Team Hulu led 9-6 at halftime and were not able to score a goal in the second half but were able to hold on for the win. Tournament MVP Kevin McGurn made 8 saves in the second half to protect his team’s halftime lead, Mcgurn finished the day with 14 saves.
In the first half Hulu jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead, and looked poised to run away with their First Masters Championship. The teams traded goals for the rest of the half and Hulu rode a 3 point lead into halftime. The 2nd half was a different story though, the AGWA defense locked down the dangerous Hulu shooters, including Jim Kappler, tournament all-star, who finished the game with 3 goals. The AGWA defense, led by tournament all-stars Doug Steele & Michael Bartol, played stingy defense all second half holding Hulu to only 5 shots on goal in the third and fourth quarters.
In the 3rd place game, Olympic Club rode the 5 goals of all-tournament attackmen Greg Lawler to a 12-9 victory over defending champion Genesis. The 2011 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Masters brought a faced paced and highly skilled brand of ball this year, where creative uniforms and wonderful weather were abundant.
Hulu 9, Team AGWA de Bolivia 8
Olympic Club 12, Genesis 9
Silver Oysters/Laxgear 10, Power-Tek 6
Middlebury 8, The Club Presents 4
Buddha’s Ballers 16, Viper 6
It was the first of four Championship days at the 2011 Vail Lacrosse Shootout as winners were crowned in two men’s divisions. For the third year in a row the Eldest Statesmen claimed victory in the Grand Masters division (50+ age group), and Team Hulu earned their first Vail title in the Masters Bracket. With two divisions wrapping up, the Supermasters semi-finals saw the Elder Statesmen and C2C Magic wands gain title births. Also, the U-19 girls and Dr. Tom Watts Memorial U-19 Boy’s tournaments began with pool play.
Tuesday’s action will be in three divisions. The Super Masters Championship will be decided on Ford Field at 12:30. The Dr. Tom Watts Memorial U-19 Boy’s tournament will continue on in Avon at Nottingham Park on Avon 1 field and Avon 2 field. The U-19 girl’s second day of pool play will take place in Edwards.