Championship - Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 11, Team 21-8 - scoresheet
In a battle of #1 and #2 Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear took down defending champion Team 21 to earn their first Vail Shootout championship. 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 trailed again.
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 21 offense all game. All three were essential in keeping 21 off the board for a stretch that started at the end of the first quarter and ended when Team 21 was able to get on with 8:31 left in the third quarter.
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear used their size and speed to dominate the possession game. They scooped up 43 ground balls and won 18 face offs, in contrast Team 21 got 19 ground balls and 4 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 all tournament attackmen 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 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 tournament.
Rocco Romero (Cornell) was also an all tournament selection and finished with one goal and two assists for 21. Bobby Magrin (Herkimer) had a hat trick and that included a laser of a shot that pinged the top corner.
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear was the slight favorite going into the game, and verified they were better team in the 37th edition of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
All Tournament Team
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 Guerenlian - 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
Championship - Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 11, Team 21 8 - scoresheet
3nd Place: Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon7, Last Call 5 - scoresheet
5th Place: Brine Elite 9, Collared Greens 7 - scoresheet
7th Place: Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters 12, Club All-Stars 3 - scoresheet
Championship: Olympic Club 10, Baltimore Crabs 7 - scoresheet
11th Place: Team Chipotle 9, Team Gutman 7 - scoresheet
13th Place: Team 5280/Tap Room 4, Victorious Secret 2 - scoresheet
15th Place: The Loafers 7, Vendetta’s 4 - scoresheet
Round Robin Bracket:
Pond Hoppers 16, Dunn Financial 14 - scoresheet
Staff Infection 9, Lax Zone Miami 3 - scoresheet