A group of Harford County women recently came back from the Rocky Mountains with something to brag about. The Cole Roofing squad, a team made mostly of John Carroll and North Harford alums, took top honors at the Vail Shootout Lacrosse Tournament, beating defending champ Gang Green, 13-12, in the women's elite division title game.
Team Cole Roofing, which has played at the tournament two straight years under the same name, wrapped up the competition, which ended on July 4, with a perfect 6-0 record.
Taking on Gang Green, a squad made up largely of Dartmouth alumni, the Cole Roofing women had just 12 players available, and a first-half injury meant the eventual winners had to finish the match short-sided, but the local crew still came out with a one-goal victory.
Organizing the team this year was Delia Pais, a John Carroll graduate who played for four years at Harvard, eventually earning team captain status. Joining Pais were former John Carroll teammates Mary Zulty, Chelsea Ford, Whitney Donald, Casey Ancarrow and Courtney Aburn, all of whom went on to have distinguished college careers. Former North Harford standout and St. Mary's College's all-time assist leader Kelsey Branch rounded out the Harford County representatives on the squad.
In the championship contest, Aburn's goal with 3:48 left in regulation tied the game 12-12. Following her team's championship game victory, Aburn was named to the All-Tournament First-Team.