacrosse Shootout! Let’s meet the teams . . .

Team Merrill Lynch
Coach:  Paul Landaiche Jr.

Team Preview:  Team Merrill Lynch incorporates pink and purple with our uniforms, the colors representing cancer awareness and to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society and other organizations committed to finding cures for breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers. In addition, the team has once again supported the United Way as individuals and a company.

We would like to thank our longtime partner, Lacrossewear, and Bo Lamon for his continued support. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is the world’s leading wealth management, capital markets and advisory firm, with offices in 40 countries and territories and total client assets in excess of $2 trillion.

Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com
Coach/Organizer:  Chris Parsons/Aaron Laaveg
Key Players: Ben Brown (Goalie), Logan Bobzien (Attack),  Alex Moore (Midfield), Neth Wiedemann (Defense), John Loftus (Defense) Team Preview:  Many opposing teams naively started their 2011 matches against the Rocky Mountain Oysters full of anticipation and expectation, only to find themselves in the depths of despondency and defeat.  The team consists of a brilliant mixture of local Colorado stars and east coast studs.
Talisman Logan Bobzien (2008 All America) will quarterback the rapid fire offensive assault with pulsating precision. Any opposing LSM in this tournament will need to produce a moment of magic in order to stop the crafty moves of midfielder Alex Moore (2004 All America). Other players to watch include the tactically astute Mat Ballay and current local star Eric Law of the University of Denver and Arapahoe High School.
Between the pipes, Ben Brown’s energy and scintillating reflexes will present a challenge to any shooter. In addition, any capable dodger will need to beat Neth Wiedemann (2008 All America); who can throw lethal checks with a ferocity bordering on barbaric. Lastly, veteran John Loftus (2005 All America) will expertly marshal the clears with ingenuity and regimental efficiency. We’d like to thank Lax.com for their support and dedication to the sport.

Maverik Elite
Coaches and Organizers  John Gagliardi, Gary Rosenbach and Paul Moskevitz
Key Players: Niko Amato (Goalie, Maryland), Scott Ratliff (LSM, Loyola), Peter Baum (Attack, Colgate) Mike Chanenchuk (Middie, Maryland)

Team Preview:  Maverik Elite is made of current college players from Univ. of Maryland, Univ. of North Carolina, Syracuse University, Duke University, Cornell University and a number of other Division I and Division III schools.

On offense Peter Baum, fresh off putting together one of the best individual NCAA seasons in the modern era, will lead Maverik’s talented group. Baum, the 2012 Tewaaraton award winner, 2012 Lt. Raymond J. Enners award winner, 2012 USILA All-America First Team member, and 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year will be a tough matchup for opposing long poles. On the other end of the field for Maverik, goaltender Nick Amato, starter from the 2012 NCAA runners-up Maryland Terrapins, returns to the Shootout after being named to the Vail Lacrosse All-Tournament team in 2011.

Maverik Lacrosse is an equipment and apparel company started in 2005 by John Gagliardi and is based in New York City.   Look for a high paced game played by the Maverik Elite Team.

Team Harrow
Coaches:  Tom Konkel and Dan Murray
Key Players: Austin Konkel (University of Denver), Joey Murray (University of Denver), Patrick Murray (Georgetown) Davey Emala (University of North Carolina)

Team Preview: Team Harrow (formerly Team Chipotle) consists of players from all over the country. Many schools are represented – Denver, North Carolina, Georgetown, Virginia, CSU, RPI, Sacred Heart and others.

Led by childhood friends and old Regis Jesuit high school teammates Joey Murray and Austin Konkel, Some other key players include Patrick Murray and Brian Will from Georgetown, Davey Emala from North Carolina, and Greyson Konkel from MCLA champion Colorado State, Rhody Heller from UVA and the “All-Time Emotional Leader of Team Harrow” Stephen Gerhard from Sacred Heart.  Thanks to Harrow Sports and Suburban Toppers for their sponsorships!

Brine Elite
Team Founder:  ENS Matt Keller – USNA 2009
Team Managers:  Tom Keller and Jimmy Harrison
Key Players:  Ryan Danehy (Dartmouth ’06), Connor Mooney (UMass  ’14), Jimmy Harrison  (Holy Cross ’09) Mike Levin  (Brown  ’04)
Team Preview: This year’s Brine Elite Team brings its usual mix of Brine Elite Summer League alums and their friends. Players are primarily from the Division One  ranks. As team founder Matt Keller USNA ’09 is now a proud member of Riverine Squad III, the team will dedicate this tournament to all the brave men and women who make up this part of the Navy.

Denver City Lax / Encore
Coaches: Kyle Harrison, Sean McCarthy and Ben Allison

Team Preview: City Lax is back at the Shootout for a second year after getting our feet wet in 2011 winning the Consolation Championship.  This group of talented college players, recent graduates, and professional players made up of past and present All-Americans meets in Vail to compete and support Denver City Lax, a sports based youth development non-profit focused on introducing the sport of lacrosse to under-served neighborhoods while teaching life values and the importance of education. Coach Kyle Harrison (2005 NCAA Tewaaraton Winner and  3x NCAA All-America) brings a prestigious lacrosse resume to the team and looks to guide Denver City Lax / Encore to its first Championship Bracket appearance.

We are excited and thankful to connect with our sponsor Encore Brand and it’s founder John Christmas.  Encore is alifestyle/social awareness apparel brand assisting non-profits providing opportunities to kids, and is guided by the credo Action is Character.  We also want to thank Boathouse Sports for keeping us in style with our uniforms.  Most importantly, we want to thank everyone whose ongoing support continues to fuel the numerous success stories of Denver City Lax kids on the field and in the classroom.  For more information or to make a donation please visit our website at: http://www.DenverCityLax.org

Warrior X
Coaches and Organizers: Tom Conrad, Craig Haynes
Key Players: Hunter Hall (Midfield, Whittier College, 2014); Dylan Leary (Midfield, Air Force, 2013); Erik Smith (Midfield, Air Force, 2013); Bryan Price (Midfield, Air Force, 2013); Brian Kormondy (Attack, Delaware, 2014); Dan Guidarelli (Midfield, Delaware, 2014)   Team Preview:  These are Colorado Boys. Warrior X is made up primarily of Arapahoe High School Alumni (Centennial, Colorado) who played on the 2009 Colorado Championship team.  The team continues to play with or against each other for CU, CSU and UNC, others are playing for Division I and Division III teams including Delaware, Air Force and Whittier College.  This will be Warrior X’s second trip to the Men’s Elite division but they are no strangers to the tournament. With most of last year’s players returning they are sure to form a cohesive unit with many surprises. We would like to thank Breakaway Sports.

Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon
Coach:  John Combs & Mike Parnell
Key Players: Alex Love (A – Hobart College #4), Lance Yapor (A – Hofstra #2), R.G. Keenan (F/O Univ. North Carolina #25), Mike Bocklet (M – Fairfield), Rafe Mattingly (D – Hobart College #34) and Max Silberlicht (G – Hobart College #9)

Team Preview:  The Jammin’ Salmon are back with a revamped school of fish, after a sub-par performance last year.  The “Fish” have put together a mix of youth and experience, as they look to swim back into title contention! A crafty attack will cause fits for the opposition and will be lead by sharp shooter Alex Love.  A solid midfield anchored by face-off specialist R.G. Keenan will take a little pressure off a savvy defense, headed by lock-down defensemen Rafe Mattingly.  The Salmon will unveil a new look for this year’s Shootout, but expect alot of the same angling tactics! The Fish would like to thank our sponsors: TeamONE Lacrosse Co. (t1lax.com) & to Doug Conway at the LaxShop (laxshop.com) for their support and generous donations.

Backcountry Brewery
Coach/Organizer:  Stephen Brown, Colton Vieira & Ann Eazor
Key Players: Marcus Walker (Air Force), Jimmy Eazor (Sacred Heart), Sean Davies
Team Preview:  Backcountry Brewery is comprised of many Denver area kids and the teammates we were able to drag out to Vail for the weekend. There are kids from schools all around the country, ranging from Santa Clara to Virginia Beach. We represent the MCLA, DIII, DII, and DI on our diverse roster. Thanks to The Backcountry Brewery (located on the Main Street of Frisco, CO).

Southern Combat Americans
Coaches:  Brian Leistikow and Greg Rushing
Key Players Ryan LaPlante (Goalie, DU), Connor Saller (UNC, Middie), Daniel Caddoo (Mesa, Attack)

Team Preview:  The Southern Combat Americans is made up of some of the best players from Colorado including a heavy contingent from the Fort Collins Unified teams of the past. The team has a good mix of Division I, Division II, Division III, and MCLA players and looks to improve on their 2011 performance.

Organizer:  Ed Condon (coach), Spencer Curley (organizer), Nick Condon (organizer)
Key Players: Keegan Bowman (Carthage College, Attack, 2012), Keaton Ohara (Bellarmine, Midfield, 2012), Ryan Knautz (Adrian College, Midfield, 2011)

Team Preview:  Making its second appearance in the Men’s Elite Division, Tunesquad looks to improve on its second place finish in the B division last year. With the majority of players representing the Midwest, Tunesquad players hail from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, California, and Canada spanning all three divisions of the NCAA and the MCLA. Tunesquad carries with it an abundance of all conference awards and a couple collegiate championship appearances.

The LOFers
Coach and Organizer:  Ted Baruch
Key Players:  Chris Bluse (University of Colorado/Chicago Machine), Alex Baruch (Denison, San Francisco Dragons), Justin Dunn (Goucher, 2x All America)

Team Preview: The LOFers organizers and players from their Vail women’s and men’s teams, hosted/staffed their 18th Annual Warrior Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree in June of 2012. This year’s Jamboree may have set a world record for the most participants in any lacrosse event held over a single weekend with 443 teams competing. The Lacrosse Outreach Foundation is a grass roots, volunteer based non-profit that has been supporting lacrosse in Colorado since 1994. We are proud to have our LOFers Vail & Europe team sponsored by Rock-It Pocket.

Team Gutman
Organizer: Tom Petty Team Preview:  This year, Team Gutman returns with its Middlebury packed roster. This affords them the advantage of instant team chemistry since most of the team has been playing with one another for many years at the Division III level.

True Lacrosse Club Coaches and Organizers:  Ryan Covert
Key Players:   Patrick Moran (Defense, Le Moyne); Mark Bundra (Midfield, Providence); LC Moerschel (Midfield, Drexel) Tem Preview: True Lacrosse is made up of coaches from around the True program as well as friends from college and the lacrosse community.  Our fan support for the women’s tournament continues, with legendary sideline performance as well as stints in the coaching booth.  No more shirtless brave hearts are expected this year as the team looks to perform well and improve on their .500 performance from 2011.

Prestige Lacrosse Club Coaches and Organizers:  Greg Sprenzel and John Sprenzel
Key Players:  Mike Fox (Mid, Ohio State,); Jesse Churchward (Defense, Towson); John Sprenzel (Goalie, University of St. Thomas) Team Preview: Prestige Lacrosse Club is made up of post-collegiate players who have all played college club or NCAA level lacrosse. Most of our players grew up in the Midwest and continue to play/coach in the Midwest. This will be our second trip to Vail and it never gets boring. Look for Prestige to be fast in the midfield with a stout defense which is headed up by Jesse Churchward, James Miller and capped off with a strong goalie duo.  We would like to thank our sponsors:  Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and Installation Specialists Inc.

Eager Beavers

Team Preview: Formerly Team Awesome, the Beavers come to the 2012 Shootout looking to improve on last year’s 16th place finish. A mix of Colorado locals and others from across the country, they played several close contests last year and now with some Vail experience under their belt should find more success this year.

The Big Green Herd Coaches/Organizers: Ryan O’Connor, Brad Heritage
Key Players: Todd Heritage (A, Bucknell, 2014); Kyle Menendez (D, Stevenson, 2011); Jackson Place (D, Bucknell, 2014); Kip Dooley (A/M, Dartmouth, 2012), Mike Devine (M, Eastern Connecticut, 2014)

Team Preview:  The Big Green Herd [BGH], from where its name was derived, is made up of a strong contingent of current and former players from Dartmouth College and Bucknell University.  Beyond those hailing from those two institutes of higher education, the BGH is rounded out with a very strong group of players who have excelled at all levels of the game.  With an experienced and seasoned defense, led by savvy veterans Ryan O’Connor and Paul Stansik, and backstopped by netminder Mike Novosel, goals should be hard to come by against the Herd.

Offensively, the BGH has very capable playmakers in attackmen Todd Heritage, Drew Tunney, and Ronjohn Dadd, while the presense of Nick Bonacci, Kip Dooley, Kevin Ryan, and Mike Devine from the midfield should put serious pressure on opposing defensive units. The BGH prides itself on making plays with hustle and camaraderie at the core of its approach.  We’d like to thank the event organizers for their tireless work in putting the Shootout together and our friends/family for their support.

FCA Lacrosse
Coaches:  Brian Hubbard and Drew Wardlow
Key Players:  Brendan Porter (Midfield, Rutgers, LXM Pro, 2010); Austin Geisler (Goalie, UVA, 2015); Kyle Denhoff (Midfield, St. John Fisher, 2012)

Team Preview:  Fellowship of Christian Athletes is made up from players from all over the country.  FCA Lacrosse vision is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.  2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the first FCA Lacrosse Team to compete in the Vail Shootout

Balance Bar Coaches/Organizers: Chris Linko (Lehigh), Andrew Margve (Lehigh), Audi Glass (Bishop’s), Ben Cowie (Vermont)
Key Players:  Ty Thompson, Eric Law, Chase Carraro

Team Preview:  Balance Bar is all about creating convenient and healthy foods that taste great and can be enjoyed while you do whatever it is you love to do.  It’s a busy world out there and we all need fuel to help us achieve our goals and better enjoy our active, on-the-go lives.  Balance strives to be there to help you, the athletes of life.  When stepping on the field Balance Bar is just what you need to OUTLAST the Opposition. Visit us at www.balance.com.

Crease Beavers
Coaches/Organizers: Dylan Gray Ritger, Tyler Ankarlo, Amy Ritger
Key Players: Sam Van Hook (Holy Cross, Goalie); Tom Gerwick (UMBC, Defenseman); Tyler Ankarlo (Chapman, Attack); Kyle O’Brien (Air Force, Midfielder) and Sander Aplet (University of Denver, Midfielder).
Team Preview:  The Crease Beavers are a young and exciting team with a strong Colorado connection.  The players are former Colorado high school lacrosse players who competed against each other in the high school season and then played together on the Denver Elite and other summer teams.  All are now freshman or sophomores playing college lacrosse at D1, D3, and club levels.  Seventeen of the Beavers are former Colorado All State Players.  The Crease Beavers would like to thank our sponsor StyLax, Laurel Krishock for our original artwork, and Amy Ritger for getting the team organized.

Colorado Lacrosse Tournaments: Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear Tops Rocky Mountain Oysters/Lax.com 24-7 On July 3 To Win The “2011 Vail Lacrosse Shootout” Elite Men’s Championship

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. 

Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear were the Men's Elite Champions of the 2011 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.

Sunday Action:

Championship Bracket


Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear 24, Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com 7

3rd Place
Maverik Elite 14, Team Chipotle 10

5th Place
Team Sandy 16, Team 21 7

7th Place

Brine Elite 16, Team Sasquatch 12

Consolation Bracket

Consolation Championship 

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

Colorado Lacrosse Tournaments: Rocky Mountain Oysters/Lax.com Upsets Maverik Elite 9-8 To Advance To “2011 Vail Lacrosse Shootout” Men’s Elite Final Against Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

The Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com held on for one of the biggest upsets in recent tournament history. Prior to the game, few would have thought that the Oyster’s would have stood a chance against the stacked roster of Maverik Elite.

However, led by Alex More (St. Lawrence ’12), the Oysters offense was efficient and possessed the ball very well, More finished with a five point performance on three goals and two assists.  In addition to More, Lance Vitt (Ohio State ’05) had a hat trick. Vitt, a tournament veteran, was very effective from the left side of the attack for the Oysters.

Maverik won every statistical category except one, saves. Oysters Goalie Ben Brown (Whittier ’09) found his grove in the semi-finals, finishing the day with 14 saves. Brown stood tall against the very skilled Maverik shooters and should prove to be a difficult challenge for the Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear offense. For Maverik, John Christmas (Virginia ’05) had three points with a hat trick, and Owen Bly (Maryland ’13) scored two goals.

In the second semi-final Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear rattled off six unanswered goals to begin the second quarter and took an 8-3 lead into half time against last year’s runner-up Team Chipotle. Merrill’s offense was balanced with ten different goal scorers in the game. Kyle Wharton (Johns Hopkins ’10) is having a fantastic tournament, scoring three goals against Chipotle.

The Oysters will face another tough matchup against Merrill, but as they showed against Maverik, they can execute the necessary game plan to beat a more talented squad.

Saturday Results:
Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com 9, Maverik Elite 8 – scoresheet
Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear 16, Team Chipotle 7 – scoresheet

5th Place Bracket
Team Sandy 9, Brine Elite 8 in OT – scoresheet
Team 21 8, Team Sasquatch 4 – scoresheet

Consolation Bracket:
Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon 20, Team Awesome 4 – scoresheet
The Olympic Club 11, Sacred Marlins 6 – scoresheet
Denver City Lax 10, Warrior X 3 – scoresheet
Lacrossewear Red Lions 13, BAWLS Guarana 6 – scoresheet

Division B Bracket:
The Loafers 6, Team Gutman 5 – scoresheet
Southern Combat Americans 9, Prestige Lacrosse 3 – scoresheet
Tunesquad 8, True Lacrosse 4 – scoresheet

Sunday Match-Ups:
Championship Bracket
Rocky Mountain Oysters / Lax.com vs. Merrill Lynch / Lacrossewear – 2:00pm – Ford Field

3rd Place
Maverik Elite vs. Team Chipotle – 12:00pm – Ford Field

5th Place
Team Sandy vs. Team 21 – 11:30pm – Edwards Turf

7th Place
Team Sasquatch vs. Brine Elite – 10:00am – Edwards Turf

Consolation Bracket
Consolation Championship
Lacrossewear Red Lions vs. Denver City Lax – 9:00am – Ford Field

Consolation Bracket 3rd Place
BAWLS Guarana vs. Warrior X – 8:30am – Edwards Turf

Consolation Bracket 5th Place
Team One’s Jammin’ Salmon vs. The Olympic Club – 10:00am – Edwards Grass 2

Consolation Bracket 7th Place
Team Awesome vs. Sacred Marlins – 8:30am – Edwards Grass 2

Division B Bracket
Division B Finals
Southern Combat Americans vs. Toonsquad – 11:30am – Edwards Grass 3

Division B Consolation 
True Lacrosse vs.  Gutman – 10:00am – Edwards Grass 3
Lofers vs. Prestige Lacrosse – 11:30am – Edwards Grass 2