VAIL, Colo. -- Mount Washington Tavern of Baltimore, its roster brimming with All-Americans, yesterday overpowered the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 10-7, in the championship Club Division game of the 20th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
Mount Washington was led by tournament MVP Darren Lowe, an All-America attackman from Brown University who had eight goals and five assists in the four-game, single-elimination tournament. It wasMount Washington's sixth Vail title, but its first since 1986.
"This really tastes sweet," said Mount Washington coach Rich Mollett. "Every single player played hard; they picked each other We had great talent, but there's always such great talent out here that talent doesn't always win. You have to play as a team for four games.
"Mount Washington brought a fantastic team," said tournament co-founder Jim Soran, a former Navy and Colorado College player and coach. "When you have a top-caliber player like Darren Lowe, it picks up everybody else. And they were already pretty good."
Mike Morrill, an All-America attackman from Johns Hopkins, had three goals and one assist against FCA, which was making its Vail debut. FCA defeated top seed Greene Turtle Tavern of Baltimore, 9-8, in double overtime, and fifth seed Team Colorado, 10-8, to advance to the final.
"I feel like I'm pretty much abreast of lacrosse talent, being chairman of the All-American selection committee, and I wasn't familiar with a lot of their players," said Mount Washington Tavern owner Ted Bauer, a recent inductee into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. "But they played their hearts out, and I can't say enough about them. We respected them very much. . . . But our team was very committed and focused and played with a lot of intensity."
That intensity was personified by Brian Kroneberger, who, with his team trailing 1-0 in the first period, took the faceoff and fed Tom Stanziale for a goal, then took a ground ball off the next faceoff and quickly fed Jeff Jackson for another goal and a lead Mount Washington would not relinquish.
FCA was led by David Kelly, a former North Carolina and Maryland Lacrosse Club attackman who scored three goals.
In the third-place game, Team Colorado beat M.A.B. Paints of Philadelphia, 12-10.