Coach: Paul Landaiche Jr., Clark Mercer
Key Players: Austin Kaut (Goalie, Penn State, 2014); Goran Murray (Defense, Maryland, 2015); Mike Chanenchuk (Midfield, Maryland, 2014); Wells Stanwick (Attack, Johns Hopkins, 2016); Kieran McArdle (Attack, St. John’s, 2014)
Team Preview: Lacrossewear is in its thirteenth 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 have a consistent focus on community involvement and philanthropy in addition to athletic endeavors. Team Lacrossewear decided back in 2005 that it was time to expand the scope and the significance of their involvement 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 on everyday lives. As a team and with their partner organizations, Team Lacrossewear supports health and social services causes and research through contributing to the United Way, the American Cancer Society and with exposure in events such as the Vail Shootout. Each year is another step closer to a cure! The Team would like to thank their longtime partner at Lacrossewear, Bo Lamon, for his continued support and providing the highest quality apparel in the lacrosse industry. They would also like to thank Clark Mercer, whose Red Mountain Grill in Avon is the new destination for Men’s and Women’s Elite après lax – with great food, 28 beers on tap and an outdoor patio, we know where the teams will be at sunset!
ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTERS
Coach/Organizer: Logan Bobzien
Key Players: Ben Brown (G: Whittier); Erik Smith (M F/O: Air Force); Will Corrigan (M: Notre Dame); Taylor Young (M: Denver); Ryan Parietti (A: Penn); Davis Gunter (D: Air Force); Hayden Porter (D: Colorado State)
Team Preview: The Oysters enter 2013 looking to build upon the success of recent years after taking 4th, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. The team’s emotional leader, Ben Brown, is hungry for his first Vail title and anchors a defense heavy with big game experience including Hayden Porter and Davis Gunter. The Oysters in the past have been successful because of chemistry, and this year is no exception. Outside of Will Corrigan, starting midfielder at Notre Dame, all midfield and attack hail from the same area of Colorado and have been playing together since middle school. Craftiness, veteran tactics, Youngbloods, and high IQ are all a part of The Oysters game. The best description: family. The Oysters look forward to the great competition that Vail always attracts, and letting their play show the fans of the tournament what has made this team consistently one of the best.
Team Founder: LT Matt Keller – USNA 2009
Team Managers: Tom Keller (Williams ’80)
Key Players: Ryan Danehy (Dartmouth ’06), Randy Fraser (Springfield ’90), Grant Whiteway (UMass ’15), Connor Mooney (UMass ’14), Mike Maggio (Lasell ’09), Nick Maggio (Merrimack ’12), Sam Mayes (Pheiffer ’10), Mike Levin (Brown ’04), Jimmy Harrison (Holy Cross ’09)
Team Preview: This year’s Brine Elite squad will look to repeat its journey 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, Party Time 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.
DENVER CITY LAX/STYLAX
Coaches: Ben Allison
Key Players: Kyle Harrison, and Sam Bradman
Team Preview: Denver City Lax is back at the Shootout for a third year, and has assembled a talented team made up of current college players, recent graduates and professional players. These players consist of current and past college All-Americans, college Players of the Year, Tewaaraton nominees and winner, and Team USA, Canada, & England representatives. This group of ambassadors meet in Vail each summer to compete and support the mission of Denver City Lax, a sports based youth development non-profit focused on introducing the sport of lacrosse to under-served neighborhoods while teaching life values and the importance of education. We are excited to team up with our sponsor StyLax, the premier manufacturer of sublimated lacrosse uniforms and apparel anywhere. And a big shout out to both STX and the players for hosting a free clinic for City Lax kids in Denver before arriving in Vail. You are ambassadors for the sport and we appreciate you giving back to help grow the game in urban areas. We also want to thank the long list of volunteers and contributors whose ongoing support continues to fuel the numerous success stories of Denver City Lax kids on the field and in the classroom. Your time, donations and financial support are what’s made it possible to bring new opportunities to youth in the Denver metro area. For more information or to make a donation please visit our website at: http://www.DenverCityLax.org.
THE BIG GREEN HERD
Coaches/Organizers: Ryan O’Connor, Brad Heritage
Key Players: Todd Heritage (A, Bucknell, 2014); Kyle Menendez (D, Stevenson, 2011); Jackson Place (D, Bucknell, 2014); Kyle Feeney (G, Bucknell, 2013), Mike Devine (M, Eastern Connecticut, 2014)
Team Preview: The Big Green Herd [BGH] is made up of a strong contingent of current and former players from Dartmouth College and Bucknell University, hence the team name. Beyond the members tied to those institutions, the BGH is rounded out with a very strong group of athletes who have excelled at all levels of the game. With an experienced and seasoned defense, led by savvy veterans Ryan O’Connor and Andrew Goodhand, and backstopped by net-minders Mike Novosel and Kyle Feeney, goals should be hard to come by against the Herd. Offensively, the BGH has very capable playmakers in attackmen Todd Heritage, Mike Bonacci, and Ronjohn Dadd, while the presence of Nick Bonacci, Peter Burke, Cam Lee, and Mike Devine from the midfield should put serious pressure on opposing defensive units. The BGH prides itself on making plays on and off the field, with hustle and camaraderie at the core of its approach. We’d like to thank the event organizers for their tireless work in putting the Shootout together and our friends/family for their support.