Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/7/13
Syracuse defenseman Bobby Tait (Germantown Academy) was named the Defensive MVP and led All Out to a stunning 16-15 win over Lacrossewear in two overtimes in the Men’s Elite Division championship game today at the 41st Vail Shootout.
Tait was a member of the Orange’s NCAA runner-up team and has spent much time rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered on the first day of USA U19 tryouts 26 months ago.
Syracuse attackman Billy Ward scored the game-winner for All Out and Penn’s Isaac Bock scored twice. Bock’s father, Jon Bock, was the coach.
“Both teams were so good and so talented,” said Tait. “It was an awesome game to be a part of.
“I came out to have fun. It was my first time here. The venue at Vail is incredible, the location is incredible. Just being healthy again is so nice.”
Tait, interestingly, got to go up against his Syracuse roommate – Lacrossewear’s Matt Walters (Haverford School, midfielder) – in the finals.
“I have gone up against him before,” said Tait, noting the many wars in the Inter-Ac League. “He had a nice goal and he got by me once. And we had a 1-on-1 groundball and he beat me on that one.
“My knee feels good. Getting to play this type of competition brings out the best in me. The talent was unbelievable and the competition was really high. I just tried to do anything I could to help the team win.”
Lacrossewear featured many other Philly players, including All-Tourney pick Goran Murray (Haverford School, Maryland DEF), Colin Keegan (Springfield-Delco, St John’s ATT), Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco, Penn State G), Casey Ikeda (Conestoga, Maryland DEF), and Ty Souders (Emmaus, Lehigh DEF).
Keegan (leading scorer in tourney) had four goals and one assist in the semis when Lacrossewear edged Big Green Herd, 16-15, in OT. Lacrossewear was coached by Episcopal Academy grad P.J. Landaiche. Big Green Herd featured Bucknell defenseman Jackson Place (Episcopal Academy).
2013 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite Final
All Out 1 4 4 5 1 1 – 16
Lacrossewear 5 2 2 2 1 – 15
Goals — All Out: Ward 4, Varn 4, Bock 2, Ossello 3 (1 2-pointer), Duncan 1, Cannizarro 1; Lacrossewear: Tucker 3, McArdle 3, Doyle 2, Guida 2, Keegan (Springfield-Delco) 2, Stanwick 1, Walters 1 (Haverford School), O’Connor 1
Assists — All Out: Ward 3, Varn 1, Coholan 1, Ossello 1, Schoonmaker 1, O’Brien 1, German 1; Lacrossewear: McArdle 2, Guida 2, O’Connor 2, Chanenchuk 1, Walters (Haverford School) 1
Saves — All Out: LaPlante 7, Heller 12; Lacrossewear: Kaut (Springfield-Delco) 15
MVP Tamasitis (Boyertown, Notre Dame) helps STX win Women’s Elite crown
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Elite Division, Notre Dame and Boyertown High grad Maggie Tamasitis was named the MVP and led Team STX to the championship today, in a 13-3 rout of the Harrow Honeybadgers 13-3.
Tamasitis collected over 20 assists in the tournament and had four today.
“It’s unbelievable to even be a part of something like this,” Tamasitis said to Lacrosse Magazine. “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.”