The Chicago Cloverz were thisclose to defending their Fann Cup title, but it wasn’t to be. It was a robust scene at the Sports Garden in Rochester on Saturday, where 10 teams got together to play the annual tournament. And the Cloverz were well on their way to defending their title, winning their first 3 games by a combined 36-21 before settling for a 1-1 tie with the Rochester Krewhawks. The Cloverz met those same Krewhawks in the semifinals and it was the Rochester team emerging with a 4-3 win, setting up a hometown team for the title, right? Wrong, said the Toronto Roadies. The Roadies won their semifinal over the Rochester Krewhawks white team on penalty shots, then dropped the black team, 8-6, for the championship.
So congrats to the Roadies, who were 3-0-1 in their 4 regular games and outscored their opponents 42-20 in doing so.
And when the games were done, the gear was packed away and appetites were satisfied through meal and libations, perhaps both. Friendships were renewed for another year and National Lacrosse League rivalries were set aside, for the most part.
“As one of the organizers of this year’s Fann Cup I feel honored to have been able to host the tournament in my hometown,” said Andrew Vahue, co-director of the tournament. “Everyone had a great time at the tournament, we raised a lot of money for a local charity, TK9, and we can’t wait to have the opportunity to host again.”
A contribution also was made the Miller Children’s Education Fund to help the 3 children of Jeff Miller, a local lacrosse player who died in early June when a tree fell on the car he was driving through East Rochester.
If you’ve never experienced a Fann Cup, make a note to do so. Even if you don’t play. The tournaments can always use volunteer help and referees. It’s a great way to meet people with a common interest and a great excuse to hit the road for a weekend and perhaps see a city you’ve never before seen. No matter how you can get involved, get involved. Besides the aforementioned, it’s a great way to be part of a cause that raises money for charities so in addition to the good times, there’s a good cause.
The 2014 Fann Cup site is yet to be determined, but no matter where it is, good times are sure to be nearby.
If you’re interested in purchasing a DVD of the event, contact Stephen Stamp at sportsandmorevideo (at) gmail.com.
(in order of games played, with the regular games being played 2 at a time on different floors)
Toronto Roadies 11, Philladelphia Rage 1
Chicago Cloverz 16, Toronto lacrossestitues 12
Rochester Krewhawks (white) 7, Buffalo Brigade 5
Rochester Krewhawks (black) 12, Minnesota Stingers 0
Toronto Roadies 12, Fann Cup Spirit 4
Chicago Cloverz 10, Philadelphia Wingnuts 4
Rochester Krewhawks (white) 13, Philadelphia Rage 3
Lacrossstitues 9, Minnesota Stingers 3
Buffalo Brigade 8, Spirit 3
Rochester Krewhawks (black) 14, Philladelphia Wingnuts 6
Toronto Roadies 7, Rochester Krewhawks (white) 7
Chicago Cloverz 10, Minnesota Stingers 5
Buffalo Brigade 11, Philladelphia Rage 4
Rochester Krewhawks (black) 15, Tutes 9
Rochester (white) 15, Spirit 5
Philladelphia Wingnuts 11, Minnesota Stingers 2
Toronto Roadies 12, Buffalo Brigade 8
Rochester Krewhawks (black) 1, Chicago Cloverz 1
Spirit 16, Philladelphia Rage 6
Tutes 11, Philladelphia Wingnuts 11
Rochester Krewhawks (white) 5, Toronto Roadies 5
Tiebreaker penalties: Roadies win
Rochester Krewhawks (black) 4, Chicago Cloverz 3
Toronto Roadies 8, Rochester Krewhawks (black) 6
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