Results of the 2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout – Day 8 (Final)

VAIL, Colo. — Another Vail Lacrosse Shootout is in the books, and, as always, it was a spectacular eight days at 8,000 feet. the men's championship featured a rematch of last year's game. This year, it was On the Hop Nation/Lacrossewear's turn to take home the first-place trophy after a 12-8 win. Team STX won yet another championship in a landslide victory over CRSLax.com in the Women's Elite division.

Men's Elite Championship: On the Hop Nation/Lacrossewear 12, the Cage Goes All Out 8
It was almost déjà vu at the 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 final with the Cage Goes All Out winning a double-overtime thriller. On Sunday, though, after jumping to an early lead, Lacrosswear was able to hang on, winning 12-8.

Lacrosswear got on the board first with early goals from Anthony Biscardi and Deemer Class. After a slashing penalty, the Cage Goes All Out took advantage of the man-up situation, and Billy Ward scored. But Lacrossewear midfielder Ryan Tucker answered just 30 seconds later to put his team up, 3-1, after the first quarter.

In the second frame, the teams traded goals with neither scoring more than two 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 after a dish from Steve Romano and put the ball in to give Lacrossewear the edge.

The Cage'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 apiece with just under two minutes to go in the half, and then got another shot to go with less than two seconds remaining to send Lacrossewear into the half up by one. Mariano wasn't done though; he kicked off the third quarter with another goal 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 in a goal off a Ryan Tucker assist to put his squad up 9-6, its largest lead to that point. the Cage 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 T.J. 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.

Lacrossewear's Kevin Massa was named to the All-Tournament team for the second straight year, as was the Cage Goes All Out's Billy Ward.

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