Red Bandanas Win Vail Shootout in 2 OT

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.

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