Vail Shootout: Results/News from Day One
by Alex Smith | Special to
Lacrosse Magazine Online
The Vail Lacrosse Shootout hit year 38 on Saturday as teams from the men's Masters, Supermasters and Grandmasters kicked off the tournament. The weather was perfect and the lacrosse was pretty good too as teams began their quest for tournament and off-field glory. Most of the major favorites moved through in all three divisions.
Sunday will be one of the biggest days of the tournament as the Masters semifinals highlight the events on the Athletic Field and the Boys and Girls U-19 tournaments get going down in Avon and Edwards.
The men's Masters (age 30 and up) opened up play with six games in an upgraded 10-team tournament for 2010. This is the highest number of teams in the Masters in several years – a good sign that one of Vail's most exciting tournaments is back on the upswing. Two-time defending champion Jagermeister and The Olympic Club each rolled through their opponents on Day 1, while on the other side of the bracket, Hulu and Genesis did just enough to get by. Semifinal Sunday should be entertaining on the Athletic Field.
Chico's Bail Bonds 9, Breakaway Oysters 8 (play-in)
Jagermeister 21, Chico's Bail Bonds 2
The Olympic Club 17, Mac/Vipers 3
Hulu 19, Buddah's Ballers 3 (play-in)
Genesis 9, Lax Gear 8
Hulu 11, Middlebury 8
Jagermeister vs. Olympic Club – 12:30pm – Athletic Field
Genesis vs. Hulu – 2:30pm – Athletic Field
Breakaway Oysters vs. Buddha's Ballers – 10:30pm – Athletic Field
Chico's Bail Bonds vs. Mac/Vipers – 4:30pm – Athletic Field
Middlebury vs. Staff Team – 4:30pm – Ford West
Out of every division in the Shootout, the Supermasters (age 40 and up) group might be the most hotly contested. These guys certainly want to win and put on a good show every year. Rock-it Pocket opened up defense of their crown in convincing fashion, dispatching of the Arizona Graybirds 17-6. The Quicksilver Elder Statesmen made a statement on the other side of the bracket by putting the screws to Leopold Bros. – Aged Spirits 21-3. Day 2 will feature compelling quarterfinal games as the cream starts to rise to the top.
Millenium/Rock-it Pocket 17, Arizona Graybirds 6
Middlebury 10, Princeton Obsoletes 4
Yellow Dog 10, Lacrosse Republic 8
Lacrosse.com 13, NYAC Founding Fathers 3
Adidas Magic Wands 18, Colorado Lacrosse Club 1
Navy Old Goats 7, De Phiant 4
Quicksilver Elder Statesmen 21, Leopold Bros. – Aged Spirits 3
Middlebury vs. Yellow Dog – 12:30pm – Ford East
Navy Old Goats vs. Quicksilver Elder Statesmen – 12:30pm – Ford West
Lacrosse.com vs. Adidas Magic Wands – 2:30pm – Ford East
Millenium/Rock-it Pocket vs. NYAC Founding Fathers – 2:30pm – Ford West
Arizona Graybirds vs. Princeton Obsoletes – 10:30am – Donovan Park
Lacrosse Republic vs. Colorado Lacrosse Club – 10:30am – Ford East
De Phiant vs. Leopold Bros. Aged Spirits – 12:30pm – Donovan Park
One of the quickest growing divisions in the tournament is the Grandmasters (age 50 and up). From just two "exhibition" teams several years ago, now there are eight squads vying for the championship of our most seasoned division. The ever-present Nacho Mamas and the Quicksilver Eldest Statesmen rolled through the first round and appear destined for another match-up in the championship on Monday.
Quicksilver Eldest Statesmen 13, Princeton Obsoletes 0
Middlebury 7, Colorado Lacrosse Club 6
Los Viejos de Adidas 9, Gravediggers 5
Nacho Mamas 14, Navy Grand Goats 7
Eldest Statesmen vs. Middlebury – 8:30am – Ford West
Adidas Magic Wands vs. Nacho Mamas – 8:30am – Ford East
Princeton Obsoletes vs. Colorado Lacrosse Club – 8:30am – Donovan Park
Gravediggers vs. Navy Grand Goats – 8:30am – Athletic Field