The Red Bandanas, a U-19 lacrosse squad made up of players from 10 different states and including four Southern Californians, scored with 49 seconds left in the second overtime to beat Team Colorado U19 16-15 in the championship game of the prestigious Vail Lacrosse Shootout on Wednesday.
Coached by Santa Fe Christian head coach Tom DeMaio and featuring his sons Anthony DeMaio and Nicholas DeMaio, the Red Bandanas trailed 10-9 at halftime but held Colorado to two goals in the third quarter and carried a 13-12 lead into the final period.
But Colorado rallied, scoring twice in the final five minutes, including the game-tying goal with 1:07 to play, to force overtime tied 15-15. After a scoreless four-minute first overtime, the teams went three minutes into the second OT before middie Jeremy Magno (Bergen Catholic, N.J./Harvard) scored the game-winner.
Anthony DeMaio (Coronado/Boston University) led the Red Bandanas with five goals, Magno and attack Ryan Graff (Bloomington Jefferson, Minn./Harvard) each scored three, and Nicholas DeMaio (Coronado 2018/Boston University) scored two. Connor Fletcher (Princeton Day School, Pa./Cornell) and Lucas Cotler (Syosset, N.Y./Yale) also scored for the Red Bandanas.
The Red Bandanas roster (below) features 22 players, including Santa Fe Christian attack David Divjak, who will play at Colorado, and Great Oak middie Jacob Yordy, who is committed to Jacksonville.
The team is named for former Boston College lacrosse player and 9/11 hero Welles Crowther and plays to honor both Crowther and all the 9/11 heroes.
— Coach DeMaio (@CoachDemaio) June 28, 2016
The Red Bandanas went 3-0 in pool play on Sunday, beating the Florida Kings 8-5, FCA Lacrosse 7-6 and Minnesota Chill 10-0. Monday, Red Bandanas defeated ADRLN Tropics 14-6.
The Tropics, comprised of the top committed players from Adrenaline’s club system, feature a number of Southern California players on their roster, which can be found here. They won their consolation game Tuesday, then took the fifth-place game Wednesday with a 6-2 win over 3dNE Alums.
In Tuesday’s semifinal, the Red Bandanas scored seven second-half goals to beat DC Elite 10-4 and remain undefeated heading into Wednesday’s championship.
2016 Red Bandanas Roster
Pos Name State High School Grad Yr College A David Divjak CA Santa Fe Christian 2016 Colorado A Anthony DeMaio CA Coronado 2016 Boston U A Ryan Graff MN Bloomington Jefferson 2016 Harvard A Nicholas DeMaio CA Coronado 2018 Boston U M Russell Masci NY Don Bosco Prep 2016 Maryland M Connor Fletcher PA Princeton Day School 2016 Cornell M Stuart Bledsoe OR Summit 2016 Cal Poly SLO M Lucas Cotler NY Syosset 2016 Yale M Jeremy Magno NJ Bergen Catholic 2016 Harvard M Jacob Yordy CA Great Oak 2016 Jacksonville M/FO Josh Gully NJ Pingree 2016 Cornell M/FO Paul Rasimowicz NJ Trinity-Pawling 2016 Cornell M/FO Kyle Hyland IL Hinsdale Central 2016 Notre Dame D Exton Bassett AZ Mesquite 2016 Arizona D Daniel Rivera PA La Salle College HS 2016 Lehigh D Timothy Sanford NJ Westminster School 2016 Denver D Kyle Thornton NY Chaminade 2016 Penn D Griff Gosnell MD Bullis School 2016 Cornell D/LSM Crey Bankes MN The Blake School 2016 Michigan LSM Jack Kielty NJ Delbarton 2016 Notre Dame G Jack Zullo NY Chaminade 2016 Notre Dame G Griffin Thompson NJ Lawrenceville School 2016 Virginia