This year’s Masters Division is comprised of 9 teams including defending Champion, Team Hulu and newcomer Vendetta’s. Past Champions, Jägermeister and Team Adrenaline are looking to take back the trophy and Champion title that was once theirs.
Men's Masters 2012 Bracket
Team Hulu, led by Chris Cortina and 2011 Masters Tournament MVP Kevin McGurn in net, is back to defend their title of 2011 Masters Division Champs. McGurn shouldn’t have much to worry about with his strong defense featuring Zach Gagel and LSM Ben Focht. They have depth in their offense with the return of All-Stars Dave Maguire and John Galvin at attack and F/O Jim Loffredo. Team Hulu is very grateful to On-Call Restaurant Accounting (OCRA), Location3 media, Adrenaline and of course, Hulu, for their generous sponsorships.
Back from the mountains of South America, El Quimico and Team Jägermeister have returned to their roots, in search of another championship belt after two straight losses in the 2010 and 2011 Championship games. Jägermeister will be well protected in the net with the return of 2009 All-Star Goalie Sean O’Rourke. With a mixture of old and older from primarily New York and Connecticut, this team of miscreants and outcasts is looking for first place on and off the field.
Olympic Club is looking to get to the Championship game having finished in third place in both 2010 and 2011. Olympic Club, comprised mostly of players from Northern California, aims to combine on field strength (minimum bench press 500 lbs per player) and agility (think NFL combine skills) with a passion for life off the field. The team returns with 2011 All-Stars Greg Lawler at attack and LSM Mike Leonard.
Back from a disappointing year, Team Adrenaline (formally Genesis Fitness), is returning with many of their core players from their 2010 Championship Team along with several new key additions that will add depth to their defense and bolster the offense. Bobby Magrin will be joining Mike Napolilli, Mike Roth, Kale “Freight Train” Nelson and Kevin Tait on Attack, while Garth Heth will be taking a break from the MMA ring to return to F/O. Goalie Ken Bridges will lead his returning All-Star defensemen Jeff Burroughs, Matt Olley, Brad Kerwin, Troy Ergenbright, and Sean Monahan. Team Adrenaline would like to thank their sponsor, Adrenaline Lacrosse, a leader in the most dynamic, educational and fun lacrosse programs in the country.
A derivative of the fast paced Elite team, The Rocky Mountain Oysters, Silver Oyster enters the 7th consecutive year on the Masters stage. The team is looking to improve on last year's 2-1 final record with the only loss to Team Hulu, the eventual champions. The team consists mostly of Colorado club players with former Oysters returning to their roots for the Tournament.
Middlebury, in their 16th consecutive year competing at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout will field a team featuring many Alumni from classes 1994-2001 as well as a cadre of Middlebury friends. Ken Mahaney will be defending the Middlebury goal in all THREE divisions (Masters, Supermasters and Grandmasters)! Moving the Masters division to the same days as the Elite division will allow the Middlebury Masters players to fraternize with Team Gutman, Middlebury’s Elite division team. You can be sure that they will have more fun this year than the past years when they had to hang out with Grandmasters players who have to play each day at 8:30 AM!
Team Power-Tek returns in 2012 for its second year at the Vail Shootout. The team is comprised of players from Connecticut, Colorado, and Texas, and is anchored again by Scott Hutchinson (NYIT) on defense and Colin McDermott (Towson) at midfield. Some fresh faces also join the Power-Tek squad for 2012, including former Colgate standouts Derek Laub (attack), Andrew Halliday (midfield), Cooper Morrow (defense) and Kevin Kaffl (Nazareth) is the team's new net minder. The Power-Tek team looks to improve on its inaugural 2011 campaign and have a blast as always up at Vail!
Buddha's Ballers return for a fourth year of Vail action with corporate sponsorship, courtesy of Colorado's own Dasher Sports. An eclectic squad of former NCAA and MCLA players from across the globe. Buddha's Ballers hope to continue their winning ways from last summer. Led by former NY/NJ All Stars and Colorado's top Elite players, the Ballers combine old stalwarts with fresh faces in bringing their most competitive roster to the field. With a defense anchored by Jeff Zanelotti and Ryan Callahan and an offense powered by Ron Garcia and Dave Klausner, a balanced Buddha's crew looks to make some noise in 2012.
This year we will also have a new team join the mix. Vendetta’s is run by Mike “Jake” Jakobi. Vendetta’s is sponsored in both Masters and Supermasters divisions by Vendetta’s restaurant in the Vail Village, owned by John Brennan. This year’s team will be comprised of Air Force Academy alumni, Midwest City Lacrosse Conference, (MCLC), Mile High Lacrosse League & Aspen, and CO Club Players. The Tournament is looking forward to what Vendetta’s will bring to the field in the possibility of giving some of the past powerhouses some new competition in the run for the trophy and bragging rights!