This past week teams from all over the Country matched up in beautiful Vail, Colorado for a chance to compete for the coveted Warrior Vail Shootout Championship. The tournament had four separate age levels (u11,u13,u15,u17) and the finalists get a birth to compete in the Dick’s National Championship in Florida. After two days of preliminary rounds, the teams are seeded accordingly.
The semi-final matchup of the shootout featured two teams laden with OC talent with West Coast Starz facing off against Brady’s Bunch. This was a much anticipated match up as many of the players knew each other well and even some playing together at the 3d Denver Shootout just days before. This was the first time these two rival programs ever met and the game lived up to the billing. The two team’s exchanged goals early on to make the score 1-1. Then the energetic and skilled “BUNCH” took control with a 4-1 lead and never looked back winning by a commanding 7-4 margin. Although the Brady’s Bunch defense was smothering the Starz offense all day, the attack group of Colin Munro, Carl Savage, and Nicholas DeMaio accounted for all of the Bunch’s goals, including an impressive behind the back pass from Munro to Savage that put the BUNCH up 7-4 and sealed the game and erupted the Brady’s Bunch bench and fans.
After defeating the West Coast Starz, Brady’s Bunch went on to defeat “Coast2Coast”(TX) in the finals by a commanding 11-0 margin featuring 8 different goal scorers and a combined shutout between goaltenders Kyle Hurt and Brendan Roberts. It was clear that the Semi Final game of West Coast and Brady’s featured the top two teams in this Nationally recognized tournament.
Although this was just a middle school club game being played in Colorado, there was much significance to this win by Brady’s Bunch. It is a testament to both programs and West Coast Lacrosse that there are enough great players in the West to display such a competitive game on a National level and an indication that there are strong programs developing players in the West to
compete at the highest levels. In addition, the Brady’s Bunch team featured 7 players and a head coach from Orange County which is a testament to how quickly Orange County lacrosse is moving forward.
Brady’s Bunch was coached by Orange County’s Tom DeMaio who coaches at JSERRA Catholic and was recently appointed as the Orange County Director of 3d Lacrosse. Coach DeMaio was assisted by former University of Denver Coach Jamie Munro who is also the founder and CEO of 3d Lacrosse. The West Coast Starz team was coached by Starz founder and President Scott Hochstadt.
Brady’s Bunch U15 Head Coach Tom DeMaio “That was an impressive display of lacrosse between two very good teams based in the West. I am not sure anyone gave us a shot to win that game or the championship besides the kids and coaches in our huddle. That is what sports and lacrosse is all about, believing in each other and playing with a ton of energy and emotion. I am pretty sure these boys and families will remember this one for a while, I am extremely proud of every one of them.”
Brady’s Bunch also played in the Denver Shootout June 14-16 with 6 separate teams getting to at least the Semi Finals in their respective divisions and the U13AA team winning the Shootout title for the second consecutive year.
About Brady’s BUNCH:
Mike Wein founded Brady’s Bunch as a way to honor his young son who is battling cancer and to spread the message that everyone should live every day to the fullest. Brady Wein is one of the youngest people in the United States to ever contract cancer, having been diagnosed with leukemia at the age of three months. Brady has been bravely battling the disease for more
than three years now, having undergone two bone marrow transplants and numerous chemotherapy treatments.
Mike Wein, a gregarious individual with an infectious personality, felt an overwhelming need to use his son’s illness to do good works. He started the Brady’s Bunch program for the purpose of using lacrosse and the club circuit as a vehicle to raise awareness about Acute Myeloid Leukemia while teaching other youngsters the fragility of life. Beyond that critical awareness, Mike
realized how fragile these High School players were in this stage of their lives and adopted a more broader approach to providing guidance to the athletes.”Our philosophy is that you have to value life, value your parents, value your friends,” said Wein.. “We pride ourselves on being more than just a lacrosse club. We’re a family. And we try to teach our players to value every day. In a sporting vein, that means valuing each shift because you never know when it will be your last.”
Brady’s BUNCH teams compete at grade levels (5th-12th). Typically the teams are for only a few tournament’s a season and for the most part do not practice due the nature of the players being from multiple states. To learn more about The BUNCH please go to the web site www.bradysbunchlacrosse.comand fill out a contact form to be considered for a upcoming team.