Results of the 2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Day 7

There were some new teams and many new players competing at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout, but one thing remains the same Lacrosswear will square off against The Cage Goes All Out on Sunday in the men's elite championship game in a rematch of last year's final. Lacrosswear earned their spot first by rolling past Brine Elite, 23-13, before The Cage Goes All Out sealed a comeback win against The Big Green Herd, 14-12.

The Shootout hosted its first night game in 30 years at Homestake Peak between the Rock-it Pocket Pirates and the Israel National Team. The winners of the night game will face the Rocky Mountain Oysters in the consolation championship on Sunday morning. The Women's Elite division had more luck with weather and was able to complete all of the games uninterrupted. The championship will feature Team STX and Team CRSLax.com.

Results for Saturday 7/5

Men's Elite

On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear 23, Brine Elite 13
In the first semifinal, Lacrosswear used a dominant first half to cruise to a victory. The squad came out shooting early, grabbing a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Lacrosswear had three first-quarter goals from attackman Anthony Biscardi to carry a 7-3 lead into the second frame. Biscardi finished with six goals in the game.

"Anthony is a veteran player," said head coach Paul Landaiche. "For him it's just a matter of engagement. He decided that today was a good matchup day for him and he took it to the cage."

Lacrosswear kept the pressure on, beginning the second quarter on a 3-0 run and ending the quarter on a 6-0 run to head into halftime with a 15-5 advantage. Brine Elite fought back in the second half but could not string together a series of goals against a dominant Lacrosswear defense.

"Those guys are on point," Biscardi said of the team's defense. "I don't think we got beat 1-on-1 all day. (Goalie Chris) Selva was standing on his head in the cage when he had to, so we made the plays when we needed to make them." Brine Elite scored the last two goals of the game as time wound down in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.

The Cage Goes All Out 14, Big Green Herd 12
The Big Green Herd got on the board first with two goals early in the first quarter and another late in the frame. The Cage Goes All Out threatened at the very end of the frame but to no avail and trailed 3-0 at the quarter's final whistle. The Cage Goes All Out got their first score early in the second frame and would score another minutes later before being the victim of a two-point score from the Big Green Herd. The Cage Goes All Out kept attacking and found the net twice more in the frame to bring them within two goals, trailing 6-4 at half time.

"Guys really started moving for each other," The Cage Goes All Out head coach Jon Bock said of the adjustments his team made. "The cutting was working better. We made a couple of adjustments on our clear because they were doing a good job of riding us, then everything started opening up."

Despite giving up two fast goals to begin the second half, The Cage Goes All Out went on a 5-0 run midway through the third quarter to grab a 10-9 lead. The Big Green Herd evened the score twice in the final four minutes of the quarter, the second time at 11-11, to set up an intense final frame. The Cage Goes All Out attackman Billy Ward scored on a man-up early in the quarter and then with time winding down and The Big Green Herd trailing by only one goal, Ward iced the game with another goal to give The Cage a 14-12 win.

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2014-07-05



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