VAIL, Colo. -- Mount Washington Tavern of Baltimore yesterday defeated M.A.B. Paints of Philadelphia, 12-8, in the Club Division semifinals of the 20th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
In the title game today, third-seeded Mount Washington will play ninth-seeded Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which beat fifth-seeded Team Colorado, 10-8, for its second upset in as many days. Friday, FCA shocked the top-seeded, two-time defending champion Greene Turtle Tavern of Baltimore, 9-8, in double overtime.
"We were looking forward to playing the Turtle in the finals," said Mount Washington coach Rich Mollett, whose team has been in the final four each of its 12 appearances in Vail. "But our focus was to come and win the championship, and I really don't care who we play.
"But FCA is for real, one of the most fundamentally sound teams here. To beat them, we're going to have to move the ball, run on them and get every ground ball."
For M.A.B. Paints, it was another heartbreaking loss for a team that always seems talented but has reached the championship game only once, a 17-15 loss to Long Island All Lacrosse in 1987.
Mount Washington went up 4-1 on first-quarter goals by Mike Morrill, Brian Keith, Brian Kroneberger and Jim Welsh. Kroneberger finished with three goals.
"Brian likes to come and play in big games," Mollett said. "We have a very big game tomorrow, and I'm glad he's here."
Mount Washington goalie Quint Kessenich yielded only five goals before leaving and was his usual rambunctious self, straying far from the goal to contest ground balls and deliver checks.
"He gives me a heart attack every time he does that," Kroneberger said.
"I think he's the best goalie in the game today," Mollett said. If Kessenich is No. 1, FCA goalie Steve Mason may be 1-A, as he played another sterling game in beating Team Colorado.
"Mason played a whale of a game," Team Colorado coach Peter Schaffer said. "My hat's off to his team. They did everything they had to do."