Several alumni participated in the annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout in Vail, Colo., last month. In its second season in existence, The Grandmaster’s Division, composed of players 50 years of age and older, saw the Polar Statesmen-the 50-plus team featuring nine Hobart alumni-earn the tournament’s championship.
The championship game started slowly, with the USA Stars and the Polar Statesmen tied at 1-1 for a good portion of the first quarter. The Polar Statesmen then began to rally en route to scoring 10 straight goals, leaving the scoreboard 11-2 at halftime. The second half continued the assault as the Statesmen refused to let up, finally winning 18-4.
It appeared as if the Polar Statesmen would have fared well in any of the younger divisions. Scott Petosa ’80 set the pace with five goals and dished two assists while John Hayes ’77 chipped in four goals as well. Their teammate Tom Chancler watched over the middle of the field with a long stick and also played a good deal of offense.
The Polar Statesmen featured several players who won an NCAA Division 3 National Championship with Hobart in the mid-1980s. The men helped inspire the subsequent Statesmen teams, who won 13 consecutive national championships. Scott Walker ’80, Fred Mosher ’80, P’08, Hans Kaiser ’80, John Bodnar ’80 and Allen Lovejoy ’79, all contributed to the winning effort. This latter winning generation also made an appearance at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout in the Supermaster’s Division as the Elder Statesmen.
In addition to Kaiser and Bodnar, six other Hobart grads Sean Fox ’84, Kevin Martin ’82, Mike Martin ’84, Lance Savage ’90, Jeff Vivian ’81 and Marty Wood ’84 played for the Elder Statesmen. (Vivian, Kaiser, Bodnar and Kevin Martin also played in the Grandmasters divisions for the Polar Statesmen.)
The Elder Statesmen put forth a valiant effort, leading much of their championship game, but unfortunately fell to Millennium/Team Rock-it Pocket, with a final score of 12-11.