July 7, 2013

Colorado Flavored All Out Wins Vail Men's Elite Title

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Billy Ward (3) celebrates with team All Out at the 41st Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Ward scored the winning goal in double overtime in Sunday's men's elite final. 
© Dominique Taylor 

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VAIL, Colo. — The idea behind team All Out was simple. Denver goalie Ryan LaPlante and Virginia goalie Rhody Heller, a pair of Colorado products playing at the NCAA Division I level, thought it would be wise to put together a team for the 41st Vail Lacrosse Shootout, the summer club tournament which always held a special place in their hearts.

The results were unexpected. All Out claimed the men's elite title on Sunday afternoon in Vail, beating pre-tournament favorite Lacrossewear 16-15 in double overtime in one of the more entertaining Shootout championship games in several years.

Syracuse attackman Billy Ward scored the game-winner 20 seconds into the sudden-death, second overtime after the teams each scored once in a mandatory full four-minute extra period. Ward also scored in the first OT, and Georgetown's Riley O'Connor forced the second OT period on a goal with 1.3 seconds left for Lacrossewear, a team comprised entirely of current or past Division I men's players.

The game in total featured 38 current Division I players and was played at a crisp pace with Vail's traditional 30-second shot clock and 2-point arc on a beautiful summer afternoon in the Rocky Mountains east of Denver.

"We were looking at their roster and it was looking like an MLL draft out there, but we looked at our own roster and thought we had some pretty good players ourselves," All Out faceoff man Nick Ossello (Notre Dame) said of a Lacrossewear opponent that included players such as Mike Chanenchuk (Maryland), Rob Guida (Johns Hopkins), Ryan Tucker (Virginia), Kieran McArdle (St. John's), Austin Kaut (Penn State), Wells Stanwick (Johns Hopkins) and Goran Murray (Maryland). "It ended up being a great game. We were trying not to be intimidated and try to take it to them."

Ossello played a big role in the decision. The Wheat Ridge, Colo. native won 14 of 20 faceoffs against prolific Bryant specialist Kevin Massa, who set NCAA Division I records for faceoffs won and taken this spring. Ossello won seven draws covering the fourth quarter and overtime, including the opening draw of the second overtime. Ossello also tied the game at 12 with 11:05 left in the fourth quarter on a momentum-swinging 2-point shot off a faceoff win.

That was the first tie of the game since the opening whistle. All Out took its first lead with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter on the second of two straight goals from Hofstra's Torin Varn. St. John's attackman Kieran McArdle, who finished second this spring in points per game at the D-I level, tied the game with 44.1 left in regulation. Lacrossewear goalie Kaut then made one of several spectacular saves on the day to help force overtime.

Heller made several big stops down the stretch for All Out, including three in a 40-second stretch of the first overtime. It was fitting since he was the one that planted the idea of a Colorado-flavored elite team to begin with. Heller finished with 12 saves in two quarters of play.

"In the middle of the year, Rhody called me and said, 'Hey, let's make a Vail team," said All Out starting goalie Ryan LaPlante, the Denver netminder who split halves with Heller. "I've played with Rhody since fifth grade. We wanted to make a team with some of the guys we used to play with.

"We put a good team together and we ended up winning Vail," LaPlante continued, speaking like a guy who knows about the 41-year history of the event. "We were just here to have a great time, and our team chemistry really came together. We really had a great time. Vail is the greatest tournament there is."

All Out's roster included 10 Colorado natives, and college teammates of those players.

"We got a bunch of Colorado kids one this team," coach Jon Bock said. "It's a real tribute to where we are in Colorado lacrosse, how in the last 30 or 40 years it's just kept growing. These kids started as squirts on the sideline watching the game. I coached Team Colorado Elite 25 years ago, and it's the same thing. Anybody who looked at their roster and looked at our roster is not going to take our roster over them."

But in the end, the underdog roster — homegrown out of a simple idea — is the one that won.

2013 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men's Elite Final

All Out 1 4 4 5 1 1 - 16
Lacrossewear 5 2 2 2 1 0 - 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 2, Stanwick 1, Walters 1, 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 1

Saves — All Out: LaPlante 7, Heller 12; Lacrossewear: Kaut 15

Men's Elite Tournament Team

Kieran McArdle, Lacrossewear
Grant Whiteway, Brine Elite
Todd Heritage, BGH
Billy Ward, All Out
Colin Dunster, Lacrossewear
Ryan Danehy, Brine Elite
Rob Guida, Lacrssewear
Ryder Henry, Tropics
Austin Konkel, All Out
Goran Murray, Lacrossewear
Kevin Massa, Lacrossewear
Mike Pellegrino, Lacrossewear
Mike Novosel, BGE
Offensive MVP — Nick Ossello, All Out
Defensive MVP — Bobby Tait, All Out
High Scorer — Colin Keegan, Lacrossewear, 16 points
Keeper of Lacrosse — Jim Carboneau
Earl Bill Award — Lisa Lear and training staff

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