Team STX Claims First Vail Women's Elite Title
|Former Texas club star Clayton
Crum attempts to gain possession during Team STX's 13-3 win over
the Harrow Honeybadgers in Sunday's women's elite final at the 41st
Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
© Dominique Taylor
VAIL, Colo. — The newly-formed Team STX claimed the women's elite title in its first trip to the Vail Lacrosse Shootout, beating the Harrow Honeybadgers 13-3 in the championship game Sunday morning in the 41st edition of the prestigious summer tournament.
Team STX is women's lacrosse's first elite post-collegiate club team and its talent showed throughout the Vail tournament. STX won its five tournament games by an average of 12.4 goals.
Former Notre Dame attacker Maggie Tamasitis was named women's elite MVP, dishing out more than 20 assists throughout the tournament. Tamasitis had four assists in the championship game. Virginia alum Julie Gardner scored a game-high four goals.
Tamasitis and Gardner, along with Kitty Cullen (Florida), Lauren Schmidt (Stanford) and Sam Farrell (Florida) were named to the all-tournament team.
"We're at altitude and almost everyone is from sea level, so initially that had us a little nervous, but we do have the best players in the country on our team, so we weren't too nervous," said Team STX coach Carrie Gamper, a 2011 Denver graduate. "We came out and played hard."
Team STX will also play at the Lake Placid and Ocean City club tournaments this summer.
The team's Vail roster — Tamasitis, Cullen, Schmidt, Farrell, Gardner, Gamper, Brittany Brigandi (Le Moyne), Josie Owen (Virginia), Alyssa Kildare (Johns Hopkins), Taylor Thornton (Northwestern), Cacki Helmer (Cornell), Mary Flowers (Richmond), Lillie Lingo (North Carolina), Kate Henrich (Denver), Clayton Crum (Texas), Lauren Benner (Denver) and Dana Cahill (Penn State) — will be invited to the next two tournaments.
"It's unbelievable to even be a part of something like this," Tamasitis said. "It's really exciting. I feel so privileged to be asked to play with these girls with such high talent... It was like second nature. They made everything so easy. It's been a ton of fun."
That showed as the members of the team — in new white uniforms featuring Team STX in red and black — celebrated with team pictures late Sunday morning with picturesque mountains serving as the background.
"It's nice to come back to see a lot of familiar faces and friends," Gamper said. "The tournament here is so well run. It's a lot of fun competition, then you can go out and have a good time with everyone that you see."
Vail Women's Elite All-Tournament Team
Beth Calder, Colorado Lacrosse Club
Emma Lazaroff, Run Around Sue
Sonorah Vineyard, LOFers
Rachel Culp, CRSLAX.com
Casey Ancarrow, Harrow Honeybadgers
Mary Zulty, Harrow Honeybadgers
Lauren Bobzin, Harrow Honeybadgers
Kitty Cullen, Team STX
Lauren Schmidt, Team STX
Sam Farrell, Team STX
Kendall McBrearty, LOFers
Julie Gardner, Team STX
MVP — Maggie Tamasitis, Team STX
Coach/Team Rep — Nancy Baruch/Don Sherman, LOFers
Keeper of Lacrosse — Nancy Baruch, LOFers
For more from the 41st annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout, check back to LaxMagazine.com and visit VailLacrosse.com.