Team Canada Men Defeat USA 8-5 To Win 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship; Earns Third Title With Ball Control And Dominant Defensive Effort


The consensus among fans and analysts heading into Saturday’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship final between Canada and the United states was that the Americans, dominant all tournament long, were the clear-cut favorites.  Canada, seeking its first gold since 2006, needed to win faceoffs and control possession to keep the ball away from Team USA’s stacked offense, which came into the championship game averaging 17.83 goals per game and winning 80 percent of its faceoffs.

The consensus among fans and analysts heading into Saturday’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship final between Canada and the United states was that the Americans, dominant all tournament long, were the clear-cut favorites.
Canada, seeking its first gold since 2006, needed to win faceoffs and control possession to keep the ball away from Team USA’s stacked offense, which came into the championship game averaging 17.83 goals per game and winning 80 percent of its faceoffs.

It wasn’t pretty, and the announced 11,861 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park booed Canada in the second half as the team milked a lead that swelled to 8-2 early in the fourth quarter. But it worked. Canada earned just its third world championship Saturday with a shocking 8-5 win.

Despite an attack-driven offense led throughout the tournament by leading scorers Curtis Dickson, Mark Matthews and Adam Jones, it was Canada’s midfield that stepped up in the final. Canada midfielder Kevin Crowley, a Chesapeake Bayhawk who came into the game with three goals in six games, scored five times, and midfielder Jordan Hall, who had just one assist in the tournament, finished with two assists.

Veteran faceoff specialist Geoff Snider, the hero of Canada’s surprise 2006 gold medal in London, Ontario, helped the Canadians to a 35-22 ground-ball advantage and limited Team USA’s duo of Greg Gurenlian and Chris Eck, who went 7-for-14 on the night.

The U.S. offense went cold against Canada. It managed just 30 shots — nearly 20 below its tournament average — against goalkeeper Dillon Ward (10 saves), who played well en route to Most Valuable Player honors. A late three-goal run by Team USA cut Canada’s lead to 8-5 with 6:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, firing up the crowd and generating some loud “U-S-A” chants, but it couldn’t get them all the way back. A goal by Canada’s Wesley Berg with 5:01 left was called off, but the United States couldn’t sustain its momentum and did not score again.

Kevin Leveille led the United States with a hat trick, while dangerous midfielders Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and Dave Lawson, who had combined for 42 points entering the final, failed to register a goal or an assist. Rob Pannell had a goal and three assists for the Americans.

The game started slowly, with Canada taking a 2-0 lead after the first quarter on two goals by Crawley. Neither team made much progress in the second quarter, either, and the Canadians took a 3-1 lead into halftime. But just as Team Canada showed against the Iroquois Nation in its 12-6 semifinal win Thursday night, it was an overwhelming third quarter that proved most crucial.

This was the fifth straight time the United States and Canada have played in the gold-medal game, with the Americans winning the last world championship, in 2010, behind MVP Rabil.

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Team USA Dominates Iroquois Nationals 18-5 At World Championships; Earn #1 Seed In Semifinals


Team USA head coach Richie Meade gathered his group after its 18-5 dismantling of the Iroquois Nationals and said, "That's the way we want to play." Start with the faceoffs, and work your way around the field: the U.S. defense squashed the Thompson-led offense, goalie Jesse Schwartzman made timely stops, two-way midfielders controlled possession and the offense lit it up, with Rob Pannell and Paul Rabil combining for 10 goals and four assists.

Team USA head coach Richie Meade gathered his group after its 18-5 dismantling of the Iroquois Nationals and said, “That’s the way we want to play.”
Start with the faceoffs, and work your way around the field: the U.S. defense squashed the Thompson-led offense, goalie Jesse Schwartzman made timely stops, two-way midfielders controlled possession and the offense lit it up, with Rob Pannell and Paul Rabil combining for 10 goals and four assists.

And yet still, when the post-game huddle broke, U.S. assistant coach Dave Pietramala made sure to remind everyone, “We can be better.” Really?

Pietramala’s defense was well-prepared and executed. Close defenseman Tucker Durkin marked Lyle Thompson, as he did when the pair matched up against each other in college, and limited him to two assists. Michael Evans held Miles Thompson in check (three goals) and Lee Zink blanked crease attackman Cody Jamieson and rising Syracuse senior Randy Staats when he moved down to attack from midfield where he started the game. Staats also drew the pole of Kyle Hartzell when he played midfield.

Durkin used a tough punch check to harass Thompson throughout the tilt, and got plenty of support from roamers looking to close in if the ball appeared in a stick longer than a couple seconds. The Iroquois ended up taking fewer shots (14) than the U.S. scored goals. Pannell outscored the Nationals by two goals on his own.

“We knew a lot of their dodgers are very good at keeping the ball in their stick,” Durkin said. “We wanted to make sure when we doubled, we came in hard and we made sure to try to get the ball on the ground. The biggest thing for us was protecting inside, they are so good at hitting cutters backside, inside, through the defense. We wanted to protect the interior of the defense. We thought that was crucial.”

The U.S. didn’t watch any tape of past Johns Hopkins-Albany games in its “bunker,” its converted common-room space in the dorms at Denver University, where the group meets before doing generally anything, including breaking down film. But they did watch the last couple Iroquois games here, with Lyle Thompson shifted to attack.

Team USA Men’s Lacrosse Top Australia 16-7 On July 12; Face Japan In Game 3 Of Pool Play


For Australia, the sight of yellow flags flying into the twilight sky was exactly what they wanted to see Saturday. It started almost immediately, when goony-looking Callum Robinson nailed Team USA's Max Seibald with a late hit after Seibald scored and then baited Team USA's Brendan Mundorf into a shoving match less than two minutes into the game.

For Australia, the sight of yellow flags flying into the twilight sky was exactly what they wanted to see Saturday. It started almost immediately, when goony-looking Callum Robinson nailed Team USA’s Max Seibald with a late hit after Seibald scored and then baited Team USA’s Brendan Mundorf into a shoving match less than two minutes into the game.

Robinson, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound defenseman whose shoulder-length hair reflects his alter ego as an avid surfer, and Mundorf both wound up in the penalty box. It set the tone for a 16-penalty slugfest, with the U.S. pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 16-7 victory.

“They gotta earn respect from us and we gotta earn respect from them. We don’t want to give them too much, and we don’t want to give them too little,” said Robinson, a Wembley Lacrosse Club export who is one of the top defensemen in NCAA Division III at Stevenson. “We just tried to beat ‘em up a little bit and run with ‘em.”

The strategy kept the game close. Matt Diver’s second man-up goal with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter pulled Australia, which defeated Japan in double-overtime Friday, within five at 11-6.

But Team USA, bolstered by a 17-for-23 combined faceoff performance by Chris Eck and Greg Gurenlian and an inspired effort on both ends of the field by Paul Rabil, finished the game on a 5-1 run that included Rabil scoring on a hidden-ball trick.

Rabil and Dave Lawson scored four goals apiece, Marcus Holman had three goals and an assist, and Rob Pannell added two goals and two assists.

“Teams want to be physical. Their defense checked hard and played hard. We were a little stagnant at times offensively,” Holman said. “We stayed with it and got some good goals.”

Team USA amassed nine minutes on nine penalties. Australia had seven penalties for 5 minutes, 30 seconds.

“You can’t take a ton of penalties,” Lawson said. “That’s something we definitely need to improve on.”

Team USA improved to 2-0 and moved into first place in the Blue Division. The U.S. will play Japan on Sunday. Australia fell to 1-1 and will meet England.

2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships: Team USA Men Defeat Canada 10-7 On July 10


 Eight straight goals helped the United States open the 2014 FIL World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, with a big win over Canada, its championship game opponent in each tournament since 1998. Flipping a 3-0 deficit early in the second quarter to an 8-3 lead deep in the third, the run powered an eventual 10-7 victory for the defending world champion.

Eight straight goals helped the United States open the 2014 FIL World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, with a big win over Canada, its championship game opponent in each tournament since 1998. Flipping a 3-0 deficit early in the second quarter to an 8-3 lead deep in the third, the run powered an eventual 10-7 victory for the defending world champion.

Midfielder Paul Rabil – the Best and Fairest Player (MVP) of the 2010 world championship in Manchester, England – sparked the rally, assisting on two of the first three scores and scoring unassisted on the fourth goal to give Team USA its first lead of the day. He added another late as the U.S. held off the pesky Canadians, who scored three of the final four goals to keep the pressure on as time wound down.

Jesse Schwartzman and Team USA’s defense kept a very good Canada offense in check. The Canadians were held scoreless over a 30-minute stretch during the U.S. run. Schwartzman made seven saves to earn the win, while Team USA allowed Canada just 20 shots on the night, compared to 40 that its offense generated.

Chris Eck (8-for-16) and Greg Gurenlian (4-for-5) also played a big role for the U.S., locking down the advantage at the “X” over Canada’s Geoff Snider (9-for-21). Five of those wins came on violations, while Eck and Gurenlian were whistled three times.

Team Canada goalie Dillon Ward was outstanding in the losing effort, totaling 18 saves to help his team keep it close despite the U.S. run. Canada’s offense just ran dormant for that long period and never could get closer than within three of the U.S. Zack Greer scored twice for Canada, while Mark Matthews had a goal and an assist.

Rob Pannell and Kevin Buchanan, with two goals and an assist apiece, both also had solid games in their world championship debuts for Team USA. In total, seven players scored goals for coach Richie Meade’s squad. Six of the 10 goals were assisted.

Both teams have an off day as the rest of the tournament kicks off with games all dayFriday. Team USA looks to stay perfect in Blue Division play with Australia – third place in 2010 – on Saturday at 5 p.m. Canada takes on England at 8 p.m. immediately following that contest.

2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout: “On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear” Defeats “The Cage Goes All Out” 12-8 To Win Men’s Elite Championship


On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear 12, The Cage Goes All Out 8  It was almost déjà vu at the Lacrosse Vail Shootout, but this time around On The Hop Nation / Lacrosswear went home with the hardware, edging out defending champion The Cage Goes All Out.  The two teams faced off last year in the men’s elite finals game with The Cage Goes All Out winning in a thrilling double-overtime game.  On Sunday though, after jumping out to an early lead, Lacrosswear was able to hang on, winning, 12-8.  Lacrosswear got on the board first with early goals from attack men Anthony Biscardi and Deemer Class. After a slashing penalty, The Cage Goes All Out took advantage of the man-up situation and Billy Ward found twine. But Lacrossewear midfielder Ryan Tucker got the goal back just 30 seconds later to put his team up, 3-1, after the first quarter.  In the second frame, the two teams traded goals with neither team scoring more than two goals in a row. The Cage Goes All Out found the net twice early, evening the score at 3-3. Then Class found himself with a clear look again after a dish from Steve Romano, and put the ball in to give Lacrossewear the edge again.  Next, The Cage Goes All Out’s Kevin Wylie netted a goal to even the score, but just seven seconds later, Kevin Massa of Lacrossewear won the face off and took the ball down the field for a quick score.  The Cage Goes All Out scored the next two goals, and then Lacrossewear’s Nick Mariano took over.  Mariano evened the score at six goals apiece with just under two minutes to go in the half, and then, got another shot to go with less than two seconds to go in the frame to send Lacrossewear into the half up by one. Mariano wasn’t done though; he kicked off the third quarter with his third goal of the game to complete the hat trick. “I was just put in a good opportunity to finish the ball,” Mariano said. “That’s why I’m on the team, just to finish the ball and look for my open opportunities and just score. I had good shots on goal and luckily they went in.” Lacrosswear’s Ryan Brown fired a goal in off of a Ryan Tucker assist to put his squad up, 9-6, giving it its largest lead of the game up until that point. The Cage Goes All Out snagged one more goal before the frame’s final whistle to set the stage for the fourth quarter with Lacrossewear leading, 9-7.  Defenses dominated the first half of the fourth, but Lacrossewear finally broke out with goals from Romar Dennis, Class and TJ Neubauer. Ward got a goal for The Cage Goes All Out late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Lacrossewear. “The guys did a great job today,” said Lacrossewear head coach Paul Landaiche. “They really played well. They’ve been very consistent all week in how they’ve played. A lot of times out here it’s matchups, so we really didn't know until we got near the game exactly how it was going to play out, and Nick and Anthony both on attack did really, really well today matching up so we kept them in there.” Landaiche isn’t starting to think about next year’s tournament just yet. “I’m only thinking now how I’m going to get that big trophy through security,” he said.  But tournament organizers are already getting exciting for the 2015 Vail Lacrosse Shootout. The tournament will return to the mountain town in full force June 27-July 5, 2015. Next year’s tournament will feature four more divisions as the Shootout returns to its typical eight-division setup.  The tournament will also feature a new and improved complex at Ford Field in 2015 which while will provide multiple fields in one location and increased convenience for players and fans. “The scenery is magnificent,” said Team Australia head coach Glenn Merit who participated in his first Vail Lacrosse Shootout this year. “The people are terrific. The place is fantastic. I can’t believe I haven’t been here before.”

On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear 12, The Cage Goes All Out 8
It was almost déjà vu at the Lacrosse Vail Shootout, but this time around On The Hop Nation / Lacrosswear went home with the hardware, edging out defending champion The Cage Goes All Out.
The two teams faced off last year in the men’s elite finals game with The Cage Goes All Out winning in a thrilling double-overtime game.
On Sunday though, after jumping out to an early lead, Lacrosswear was able to hang on, winning, 12-8.
Lacrosswear got on the board first with early goals from attack men Anthony Biscardi and Deemer Class. After a slashing penalty, The Cage Goes All Out took advantage of the man-up situation and Billy Ward found twine. But Lacrossewear midfielder Ryan Tucker got the goal back just 30 seconds later to put his team up, 3-1, after the first quarter.
In the second frame, the two teams traded goals with neither team scoring more than two goals in a row. The Cage Goes All Out found the net twice early, evening the score at 3-3. Then Class found himself with a clear look again after a dish from Steve Romano, and put the ball in to give Lacrossewear the edge again.
Next, The Cage Goes All Out’s Kevin Wylie netted a goal to even the score, but just seven seconds later, Kevin Massa of Lacrossewear won the face off and took the ball down the field for a quick score.
The Cage Goes All Out scored the next two goals, and then Lacrossewear’s Nick Mariano took over.
Mariano evened the score at six goals apiece with just under two minutes to go in the half, and then, got another shot to go with less than two seconds to go in the frame to send Lacrossewear into the half up by one. Mariano wasn’t done though; he kicked off the third quarter with his third goal of the game to complete the hat trick.
“I was just put in a good opportunity to finish the ball,” Mariano said. “That’s why I’m on the team, just to finish the ball and look for my open opportunities and just score. I had good shots on goal and luckily they went in.”
Lacrosswear’s Ryan Brown fired a goal in off of a Ryan Tucker assist to put his squad up, 9-6, giving it its largest lead of the game up until that point. The Cage Goes All Out snagged one more goal before the frame’s final whistle to set the stage for the fourth quarter with Lacrossewear leading, 9-7.
Defenses dominated the first half of the fourth, but Lacrossewear finally broke out with goals from Romar Dennis, Class and TJ Neubauer. Ward got a goal for The Cage Goes All Out late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Lacrossewear.
“The guys did a great job today,” said Lacrossewear head coach Paul Landaiche. “They really played well. They’ve been very consistent all week in how they’ve played. A lot of times out here it’s matchups, so we really didn’t know until we got near the game exactly how it was going to play out, and Nick and Anthony both on attack did really, really well today matching up so we kept them in there.”
Landaiche isn’t starting to think about next year’s tournament just yet.
“I’m only thinking now how I’m going to get that big trophy through security,” he said.
But tournament organizers are already getting exciting for the 2015 Vail Lacrosse Shootout. The tournament will return to the mountain town in full force June 27-July 5, 2015. Next year’s tournament will feature four more divisions as the Shootout returns to its typical eight-division setup.
The tournament will also feature a new and improved complex at Ford Field in 2015 which while will provide multiple fields in one location and increased convenience for players and fans.
“The scenery is magnificent,” said Team Australia head coach Glenn Merit who participated in his first Vail Lacrosse Shootout this year. “The people are terrific. The place is fantastic. I can’t believe I haven’t been here before.”

Denver Outlaws (7-3) Lose Fourth Of July Shootout 17-13 To Boston Cannons (5-5)


The fireworks started long before the final whistle at Sports Authority Field as the Boston Cannons (5-5) edged out the Denver Outlaws (7-3), 17-13, in an offensive explosion. Denver cut Boston’s lead to one late in the third quarter, but five fourth-quarter goals by the Cannons help them escape with the win. The two teams traded off goals for the majority of the game. Zack Greer got the Outlaws on the board first with the first goal of his season less than a minute into the contest, and just minutes later Boston’s Rob Emery evened the score. Emery finished with four goals on the night. Denver scored the next goal when Eric Law found twine for the 50th goal of his career. Then the Cannons scored twice, and the Outlaws followed suite, responding with back-to-back goals of their own. Law scored on an acrobatic put in that was originally ruled no goal before being overturned following a challenge, and John Grant Jr. sniped in a behind-the-back goal. Boston took their turn next, as Will Manny scored two goals to close the quarter with the Cannons up, 5-4. Jeremy Sieverts got into the action in the second frame, scoring two quick goals to put Denver up, 6-5. His first goal moved him into fifth place in Outlaws’ history for all-time points with 112. The Cannons didn’t let up though and finished the quarter on a 3-0 run, sending them to the locker room with an 8-6 advantage.   Sieverts started the third quarter like he did the second, finding twine early to get a hat trick. The two teams then traded off goals for the remainder of the quarter. Greer and Law scored just two minutes apart at the end of the frame to give them both a hat trick on the night, and tie the game at 11-11. For Law, it’s his eighth hat trick of the season. But after a late Boston goal, the teams headed to the final quarter with the Cannons up, 12-11. Law scored his fourth goal of the game in the fourth quarter and Terry Kimener put one in late, but five goals from Boston in the final frame helped them seal the deal, 17-13. It’s the first time in 762 days that the Outlaws have lost at home. The last time Denver lost back-to-back games was in June of 2012 when it dropped contests on May 19 and June 12. The Outlaws return to action at home against the Florida Launch on Sunday, July 20, at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

The fireworks started long before the final whistle at Sports Authority Field as the Boston Cannons (5-5) edged out the Denver Outlaws (7-3), 17-13, in an offensive explosion.
Denver cut Boston’s lead to one late in the third quarter, but five fourth-quarter goals by the Cannons help them escape with the win.
The two teams traded off goals for the majority of the game. Zack Greer got the Outlaws on the board first with the first goal of his season less than a minute into the contest, and just minutes later Boston’s Rob Emery evened the score. Emery finished with four goals on the night.
Denver scored the next goal when Eric Law found twine for the 50th goal of his career. Then the Cannons scored twice, and the Outlaws followed suite, responding with back-to-back goals of their own. Law scored on an acrobatic put in that was originally ruled no goal before being overturned following a challenge, and John Grant Jr. sniped in a behind-the-back goal.
Boston took their turn next, as Will Manny scored two goals to close the quarter with the Cannons up, 5-4.
Jeremy Sieverts got into the action in the second frame, scoring two quick goals to put Denver up, 6-5. His first goal moved him into fifth place in Outlaws’ history for all-time points with 112.
The Cannons didn’t let up though and finished the quarter on a 3-0 run, sending them to the locker room with an 8-6 advantage.
Sieverts started the third quarter like he did the second, finding twine early to get a hat trick. The two teams then traded off goals for the remainder of the quarter. Greer and Law scored just two minutes apart at the end of the frame to give them both a hat trick on the night, and tie the game at 11-11. For Law, it’s his eighth hat trick of the season. But after a late Boston goal, the teams headed to the final quarter with the Cannons up, 12-11.
Law scored his fourth goal of the game in the fourth quarter and Terry Kimener put one in late, but five goals from Boston in the final frame helped them seal the deal, 17-13.
It’s the first time in 762 days that the Outlaws have lost at home. The last time Denver lost back-to-back games was in June of 2012 when it dropped contests on May 19 and June 12.
The Outlaws return to action at home against the Florida Launch on Sunday, July 20, at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Elite Men’s Teams Begin Play On July 3 With “The Cage Goes All Out”, “On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear”, “Brine Elite” And “The Big Green Herd” As Favorites


 

2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout

The Cage Goes All Out

Key Players: Nick Ossello (Notre Dame), Billy Ward (Syracuse), Tyler German (UVa), Rhody Heller (UVa), Isaac Bock (Penn), Ryan LaPlante (DU), Greg Coholan (UVa), Tanner Ottenbreit (UVa), Peter McCartney (Syracuse), Sean Cannizaro (DU), Zed Williams (UVa)
Team Preview: The 2013 Vail Shootout Champions intend to go All Out again in 2014, with help from Vaught Oil and The Cage Sports (a Colorado born-and-bred lacrosse/hockey store in Grand Junction – http://www.cagesportsco.com). The team’s double-overtime win in the Championship game last year was pretty great lacrosse, and All Out—dressed by The Cage— has once again put together a core group of Colorado natives who each bring a teammate or two from their current college teams (all now honorary Coloradoans!). A rag-tag bunch who have serious fire power when they get serious. All in, All Out!

On the Hop Nation/Lacrossewear

Coaches/Organizers: Paul Landaiche Jr., Clark Mercer
Key Players: Kevin Massa (Bryant ’16); Deemer Class (Duke ’16); Tanner Scales (Virginia ’16); Sergio Perkovic (Notre Dame ’17)
Team Preview: On the Hop Nation / Lacrossewear is in its fourteenth Vail Shootout and has earned a reputation as one of the premier Men’s Elite teams in the nation. Lacrossewear’s team consistently features many of the most highly skilled players in lacrosse, young men who are leaders on the field, in their classrooms and in their communities. The mission is always to maintain a consistent focus on community involvement and philanthropy in addition to academic and athletic endeavors.

Team Lacrossewear decided back in 2005 to expand the scope and the significance of participation in the Shootout by benefiting the American Cancer Society and organizations committed to finding a cure for breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer; they incorporate pink and purple in their uniforms, colors representing cancer awareness, as a visible reminder of their causes. With your support, they can continue their great efforts both on the field and in their local areas, highlighting the impact that we as individuals can have each day on the lives of others. As a team and with their partner organizations, Team On the Hop Nation / Lacrossewear supports health and social services causes and research through contributing to the American Cancer Society and with exposure in events such as the Vail Shootout. Each year is another step closer to a cure!

We are proud to welcome our title sponsor “On the Hop Nation” who is creating an exciting, all-encompassing new movement in the world of sports. They have developed the ultimate online resource for all things sports-related for the student athlete. The team would also like to thank Lacrossewear founder Bo Lamon for his continued partnership and support and for providing the highest quality apparel in the lacrosse industry. They would also like to recognize Tivoli Brewing Company who remains an important Vail partner and a strong supporter of the lacrosse community and this year’s World Games.

Brine Elite

Team Founder: ENS Matt Keller – USNA 2009
Team Managers: Tom Keller (Williams ’80)
Key Players: Attack: Grant Whiteway (UMass ’15), Ryan Danehy (Dartmouth ’06), Mike Maggio (Lasell ’09)
Midfield: Connor Mooney (UMass ’14), Randy Fraser (Springfield ’90), Andrew Sokol (UMass ’15), Nick Maggio (Merrimack ’12)
Defense: Sam Mayes (Pheiffer ’10), Jordan Hendry (Denver ’10)
Goal: Mike Levin (Brown ’04), Chris Hettler (Colgate ’02)
Team Preview: This year’s Brine Elite squad will look to build on its two straight trips to the final four of the Men’s Elite Division. The rarified air of Vail left the team eager to compete for the title once again. Some of the best players to ever play in the BRINE Elite Summer Lacrosse League make up about half of the roster. The other half has a distinct Colorado flavoring. With this melting pot of lacrosse talent, the team really looks forward to the 4th of July and the Vail Shootout.

Thanks go out to our sponsors for their continued support; BRINE and the BRINE Elite Lacrosse League.

Our thoughts and prayers are always with the people serving to protect our country, especially the members of Riverine Squadron 3, USN.

The Big Green Herd

Coaches/Organizers: Ryan O’Connor, Brad Heritage
Key Players: Trey Wilkes (M, Ohio State, 2009); Kyle Menendez (D, Stevenson, 2011); Mike Novosel (G, Dartmouth, 2010); Sean Doyle (A, Bucknell, 2016)
Team Preview: The Big Green Herd is back again in 2014 determined to overcome the disappointment of coming up just short in last year’s semifinal game. Once again, our team is made up of a strong core of current and former players from Dartmouth College and Bucknell University, rounded out by family and friends, who have excelled at all levels of the game. With an experienced and seasoned defense, led by savvy veterans Ryan O’Connor and Michael DeGuzman, and backstopped by net minder Mike Novosel, goals should be hard to come by for the Herd’s opponents.
Offensively, the BGH has very capable playmakers in attackmen Todd Heritage, Sean Doyle, and Mike Olentine, while the presence of Nick Bonacci, Cam Lee, Kyle Shanahan, and Peter Burke from the midfield stripe should put serious pressure on opposing defenses. Our squad prides itself on making plays on and off the field with respect and high integrity.

The Big Green Herd is powered by Motive Pure and styled by Kind Design. Finally, we’d like to thank the Vail Shootout organizers and staff for their tireless efforts in making this tournament such a huge success.

Adrenaline Tropics

Organizers: Jono Zissi & Maria Brooks
No information was available at press time.

Rocky Mountain Oysters
Coach/Organizer: Logan Bobzien
Key Players: Ben Brown (G, Whittier); Ryan Parietti (A, Penn); Bryce Parietti (A, Denver); Jack Bobzien (A, Denver); Brian Kormondy (M, Delaware); Chace Calkin (M, Denver); Taylor Young (M, Denver); Drew Babb (D, Denver); Mitch Boh (D, Air Force); Ryan Cunningham (D, Loyola)
Team Preview: The RM Oysters are excited once more to be a part of the Vail Tournament. With a mixture of talent from within and without Colorado they are looking to make it the most memorable yet. Ben Brown returns as the anchor in net with a deep, athletic, experienced defense in front of him from DU, Loyola, Air Force, and CSU. The midfielders and attack match the play of the defense and then some. Ryan Parietti, Taylor Young, Chace Calkin, and Brian Kormondy have been playing together since elementary school. Their chemistry on field automatically spreads to the rest of the team. With a smoke machine and mirrors in tow, a fun sponge or two, OX, belly flops, and brooms, no matter what this team will bring the energy and compete over the four days.

Most importantly – we could not be more excited to welcome the competitors from across the World in preparation for the World Games. We hope their experience in Vail is as memorable as ours and keeps them coming back for years to come.

Millennium Chiefs

Key Players: Brendan Caputo (M- Brown), John Baker (D- Colgate), Bailey Tills (M- Brown), Peter Conley (A- Georgetown), Jordan Friedman (LSM- Colgate)
Team Preview: The Millennium Chiefs are back and are a dangerous squad based out of Colorado, and are constructed of D1 and D3 players. The slick attack and devastating midfield will be what carries the Chiefs team. Many of the players are on the same team in college or they have played together since a very young age – the chemistry is going to be scary. Millennium is confident that they are going to make some noise and turn heads this year at the Shootout.

Millennium would like to thank our sponsors Flavors and D H Friedman Properties for their support!

The LOFers

Coach and Organizer: By Committee
Key Players: Pat Berry (Goalie, Saint Leo University), Pat Young (Midfield, UMBC), Matt Obermeyer (Attack, Saint Leo University), Justin Dunn (Defense, Goucher), Tyler Baruch (Midfield, University of Colorado)
Team Preview: Representing the Lacrosse Outreach Foundation (LOF), the LOFers again return to Vail, CO for another run at the title. Will this be the year?

Special thanks to Ted and Nancy Baruch and the rest of the Lacrosse Outreach Foundation, we appreciate all of their support, and appreciate what they have done and continue to do for the lacrosse community in CO.

Jammin’ Salmon

Coach: Justin Porter
Key Players: Alex Love (A – Hobart College), Torin Varn (A – Hofstra), Mike Malave (M – Hofstra), Bobby DeWees (GettysBurg), Brett Neal (D – NYIT), Andrew Newbold (D – Sacred Heart), & Andrew Gvodzen (G – Hofstra)
Team Preview: The Jammin’ Salmon are back, and ready for 2014! This years “school” is a mix of collegiate standouts and the return of some ol’friends to add experience, as the “Fish” look to swim back into title contention!

A high powered attack will provide scoring upfront, with All-American Alex Love, accompanied by Torin Varn & Dalston Day! A tough midfield of 2-Way players will angle their way in-between the lines, with new addition Mike Malave! Defensively, big fins; Andrew Newbold and Brett Neal will anchor the fish down bottom!

Special Thanks to our sponsor Allied Solutions (FL) – thanks TK! Also, thanks to BackCountry Brewery (CO) for their donations/support & last but not least; BreakAway Sports Lacrosse (Jeff Serge) http://www.breakawaylacrosse.com.

Steve French

Coaches: Brian Leistikow & Steve Louro
Key Players: Corey Johnson (Middie, Western New England), Connor Saller (Middie, UNC), Aaron Harris (Defenseman, Western New England), Matt Kramer (Defenseman, DU)
Team Preview: Steve French is back for a 4th year. After three years under the team name Southern Combat Americans, the team is hoping with a new name there will be an added element of success. Made up of guys from Western New England, Hampden Sydney, and other Division 1, 2, 3 and MCLA clubs, Steve French is ready to be better than their teams of the past. A special thanks to our sponsor PGP Benefits.

Motive Pure

Coaches/Organizers: Dylan Davie
Key Players: Blake Knobloch (Jacksonville), Nic Bevaqua (Stevenson), Parker Jackson (USAF), Jack Stebbins (Colgate), Jake Gonzalez (Drexel), Drew Stormo (Dennison), Grey Ritger (Colorado College), Jason Cleary (Washington and Lee).
Team Preview: Team Motive Pure is heading up to Vail with a crew of studs ready to represent the rehydration formula we love. We have a tried and true attack, a stacked midfield and a tight-knit D, which we hope will lead us through some spirited battles. Remember, stay hydrated… Absorb and Conquer.

Warrior X

Coaches and Organizers: Tom Conrad, Craig Haynes
Team Preview: These are Colorado Boys. Warrior X is made up primarily of Arapahoe High School Alumni (Centennial Colorado) who played on the 2009, 2012 and 2013 Colorado State 5A Championship Lacrosse teams. The team is complemented with additional players from other premier Colorado programs of those eras including Cherry Creek, Mountain Vista and Fort Collins Unified. Many of the players have played with or against each other since grade school and continue to play with or against each other for CU, CSU and Northern Colorado. Others are playing for Division II and Division III programs and have brought along some friends most notably from D-III power house Rochester Institute of Technology.

Uniforms designed and produced by Breakaway Sports to honor the Warrior spirit in all Lacrosse Players.

Team Gutman

Organizers: Jeff Begin and Skyler Hopkins
Key Players: Nate Gaudio (G – Middlebury College ’14), Ned Dilisio (D – Middlebury College ’13), Nick Stevens (M – Middlebury College, ’11)
Team Preview: Team Gutman returns to Vail to follow up their heralded 2013 performance of 3-1 overall for a strong 17th place finish and unofficial “Champions of Edwards” title. Between the pipes, they have Nate Gaudio, fresh off a 1st Team All-NESCAC performance in his final year at Middlebury, to anchor the defense. He is joined by former defensive standout Ned Dilisio, and his younger brother Gary Dilisio, whose off-season training regimen has set a new gold standard for all former panthers. Though he was unable to make it this year, Chris Teves will serve as the spiritual leader of the Gutman squad in absentia – his persistence in the face of adversity and “do whatever it takes” attitude will be sorely missed. Fortunately Nick Stevens (Middlebury ’11) has come out of retirement to carry on his legacy in the Midfield. Proudly sporting uniforms featuring the unmistakable grin of their beloved Peter Kohn – the team’s namesake and former Head Coach / Hydration Specialist / Motivational Speaker / Chewing Gum Aficionado / Lead Singer / Railroad Expert – Gutman is proud to continue its tradition at the Vail Shootout and is looking forward to another year of choir practice on the village shuttle. Cheer Boys Cheer!

Prestige Lacrosse Club

Coach and Organizer: Greg Sprenzel
Key Players: Peter DeFinis (Drexel ’02), Ryan Knautz (Adrian ’11), Ben Sataloff (Washington College ’13), Ben Weisz (Colorado ’11)
Team Preview: Nachos, lemon heads and my Dad’s boat…Prestige is back! Our goalies Mitchell Fenton and Michael Grinnell will be our backstop to our defense with James Miller leading the crew. Running midfield and taking our draws this year will be Ben Sataloff and Tyler Padzik. Our attack will be stronger than ever and yes, Ryan Knautz will be healthy this year. Pull up your anchor ’cause we’re leaving dry land.

Rock-it Pocket Pirates

Coaches and Organizers: Kyle Gies, Flip Naumburg
Team Preview: The Rock-it Pocket Pirate Team coordinator Kyle Gies (CSU LSM 2013) explains, “This team is made up of past CSU lacrosse players that wanted to bring together one team for the mid-Summer, 4th of July Vail Lacrosse Shootout.”

This self-proclaimed gang of ship raiders will be led on offense by Cooper Kehoe (CSU First Team MCLA AA 2011), and the lacrosse smart, attack active Austin Fisher (CSU MCLA First team AA 2013). The Pirate offensive movement should get a power boost from Wilkins Desmuke, a prolific high school scorer from Colorado currently playing DI lacrosse in Baltimore as a Blue Jay at Johns Hopkins. The defense will deploy the “All hands on deck” CSU Team Defensive approach, led by the fair-haired Tyler Zabor (CSU 2013), one of the best ever to carry a ’green and gold pole’. First Team 2014 MCLA All-American Defenseman Tim Miaskiewicz (CSU 2014) will provide a solid presence inside and out in the collective effort to keep the ball out of and away from our goal. First Team 2014 MCLA All American Goalie Jack Regan (CSU 2014) and Koltin Fatzinger (CSU 2014) will be anchoring the defense, standing tall at the front of our net.

The Pirates hope to hi-jack a few face offs with former CSU and MCLA standout Dan Warfield (CSU 2013) groveling for balls at the midline X. Matthew Jui (CSU 2012) heads up a list of ’transition’ middies, complimented by the likes of Alex Devlin.

The Pirates want to thank Coach Flip Naumburg, Mike Naumburg, and Rock-it Pocket for helping to make this 2014 Vail Family happen.

The Sharks

Coaches and Organizers: Glenn Meredith, Peter Brown, Murray Keen, Rod Ansell, Phil Ackland
Key Players: John Tokarua, Call Robinson, Keith Nyberg, Callum Mortimer, Ross Hamilton, Brad Sheldon, Andrew Ham, Warren Brown, Tom Vickery, David Gal, Luke Keesing, Stephen Mortimer, Ben Newman, Nigel Morton, Will Pickett, Tom Freeman, Anson Carter, Sam Bullock, Marty Hyde, James Lawerson, Chris Plumb, Matt Fuss, Nathan Stiglich, Alex Brown, Thomas Graham and Matt Diver.
Team Preview: The Sharks are taking a bite out of Vail for the first time and look forward to getting amongst it in the thin air of the beautiful Rockies, a solid mixture of youth of experienced players from all over the place brings a unique style of lax and skill to one of the World’s best tournaments.

GO SHARKS….

New Zealand National Team

Coaches and Organizers: Robert Macaluso, Jim Kaspar, Roger Snow, Jeremy Rualo, Gavin Higgins
Key Players: Andrew Clayton (A- Chapman University), Nick Ravenhall (F/O Oslo Legends), Toby Delamore (M – New England College), Eddie Roberts (M – Oregon State), Jeremy Kinkaid (M- Eastern Cheifz), Alex Pritzlaff (D – Hampden Sydney)
Team Preview: New Zealand is making its first appearance in the Vail Shootout and will be looking to find its form in preparation for the Denver World Games. The team will look to find its groove on offense with a lot of new faces to the team. Team veteran Face/Off Specialist and vocal leader, Nick Ravenhall will look to control the X for his country in what will be his last national team campaign. Leading a group of young guns looking to make their mark are Jeremy Kinkaid (M) and John Clayton (A). Team NZ will look to its veteran defensive unit for leadership anchored by brothers John and Alex Pritzlaff.

Team New Zealand would like to thank all of their fans and supporters with special thanks to Nike Lacrosse, STX and Lids Team Sports for their generous support.

Israel National Team

Coaches and Organizers: Bill Beroza (HC), Jeff Goldberg (AC), Mark Greenberg (AC), Eric Wolf (AC), Pete Ginnegar (AC), Howard Borkan (GM), Jon Barocas (Dir Ops)
Key Players: Matthew Cherry (F – Dickinson, #3), Casey Cittadino (M – Charlotte Hounds #5), Jacob Silberlicht (M – Hobart #7), Lee Coppersmith (M – Florida Launch, #23), Ari Sussman (F – Dartmouth, #33), Noach Miller (F – Vermont, #41)
Team Preview: From one of the lowest points on earth—near the Dead Sea—to one of the highest here in Vail, the Israel men’s national team is getting acclimated to the altitude and making their final preparations for the World Championships. The blue-and-white must trim their roster from 35 down to their final 23-man FIL-regulation squad, with competitions at several key positions. Team Israel boasts some serious firepower on attack (they actually call them “forwards” in the Middle East) with former pro Ari Sussman and company, as well as a smattering of current and former MLL stalwarts at every position. While half the squad is Israel-based, two players in particular – native Israeli prospects Benor Buniel and Yotram Drori—will be gaining immense experience, and you can expect Team Israel to get them, and others from the Jewish State plenty of action.

The Israel Lacrosse Association would like to express a big “Todah Rabah” (thank you!) to EL AL Airlines, STX, Taglit-Birthright, JCC Denver, Rock-it Pocket, Abu-Hassan Restaurant, and countless other dedicated organizations and individuals for their support.