Men's Elite



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Rules of Play

During the tournament direct questions through your team organizer to the divisional directors, whose contact info they should have.

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Pre-tournament registration, administrative, and miscellaneous questions can be fielded by the tournament secretary, Connie Streich

2006 Champions: Team Mammoth

2006 All-Tournament Team
Mammoth Jeff Zywicki #20
Go Fast Michael Donegar #4
Mammoth John Grant, Jr. #24
Mammoth Gary Gait #22
Mammoth Gavin Prout #9
Jammin' Salmon Joe Hope #9
GMH Athan Ianucci #35
Go Fast Rocco Romero #28
Jammin' Salmon Dan Spinella  
Go Fast Sean McCarthy #11
GMH Mike Ward #15
Mammoth Steve Toll #23
Jammin' Salmon Kyle Mitten #12
Go Fast Jesse Schwartzmann #2
Offensive MVP
Mammoth Geoffrey Snider #4
Defensive MVP
Mammoth Steve Toll #23
Coach of the Year
Merrill Lynch Paul Landaiche  

2007 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Dates
Elite: July 1, 2, 3 & 4
Contacts for Interested Teams
Men's Divisions: Connie Streich - - (303) 814-2714
General Tournament Info: Connie Streich - - (303) 814-2714

2006 Preview Article
by Alex Smith

Ready to go again in 2006, the 34th annual Men's Elite division of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout is as good as ever with a deep and talented stable of teams taking the field. Last year's tournament champs, GMH, are back and looking to carry on a three year-long tradition of making the Shootout's final game.

Although much of last year's team was selected to play in the MLL, GMH is the pre-tourney favorites and have a very solid chance at a repeat. Team Mammoth submitted a roster stacked full of some of Canada's (and the world's) best players, but it is not yet certain on who will be allowed to attend. Go Fast, looks to leap into the top spot after a tough loss to GMH in last year's finals.

It seems that the Shootout has all but recovered from losing most of the post-collegiate club stars to the MLL as this year's field is as deep as ever. Go Fast, Team 21, Lacrossewear Jammin' Salmon and Rock-it Pocket all return with most of their rosters in tact while Merrill Lynch and the Rocky Mountain Oysters have reloaded with incoming talent. New teams to the fold include 2005 Lake Placid champions IAS Select Breakaway Sports as well as Team Vineyard Vines and The Foot Clan.

After a few years of having some very, shall we say, maladroit teams in the lower end of the bracket, even the consolation rounds will be competitive in 2006. There are not many games that will be walkovers for the favored teams in the first round.

Once again, Team 21, Team Guttman, Rock-it Pocket, the Generals, and the Tigers will feature players from their respective colleges. Cornell, Middlebury, Colorado State, Washington & Lee and Colorado College are all heavily represented on those squads as old friends reunite for lacrosse and off-field activities in the Rocky Mountains.

Will there be another Team Rock-it Pocket in 2006? Last year, RIP advanced all the way to the semifinals for the first time in team history with a roster of mostly MDIA players. Vail veterans will be sure to make it difficult on all newcomers, but the doors are wide open, especially if teams get past the first day.

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


#1 GMH
Coaches: Mike Busza and Mike Holloway
Key Players: Athan Iannucci (A), Hofstra '07; Marc Morley (A), UMass '02; Pat Heim (M), Penn State '07; Anthony McDevitt (D), Duke '07; Steve Brown (D), Penn '03
Capsule: GMH followed their 2004 second place showing with a championship in 2005 and hope to again be among the best of the best in Vail 2006. Comprised mostly of boys from Philly, GMH has also added some talented players from the Northeast this year in their most geographically diverse roster ever. With All-Vail 2006 goaltender Kevin Keenan (Penn State) back in the nets and Alex Smith (Delaware) facing off, GMH presents problems all over the field for their opponents. Although last year's tourney MVP Sean Morris was selected in the 2006 MLL draft (along with FIVE other former GMH players!), GMH should still be solid at every position. GMH is sponsored by Gary M. Holloway, President and CEO of GMH Associates, Inc. and GMH Communities Trust located in Newtown Square, PA. Gary Holloway has been sponsoring the GMH Team for six years now and this is his fourth year sending a team to compete in the Vail Shootout.

#2 Go Fast
Coaches: Jon Barocas, Dave Watts and Steven Brooks
Key Players: Jesse Schwartzman (G), Johns Hopkins '06; Pat Perrit (M), Syracuse '09; Michael Donegar (A), Johns Hopkins '08
Capsule: The 2006 Go Fast team features current players from Hopkins, Syracuse, Hofstra, Denver, UMBC and several other schools. Returning from last year and heading up the squad is All-American goalie Jesse Schwartzman from Johns Hopkins. Michael Doneger (Hopkins) leads the attack along with Greg Niewieroski (Syracuse) and Jason Ouellet (Hobart). The midfield is talented and young and features Hofstra's Unterstein brothers, Mike and Kevin, as well as Pat Perrit (Syracuse), Stephen Peyser (Hopkins), Garrett Stanwick (Hopkins), Evan Kay (UMBC), Dan Finelli (Villanova) and Greer Hanlon (Denver). Defensively, Brendan Skakandi (Hopkins), Matt Nader (Hopkins) and home grown talent Spencer Stenmark (Harvard), Ian Wright (Delaware) and Adam Swarnsen (Hofstra), will provide strength and speed while Dan Carmack (UMBC) and Kyle DeVoe (Hartwick) will be the extra muscle in front of the crease. The team also features local talent Spencer Cooperman (Colgate), Jordan Hendry (UMass), Dillon Roy (Denver), Piet Dudley (Fairfield) and Zach Tedeschi (Hopkins).

Team Go Fast Disclaimer: WARNING - watching Team Go Fast can cause extreme moments of excitement if you are over 30. If you have heart problems or sunburn easily you should seek protection. Watching Team Go Fast can lead to moments of grand illusions of faded youth, strength, agility and/or down right sexiness. Intoxicating beverages should be used while viewing Team Go Fast. Women of all ages should take caution when viewing the athletic prowess of Jesse Schwartzman. Symptoms associated with this image are: fainting, vomiting, screaming, lusting and of course psychological trauma. If you are female between the ages of 18 and 80 and have viewed Team Go Fast for over 10 minutes please consult one of the team members who will be happy to comfort you. Go Fast would like to thank its sponsors: bieMedia, Go Fast Sports and LaxWorld Colorado.

#3 Rock-it Pocket
Coaches: Flip Naumburg and Alex Smith
Key Players: Mark Plonkey (LSM), Colorado State '04; Nick Stanitz-Harper (A), Colorado State '05; Sean Monahan (D), Butler '98; Troy Ergenbright (D), Rutgers '01
Capsule: Team Rock-it Pocket had their best showing ever in 2005, going 3-1 and defeating Team 21 in the 3rd place game. Rock-it Pocket is comprised mostly of current and former players from Colorado State University and have moved up the ranks steadily every year since 2002. CSU won its fourth MDIA championship in 2006 and will contribute many players to this year's Rock-it Pocket roster. After losing some of their biggest offensive threats to another Colorado-based entry, Rock-it Pocket will have to depend heavily on its defense this year. With All-Vail defender Troy Ergenbright (Rutgers) and a host of other skilled poles, most of this team's talent resides with its long sticks. Midfielder Kale Nelson (Colorado State) is a seasoned Vail veteran and LSM Mark Plonkey (Colorado State) is one of the best ever to come out of the MDIA, let alone CSU. The team is coached by Rock-it Pocket owner and Vail Lacrosse Shootout co-director Flip Naumburg.

#4 Team 21
Coach: David Coors
Key Players: N/A
Capsule: Team 21 is a team comprised of 30 Cornell University alumni who graduated between 1999 and 2006. The members of Team 21 have shared numerous personal and team accolades, including 2 Ivy League payer of the year, 6 first team All-Ivy selections, numerous 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention All-Ivy selections, 1 first team All-American honor, 1 second team All-America honor, 1 third team All-America honor, 3 honorable mention All-America honors as well as 4 Ivy championships and 5 NCAA tournament appearances (including 3 NCAA quarterfinal appearances). Many of the members of Team 21 have also been presented with prestigious awards from the Cornell Athletic Department. Team 21 has come together in honor of Mario St. George Boiardi, a Cornell lacrosse player and captain who fell during an early-season contest in the 2004 season. Wearing the number "21", George exemplified everything it means to be a Cornell lacrosse player, showing not only incredible athletic ability and tireless work ethic on the field, but showing admirable character and a selfless lifestyle off the field. For the members of Team 21, it was not only George's athleticism and character that we honor, but also the friendship we all shared with him. In the spirit of George, Team 21 is partnering with the George Boiardi Memorial Literacy Corporation to help raise funds for the GBMLC in an effort to support the "culture of literacy" that George cared so deeply about. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go the Family Reading Partnership in Ithaca, New York. It is the goal of Team 21 to continue and expand this tradition of giving long in to the future, as a tribute to George's lasting memory. Thanks to The Many Hats Institute (, this has been possible. Please log onto the Team 21 section of the Many Hats website to donate.

"Mario St. George Boiardi. Tireless worker, selfless teammate and loyal friend who gave his life playing the game he loved."
July 30, 1981 - March 17, 2004

#5 Mammoth
Coach: Steve Govett
Key Players: Many
Capsule: After winning the title in 2004, Team Mammoth had a disappointing run in 2005, coming in 5th after losing to Team 21 in the quarterfinals. Not content with that result, the Mammoth have reloaded in 2006 and hope to get contributions from many of the game's best players. On the preliminary roster at press time, Gary Gait (Syracuse), Gavin Prout (Loyola), Brodie Merrill (Georgetown) and John Grant Jr. (Delaware) were all slated to appear. The roster certainly has a "northern" flavor with some of this year's Team Canada smattered throughout. Since the MLL prohibits many of these players from taking part in Vail, it remains to be seen if everyone makes it out to the mountains. But if they do, the rest of the Elite division could be in serious trouble.

#6 Lacrossewear Jammin' Salmon
Coach: Joe Hope
Key Players: Joe Hope (A), Ithaca '98; Peter Troup (A), Salisbury '99; Kyle Mitten (D), Washington College '04; Blaine Mitten (D), Loyola '02
Capsule: After a disappointing performance in '05, the Salmon hit the college recruiting circuit and welcome a ton of young guns for the '06 campaign and are once again ready to dominate Ford Field and the post-game festivities in the Village. As always, the Fish will bring it with a roster that includes former All-Americans at every position (nine total), two former All-Vail players and five former MLL-ers. The attack is loaded as always with former All-Americans Joe Hope (Ithaca) and Peter Troup (Salisbury), as well as former MLL-er Chris Bromby (UNH) and 2006 AA Nick Bonacci (Dartmouth). All-Americans Jed Cronin (OWU) and Matt Casey (Ithaca) lead a talented midfield that also includes Kyle Frigon (Notre Dame) and Nick Currie (Hobart). A veteran defense is anchored by the "brothers Mitten" (Blaine - Loyola; Kyle - WAC) and Geoff Ianiri (Whittier) in front of All-American goalies Matt Troy (Ithaca) and Marc Jacobsen (Denison). After some near misses in the past, the Fish are hungry to Spawn & Die and grab the hardware in '06. Thanks to sponsors Lacrossewear, SCS Commodities Corp, Sho Sum and Commonwealth Development Group.

#7 Merrill Lynch
Coach: Paul Landaiche
Key Players: Devan Spilker (A), Limestone '03; Luke Gilbert (A), Whittier '03; Andy Murray (M), Salisbury '04
Capsule: Merrill Lynch's 2005 tournament was a bit of bad news/good news. The bad news was their 2-2 record. The good news was that both of their losses were by only two goals to Go Fast and Mammoth, two of the stronger teams in the tournament. They ended the Shootout with a win over the Rocky Mountain Oysters for a 7th place finish. Seven players on last year's team were drafted to the MLL, so Merrill reloaded with more quality players. The defense is stacked with Ben Love (Roanoke), Johnny Pritzlaff (Hampden-Sydney) and Sean White (Salisbury). The attack is also a problem with Luke Gilbert (Whittier) and Devan Spilker (Limestone), the two top scorers in the 2004 Vail tournament. In addition, the entire 2006 starting Salisbury midfield line will be on the roster. ML has dropped the "bad influence" of a couple sponsors and hope they can improve on their disappointing 2005 tourney. ML thanks its sponsors Merrill Lynch and STX.

#8 Rocky Mountain Oysters
Coach: Aaron Laaveg
Key Players: Nick Mirabito (A), Navy '08; Jon Birsner (A), Navy '06; Seth DiNola (D), Navy '05; Lance Vitt (A), Ohio State '05
Capsule: The Rocky Mountain Oysters are a fixture in Vail and have slowly worked their way into the top half of the bracket after several years of battling it out in the bottom. The Oysters are a traveling team based out of Colorado and have made several stops around the country, including Tahoe and South Beach among others. They reside mostly in Colorado, but with a smattering of players from Navy, the Oysters could present problems in the bracket this year. Matt Coughlin (Ohio Wesleyan) and John Galvin (Ohio Wesleyan) were teammates in college and still have a nice connection at attack. Brendan Winkler (Butler) will man the nets for RMO. The Oysters would like to thank their sponsors, LaxGear, Wells Fargo and PassTime.

#9 Team Guttman
Coach: David Leach
Key Players: Eric Krieger (G), Middlebury '02; Greg Bastis (M) Middlebury '05; Ben Tobey (A), Middlebury '04
Capsule: Team Guttman returns to the Vail Shootout this year looking to improve on their 12th place finish in last year's tournament. Led by the inspiration and ideals of one Myron "Guttman" Kohn, this determined group players hailing at one point in time from the frozen tundra of Middlebury, Vermont will look to give both their heart and soul while competing at 8,150 feet. Team Guttman is lucky the have the wisdom and hindsight of seasoned veterans at each position. Ben Tobey will shake the first game jitters out of a young attack group featuring Jon "Oswald" Sisto and Jim Cabrera. At the midfield, Peter Albro and Christopher Davis bring their combined ten years of Elite Tournament experience to the table. Tom "Dink Dink" O'Connor will likely take every run at LSM. Goaltender Eric Krieger will head up Team Guttman on the defensive end, while defenseman John West will bring his fast play and equally fast witted commentary. Together they will lead a talented group of poles including Cody Higginbottom, Chuck Kolb, and Ben Raymond. Team Guttman would like to thank sponsor Skibar, and wish all teams the best of luck in the tournament.

#10 City Grille/Flying Dog
Coaches: Chris Shopneck and Carle Stenmark
Key Players: David Elbot (M), Colgate '07; Todd Ruport (A), Denver '07; Timmy Gilchrist (M), Boston College '07; Andy Shopneck (M), Connecticut College '05
Capsule: This is the second season of the City Grille/Flying Dog team and they hope to improve on last year's consolation final. With a new and improved roster, they should be able to go deep into the tournament. With players such as David Elbot (Colgate), a two- time high school All-American and a strong contributor to the Red Hawk's squad, City Grille/Flying Dog has deep Colorado connections. Also on the team is Todd Ruport (Denver) who is coming off a strong season. Rounding out the key players is Timmy Gilchrist (Boston College), who is an offensive scoring machine and Andy Shopneck (Connecticut College), who has left a lasting legacy of being the Camels' most improved player year after year. The team would like to thank Salty for his strong commitment to winning and his unwavering support for Team City Grille/Flying Dog.

#11 IAS Select Breakaway Sports
Coach: Jeff Coulson
Key Players: n/a
Capsule: IAS Breakaway is a new entry on the Vail scene and is coming off a surprising championship in 2005's Lake Placid tournament. With players from Ohio Wesleyan, Nazareth, Providence, Skidmore and Marymount, IAS hopes to continue to surprise in Vail 2006. A number of the players have also participated in the IAS Select high school travel team program and one has even been playing for Coach Coulson for 19 years! IAS has a deep roster and will look to break into the top half of the bracket in their first Vail experience.

#12 The A-Team
Coach: Jim Sbarra
Key Players: David Tamberrino (M), Maryland '06; Rob Scherr (G), Johns Hopkins '03; Ian Healy (A), Maryland '05
Capsule: The A-Team had a great time in Vail last year and came away with the consolation championship with a controversial (and ultimately illegal) win over City Grille/Flying Dog. With top players from many big colleges back east, The A-Team could contend for an upper bracket berth. With Rob Scherr (Johns Hopkins) slated to start in the goal, the team should have a good chance on all defensive possessions.

#13 Team Vineyard Vines
Coaches: Rob Russell and Mike Hasenauer
Key Players: John Loftus (D), St. Lawerence '05; Steven Looney (M), Navy '06
Capsule: Team Vineyard Vines is in their inaugural Vail Shootout and will be led by a contingent of players from St. Lawrence and the US Naval Academy. Navy's Steven Looney, who is one of the best dodging and creating threat in college lacrosse, will bolster the midfield. The defense will be lead by John Loftus of St. Lawrence University and complimented by three defensemen from the USNA. Kevin Russell, will be the leader of the attack. Other notables are Mike Zuckerman from Georgetown '03 and John Urquhart from Brown '04.

#14 Team 5280/Tap Room
Coach: Chris Spangler
Key Players: Chris Bluse (G), Colorado '04; Dave Duff (M), Goucher '08; Sam Allen (A), Skidmore '09; Nick Stoffel (M), Denver '09
Capsule: Team 5280/Tap Room is returning for its sixth year in Vail and is coming off of a strong finish at last years' tournament. They ended a great run in '05 by defeating the Club All-Stars in a hard fought battle that came down to the wire. Team 5280 scored in the last minute of the game to go ahead 8-7 and took home the well earned Dostero Bowl Championship Cup (pet name for the Vail Toilet Bowl) to avoid a last place finish. This year 5280/Tap Room look to do even better with a returning core of wily veterans. To help ease the burden of lacrosse at 8,000 feet, they have had an aggressive year of recruiting and have signed a number of young guns back from successful seasons at Cornell, Goucher, Skidmore and Bowdoin. The new blood draws mainly from the east coast but their roots are all Colorado. 5280/Tap Room is now made up of a number of All-American players and future all stars and should prove exciting to watch in '06. With the return of standout goalie Chris Bluse (Colorado) and top college players Sam Allen (Skidmore) and Karl Koch (Goucher), Team 5280/Tap Room will no doubt give many teams a run for their money. On the offensive side of the ball they have added the Baltimore one-two punch Dave Duff (Goucher) and Alan Tiet (Goucher). 5280/Tap Room challenges any team this year to stop this combo from scoring. For those that do, you earn a free round at the Tap Room on the team. With a star studded roster under the watchful eye of Coach Spangler this is going to be the best Team 5280/Tap Room to date. When not on the field in the greatest tournament of the year, you will find the team enjoying the Vail night life each evening at the THE TAP ROOM, located at the top of Bridge Street (333 BRIDGE ST). Please come out and cheer the team on or meet us for happy hour at the Tap Room. Good luck to all this year and much thanks to the Tap Room and Lax World Colorado for making this season possible.

#15 Club All-Stars
Coach: Mike Johnson
Key Players: n/a
Capsule: No information was available at press time for 2005's last place team.

#16 Generals
Coach: Mark McLewee
Key Players: Matt Dugan (A), Washington & Lee '01; Matt Fink (A), Washington & Lee '04; Pete Iwancio (D), Washington & Lee '01
Capsule: Another new entry in 2006, the Generals are almost entirely from Washington & Lee and hope for a solid first tournament in Vail. The Generals expect to challenge for a spot in the top ten. With ODAC career points leader Matt Dugan leading the attack, they should get some solid offensive production. As another "alumni" team joining the ranks of Rock-it Pocket, Guttman and Team 21, the Generals are making a bid to be in Vail for a long, long time.

#17 The Foot Clan
Coach: Luga Podesta
Key Players: Doug Abate (D), UC-Santa Barbara '07; Chris McCall (A), UC-San Diego '07; Nick Schooler (M), UC-Santa Barbara '06; Brian Minkler (M), Loyola Marymount '08
Capsule: Comprised mostly of players from the MDIA's WCLL, The Foot Clan has a very western feel to it. With a strong Loyola Marymount contingent and several Colorado fill-ins, The Foot Clan will be a good addition to this year's Vail tournament. Several MDIA All-Americans dot the roster with Chris McCall (UCSD), Nick Schooler (UCSB) and Doug Abate (UCSB). The squad also features a few younger members of Colorado State's 2006 national championship team. Look for The Foot Clan to perhaps surprise a team or two over the four days as most of them experience Vail for the first time.

#18 Tigers
Coach: Dave Zazzaro
Key Players: n/a
Capsule: The 2006 Vail "TIGERS" team is a compilation of old and new players from Colorado College and some "friends" of the program from Holy Cross, UMass and some local club teams. The team is looking to improve on last year's finish while continuing to have fun in the Rocky Mountains.

Review the 2005 Men's Elite Coverage
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Dates of Play
Saturday - July 1, 2006: Opening Round Games
Sunday - July 2, 2006: Second Round Games
Monday - July 3, 2006: Semi-Final Games
Tuesday - July 4, 2006: Championship and Consolation Games
Men's Elite Brackets

Games on each day are held at Ford Field and Edwards Field with the winning games primarily held at Ford Field, just east of downtown Vail, and the consolation games primarily held at Edwards Field. Sunday's championship games are held at Ford Field.

All Players must be members of US Lacrosse. Players may contact US Lacrosse before the tournament to make this as easy as possible. US Lax representatives will be on-hand to check in teams to ensure that all are current members. You may renew or join at: US Lacrosse

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