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Tony's Tavern holds on for 10-9 victory over Pbr
Apr 6,  2014

Tony's Tavern returned to the field on Sunday after 2 weeks off ready to face a tough Pbr team.  Both teams watched the thunderstorms in the area and looked for a break in the weather to play a quality game of lax.

Tony's took the early lead 5-2 going into the 2nd quarter.  Pbr would rally their offense and trail 6-4 at halftime.  Both teams would fight through the mud in the 2nd half for tough groundballs and opportunties.  Tony's would maintain their 2 goal advantage at 8-6 going into the final frame.

Pbr put together a good run on offense and tied the game up 9-9 with less than 5 minutes to go.  Tony's would take advantage of a unsettled opportunity and Guterman would find Jee for the game winning goal to make it 10-9.  Pbr took a time out with under 2 minutes left to go in the game, but Tony's would come together on Defense led by Blahut between the pipes making some great saves and getting some help from Daniels, Prochaska, Moss, Stowe, Horine and Rumsey that worked as a great unit to preserve the win.

The midfield played tough between the boxes all day with Glass, Glass Jr., Shainsky, Guterman, Horine, Adams, and Bull playing tough defense and moving the ball on offense.  Moss had a great day at the face-off X grinding out a lot of possessions.  Blahut led the defense with longpoles Daniels, Prochaska and Stowe doing the work to keep the attackmen working for shots.  Fullerton, Jee, and Rumsey combined for 8 goals and 4 assists to finish transition opportunties on the attack end.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team in the rain.  Tony's looks to a double header weekend with games against Corpus Christi & Austin lacrosse Club next weekend.

Tony's Tavern comes up with rainy day win over Htown
Mar 2, 2014

Tony's Tavern returned from Mardi Gras tournament and took on a good squad in Htown lacrosse.  Both teams agreed to fight through the elements and get a good Sunday game of lax on the books.

Tony's took the early lead 3-0 on goals from Clagett, Fullerton and Jee.  Htown would gain some momentum after that and put some goals together.  Tony's was leading 7-4 going into half.  Tony's would tighten up on defense and get the transition game offense going outscoring Htown 10-3 in the 2nd half of play.  Fullerton, Jee and Shainsky all had big days tallying 3 or more goals each.  Nate Daniels was a clearing machine and contributed on many of the fast break goals during the game.

The middies and defense forced Htown into tough shots all day led by Blahut and Markeloff between the pipes with long poles: Daniels, Bauer, Bumby, Prochaska, and Smith forcing poor shots all day.  Clagett and Moss took care of business on the face-off X either gaining possession or tying it up.  Shainsky, Glass, Glass Jr., Guterman, Rumsey, McGraw were the workhorses between the boxes on offense and defense.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team in the rain.  Thanks to Htown for braving the weather to make the game and we look forward to another match-up later this spring.  The team will turn around and play next Sunday against Adrenaline.

 

Tony's Tavern takes on the 2014 Mardi Gras tourney
Feb 24,  2014

Tony's Tavern traveled down to the big easy over the weekend to face teams from around the country.  The team was did not make it back to the championship game in the 2014 version, but a great time was had by all on and off the field.  The team will look to return ready to fight for the championship in 2015.  Thanks to NOLC for hosting another great tourney.

Pictured above:

Back row:  Dan Gnazzo,Tim Glass, Sam Shainsky, Nate Grady, Nate Daniels, Andy Blahut, Joe Mills, Scott Hutchinson, Tim Glass Jr., Aaron Glass, Nick Reinsvold

Middle row:  Tony Sepe, Drew Prochaska, Winston Taylor, Bobby Jee, Lucas Moss, Ryan West, John Dolny, Jimmy Constable

Front row:  Dane Kemp, Ernie Valenzuela, Reid Singleton, Diego Valenzuela, Eric Markeloff

Tony's Tavern gets W over PBR light 11-8
Feb 16,2014

Tony's had their 2nd match-up of the weekend against PBR light in the last prep game before the 2014 Mardi Gras tournament.

Both teams would go back and forth on the score board before a fast break goal in the last minute of the half on a clear by Daniels to a streaking Jee that tied the game up at 6-6 going into the break.

Tony's would tighten up on defense and take advantage of more opportunities on offense outscoring the pbr squad 5-2 in the 2nd half of play.

Andy Blahut and his group of defenders played intense all game and stopped many of the PBR opportunities.  The midfield came up with big time goals especially from Cepelak, Constable,and Stoker.  The attack was led by Dolny and Jee combining for 5 goals and 6 assists.  Thanks to the PBR squad for coming out.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team.  The team will travel to New Orleans and try to bring the championship back home to Houston.

Tony's Tavern takes on Legends in warm-up for Mardi Gras
Feb 15,2014

Tony's scheduled the Legends on the Saturday before the week of the Mardi Gras tourney in order to get some more field time for the group headed over to NOLA Feb 21-23rd.

Weather was great for a weekend of lax and was a great time for both squads.  Teams were evened up to allow the Legends to get some subs and there was plenty of PT for everyone.

Game ended in a close one, but Tony's took home the victory.  The midfield definitely carried the day as they were short handed all day and played tough on both ends of the field.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team.  Thanks to the Legends for hosting and we look forward to another match-up later this spring.  Next the team will play pbr on Sunday in their final tune up before the Mardi Gras tournament in New Orleans.

 

Tony's Tavern gets win over Htown 18-2
Feb 10,  2014

Tony's Tavern after a grind it out win over the Predators was looking to get back to fundamentals against a energized Htown squad.  Weather was great and both teams were able to enjoy Htown's new home field located at the edge of downtown Houston.

Tony's scored early and never looked back after an opening a 7-1 lead.  Tony's would go on to score 11 more goals and yield only 1 more to Htown.  Blahut played well in cage allowing only 2 goals and the defense did a great job forcing bad shots and taking the ball away.  This led to unsettled situations that the offense was able to take advantage of throughout the game.

We thank the Htown for hosting and look forward to seeing them again this spring.

Thanks to the fans that cheered us on.  The team will play next on Saturday February 15th vs the Legends of the Spring.

 

Tony's Tavern wins a tight one over the Predators
Feb 2,2014

Tony's was matched up with the Predators after their game with Rice and of course the rain and cloudy skies joined us for this meeting between these two.

Both teams fought hard the whole game.  Tony's would start to pull away through the 1st 3 quarters and then Predators would answer back with a few goals to keep it tight.

In the end the game was decided at the beginning of the 4th quarter when Tony's extended their 2 goal lead into a 5 goal lead.  The game would end on that differential with Tony's winning 11-6.

Both teams played sloppy, but was a good day of lacrosse as each team tried to rally enough momentum to match each goal.  Thanks to the Predators for coming out and we wish the the best as they start their GCLA schedule.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team.  The team will travel to the new Htown field next Sunday to take on the new look Htown squad.

Click here for pics from the game

 

Tony's Tavern takes on Rice University
Jan 26,  2014

After a week of freezing conditions Tony's Tavern got a break on Saturday and a great day for lacrosse.  Tony's traveled over to Rice University to take on the Owls in their last tune-up game before starting their MCLA season. 

Tony's scored early and never looked back after an opening goal from Lasher to Taylor.  It was a great day to get out and play lacrosse after a cold week.

We thank the Rice Owls for hosting and wish them luck in their season which starts next weekend against Texas State.

Thanks to the fans that defrosted and cheered us on.  The team will play next on Saturday February 1st vs the Houston Predators.

Click here for pics from the game

Tony's Tavern starts spring games with match-up against Legends
Jan 20,2014

Tony's played the Legends of the spring in the 1st game of the 2014 campaign.

Both teams fought through the traffic of the Houston Marathon on a great day for lacrosse.  Conditions were great for a opening weekend before the heat starts creeping into the Houston area.

Both team were missing some personnel, but were able to field teams and have a great day of lax. 

The Tony's Tavern opened their season on a goal from newcomer Kyle Horine on an assist from returning veteran Reid Singleton.  Tony's would build on the lead in a sloppy first contest of the year.  Both teams had a great day of running around to get the rust off as the spring season begins.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team.  The team will travel to Rice University next Saturday to take on the Owls.

 

Tony's Tavern wins Texas A&M Fall Classic with 3-0 record
Nov 18  2013

Tony's traveled up to College Station, TX over the weekend to play in the Texas A&M Fall Classic tournament. 

The games were held at the Penberthy Intramural sports complex that features 2 new field turf fields.  The team would start the tournament off facing the Baylor University team with a match-up against St. Edwards rounding out day 1.

Tony's came away with a 8-0 win over Baylor in the first contest of the day.  After one game off the team prepared for a match-up with St. Edwards university.  The game started out close, but eventually Tony's would cruise to a 15-3 win.  In the other bracket Team Viva defeated Sam Houston and Texas A&M to also finish day one with a 2-0 record.

Tony's faced Team Viva in the Sunday meeting between the undefeated teams.  Viva would jump out to a 2-0 lead before Tony's answered back with 2 of their own to tie it at 2-2.  Both teams would trade scores until Viva took a 4-3 lead into halftime.  During the 2nd half Tony's pulled away outscoring Viva 8-0 and secured the 11-4 victory.

The team as pictured above: from back row:  Reid Singleton, Sam Shainsky, Taylor Clagett, Jason French, Nate Daniels, Bobby Jee, David Bumby, Andy Blahut, Nate Grady, Kyle Horine, Stuart Grady.  Front:  Ernie Valenzuela, Jimmy Constable, Michael Pascoe, Eric Markeloff, Diego Valenzuela, Lucas Moss, Tim Glass.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team over the weekend.  The team played hard on and off the field over the weekend and thanks Texas A&M for putting on the tourney.

 

Tony's Tavern scrimmages predators and debuts new helmets
Nov 10  2013

Tony's played the Houston Predators for their second game of fall ball.

Fall has finally started creeping up on Houston and it was a sunny, but cooler day for some Sunday lacrosse before watching NFL games took over the rest of the afternoon.

Both team were missing some personnel, but were able to field teams and have a great day of lax.  This also marked the debut of the Tony's Tavern new matte gray helmets.

The Tony's Tavern goalies held a shut out into the 2nd half led by Blahut and Markeloff.  The defense of Daniels, French, and Bumby frustrated the attackmen of the Predators all afternoon.  Blahut also, took a short run at attack scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists.  The midfield kept the ball moving between the boxes leading to numerous fast break goals.  Cepelak, Constable, Diego V, Glass, Glass Jr., Guterman, Horine, Yorro and Stoker all contributed with Moss dominating the face off X from LSM losing only 1 draw on the day.  The attack helped move the ball to the open shooters on offense and fast breaks with Jee, Ernie V., and Rumsey all contributing goals and assists.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team.  The team will travel to College Station this weekend for the A&M Fall Classic tournament

 

Tony's Tavern starts off fall ball with scrimmage vs Legends
Oct 20, 2013

Tony's Tavern got their fall season off with a scrimmage against the Houston Legends team.

Weather was nice and gave both teams a chance to get out and run around with the new players that arrived since spring ball concluded as well as let the veterans knock some of the rust off.

The defense played well led by Blahut between the pipes with Daniels, Bumby and Grady locking down the attackmen.  The midfield was able to dominate face-offs all day with Clagett and Singleton taking the majority of the draws.  Glass, Glass Jr., Cepelak, Blake and Taylor all helped on offense and defense.  Jee was joined by Ernie and Diego Valenzuela on attack benefiting on multiple fast breaks started by Clagett on face-offs

Both teams got some good runs in and look forward to the games ahead this fall and in the spring..  Next up for the team is a match-up against the Predators lacrosse on Sunday Nov. 10th @ 12:00pm.  We hope you can make it out to support the team.

 

Tony's Tavern gets victory over Legends 9-6
Jan 27, 2013

Tony's Tavern moved to 3-0 for the 2013 spring season with a win over the Legends.  The weather looked promising before the game, but a couple of quick down pours and the field resembled a swamp.  Either way it was a good day to play some lacrosse.

The two teams have had quite a few close contests over the years and this one looked to be another chapter of the same.

Tony's jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but both teams would trade goals and Tony's led 4-2 at halftime.  The second half would see much of the same as Tony's tried to pull away, but the Legends were always there to answer back.  Legends would get as close as 1 goal, but Tony's found a way to pull away in the end and finish the game 9-6.

The offense saw big days from Jee and Loveless combining for 4 goals and 4 assists to help lead the way.  Newcomer Pascoe added 2 goals in his first game of the season.  Mills controlled the face-off X getting some help from his wings. Daniels and Bauer came up big clearing the ball and contributed 1 goal and 2 assists.  The defense held off numerous offensive opportunities by the Legends to preserve the victory.  Blahut and Markeloff played well between the pipes getting help from Bauer, Bumby, Daniels, Grady, and Reinsvold along with good defense up top from the middies.

It was another good game between the two teams.  Thanks to all the fans that braved the weather to support the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Pascoe - 2, Daniels - 1, Glass Jr - 1, Loveless - 1
Assists: Loveless - 3, Bauer - 1, Daniels - 1, Jee - 1
Saves: Blahut - 10, Markeloff - 9

Check of the game:  David Bumby

 

Tony's Tavern finishes opening weekend with win over Htown
Jan 20,  2013

Tony's hosted Htown lacrosse for the 2nd game of their opening weekend.  The weather was perfect for a day of lax and both teams came ready to play.  The game would show both the talent and rustiness of the new season for both teams.

The first half was a tightly contested affair with Tony's never able to pull away from Htown.  Both teams went back and forth answering goal for goal and when Tony's seemed that they would be able to build a lead Htown fired back with a goal right before half time to leave it at 7-5 in favor of Tony's.

The 2nd half started off fast for Tony's as fast break and ball movement led to 3 quick goals stretching the lead to 10-5.  Htown narrowed the gap back to 4 at 10-6 before Tony's pulled away with 10 straight goals.  Clagett, Jee and Loveless had monster days on offense accounting for 12 goals and 11 assists.  Mills held down the face off x and the midfield played well between the boxes.  The defense led by Daniels, Blahut, French and Markeloff added some new faces to the mix and played well as a unit.

Thanks to the fans that came to support the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 5, Clagett - 5, Guterman - 2, Loveless - 2, Wagner - 2, Bauer - 1, Constable - 1, Corwin-1, Glass jr -1
Assists: Loveless - 5, Clagett - 3, Jee - 3, Corwin - 1, Daniels - 1, Glass jr - 1, Guterman - 1, Wagner - 1
Saves: Blahut - 7, Markeloff - 5

Check of the game:  Jason French

 

Tony's Tavern starts 2013 season with win over Predators
Jan 19, 2013

Tony's Tavern got their spring season started off on Saturday, Jan. 19th against the Houston Predators.  After a few weeks of winter conditions the weather let up for a sunny day in the 60's and perfect lacrosse weather.  This was the first time that many of the newcomers  and returning veterans were able to see what kind of talent there would be on the field this spring.

Shearer scored the 1st goal of the year for Tony's on a rebound put back in front of the crease to give Tony's a 1-0 lead.  The game was close after 1 with Tony's ahead 3-0.

The team would get in a flow and build on the lead throughout the rest of the game and never look back.  Jee and Loveless had a big day for the offense combining for 6 goals and 5 assists to help lead the way.  Mills dominated the Face-off X winning almost every draw combined with superb wing play from midfield and defense.  Clagett and Daniels came up big in the clearing game and started multiple fast breaks leading to easy goals for the team.  The team defense dominated and surrendered only 1 goal on the day.

It was a great day of lacrosse and we thank the Predators for hosting.  Next up for the team is a match-up against Htown lacrosse on Sunday Jan. 20th @ 1:00pm.  We hope you can make it out to support the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 5, Clagett - 2, Guterman - 2, Shearer - 2, Corwin - 1, Daniels - 1, Loveless - 1, Shainsky - 1, Ernie-1
Assists: Loveless - 4, Guterman - 2, Bumby - 1, Clagett - 1, Constable - 1, Daniels - 1, Jee - 1, Shainsky - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 5, Blahut - 4

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern wins 1st Graham Gill Memorial Tourney
Nov 15,  2012

Tony's headed to San Antonio for the 1st annual Graham Gill Memorial Tourney hosted by UTSA.  The tournament was put on by Gill's former Wingate teammates, the Gill Family, and a host of other volunteers.

The tournament field was mixed between college and men's club teams.  The field included: UTSA, Baylor, UH, Corpus Christi Club, San Antonio Club, and Tony's Tavern.  The tournament was planned as a 1 day tournament with plenty of games for each team that participated.

Tony's opened the tournament with a win over the Dirty Birds squad from corpus.  In a quick turn around bracket, Tony's played the San Antonio team the following game and pulled out the victory with a late goal by Jee off a fast break by Daniels in the final minutes of the game.

In the semi-final game, Tony's squared off with the also undefeated UH cougars team.  UH got out to a 2-0 lead before Tony's rallied back for a 1 goal victory.

The championship game came down to a match-up between Tony's and the host team UTSA.  Tony's jumped out to a 5-2 lead and never looked back.  The game was dominated by great goalie play by Blahut between the pipes.

Sam Shainsky was named MVP of the tournament, but it took a great effort by everyone on the team to bring home this championship. 

Joe Mills dominated each game on face-offs and gained every critical possession all day.  Guterman had a great day on offense scoring a bunch of key goals.  Blahut and Markeloff played huge between the pipes and kept the opposing teams off the scoreboard.  The defense and middies although there is no stat for it were great all day in the clearing game and energized the offense with multiple fast breaks and defensive stops.

Graham Gill tourney squad was made up of: Bauer, Blahut, Daniels, Glass, Guterman, Jee, LeCuyer, Markeloff, Mills, Moss, Rumsey, Diego V., Ernie V., Shainsky, Shearer, Stoker, Stowe.

The championship picture above shows the team celebrating a great Tourney with the Gill Family.  Thanks for a great tourney and thanks to the fans that came to support the team.

 

Tony's Tavern plays tough, but comes up short 7-6 vs pbr
May 6, 2012

Tony's Tavern came out with a light roster of 14 versus the pbr team of close to 35 on the day after Cinco De Mayo.  Though light in numbers Tony's was dictating the game late into the 2nd half.

Tony's opened up at 6-4 lead, going into the 3rd quarter, but didn't have enough legs and missed on some good scoring opportunities in the 2nd half to come up short 7-6.

Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team all weekend. . 

STATS:
Goals:   Loveless - 2, Shearer - 2, Jee - 1, Stoker - 1
Assists: Claggett - 1, Jee - 1, Shainsky - 1
Saves: Blahut - 16

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern repeats as GCIT champs with win over Metro
Apr 29,  2012

Tony's Tavern started the day with the opportunity to defend their 2011 GCIT title and face long time rival Houston Metro.  A series that predates all current players on the Tony's team.  Many classic battles have been played between the two teams over the years.

The teams waited out the consolation round games and then got on the field ready to play to see who would win this chapter.  Thanks to Metro for putting on the tournament and all the hard work required to organize the weekend..

Tony's came out of the game fast on offense and after the first few minutes held a 3-0 lead.  The team would eventually push it to 7-1 after the 1st quarter.  Metro rallied back with a few goals of their own before the half.

Tony's defense would play tough and get the ball to the offense in transition to help put the game away.  Big days on offense were had by Guterman, Jee, Loveless and Shainsky.

Blahut and Markeloff led the defense of Daniels, French, Grady, Hutchinson, and Prochaska.  The midfield played hard and contributed on both ends all day starting at the face-off X by Mills.

Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team all weekend.  The back to back GCIT championships give the team 3 overall since the GCIT started in 2009. 

STATS:
Goals:   Guterman - 4, Jee - 4, Loveless - 4, Shainsky - 3, Cepelak - 2, Glass - 2, Lasher - 2, Hutchinson - 1
Assists: Linggo - 3, Loveless - 3, Jee - 2, Guterman - 1, Kneisly - 1, Lasher - 1, Rumsey - 1, Shainsky - 1
Saves: Blahut - 8, Markeloff - 5

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern advances to GCIT finals with 16-4 win over Northwest
Apr 28,  2012

Tony's Tavern faced long time rival Northwest in the 2nd match-up of pool play on Saturday.  This would be the 3rd meeting between the teams this season, but this time advancement to the GCIT championship game was on the line.  Northwest came out with a good size squad that was ready for their first game of the day.

Tony's offense having warmed up in the first game got a combined 12 goals from Jee, Lasher and Loveless in the 2nd game of the day.  The defense again dominated the action holding it's 2nd opponent in a row under 5 goals and helping the team cruise to a 16-4 victory.  The midfielders ruled the day between the boxes playing tough defense and moving the ball around on offense to complete the effort by Tony's.

Tony's awaited their opponent for in the GCIT Championship game to be determined by the outcome of the Metro vs University of Mary-Hardin Baylor game.

Thanks to all the fans that came out and got sunburned supporting the team all day.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 5, Lasher - 4, Loveless - 3, Glass - 2, Cepelak - 1, Linggo - 1
Assists: Jee - 3, Loveless - 2, Shainsky - 2, Guterman - 1, Lasher - 1, Shearer - 1
Saves: Levy - 5, Markeloff - 5

Check of the game:  Nathan Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern defeats Htown Lax in round 1 of GCIT 10-3
Apr 28,  2012

Tony's Tavern started their GCIT title defense Saturday with a 1st round match-up vs Htown lacrosse.  It was the first meeting between the teams in a few years.  The day was a perfect day for lacrosse and all the teams were ready to compete for the 2012 title.

Tony's and Htown went back and forth in the 1st quarter and the score at the end of the 1st quarter was 3-1 Tony's.  Tony's would eventually pull away with a few man-up goals by Loveless and  Shearer.  The defense stood tall only allowing 3 goals and Tony's cruised to a 10-3 victory.

Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team  Tony's will play Northwest in the 2nd game of the day.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 2, Lasher - 2, Loveless - 2, Shearer - 2, Glass - 1, Shainsky - 1
Assists: Loveless - 2, Jee - 1, Linggo - 1, Shearer - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 5, Levy -  3

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern comes from behind to beat 361 lax 12-7
Apr 21,  2012

Tony's Tavern hosted 361 lax out of Corpus Christi in the 2nd part of their double header.  The 361 team made the trek from Corpus Christ to get games in with Southside and Tony's on a day of perfect weather for lax.

Tony's got the early 1-0 lead on a goal from Lasher.  361 stormed back eventually taking a 4-2 lead.  Jee, Lasher and Loveless rattle off the next 3 goals from that point and the half ended with Tony's holding a 5-4 edge.

Tony's offense stepped up in the 2nd half eventually amassing a 10-5 lead over 361.  But, 361 was not finished and rallied for 2 straight goals bringing it to 10-7.  Lasher scored on a feed from Jee and put the lead at 11-7.  Jee got a feed from Linggo on a fast break a minute later and put the game away at 12-7.

Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team  Big thanks to 361 and Predators for making a nice round robin day of lacrosse happen.  The Austin Capitals game will be rescheduled, but Tony's will be back on the field next weekend.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Lasher - 3, Glass - 2, Loveless - 2, French 1
Assists: Jee - 4, Daniels - 1, Glass - 1, Guterman - 1, Linggo - 1, Loveless - 1
Saves: Blahut - 5, Markeloff - 4

Check of the game:  Jason French

 

Tony's Tavern steps up defense for 6-1 win over Houston Predators
Apr 21,  2012

Tony's Tavern in the first part of a double header Saturday drew the Predators.  Neither side had their full squads, but it was the start of a good day of lax for both teams.  The game was relatively low scoring, but Tony's came out victorious in the end.  The defense came up big for Tony's carrying a shutout deep into the 4th quarter before the Predators could get their first goal of the day.

First goal of the day was scored by Taylor Clagett on a rebound off a missed shot to give Tony's the 1-0 lead.  The score was 3-0 at halftime to show you the lack of offense from both teams, but Tony's matched the 2nd half with 3 more to make the final 6-1.

***The game also marked the 400th career point for Bobby Jee on the goal assisted by Rumsey***

Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team  Next game up will be Saturday April 21 vs. 361 Lax.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 2, Loveless - 2, Clagett - 1, Linggo - 1
Assists: Jee - 2, Glass - 1, Loveless - 1, Rumsey - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 7, Blahut - 3

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern comes up with 14-0 win over Northwest
Apr 15,  2012

Tony's Tavern got back in the W column Sunday with a win over long time rival Northwest.  Both squads were light on roster depth and were trying to squeeze the game in before the storms approaching Houston.

The game was sloppy overall and not quite a fundamentals clinic.  But, both sides battled it out.  Tony's got their first goal on a feed from Linggo to a cutting Ernie Valenzuela.  This turned out to be all offense the team would need as they posted their first shut-out of the season.

On a future trivia note, Ernie became the first player to be tied for team lead in goals in a game and make saves as a goalie in the history of the team. 

Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team  Next weekend will be a big weekend of lacrosse for Tony's Tavern as they host Southside and 361 lax on Saturday April 21 and Austin Capitals on Sunday April 22.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 3, E. Valenzuela - 3, Lasher - 2, Blahut - 1, Daniels - 1, Guterman - 1, Linggo - 1, Loveless - 1, Shearer - 1
Assists: Jee - 3, Daniels - 1, Linggo - 1, Loveless - 1
Saves: Blahut - 3, Ernie - 2

Check of the game:  Nathan Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern comes up short with 10-5 loss to Legends
Apr 1,  2012

Tony's Tavern was looking to change their fortunes from the week before.  Legends showed up with a full squad and Tony's did not show up at full strength.  Tony's took a 1-0 lead on a goal by a cutting Meyer on a feed from Jee at X.  The game went back and forth in the first half and was 4-4 at halftime.

The Legends would go on a run in the 2nd half and Tony's couldn't find their offensive rhythm to match the Legends scoring as the final score was 10-5.

Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team  Next game up will be Sunday April 15 @ Northwest.

STATS:
Goals:   Hutchinson - 1, Jee - 1, Lasher -1, Linggo - 1, Meyer - 1
Assists: Daniels - 1, Jee - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 6

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern falls to PBR 9-5
Mar 25,  2012

Tony's Tavern continued their spring season after a few cancelled games with old rival pbr.  The squad came out firing and had a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd quarter.  PBR came up with a fast break goal with under 1 minute left and the game was 3-3 at half. 

After a few missed opportunities for both sides PBR went on a roll and was up 5-3.  Tony's tallied the next one leaving it 5-4.  PBR got a few unsettled goals and stretched the lead to 7-4 before Tony's closed the gap to 2 at 7-5.  Tony's couldn't close the gap and eventually pbr put 2 more in during the 4th to make it 9-5.

Next game up will be this Sunday April 1 vs Legends.

STATS:
Goals:   Guterman - 1, Jee - 1, Loveless - 1, Ernie -1, Shearer - 1
Assists: Jee - 2, Lasher - 1
Saves: Blahut - 12

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern starts season with 13-3 win vs. Northwest
Feb 26,  2012

Tony's Tavern started off their 2012 spring season with a 13-3 win over long time area rival the Northwest Warriors. 

The day provided great weather as the rain held off and humidity stayed low.  First goal for Tony's was scored on a great feed on an unsettled situation by Glass to Jee on the farside.  With the score 1-0 Tony's never trailed.  NW kept the game close through the 1st half before Tony's pulled away in the 3rd quarter.

Thanks to NW for coming out on a busy weekend for both sides to get a good day of lacrosse in.  Also, Tony's would like to thank the fans that came out to support the team  Next game up will be this Sunday vs Legends.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Glass - 2, Lasher - 2, E. Valenzuela - 2, Corwin - 1, Guterman - 1, Rumsey - 1
Assists: Guterman - 4,  Linggo - 2, Loveless - 2, Glass - 1, Jee - 1, E. Valenzuela - 1
Saves: Blahut - 5, Markeloff - 2

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern finishes 3rd at 2012 Mardi Gras Lacrosse Tourney
Feb 14,  2012

Tony's headed to the big easy over the past weekend to try to defend their 2011 Mardi Gras tournament championship.  Hopes were high as the team had a lot of talent and was pumped about their title defense.

The first round saw a match-up with the UVA club team on Friday afternoon in a monsoon.  Tony's had the lead, but gave it back and eventually UVA broke the tie with about 2 minutes left to go in the game and held on for a 4-3 win over Tony's.  This was a tough draw and eventually UVA would play the Salt Shakerz in the championship game.

The squad rebounded and did not lose another game over the weekend though their fate had already been determined.  Tony's faced the Pensacola riptide in their 2nd game which ended in a rare tie after allowing the riptide to tie up the game with 1 min left in regulation and neither team was able to capitalize on opportunities in overtime. 

The 3rd game saw a familiar face with a game vs the Houston Predators.  Tony's frustrated by letting the last game end in a tie made sure this one was not as close and won it easily 9-2.

Tony's finished up their tournament weekend with one last match-up against the riptide and put this one away in the end winning 8-5.  This secured 3rd place for the tournament on a chilly Sunday morning.  This locked up a 2-1-1 record for the weekend.

The team enjoyed the weekend both on and off the field.  It was great to get some new members to the squad long with veterans in there.  We will move forward into our regular season coming up in 2 weeks. 

Mardi Gras squad was made up of: Blahut, Nick Daniello, Daniels, Dolny, Kyle Fiat, Al Garner, Glass, Guterman, Cory Hartstein, Hutchinson, Scott Jacobs, Jee, Kemp, Lasher, Linggo, Markeloff, Moss, Steve Tempone, Rumsey, Shearer, and Stowe

For more of the story about the team's run at Mardi Gras:  Click here for Full report

Additional coverage of the team from the weekend can be found at www.laxallstars.com

 

Tony's Tavern takes home 2011 GCIT Championship 20-3 over Metro
May 1,  2011

Tony's had a match-up with long time rival Metro in the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament on Sunday afternoon.  Tony's came into the game as the winner of Pool A while Metro represented the Pool B teams.

Tony's Tavern came out focused and took the lead 1-0 on a goal by Stowe off a nice feed from X by Loveless.  From that point the team continued to push the transition offense all game.  Metro would get on the scoreboard 3 times, but wouldn't be enough as Tony's pulled away and finished the game on top 20-3.

The defense played superb only allowing 3 goals and clearing the ball well to start fast breaks.  Blahut and Markeloff split time in cage along with getting help from the defensemen comprised of Daniels, French, Hutchinson and long stick middies Moss & Prochaska.  Daniels and French each added a goal on the day.

The midfield played well both on defense and offense.  The middies did a good job in the clearing game and added a few goals as well on the offensive half.  Mills dominated the face-off X all day and gave Tony's Tavern the advantage

The attack did their part on the day by finishing on multiple scoring opportunities and moved the ball around well all day.  The attack combined for 11 goals and 7 assists to help Tony's Tavern capture their 2nd GCIT championship.

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team all season.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Linggo - 4, Loveless - 2, Ernie - 2, Daniels - 1, Dolny - 1, French -1, Glass - 1, Guterman - 1, Mills-1, Stowe -1, Woodman - 1
Assists: Dolny - 3, Jee - 2, Loveless - 2, Ernie -2, Glass - 1, Diego -1
Saves: Markeloff - 11, Blahut - 3

Check of the game:  Diego Valenzuela

 

Tony's Tavern wins 2nd round of GCIT  over Legends 12-2
April 30,  2011

Tony's had a rematch with the Legends team only one week removed from a instant classic that Tony's came out with a 11-10 win.  This game was a big one in determining who would win Pool A play and advance to the GCIT championship on Sunday afternoon.  Tony's came out of the gate strong and cruised to the win 12-2..

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team. 

STATS:
Goals:   O'leary - 3, Guterman - 2, Jee - 2, Linggo - 2, Daniels - 1, Dolny - 1, Loveless - 1
Assists: Dolny - 3,  Jee - 2, Loveless - 1, D. Valenzuela - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 11

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern wins 1st round of GCIT  over PBR 12-11in OT
April 30,  2011

Tony's faced PBR in the first round of the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament in Pool A play saturday.  The game had lots of action for both teams and Tony's came back from 3 down in the final 5 minutes to tie it up at 11 going into overtime.  Paddy O'leary came up big with both the game tying and game winning goal in OT.

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team. 

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 4, Loveless - 3, O'leary - 3, Jee - 1, Kerrigan - 1
Assists: Dolny - 2,  Jee - 1, Kerrigan - 1, Loveless - 1, Moss - 1, D. Valenzuela - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 6, Blahut - 5

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern plays tough and gets 11-10 win over Legends
April 25,  2011

Tony's hosted the Legends lacrosse team on Saturday in the final game before the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament.  Both teams have had long seasons and were looking forward to this first ever match-up.  Neither team nor the fans would be disappointed with the game. 

Tony's took at 1-0 lead on a goal from Dolny before the Legends struck back a minute later with a goal of their own.  The legends would pull ahead with a 2-1 lead going into the 2nd quarter.  Tony's tied up the game at 2-2 with 3 minutes left in the half, but that would be a short lived tie as the legends scored on a fast break to make it 3-2 going into halftime.

The 2nd half saw an explosion in scoring for both teams as Tony's would put up 9 goals to the Legends 7.  The 3rd quarter saw a change in momentum as Tony's would tie up the game and take the lead on a shot from Jee.  Tony's would increase their lead to 7-4 before the Legends made a big run of their own.  The game would end up tied in the 4th 10-10 before Dolny ended the scoring for both teams on the day with his 6th goal on the afternoon.  The legends had one more opportunity with 30 seconds left, but the Tony's defense held strong and the game ended with a battle for a ground ball.

It was a great game for the first ever match up between the 2 teams and saw a lot of excitement in the back and forth affair.  The game marked the return of Jimmy Constable after a long absence from the team and he picked up an assist to prove his return.  Dolny, Jee and O'leary came up with goals in key times to help Tony's get the win.  The midfield and defense stood tall while the offense figured out a way to put some goals on the board.  The middies and defense get a lot of credit for the final stand to end the game.

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team.  Tony's will prepare for the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament this weekend.

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 6, Jee - 2, O'leary - 2,  Glass - 1
Assists: Guterman - 2, Constable - 1, Daniels - 1, Jee - 1, Linggo - 1, Mazzolini - 1, Meyer - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 10

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern gets win over Bayou City 19-1
April 21,  2011

Tony's hosted Bayou City on Sunday in a dust bowl of a home field.  After getting past some field preparation issues the game commenced.  Neither team was especially sharp from the start as clean ground balls, good passes and shots were hard to find.  Eventually both teams would settle down and avoid the occasional dust storm to play some lacrosse.

Tony's took at 10-0 lead going into halftime before Bayou City put up a goal in the 2nd half.  Overall the game was sloppy with lots of goals coming in transition with both teams having opportunities.  Overall it was a the defense playing well and giving the offense time to figure it out.  The game saw the return of Matt Shearer who put up 2 goals.  Thanks to Bayou for coming out for a good day of lacrosse.

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team.  Tony's will prepare for an upcoming game against Legends this weekend..

STATS:
Goals:   Jee-6, Ernie-3, Guterman-2, Shearer-2, Daniels-1, Glass - 1, Kerrigan-1 Linggo-1, Loveless-1, Stowe - 1
Assists: Loveless - 4, Kerrigan - 2, Linggo - 2, French-1, Gurerman-1, Jee - 1, Mazzolini -1, Rumsey -1, Ernie-1
Saves: Blahut - 9

Check of the game:  Mike Kerrigan

 

Tony's Tavern bounces back with 12-2 win over Space City
April 3,  2011

Tony's made the trek down to Clear Lake for a match-up with Space City on Sunday during Final Four weekend in Houston.  Weather was good for a day of lacrosse, but both teams were stuck playing iron man for multiple reasons.

The game was close going into half time with Tony's up 3-1 on 3 goals by Dolny.  During the 2nd half the team started finishing on opportunities and took advantage of their transition offense.  The defense did it's part only giving up 1 more goal in the second half and the offense went on a run putting up 9 more.  At the end of the game Tony's pulled away for the 12-2 victory.

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team.  Tony's will prepare for an upcoming game against 361 lacrosse down in Victoria, TX..

STATS:
Goals:  Dolny - 5, Jee - 4, Daniels - 1, Glass - 1, Guterman - 1
Assists: Dolny - 4, Jee - 3, Daniels - 1, French - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 10

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

 

Tony's Tavern comes up short 6-3 against Austin LC
March 14,  2011

Tony's hosted Austin Lacrosse Club on Sunday and looked sloppy against a good squad.  Many missed opportunities on both ends contributed to a season low output in goals and the teams first loss on the season.  The team will look to regroup and get back on track going forward.  Thanks to Austin for coming into town.

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team.  Tony's will prepare for an upcoming game against Legends of the spring..

STATS:
Goals:  Jee - 2, Guterman - 1
Assists: Dolny - 1, Kerrigan - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 6

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern gets victory over Metro 13-8
March 7,  2011

Tony's Tavern had it's first game back after their Mardi Gras championship against long time rival Metro.  The game was on a sunny Sunday afternoon which made for perfect lacrosse weather.  Both teams know each other well as this contest has gone on for over a decade and is a continued tradition over the years with many great match-ups. 

Tony's jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a bounce shot by Glass a few minutes into the game.  Metro answered right back with a goal of their own tying it at 1-1.  On the next face-off Diego Valenzuela took a give and go from his brother Ernie to give Tony's the 2-1 lead.  The team would build on that momentum and lead at halftime 8-3.  At the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 11-5 in favor of Tony's.  Metro made a run in the 4th quarter to make it 12-8, but a man up goal by Jee from Loveless made it 13-8 and that is where the scoring ended for both teams.  It was a great day for lacrosse and good game between two long time rivals. 

The defense played well led by goalies Blahut & Markeloff with help from long poles: Daniels, Stowe, and Diego Valenzuela.  Midfield scoring got a big boost from Ernie Valenzuela (4g, 2a) along with Glass(1g, 1a).  The midfielders played tough on defense all day and got the ball in transition to force unsettled situations.  Corwin, Guterman, Nelms, Stoker, Woodman all played hard nosed both ways.  The attack rounded out the scoring with Dolny, Jee, Loveless, and Mazzolini all contributing goals or assists to help with the offensive production.  Mills came up big and dominated the face-off X all day.

Tony's Tavern thanks the fans that came out to support the team and prepares for a game this Sunday with Austin Lacrosse Club.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Ernie - 4, Diego - 2, Dolny - 1, Glass - 1, Loveless - 1
Assists:   Mazzolini - 2, Ernie - 2, Dolny - 1, Glass - 1, Jee - 1, Loveless - 1
Saves: Blahut - 8, Markeloff - 5

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern claims 2011 Mardi Gras Tournament Championship!!!
February 28, 2011

Tony's Tavern traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana this weekend to play in the 2011 Mardi Gras tournament.  This was the first trip the team has made to the tourney and was up against competition from all across the U.S. and world.  The Flying Elvis team traveled from Amsterdam to compete and take in the sites.  The tourney was broken into 2 divisions of 6 teams with the division winners playing for the championship on Sunday.  Team had a blast on and off the field all weekend.

Tony's drew an opening game on Friday against the Great Lakes Lacrosse team comprised of players traveling south from mainly Minnesota.  Tony's played hard and came up with a 7-5 victory.

Saturday came up early with a 10 AM game after a night of taking in the parades, people and culture of downtown New Orleans. 

First up on the slate was the Bamboozers comprised of players from Austin, Houston, and all over the country.  Tony's was in a tight game at halftime when they finally woke up to pull away in the 2nd half with an 8-4 victory.

The 2nd match-up on Saturday was a big game vs. Team Adrenaline hailing from San Diego.  This team was made up of Southern Californians and players from around the country.  This would prove to be the semi-finals for the tournament as both teams entered the game with 2-0 records and were aiming to move on to the championship game.  This turned out to be a defensive showdown between both teams.  The game was back and forth late into the 2nd half.  When the final whistle of regulation blew the teams were tied up at 4.  The trip to the championship game would be determined by Sudden victory overtime.  Tony's won the opening face-off and would never let the ball leave the offensive side.  After moving the ball around a few times and backing up some close shots, the team worked the ball around to 2010 Tony's Team MVP John Dolny who sent a laser to the top right corner past the keeper to move Tony's Tavern to a 3-0 record and trip to the Championships.

Sunday's Championship game moved to center stage from the City Park fields into Pan American Stadium garnering field turf and grand stands all around.  Tony's opponent was Team Laxzone hailing from the Charlotte area along with a lot of players from the New York area.  The 12pm match-up would be to settle the Championship between the 1 seeds from their respective divisions.  It was a back and forth battle with a lot of missed opportunities on offense for both teams.  Tony's Tavern defense had been nasty all tourney and the finals were no exception.  The defense played as a unit and forced bad shots, turnovers, and poor passes all day.  At halftime Tony's trailed 2-1.  The second half the defense turned it up the intensity and the offense started finishing on opportunities.  The offense came through and got the lead with a few minutes left in the game at 5-4.  The defense left it all on the field putting up a last defensive stand for the final 30 seconds with Daniels forcing a turnover to end the game as the final seconds ticked away.  The team finished 4-0 and took home the Mardi Gras Trophy.

Mardi Gras squad was made up of:  Belford, Blahut, Daniels, Dolny, Gnazzo, Guterman, Hutchinson, Jee, Kemp, Linggo, Maigler, Markeloff, Mazzolini, Reinsvold, Diego,  Ernie, Woodman, & Wojciechowski.

We thank the New Orleans lacrosse club for putting on a great tourney as well a big appreciation to the fans that made the trip to support the team.  The team will return to Houston for a match up with old rival Metro on March 6th. 

Additional coverage of the team from the weekend can be found at www.laxallstars.com

Check back for more team pics and stories.

 

Tony's Tavern brings home Win over Southside 13-3
February 20, 2011

Tony's Tavern had a Sunday match-up with the Southside Predators this week.  Weather was back to Texas springtime form in the mid 70s.  The team worked off some rust after the off week and is preparing for their trip to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras tournament.

Tony's grabbed the lead on a goal by Dolny a few minutes into the first quarter and never looked back.  At half time the score jumped up to 8-2.  The 2nd half saw much of the same as the team pulled away for the 13-3 victory.  The offense moved the ball well especially in transition.  Bobby Jee came up with a big day in the Tony's Tavern offense putting up 7 goals and 1 assist.  Dolny had a great balance of scoring and feeding with 4 goals and 3 assists.  Defenseman Jason French picked up his first goal of the year on a hockey style shot in front of the crease. 

The defense had another big day holding the Predators to 3 goals and forcing multiple turnovers.  Scott Hutchinson picked up the check of a day with a hit that forced a turnover and caused the man he hit to wipe out the goal.  Blahut, Daniels, French, Hutchinson, Markeloff, and Prochaska held down the defensive side of the field all game.  The midfield played tough defense and good offense.  Glass, Guterman, Kneisly, Mills, Nelms, Stoker, Stowe and Woodman all contributed in the good transition game.  The team showed some rust after the bye week, but came together to put up another win on the season.  Tony's Tavern will travel to the Mardi Gras tournament this weekend Feb. 25-27th.

Thanks for all those that made it out to support the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 7, Dolny - 4, French - 1, Linggo -1
Assists:   Dolny - 3, Linggo - 2, Daniels - 1, Jee - 1, Kneisly - 1
Saves: Blahut - 10, Markeloff - 3

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

Tony's Tavern grinds out a tough win 6-4 over Pbr
February 7, 2011

Tony's Tavern had their 2nd game of Super Bowl weekend against Pbr lacrosse club.  The game had an early start time to accommodate Super Bowl watching festivities.  Both teams came out with large squads for a tightly contested game.

Tony's took the the lead at half time 3-2 after a 1st half of tough defense for both sides.  The teams ended the 3rd quarter tied at 4-4.  The Tony's offense came up with 2 goals in the fourth by Ernie Valenzuela and the final one on a feed from Dolny to Jee to put the count to 6-4.  Keeper Andy Blahut locked down the cage along with the help of his defensemen Daniels, French, Hutchinson, and Long.  The midfield and long stick midfielders (Prochaska & D. Valenzuela) contributed with good transition defense and clearing.  The team held strong and put up a shut out in the 4th qtr. to bring home the win.

Dolny, Jee, Kerrigan and Loveless moved the ball on offense and created opportunities for their teammates.  Dolny most of all as he contributed 4 assists.

Midfield played tough at both ends and contributing 4 of the 6 goals for the team led by Guterman with 2 and Will Rumsey and Ernie Valenzuela with 1 each.  Glass, Kneisly, Mazzolini, Mills, Nelms, Stoker, Stowe, and Woodman all added great defense and clearing to contribute to the victory.

It was great day of lacrosse after most of the week temperatures had been below freezing. 

Thanks for those that came out to support the team.  The team has an off week before a rematch with Southside on Feb. 20th.

STATS:
Goals:   Guterman - 2, Jee - 2, Rumsey - 1, E. Valenzuela - 1
Assists:   Dolny - 4
Saves: Blahut - 15

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

Check back for pics from the game

Tony's Tavern gets 2nd win of year over Southside 14-6
February 7, 2011

Tony's Tavern played it's 1st game of Super bowl weekend against the Southside Predators.  The team had a rough start as Southside came out playing tough and at the end of one quarter it was tied up at 2-2.  The team came together in the 2nd qtr and went on an 8-0 run to end the half 10-2.  The game ended with the final of 14-6.  The defense behind Daniels, French, Markeloff, Stowe, and D. Valenzuela played strong. 

Mike Kerrigan had a big day on offense with 3 goals and 5 assists.  Dolny showed why he is the returning 2 time team MVP creating offense and getting a lot of his teammates involved.  Dolny, Jee, Blahut, Guterman Mazzolini, Mills and E. Valenzuela accounted for the rest of the goals.  Mills dominated at the face-off x all game.  Glass, Kneisly, Linggo, Stoker added valuable hard nosed plays along the way that contributed to the victory.

Thanks for all those that made it out to support the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Kerrigan -3, Dolny-2, Blahut-1, Guterman-1, Mazzolini-1, Mills-1, E. Valenzuela -1
Assists:   Kerrigan - 5, Dolny -2, Jee -2, Mazzolini -2, Daniels - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 10

Check of the game:  Nathan Daniels

Tony's Tavern takes home a victory 18-6 over Northwest
January 30, 2011

Tony's Tavern played their first official spring game against old area rival Northwest.  The team came out slow and only held a 4-2 lead after the 1st quarter.  The team turned it on from that point and cruised to an 18-6 victory.

The game saw the end of Matt Ippolito's tenure on the team as he is relocating for work reasons.  He went out with a big game turning in 3 goals.  Newcomer Ernie Valenzuela also tallied 3 goals to add to the output of the high powered midfield.  Dolny, Guterman, Jee, and Kerrigan all added 2 goals a piece followed by Blahut and Kneisly with 1 to round out the scoring on the day.  Kerrigan, Linggo and Loveless also posted 2 assists each with Dolny, Jee and Ernie all contributing one a piece.  Defense played well all day led by keepers Blahut & Markeloff.  Daniels, French, Hutchinson, Prochaska, and Diego Valenzuela made it tough for attackman and midfielders alike all day.  The tough defense allowed the offense to shake the rust and settle into a good mix.  Thanks for those that came out to support the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Ippolito - 3, Ernie - 3, Dolny - 2, Guterman - 2, Jee - 2, Kerrigan - 2, Loveless - 2, Blahut-1, Kneisly-1
Assists:   Linggo - 2, Kerrigan - 2, Loveless - 2, Dolny - 1, Jee - 1, E. Valenzuela - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 8, Blahut - 5

Check of the game:  Scott Hutchinson

Check back for pics from the game

Tony's Tavern gets win over Space City
January 24, 2011

Tony's Tavern got their full field spring season started off on Sunday, Jan. 23rd against Space City.  It was good to get all the veterans and 1st year guys out there on the field at the same time to see what the team will have in 2011.

The game turned into more of a scrimmage with Tony's players playing for both sides.  It was a good day of lacrosse and we thank Space City for making the trip up.  Next up for the team is a match-up against area rival Northwest on Saturday Jan 29th @ 2:30PM.  We hope you can make the trip out to support the team.

Tony's Tavern faces off with Space City this weekend
January 22, 2011

Tony's Tavern gets into their first full field action of the 2011 spring season with a game vs. Space City this Sunday afternoon at 1pm @ Bleyl Middle School.

We hope to see you out there supporting the team as they embark on the 2011 campaign.  Check back for post game scores and statistics.

Tony's Tavern finishes 7 for 7's with 4-1 record
January 18, 2011

Tony's Tavern started their 2011 campaign off with a Charity 7's for 7 tournament honoring Drew Webb(1985-2010).

The tournament is hosted by Nike Lacrosse and will benefit:

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston.

The tournament saw team comes together from all over the country to compete with many former teammates and friends of Drew Webb forming teams.

Tony's was slated to play Metro, 1Lacrosse, McCay Dickson & Co., The Bills & Team Webbman.

Team Webbman was made up of former Cornell teammates of Drew Webb along with Team USA member Matt Striebel and was favored to win the club division.  Both Tony's and the Cornell team were undefeated entering their last game of division play.  The match up would settle who played in the championship game for the tourney.  It was a great game and fun was had by both sides as Tony's kept up with Webbman behind the stellar play of Goalie Andy Blahut.  Tony's stayed within 1 or 2 goals most of the game, but the Cornell alumni pulled away at the end for a 12-8 victory. 

It was a great day of lacrosse for a great cause and saw blow out wins as well as a goal against The Bills with about 10 seconds left to keep the team undefeated heading into their match-up with Webbman.

We look forward to participating next year and thanks to our fans that braved the cold temperatures in the final games.

For more details about the tourney click here:  www.7sfor7.com

Tony's Tavern to compete in 7's for 7 Tournament
January 7, 2011

Tony's Tavern will start their 2011 campaign off with a Charity 7 vs. 7 tournament honoring Drew Webb(1985-2010).

The tournament is hosted by Nike Lacrosse and will benefit:

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston.

The tournament will be held January 8-9th, 2011 in Houston, TX.   Teams have traveled from all over the country to compete in this event.  Tony's Tavern will go head to head with some of the top players in the country this weekend.

For more details about the tourney click here:  www.7sfor7.com

Tony's Tavern returns from A&M Fall Classic with 2-1 record
November 14, 2010

Tony's Tavern continued their fall season by traveling to the Texas A&M Fall Classic the weekend of Nov. 13 & 14.  The team played 3 games and finished with a 2-1 record.

Thanks for those that came out to support the team this past weekend.  Check the website to see the next scheduled team events.

Tony's Tavern comes out on top over Predators 16 - 4
October 31, 2010

Tony's Tavern got their fall started off on Halloween with a scrimmage against the Houston Predators.  Thanks to the Predators for hosting the game down at Montie Beach Park.

The game saw the debut of the Tony's Tavern tournament shorts along with a mix of veterans and first year players getting on the field together for the first time.  You could tell the team was rusty after taking some time off between the end of indoor season.  Lots of dropped passes and ground ball scooping problems were seen at the outset of the game.  The team eventually found their groove and increased their lead from 2-1 before the final whistle blew to end at 16-4.

Everyone had a great time and it was great to get a lot of the vets and new guys out there.  Defense led the way with taking the ball away and starting fast breaks.  Markeloff in goal along with long poles Daniels, French, Krebs, Long, and Prochaska.  The midfield was led in scoring by Kerrigan(4g,2a) & Guterman(2g,1a) along with solid play from Corwin, Andrew Dolny, Glass, and Mills.  Kerrigan and Mills dominated the face-off X all day.

Attack saw some of the veterans help settle the offense and work the ball around.  Led by J. Dolny(4g,3a) & Jee(4g,2a) along with great play by Linggo and Mazzolini.  All the attack helped get everyone involved with the offense and helped finish on the fast break opportunities.

Thanks for those that came out to support the team on Sunday.  Next stop for the team will be A&M Fall Classic Nov. 13 & 14.

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 4, Jee - 4, Kerrigan - 4, Guterman -2, Daniels - 1, Glass - 1
Assists:   Dolny - 3, Jee - 2, Kerrigan - 2, Linggo - 2, Corwin - 1, Guterman - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 11

Check of the game:  Josh Long

 

Tony's Tavern spring 2010 awards announced
August 15, 2010

                             

Team MVP - John Dolny      Off. MVP - Tim Loveless       Def. MVP - Nate Daniels

                                                                  

Newcomer of the Year - Steve Guterman              Heart Award - Andrew Krebs

Tony's Tavern lacrosse hosted their annual awards banquet this past weekend and recognized those individuals that stood out among the rest over the past spring season along with some more entertaining awards.  Check back for pictures from the night.

Tony's Tavern finishes up indoor season with 6-0 record
August 15, 2010

Tony's Tavern completed their indoor season on August 15th with a victory over H-town lacrosse.  The team finished the indoor season with a 6-0 record defeating:  Southside, Metro, Northwest, PBR, B&G, and H-town.  The team will look to the fall schedule which includes scrimmages and tournaments.

Thanks for those that came out to support the team during indoor season.

Tony's Tavern beats the heat playing indoor this summer
July 18, 2010

Tony's Tavern started their indoor season on July 11th down at Southwest Indoor Soccer.  The team came out with a 19-3 victory in week 1 facing the Houston Predators and moved their record to 2-0 after week 2 with a win over PBR 10-7.

The team will keep playing games indoor all summer.  So come out and support the team.  Check back for updates on results as the indoor season progresses.

Tony's Tavern player competes in Lacrosse World Championships
July 18, 2010

Long time Tony's Tavern veteran, Rene Kozarsky headed to Manchester to compete with Team Mexico in their inaugural tournament.  He is a founding member of both Tony's Tavern and Team Mexico and is looking to bolster his international games resume.  Kozarsky will retirement after the World Games and the team wishes him the best of luck.  Rene represent Tony's well and thanks for all the hard work over the years.

Tony's Tavern visits Baltimore to watch the NCAA Final Four
Jun 2, 2010

Members of Tony's Tavern headed to Baltimore for Memorial day weekend to check out the NCAA championships and visited the famous Greene Turtle.

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Tony's Tavern gets win over San Antonio Lax bats 11-3
May 15, 2010

Tony's Tavern played the Laxbats on a rainy day at Houston Christian HS.  Both teams had a great time and got in a good day of lacrosse.

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 3, Jee - 3, Daniels - 1, Glass - 1, Ippolito -1, Linggo - 1, Loveless - 1
Assists:   Dolny - 2, Loveless - 2, Glass - 1, Ippolito - 1, Nelms - 1, Passino - 1, Stowe -1
Saves: Kozarsky - 6, Zaleski - 5

Check of the game:  Jason French

Tony's Tavern finishes 2nd in Gulf Coast Invitational Tourney
Apr 25, 2010

Tony's Tavern fell in a close game 4-3 to Metro.  The game was a defensive battle and both defenses limited the offensive players from getting into a rhythm.  Thanks to the fans that came out to support the team all season.

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 1, Ippolito -1, Kneisly -1,
Assists:   Dolny - 1, Guterman - 1, Spriggs - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 10

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

Tony's Tavern prepares for the 2010 Gulf Coast Invitational Tourney
Apr 21, 2010

Tony's Tavern finished up their regular season with a 9-0 record and look to defend their 2009 GCIT title this weekend April 24-25th.  They will face tough competition from teams covering the state of Texas.  First on their plate is Space City on Saturday morning @ 10AM.  The team will have to play tough to get wins over the competition facing them this weekend.  Come out and support the team this weekend.

Nolan Ryan Middle School:  11500 Shadow Creek Pkwy, Pearland, TX 77584

Tony's Tavern gets a win over Bayou City in a mud bowl 16-3
Apr 19, 2010

Tony's and Bayou City waited out the storms on Sunday and found a 2 hour window to squeeze a game in the last weekend before the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament.  Both teams had fun and the sun came out for a good portion of the game.  The game marked the return of Brandon Stowe from the disabled list.  Tony's jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Dolny and never looked back.  The game did have another historic mark in Tony's Tavern history as team captain Bobby Jee tallied his 300th career point. 

The team had a good game as they prepare for 3 games at the tournament this weekend.  Come out and cheer on the team down in Pearland as they defend their 2009 title.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 5, Spriggs - 3, Glass - 2, Loveless - 2, Dolny - 1, Nelms -1, Stowe - 1, Woodman - 1
Assists:  Dolny - 3, Guterman - 2, Linggo - 2, Loveless - 2, Glass - 1, Stowe - 1, Woodman - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 8, Zaleski - 5

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

Tony's Tavern travels to the Alamo city and defeats SA Lax bats 15-4
Apr 11, 2010

Tony's headed out on I-10 to the Alamo city to take on the San Antonio Laxbats.  This was the first meeting between the 2 teams and a long road trip for the team.  The game time was set at 11am and the team headed out early to make a quick Bucee's stop on the way.

Tony's got out to a 1 goal lead on a shot out of a roll dodge by Matt Shearer to give the team a 1-0 lead.  The team would never look back as they built the lead to 8-0 at halftime.  The Laxbats got on the board 4 times in the 2nd half, but Tony's pulled away and the score was 15-4 as the final whistle blew.

The team got great contributions from the defense of Daniels, Krebs and Aguilera with Markeloff between the pipes.  They made it tough on the Laxbats offense all day.  The midfield stepped up and did a great job on offense and defense.  Making the trip was Guterman, Kneisly, Passino, Santiago, Shearer, Stoker, Woodman, and goalie Zaleski.  The attack of Dolny, Jee and Linggo worked the ball around on offense and helped maintain good time of possession.

Tony's will be back at home on Sunday April 18th to face Bayou City @ 2pm.  Thanks to those that traveled and supported the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 4, Jee - 4, Shearer - 3, Guterman - 1, Nelms - 1, Passino - 1, Santiago - 1
Assists:  Dolny - 3, Jee - 3, Linggo - 2, Guterman - 1, Shearer - 1, Woodman - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 8

Check of the game: Nate Daniels

Tony's Tavern defeats Space City 12-4 over the weekend
Apr 4, 2010

Tony's got a victory 12-4 over Space City on Saturday.  Both teams has low numbers, but made the best of great weather and didn't waste the opportunity to get in a game of lacrosse.  The team heads out west to San Antonio to face the Laxbats on Saturday April 10th.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Glass - 3, Ippolito - 2, LInggo - 2, Guterman - 1
Assists:  Loveless - 4,  Jee -1, Linggo - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 5, Zaleski - 5

Check of the game:  Josh Long

Tony's Tavern travels south for a match-up with Space City
Apr 2, 2010

Come out and support the team as they take on Space City Saturday April 3rd @ 1pm.

Sylvan Rodriguez Park:  1201 Clear Lake City Blvd, Houston, TX 77062

 

Tony's Tavern gets victory over Predators 15-2
Mar. 29, 2010

Tony's got a victory over the Southside Predators 15-2 on Sunday at Sunnyside Park.  The weather was great and both teams came out to play.  Tony's played a balanced game with scoring coming from all over the roster.  Next up on the schedule is a match-up this Saturday with Space City down at Sylvan Rodriguez Park.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 6, Dolny - 2, Linggo - 2, Glass - 1, Guterman - 1, Ippolito - 1, Passino - 1, Spriggs - 1
Assists:  Loveless - 4, Dolny - 3, Jee - 2, Daniels - 1, Guterman - 1, Ippolito - 1, Linggo - 1
Saves: Zaleski - 7

Check of the game:  Jason French

Tony's Tavern prepares to face the Predators on Sunday
Mar. 24, 2010

Tony's Come out and support the team at home on Sunday March 28th @ 2pm.

Bleyl Middle School:  10800 Mills Road, Houston, TX 77070-4499

Tony's Tavern finishes on top 10-5 over Metro
Mar. 17, 2010

Tony's got a victory over their old rival Metro on Sunday.  The game was close throughout until the 4th quarter where Tony's added some late goals to put the game out of reach with a final tally of 10-5.  The team will look to hit the road next weekend to face Beaumont.

STATS:
Goals:   Daniels - 2, Loveless - 2, Shearer - 2, Glass - 1, Guterman - 1, Jee - 1, Kozarsky - 1
Assists:  Jee - 3, Loveless - 2, Linggo - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 5, Zaleski - 5

Check of the game:  Blake Stoker

Tony's Tavern gets victory over Blackshirts 17-2 in first meeting
Mar. 3, 2010

Tony's got a victory in their first meeting with the Htown Blackshirts on Sunday.  The game was close in the first quarter as the score was 3-0.  The final score was 17-2 when the final whistle blew.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 4, Dolny - 2, Glass - 2, Kneisly - 2, Shearer - 2, Linggo - 1, Moss - 1, Nelms - 1, Santiago-1, Stowe-1
Assists:  Dolny - 3, Linggo - 3, Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Moss - 1, Stoker - 1, Woodman - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 5, Zaleski - 3, Kozarsky - 3

Check of the game:  Josh Long

Tony's Tavern prepares for first match-up with Houston Blackshirts
Mar. 3, 2010

Come out and join the team for their next game on Sunday Mar 7, 2010 @ 2pm.

Bleyl Middle School:  10800 Mills Road, Houston, TX 77070-4499

 

Tony's Tavern gets win over Northwest 17-2
Feb. 21, 2010

Tony's Tavern faced Northwest for the second time this season.  The team came out with a lot more energy this week.  Both teams played well in the first quarter and the score was 3-2 in Tony's favor.  The rest of the game Tony's picked up their game and held Northwest scoreless while going on a 14-0 run.

The midfield and defense played big on the day starting a lot of transition and getting the ball down field for fast break goals.  Also, their tough midfield defense forced a number of bad shots and passes.  The midfield of Glass, Ippolito, Kneisly, Passino, Spriggs, Stoker, Stowe, and Woodman played tough midfield defense and helped a lot in the transition game.  Passino and Stowe took care of the face-off duties.  The group did a great job from the wings getting in and picking up the ball off face-offs and getting the ball to the offensive side of the field time after time.  The Midfield also contributed 4 goals and 2 assists.

Defense held strong for the game and put up a shutout for the final 3 quarters after 2 goals in the first.  The long poles consisting of French, Krebs, and Prochaska kept the attackmen on their heels all game.  The defense saw a first for Tony's Tavern as 3 goalies got time in cage.  Kozarsky started the game between the pipes before turning over the defense to Markeloff who posted a shutout on the day.  Zaleski made his team debut in the 3rd quarter and finished off a 2nd half shutout.  The defense did a good job killing penalties and taking the ball away from the Northwest offensive players

The group of attackmen fed off the energy from the defense and middies and put up 13 goals and 9 assists.  Dolny, Jee, Kozarsky, Linggo, and Loveless moved the ball well on offense, that saw 3 attackmen reach at least a hat trick on the day.  Their hard riding led to bad passes on Northwest clears and led to some transition goals.  They played strong as a unit and kept the offense moving along all game.   

Thanks to everyone that made it out for the game.  Next up on the schedule for Tony's is a possible game with Space City, Sunday Feb 28th.   

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 4, Jee - 4, Linggo - 3, Ippolito - 1, Kneisly - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Loveless - 1, Spriggs - 1, Stoker - 1
Assists:  Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Linggo - 2, Loveless - 2, Dolny - 1, Glass - 1, Spriggs - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 3, Zaleski - 2, Kozarsky - 2

Check of the game:  Jason French

 

Tony's Tavern gets 1st win of the season 9-2 over Northwest
Feb. 8, 2010

Tony's Tavern opened up their season with a win over Northwest in a game that saw rustiness from both teams.  Next up on the schedule for Tony's is a road trip to Dallas to play Southlake on Feb 13 & Dallas Sharks Feb 14. 

Thanks to the fans that made it out to the game. 

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 3, Glass - 1, Jee - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Linggo - 1, Loveless - 1, Shearer - 1
Assists:  Dolny - 1, Jee -1, Loveless - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 4, Kozarsky - 2

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern kicks off season against Northwest
Feb. 3, 2010

Come out and join the team for their first game on Saturday Feb 6, 2010 @ 2pm.

Matzke Park:  13207 Copeland Road, Houston, Texas 77070

 

Tony's Tavern:  Preview for 2010 Season
Jan. 29, 2010

For Immediate release:

The 2010 Tony’s Tavern lacrosse team season begins their 2nd season as part of the GCLA Independent Teams along with long time rival Houston Metro.  They will look to face fierce opposition as they play old rivals and new teams in the ever expanding base of teams in the Texas landscape.  Veterans and first year guys will have to come together as one of the most talented teams Tony's Tavern has seen to continue the winning tradition. 
 
Tony’s opens the 2010 against area rival Northwest (2/6) of the GCLA in the first of 11regular-season games.  The team will travel to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on Feb 13/14 to play Southlake and Plano/Ft. Worth from the SWLA.  Other non-area match-ups include an April 10th game down in Corpus Christi as well as contests against Beaumont. 

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Tony's Tavern prepares for Spring 2010 Season
Jan. 5, 2010

Tony's Tavern is getting ready for the spring season check back for the 2010 schedule and updates in player news.

 

Tony's Tavern prepares to kick-off fall schedule vs. Bayou City 10/25
Oct. 24, 2009

Tony's Tavern invites you to come out and support the team at their first Fall scrimmage against Bayou City Sunday, October 25th @ 2pm

Matzke Park

13207 Copeland Road
Houston, Texas 77070

 

Tony's Tavern staying busy over the summer with Box Season
July 13, 2009

Tony's Tavern is staying busy over the summer playing box against area teams and returning college players home for the summer.  Check back all summer long to get updates on how the games are going.

6/21 Tony's Tavern vs. Northwest (A)  W(10-2)

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 4, Jee - 4, Ippolito - 1, Markeloff - 1
Assists:  Linggo - 2, Dolny - 1, Jacobs - 1, Jee - 1
Saves: Jacobs - 22

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Congrats to the  2009 Team Award Winners
June 22, 2009

                                               

Team MVP & Offensive. MVP - John Dolny          Defensive MVP - Nate Daniels

                                                                  

Newcomer of the Year - Josh Long                      Heart Award - Blake Stoker

 

Tony's Tavern wins Gulf Coast Invitational with a win over Metro
April 26, 2009

Tony's Tavern completed the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament with a 3-0 record on Sunday afternoon with a 10-3 victory over long time rival Metro.  All in all it was a great afternoon of lacrosse with a close game until late in the game.

The first started off quickly for Metro with 2 goals and a 2-0 lead.  Both teams struggled to maintain possession and finish on opportunities with many forced passes leading to turnovers.  As the quarter came to a close Bobby Jee dodged his defenseman from behind the goal and took a low to high shot to the top right corner of the cage to get Tony's on the board and make the score 2-1 in favor of Metro.

The second quarter started off well for Tony's as Singleton took a pass from Linggo and found the back of the goal to tie it up at 2-2.  Minutes later on a fast break Kozarsky found Jee for a shot and a goal to give Tony's their first lead on the day and a 3-2 score.  Loveless finished off the scoring for both teams with a one on one dodge and finish to make the score 4-2 at halftime in favor of Tony's.

The face offs of Singleton and Isaacson picked up in the 2nd half giving Tony's many more offensive opportunities.  The 3rd quarter also saw Tony's Tavern take advantage of their man-up opportunities as Jee found Loveless curling from behind the cage to make it 5-2.  After a tripping penalty on Metro Loveless found Spriggs for a left handed shot and goal to make the score 6-2.  Jee scored on another one on one opportunity to make it 7-2 minutes later.  After some back and forth play Isaacson found a wide open Ippolito in front of the cage for and shot and goal making it 8-2 as the 3rd quarter came to a close

The 4th quarter saw a lot of tough defense by both teams as each team slowed the ball down to get better possessions and good looks at the goal.  Metro got on the board first in the quarter with a shot that deflected off keeper Markeloff's foot to make it 8-3.  Tony's got a nice acrobatic goal from Loveless off some intense pressure by Kozarsky on the Metro goalie causing a deflected pass that Loveless had to slide to stop himself right outside the crease for the finish and the 9-3 lead.  Hickenlooper finished the scoring on the day with a right handed sweep and got separation after a pick by Kozarsky that allowed Hickenlooper for  shot to the top right corner and 10-3 score.  Tony's got possession and ran out the rest of the quarter to secure the 10-3 victory.

A lot of credit needs to go to the defense from the long poles, middies, and goalie who held Metro to 1 goal in the last 3 quarters of the game.  The defense of Cook, Daniels, Krebs, Long, and Stowe caused a lot of problems for the Metro offensive players all day.  Keeper Markeloff had a great game after settling down following 2 quick goals in the opening minutes of the game.  Defensive Captain Daniels got the ball out in transition countless times using his legs to help the offense get valuable possessions.

Midfield played tough between the boxes all day and won a lot of possessions for Tony's with great effort put forth to secure ground balls and get open for clears leading to fast breaks.  These selfless players put the team on their back and played tough all day on offense and defense stopping the Metro offense and creating space for the attackmen to dodge.  The midfield made up of Glass, Hickenlooper, Ippolito, Isaacson, Kneisly, Nelms, Singleton, Spriggs, and Stoker all were key players in the victory.  Hickenlooper, Ippolito, Singleton, and Spriggs all had 1 goal on the day along with 1 assist each from Isaacson and Singleton giving the midfield a very productive day a the offensive end.  

Isaacson and Singleton fought hard at the face-off X all day and showed why they are one of the most dominant duo's in the league either getting the ball themselves or getting it to an area the wings could secure possession.

The Attack of Jee, Kozarsky, Linggo and Loveless played a big role in the victory on the day both in feeding and scoring.  Offensive Captain Jee and attackman Loveless each had 3 goals and 1 assists along with 1 assist each for Kozarsky and Linggo.  The attack contributed 6 goals and 4 assists on the day.  The attack did a great job of working the match ups and settling the ball to give Tony's longer offensive possessions and put guys in better position to score.

Tony's Tavern wants to thank all those that put in time to organize and host the GCIT.  It was a great weekend of lacrosse.   

Thanks to all the fans that came out to support the team during the spring season.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee -3, Loveless - 3, Hickenlooper - 1, Ippolito - 1, Singleton - 1, Spriggs -1
Assists:  Kozarsky - 2, Isaacson - 1, Jee -1, Linggo -1, Loveless - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 9

Check of the game:  Cook, Daniels, Krebs, Long, Stowe

 

Tony's Tavern gets win over Northwest 14-3
April 5, 2009

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Tony's Tavern wants to thank Northwest for hosting.  Tony's looks forward to their next game visiting Austin Lacrosse April 18th @ 1pm.

Thanks to all the fans that came out to enjoy the weather and support the team.

 

Tony's Tavern wins in mud bowl over old rival Metro 16-6
March 15, 2009

The Tony’s Tavern lacrosse was back at it on Sunday versus old rival Metro in less than perfect conditions.  In what was a long stretch of rain for the Houston area the weather let up for a few hours allowing these two teams to sneak in a game of lacrosse.  It was the lone meeting of the regular season between these teams which both decided it was better to get a game of lacrosse in regardless of the field conditions.  A fun day of lacrosse was had by all on both Tony's and Metro. 

Tony's Tavern found themselves in an unfamiliar situation as Metro jumped out to a 2-0 lead.  Matt Ippolito got Tony's on the board with a bounce shot to make it 2-1.  Dolny came up with a goal in the next minute to tie the game up at 2-2.  Nelms squeezed a trickler through to make it 3-2.  Both teams fought through the puddles and the mud pits to end the first quarter at 5-3 Tony's. 

The 2nd qtr followed the same trend as the first quarter with tough defense and relentless clearing and fighting for ground balls.  Tony's converted on a Man-up goal from Jee to Dolny as the quarter started to extend the lead to 6-3.  Dolny, Isaccson, Ippolito, Nelms all added goals in the 2nd for Tony's to give the team 9 going into the half.  Metro added one more goal in the half to give them 4.  Tony's led at the half 9-4. 

The second half saw both teams grind it out and battle through hard hits and penalties.  Markeloff and the defense played tough and only allowed 2 goals in the 2nd half.  The offense was helped out by goals from Dolny, Glass, Ippolito, Isaccson, Jee, Powell and Spriggs.  The middies and defense did a great job fighting for ground balls and getting the ball down to the offensive side of the field.  The game came to a close after a final goal by Isaccson at 16-6.  The win marked the 6th of the season for the team.

The game matched up two teams with a long history playing against each other.  Defensemen Daniels, Krebs, and Long played solid defense and harassed the Metro attackmen all day and helped with great passes during clearing.  Keeper Markeloff played strong and held the offense in check only allowing 6 goals on the day.  The midfield of Glass, Ippolito, Isaccson, Kneisly, Nelms, Powell, Spriggs, Stoker and Stowe all played tough defense and did a great job with ball movement on offense.  The middies dominated the offense on the day with 11 of the 16 goals.  The attack comprised of Dolny, Jee, Kozarsky and Linggo added 5 goals and bunch of assists.  The group helped settle the ball on offense and ran some timely man-ups to help secure the win.  Isaccson, Kneisly and Stowe fought it out in tough conditions at the face-off X all afternoon.

Tony's Tavern wants to thank Metro for braving the rain and getting another match-up between 2 old rivals in the books.  Tony's looks forward to their next game visiting Beaumont March 28th @ 1pm.

Thanks to all the fans that made came out to enjoy the weather and support the team.

 

Tony's Tavern gets game and win over Northwest after Corpus forfeit
March 8, 2009

The Tony’s Tavern lacrosse had Corpus Christi forfeit on Friday and quickly set-up a game with Northwest who was also scheduled to play Corpus Christi on March 7th.  It was another showdown between long time rivals.  The weather proved to be a great day for lacrosse with the a lot of sun and dry conditions for the first time in weeks for the team.  Tony's Tavern thanks Northwest for helping to get a game together on short notice.  A fun day of lacrosse was had by all and Tony's got to see the new look Northwest team. 

Tony's Tavern started off the scoring on the day with a pass from Linggo on a break to Dolny for a 12 yd bounce shot and 1-0 lead.  Ippolito and Loveless also added goals in the first to make it 4-0 at the end of the first quarter.  Dolny, Jee, and Nelms add goals during the 2nd quarter.  Northwest got on the board with a fast break goal and the score as the half draws to a close was 8-1.

The second half saw a lot of transition and back and forth defensive stops.  Tony's failed to capitalize on many opportunities, but gained more experience playing together on the afternoon.  Northwest tallied 2 more goals in the 2nd half capitalizing on man-up opportunities and fast breaks.  Dolny, Jee, Linggo, and Loveless all tallied goals in the 2nd half to make the final score 13-3.  Linggo notched a goal as time ran down to end the game.

The game was a lot of fun and matched up two teams with a long history playing against eachother.  Defensemen Cook, Krebs, and Long raised havoc on the Northwest attackmen all day and helped with great passes during clearing.  Keeper Markeloff played strong and held the offense in check only allowing 3 goals on the day.  The midfield of Glass, Hickenlooper, Ippolito, Kneisly, Nelms, Powell and Stowe all played tough defense and did a great job with ball movement on offense.  The attack comprised of Dolny, Jee, Linggo and Loveless had a very productive day both on offense and with their tenacious riding.  The group accounted for 11 goals on the day and 8 assists.  Ippolito, Kneisly and Stowe dominated at the X and only lost 1 face-off throughout the day.

All the players had a great time with a quality game of lacrosse.  Tony's Tavern wants to thank Northwest for helping to coordinate a game between the 2 teams after the unfortunate cancellation by Corpus Christi.  Tony's looks forward to their next game hosting long time rival Metro March 15th @ 2pm.

Thanks to all the fans that made came out to enjoy the weather and support the team.

 

Tony's Tavern returns from road trip with win over Corpus Christi
February 22, 2009

The Tony’s Tavern lacrosse traveled down to Corpus Christi, TX for the first time in the team's history for a match-up with Corpus Christi Lacrosse.  The day looked gloomy with rain in the forecast and dark clouds in the area throughout the game.  Corpus Christi's team was at full strength with a mix of locals and Naval officers hosting Tony's Tavern.  The game was well worth the 3-1/2 hour trip as both teams had rosters of quality players from all over the country. 

The game started off with the Corpus goalie's pass being intercepted by Jee for a 1 on 1 opportunity and 1-0 lead.  Goals from a mixture of players on both teams had the score at 5-2 after the first quarter.  The 2nd quarter saw Tony's build a bigger lead as it increased to 8-3 at halftime.

The 3rd quarter saw goals from both sides as Loveless and Ippolito helped extend the lead to 13-5.  The 4th quarter saw the Corpus scoring come alive led by attackman McKinnon.  Corpus rallied for 5 goals in the last quarter as the 14 man Tony's squad started to wear down.  Dolny, Ippolito, and Powell scored key goals to extend the lead and make the final score 18-10.  The win was marks the 3rd for Tony's this season.

The game was a lot of fun and matched up a lot of great players from all over the country.  Defensemen Daniels, Krebs, and Long played stellar along with keeper Markeloff, who made many quality saves on the day.  The attack and midfield of Dolny, Glass, Hickenlooper,  Ippolito, Jee, Kozarsky, Linggo, Loveless, Powell, and Stoker all played tough defense and found a rhythm on offense with good cuts and fluid ball movement.  Ippolito found himself dominating on face-offs helping to gain numerous possessions and fast breaks.

All the players had a great trip with a quality game of lacrosse before they hit the beach to round out the day.  Tony's looks forward to their next game hosting Corpus Christi March 7th @ 12pm.

Thanks to all the fans that made the trip and supported the team.

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 4, Ippolito - 3, Loveless - 3, Powell - 3, Jee - 2, Glass - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Linggo - 1
Assists:  Jee -3, Linggo - 2, Dolny - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Loveless - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 12

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

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Tony's Tavern  gets win over Space City in first meeting
February 8, 2009

The Tony’s Tavern lacrosse hosted Space City lacrosse for the first time in the history of both teams on Sunday.  The day was marked by random rain showers along with dusty conditions.  The first year Space City team made the trek up from Clear Lake to play which was appreciated by the Tony's Tavern players. 

The game started off with a pass from Spatafora to Dolny to make it 1-0.  From that point Tony's never looked back and built up an 11-0 lead at halftime.  The Space City team put up a good fight and the final score was 18-0.  Many familiar faces found the scoring column along with some surprises.  Daniels, Dolny, Glass, Issacson, Jee, Kozarsky, Linggo, Loveless, Nelms, Spatafora, and Spriggs all tallied points in the victory.  The defense held strong all day and completed their first shutout of the season.  The game allowed Tony's players to get experience at other positions while facing good competition.  Next up on the schedule for Tony's is a road trip to the beach to play Corpus Christi on Feb 21st. 

Thanks to the fans that made it out to the game and braved the weather. 

STATS:
Goals:   Issacson - 3, Jee - 3, Daniels - 2, Dolny - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Linggo - 2, Loveless - 2, Glass -1, Nelms - 1
Assists:  Jee -3, Spriggs - 3, Dolny -2, Issacson - 2, Linggo - 1, Loveless - 1, Spatafora - 1
Saves: Markeloff - 4, Kozarsky - 2

Check of the game:  Brad Cook

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Tony's Tavern kicks off season with win over Bayou City
January 27, 2009

The 2009 Tony’s Tavern lacrosse team started the season vs. Bayou City at George Bush Park.  The day turned out to be cold and windy and showed the dedication to the game of lacrosse by each squad.  Both teams showed rust during the first game of the season.  The game remained close in the first quarter and was 3-0 for Tony's after one.  Bayou got on the board in the 2nd qtr and Tony's added a few more to make it 8-1 at halftime. 

Players moved around positions during the 2nd half and the game ended with a 16-2 score.   Both teams introduced new players to their lineups and saw adjustments during the game.  It was a good day of lax that saw the debuts of numerous Tony's Tavern players.  Spatafora led the team with 2 goals and 6 assists followed by fellow newcomer Dolny with 3 goals and 1 assist.  Others usual suspects tallying points were Ippolito, Issacson, Jee, Kozarsky, and Spriggs.  Stowe showed strong after switching to longstick middie for the 2009 campaign and the game marked the return of long time veteran Issacson.  Kozarsky and Markeloff looked solid in the cage on opening weekend. 

The mix of new and old will lead to a year of great lax and great times for the team.  The next game up for Tony's Tavern is Sunday February 8th vs. Space City.  We look forward to seeing you out there.

STATS:
Goals:   Dolny - 4, Spriggs - 3, Issacson - 2, Loveless - 2, Spatafora - 2, Ippolito -1,  Jee- 1, Kozarsky - 1
Assists: Spatafora -6, Jee -2, Dolny -1, Issacson - 1
Saves: Kozarsky - 3 Markeloff - 3

Check of the game:  Josh Long

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Preview 2009:  Tony's Tavern back in action
January 20, 2009

For immediate release:

The 2009 Tony’s Tavern lacrosse team season begins the season going in a new direction as part of the GCLA Independent Teams along with long time opponent Houston Metro.  They will look to face fierce opposition as they play old rivals and new teams in the ever expanding base of teams in the Texas landscape.  Veterans and first year guys will have to come together as one of the most talented teams Tony's Tavern has seen to continue the winning tradition.

Tony’s opens the 2009 with an away game against Bayou City (1/24) in the first of 11 regular-season games.  Other non-area match-ups include a March 7th game down in Corpus Christi as well as contests against Beaumont and Lumberton The team is still looking to add one more trip to play some other non-conference opponents in the DFW area.  Tony’s Tavern looks to have a great season as the team builds on their experience from last years as well as the support from their fans.

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Tony's Tavern comes back with 2-1 record at A&M Fall Classic
November 16, 2008

 

Tony's Tavern gearing up for Fall Tournaments
October 27, 2008

Texas A&M Fall Classic Nov. 15 - 16th

UT Tourney Dec. 6 - 7th

 

Tony's Tavern keeping active with Indoor lacrosse
August 19, 2008

Sunday morning laxin'

 

Congrats to the  2008 Team Award Winners
July 27, 2008

                                     

MVP - Rene Kozarsky        Off. MVP - Tim Loveless        Def. MVP - Mike Dufour

                                                                   

Newcomer of the Year- Reid Singleton                 Heart Award - Tim Glass

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Tony's Tavern enjoys the summer traveling Texas and beyond
July 14, 2008

Celebrating Tim Glass' birthday in style

 

Tony's Tavern comes up short 8-5 to Lonestar in title defense
April 27, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Tabb - 3, Mazzolini - 1, Spriggs - 1
Assists:  Shearer - 1
Saves: Kozarsky - 13

Check of the game:  Matt Walton

Thanks to our fans for their support all year long...time to start training for next year.

Tony's Tavern returns to finals with 12-11 win over Metro in round 2
April 26, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Tabb - 5, Shearer - 3, Hill - 1, Jee - 1, Powell - 1, Spriggs - 1
Assists:  Loveless - 2, Jee - 1, Mazzolini - 1
Saves: Kozarsky - 13

Check of the game:  Mike Dufour

 

Tony's Tavern shutouts out Beaumont 28-0 in round 1
April 26, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 5, Shearer - 4, Tabb - 4, Kozarsky - 3, Glass - 2, Ippolito - 2, Mazzolini - 2, Powell-2, Stowe - 2, Linggo - 1, Spriggs - 1
Assists: Kozarsky -2, Linggo - 2, Daniels - 1, Glass - 1, Jee - 1, Mazzolni - 1, Stoker - 1, Stowe - 1, Tabb - 1
Saves: Kozarsky - 2, Markeloff - 1

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

****Kozarsky reaches 200 career pts.

 

Tony's Tavern gets fired up for playoffs after falling 12-9 to Lonestar
April 21, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Loveless - 3, Shearer - 2, Ippolito - 1, Jee - 1, Singleton - 1, Walton - 1
Assists:  Jee - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Loveless - 1, Singleton - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 8

Check of the game:  Rene Kozarsky

 

Tony's Tavern sweeps weekend with 14-2 win over Northwest
April 13, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 3, Shearer - 3, Singleton - 2, Glass- 1, Kozarsky - 1, Loveless - 1, Mazzolini - 1,  Nelms - 1, Spriggs - 1
Assists: Loveless - 3, Mazzolni - 3, Jee - 2
Saves: Mike Shearer - 8

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern comes out running with 22-1 win over Southside
April 12, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Drogaris - 3, Kozarsky - 3, Mazzolini - 3, Walton - 3, Jee - 2, Linggo -2, Singleton-2 , Ippolito - 1, Passino - 1, Stowe - 1, Shearer - 1
Assists: Loveless - 3, Jee - 2, Mazzolini - 2, Singleton - 2, Ippolito - 1, Kozarsky - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 4, Markeloff - 3

Check of the game:  Jacque Passino

 

Tony's Tavern stands tall and gets victory over Metro 12-8
April 6, 2008

As they headed into the final month of the spring season Tony’s drew a match-up with Metro.  It was first of the hot weather games on the home stretch of the season. 

First quarter was a back and forth battle with Tony’s getting on the board first on an unsettled situation.  Jee took a clearing pass from Mike Dufour at the midfield line and found a cutting Singleton for the first goal of the game that made it 1-0 Tony’s.  Metro came right back with a goal of their own on a fast break and tied it up 1-1.  Tony’s found the net again on a pass from Jee to Singleton on crease to make it 2-1.  As before metro rallied off the face-off and tied it up at 2 with a quick rush to the goal.  Ippolito made his season debut and came down in the 1st with a split dodge and found the back of the net to make it 3-2 at the end of the 1st quarter in favor of Tony’s.

2nd quarter saw much of the same see-saw battle.  Singleton opened up the quarter with a quick face-off win and drive to the goal to make it 4-2 Tony’s.  Metro would answer back with a goal of their own after possessions by both teams to make it 4-3.  Ippolito caught a pass from Jee and put another one past the goalie to bring the score to 5-3.  Tony’s added on another tally as Mazzolini found a cutting Mitchell for a wide open shot to make it 6-3.  Metro gained the ball after possessions from both teams and found a backdoor cut for a goal making it 6-4.  Working on the transition game, Daniels came down on a break to find Linggo for a fast break goal to increase the lead to 7-4.  Metro got a late man-up goal to make it 7-5 going into the half in favor of Tony’s.

The 3rd quarter would see Tony’s open their lead up as the defense played stellar and got the ball back on the offensive side of the field with regularity.  First goal came from a deflected pass off Kozarsky to Jee who put it in past the metro goalie to make it 8-5.  Minutes later on a man-up opportunity Matt Shearer found Singleton up top for a shot that hit bottom left corner to make it 9-5.  Metro got back on the board on the ensuing face-off to make it 9-6.  Tony’s struck back as Mazzolini found Jee for at 8 yd shot and a goal, making it 10-6. The quarter ended with Tony’s up 10-6 heading into the 4th.

Metro got on the board first as back-up goalie Markeloff got beat on an open shot from the crease to make it 10-6.  As the period carried on Ippolito found a crease in the defense and dodged past 3 defenders to make it 11-6.  The rest of the period was marked by Tony’s being man-down for the rest of the game up until about 2 min left.  Metro took advantage of numerous conduct penalties to get back in the game getting as close as 11-8 before Tony’s pulled away for good.  The defense played solid and middies and attack helped to kill the multiple penalties.  Matt Shearer added an exclamation point with about a minute left putting in the 12th goal of the game.  Shearer finalized the score at 12-8 for a Tony’s victory.

The middies led the way with their role in the transition game and their ability to get open and get good shots on offense.  Singleton led the way in scoring with a game high 4 goals.  Matt Ippolito came out with a bang in his Tony’s Tavern debut racking up 3 goals of his own and at times slashing through the defense at will.  Rounding out the middie scoring was Matt Shearer with 1goal, 1assist and Mitchell with 1 goal.  The middies ran all day long and fought for groundballs to help gain important possessions.  Singleton and Stowe took the bulk load of the face-offs and held their own all day gaining many possessions for Tony’s throughout the game.  Dufour, Glass, Hill, Ippolito, Mitchell, Nelms, Shearer, Singleton, Stoker, Stowe each worked hard to help Tony’s get the win.

The defense played tough in the teams most critical hour as they faced 5 min of 2-man down time in the 4th quarter.  Cook, Daniels, Dufour, and Gittings played stellar defense with Walton serving a conduct foul.  Overall the defense pressured the ball and through timely checks to force bad passes and shots all day.  Mike Shearer quarterbacked the defense on this day and came up with some big saves during the 4th.  Markeloff came in for some work during the 4th quarter before the man-down stretch and gave up a few, but had some nice saves.  The defensive unit of Cook, Daniels, Dufour, Gittings, Markeloff, and Shearer worked hard to preserve the lead in the 4th.

Tony’s Tavern attack kept the team in position to win throughout the game.  Jee led the way with 2 goals and 3 assist, followed by Mazzolini with 2 assists and rounded out by Linggo with 1 goal and Kozarsky with 1 assist.  The attack helped the offense with their feeding ability finding open middies all day with 6 assists.  Good riding by Kozarsky forced Metro into a lot of poor clearing attempts.  Key ground balls by Jee and Loveless helped kill penalties and secure the victory.  Mazzolini ate up a lot of clock throughout the game and drove the defense wild trying to chase him down on his dodges.  The unit of Jee, Kozarsky, Linggo, Loveless and Mazzolini played hard and helped Tony’s secure their 6th victory of the season.

STATS:
Goals:   Singleton - 4, Ippolito - 3, Jee - 2, Linggo - 1, Mitchell-1, Shearer - 1
Assists: Jee - 3, Mazzolini - 2, Daniels-1,  Kozarsky-1, Shearer - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 6, Markeloff - 4

Check of the game:  Brad Cook

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Tony's Tavern shuts out Southside over holiday weekend 14-0
Mar 22, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Loveless - 3,  Kozarsky - 2, Mazzolini - 2, Daniels-1, Dufour-1, Jee-1, Mitchell-1, Powell-1, Shearer - 1, Stowe - 1
Assists: Cook - 1, Daniels-1, Glass-1, Jee-1, Kozarsky-1, Loveless-1, Stowe-1
Saves: Kozarsky - 8, Markeloff - 3

Check of the game:  Tim Glass

 

Tony's Tavern takes care of business with 21-3 win over Northwest
Mar 3, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Tabb - 7, Loveless - 3, Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Powell - 2, Shearer - 2, Spriggs - 2, Linggo-1
Assists: Jee - 4, Tabb - 3, Drogaris - 1, Loveless - 1,Spriggs - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer -
11

Check of the game:  Mike Dufour

 

Tony's Tavern comes up short against Southlake 11-8
Feb 24, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Loveless - 2, Singleton - 2, Glass - 1, Jee - 1, Powell - 1, Shearer - 1
Assists: Mazzolini - 2, Jee - 1, Shearer - 1
Saves: Kozarsky - 6

Check of the game:  Colin Gittings

 

Tony's Tavern prevails in a tough game 10-9 over Dallas
Feb 24, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Powell - 3, Nelms - 2, Shearer - 2, Glass - 1, Jee - 1, Loveless - 1
Assists: Jee - 2, Loveless - 2, Mazzolini - 2
Saves: Kozarsky -
14

Check of the game:  Mike Dufour

 

Tony's Tavern picks up (1-0) forefit victory over Corpus Christi
Feb, 16, 2008

 

Tony's Tavern plays hard and defeats Bayou City 18-0
Feb 10, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 3, Singleton - 3, Drogaris - 2, Glass - 2, Powell - 2, Stowe - 2, Brian Dufour - 1, Mazzolini-1 , Passino - 1, Spriggs - 1
Assists: Jee - 4, Drogaris - 2, Loveless - 2, Mazzolini - 1, Singleton - 1, Spriggs - 1
Saves: Kozarsky -
3

Check of the game:  Matt Walton

 

Preview 2008 - Tony's Tavern
January 3, 2008

The 2008 Tony’s Tavern lacrosse team season begins the season as the reigning back to back GCLA Champs.  They will face fierce opposition as they look to increase their winning streak and defend their title in the 2008 season.  Veterans and first year guys will have to come together as one of the most talented teams Tony's Tavern has seen to continue the winning tradition.
 

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Tony's Tavern comes up short with a 12-7 loss to open the season
January 25, 2008

STATS:
Goals:   Linggo - 2, Mazzolini - 1,  Shearer -1, Singleton - 1, Spriggs - 1 
Assists: Mazzolini - 1, Spriggs - 1
Saves: Kozarsky - 11

Check of the game:  Mike Dufour

 

Tony's Tavern finishes off preseason with Bayou City Scrimmage
January 14, 2008

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Tony's Tavern stands tall with a 16-0 win over Southside
Nov, 18, 2007

Tony's Tavern and Southside met up for a sunny afternoon game to give each team a chance to work in their new players and knock the rust off their sticks in a fall scrimmage. 

The game was sloppy in the beginning as each team worked to pick up ground balls and get control.  Tony's eventually came away with the ball and a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter both teams found their legs and the transition game moved the ball back and forth with Tony's closing the half with a 10-0 lead.

The second half saw much of the same.  Both teams continued their hard play, but after some great stops by goalie Mike Shearer to secure the shutout the defense held strong.  Tony's kept the ball moving and ended the game with at 16-0 victory.

The defense played a great game led by goalie Mike Shearer with 7 saves.  The defenseman made shots and passes tough all day for the Southside offense.  Mike Dufour, Gittings, Nowak, and Walton kept the Southside offense on their toes all day.

The midfield played hard and gained a lot of experience playing together.  New and old faces combined for a fluent middie attack that was led by Spriggs with 2 goals, 3 assists and Singleton who notched 4 goals.  Drogaris, Brian Dufour, Glass, Mitchell, Nelms, Shearer, Singleton, Spriggs, and Stowe worked hard all day and everyone contributed to the victory.  Led by Stowe, Singleton and Drogaris Tony's dominated the face-off x all game long.

The attack featured some new faces with Linggo and Loveless.  Team captain, Bobby Jee led the attack with 4 goals and 2 assists.  Linggo and Loveless worked themselves into the offense and each had big contributions on the day.  The attack moved the ball well and found the middies cutting for easy goals.

Both teams played well and thanks to Southside for making the trip.  Tony's will take the field next in Austin at the UT tourney on Dec. 8th & 9th.

STATS:
Goals:  Jee - 4, Singleton - 4, Linggo - 2, Spriggs - 2, Drogaris - 1, Mitchell - 1, Stowe -1,   Shearer-1 
Assists: Loveless - 5, Spriggs - 3,  Jee -2, Matt Shearer - 2, Linggo -1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 7

Check of the game:  Matt Walton

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Western All-stars win Make-A-Wish Charity Game 20-7
Oct, 14, 2007

The 2007 Make-A-Wish Lacrosse Classic was held Sunday October 14th and raised over $1000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Bobby Jee, Jeff Mazzolini, Dexter Spriggs, Matt Shearer, Joel Hill, Nate Daniels, Matt Walton, Mike Shearer and Brandon Stowe represented Tony's Tavern in the game.  Also, special thanks to Tim Glass, Brian Dufour, Mike Dufour, and Colin Linggo for helping out with the event.

The Western All-stars taking players from Tony's Tavern, Lonestar, Bayou City and Northwest defeated the At-Large team 20-7 comprised of players from Metro, Southside, Corpus Christi, and New Orleans.  On this day everyone was a winner as money was raised for a great cause.

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Congrats to All-stars Competing in the Make-A-Wish Charity Game
Oct, 5, 2007

                   

#14-Jeff Mazzolini       #17- Bobby Jee        #24-Mike Shearer         #27-Dexter Spriggs

                       

 #22 - Joel Hill            #34-Matt Shearer      #21-Nate Daniels          #4-Matt Walton

These players will be competing in the 2007 Make-A-Wish Lacrosse Classic to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Tickets are $5 and the game will be played Sunday Oct. 14th @ Strake Jesuit.  Come out and support your favorite players and support a great cause.

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Congrats to the 2006 & 2007 Team Award Winners
July 7, 2007

                               

2006 MVP- Jeff Mazzolini         2006 Off. MVP - Bobby Jee      2006 Def. MVP - Mike Shearer

                                 

2007 MVP - Dexter Spriggs       2007 Off. MVP - Bobby Jee     2007 Def. MVP - Mike Shearer

2007 Newcomer of the year - Brad Cook

 

Tony's Tavern '07 summer traveling.....Where have we been...
July 8, 2006

Blake was found at Mt. Marathon Seward, Alaska.  Part of the Alaska's mountain  running competition.  On July 4th, there is a race from the middle of town up 60 to 70 slopes about  3K+ feet to the summit and back down.  I took a more leisurely pace.

2007 Season stat leaders
May 29, 2006

Points

Goals

Assists

1

Bobby Jee

43

1

Bobby Jee

28

1

Jeff Mazzolini

23

2

Jeff Mazzolini

34

2

Rene Kozarsky

20

2

Bobby Jee

15

3

Rene Kozarsky

31

3t.

Justin Hill

15

3.

Rene Kozarsky

11

4.

Dexter Spriggs

22

3t.

Matt Shearer

15

4.

Dexter Spriggs

9

5.

Matt Shearer

20

5

Dexter Spriggs

13

5t.

Joel Hill

5

Saves:  98 - Mike Shearer

Save%: 77% - Mike Shearer

Most Checks of the game:  4 - Nathan Daniels

Congrats to Dexter on his marriage to Sharon
June 6, 2007

 

Tony's Tavern repeats as GCLA champ with 8-4 win over Lonestar
April 29, 2007

STATS:
Goals:  Spriggs - 2, Glass - 1, Joel HIll - 1, Justin Hill - 1, Jee - 1, Mazzolini - 1, Matt Shearer - 1 
Assists: Stowe - 2, Joel Hill - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Mazzolini - 1, Nelms - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 13

Check of the game:  Cole Nowak

 

Tony's Tavern keeps rolling with 9-0 win over Northwest in round 2
April 28, 2007

STATS:
Goals:  Justin Hill - 2, Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Mazzolini - 1, Matt Shearer - 1, Spriggs - 1 
Assists: Cook -1, Daniels - 1, Joel Hill - 1, Jee - 1, Stowe - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 7

Check of the game:  Brad Cook

 

Tony's Tavern kicksoff playoffs with 17-5 win over Southside
April 28, 2007

STATS:
Goals:  Jee - 6, Joel Hill - 3, Justin Hill - 3, Kozarsky - 1, Mitchell - 1, Spriggs - 1, Stowe - 1, Walton- 1 
Assists: Mazzolini - 6, Jee - 3, Kozarsky - 2, Gittings - 1, Joel Hill - 1, Mike Shearer - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 6, Markeloff - 1

Check of the game:  Nate Daniels

 

Congrats to Jimmy on his Marriage to Kristen
April 21,  2007

       

 

Tony's Tavern ends regular season with 16-0 win over Southside
April 15, 2007

STATS:
Goals:  Joel Hill - 3, Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Spriggs - 2, Walton - 2, Gittings - 1, Glass - 1, Justin Hill-1, Mazzolini - 1, Mitchell - 1 
Assists: Mazzolini - 8, Justin Hill - 2, Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2
Saves: Mike Shearer - 3, Markeloff - 3, Daniels - 2

Check of the game:  Matt Walton

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Tony's Tavern postpones Sam Houston game due to Weather
March 31, 2007

Game to be played at later date.  Stay tuned for updates.

 

Tony's Tavern keeps rolling with a 6-3 win over Metro
March 25,  2007

 

On the 2nd game of the double header weekend Tony’s Tavern faced longtime rival Metro.  The game looked to be a sloppy one from the beginning due to all the rain the week before the field was muddy and scattered showers were in the forecast.   

The 1st quarter started off an offensive stalemate where both teams struggled to find any kind of offensive rhythm.  Halfway through the quarter Tony’s took the lead when Spriggs went on a power sweep to the right and found the back of the goal to give Tony’s the 1-0 lead.  More back and forth play ensued as the Tony’s defense held strong led by Mike Shearer.  With a minute left in the quarter Tony’s would add another goal as Jee picked up the groundball and flipped it to Matt Shearer who took a few steps and fired the ball top shelf past the goalie to make it 2-0.  

The 2nd quarter saw defensive stands by both sides and lots of groundball battles.  Neither team was able to get open looks.  Metro drew first blood in the 2nd quarter on a man-up situation to make it 2-1.  Spriggs helped stretch the lead back to 2 when he split dodged and fired another shot to the back of the net to make it 3-1.  Tony’s Tavern took the 3-1 lead into the half. 

Both teams came out in the 3rd trying to improve on the sloppy play and to overcome sloppy field conditions.  Both teams settled in for a game low scoring game that would be a test of wills and hustle.  Metro got in the scoring column first on as a metro middie dodged and put a bounce shot in past Shearer to make it 3-2.  Tony’s answered as Spriggs found Stowe up top for the wide open shot.  Stowe put it away and gave Tony’s the 4-2 lead as the quarter ended.  

Metro came out in the 4th quarter and put up another goal to make it 4-3.  Tony’s called a timeout to settle down and come up with a game plan.  On the next possession Matt Shearer found time and room and ripped net top right to make it 5-3.  After some back and forth play Spriggs got his 2nd assist on the day when he found Jee on a backdoor cut to make it 6-3.  That his how the game would end with Tony’s fighting through to take away the close win.  

The defense played outstanding all day in poor conditions and came up with stop after stop.  Goalie Mike Shearer led the charge making 12 saves.  He was assisted by the talented defensive unit of Cook, Daniels, Gittings, Nowak, Walton, Wilkie; who forced bad shots and passes all day.  The defense stepped up at all the critical times to help ensure the victory.

The midfield unit had another stellar day while being short players.  Dexter Spriggs led the team offense with 2 goals and 2 assists.  Matt Shearer added 2 more goals and Stowe added 1 more to give the middies 5 of Tony’s 6 goals on the day.  The midfield unit of Joel Hill, Glass, Mitchell, Nelms, Matt Shearer, Stoker, and Stowe stayed strong all day fighting relentlessly for ground balls and playing hardnosed defense.  The key to the victory was the possessions that the midfield secured for Tony’s.  Hill and Stowe took the face-offs on the day and won key possessions in crunch time to help secure the victory.

STATS:
Goals:  Matt Shearer - 2, Spriggs - 2, Jee - 1, Stowe - 1
Assists: Spriggs - 2
Saves: Mike Shearer - 12

Check of the game:  Brad Cook

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Tony's Tavern moves to 7-0 with a 14-3 win over Northwest
March 24, 2007

In the first game of their 2nd straight doubleheader weekend Tony’s Tavern squared off against Northwest.  Though Tony’s Tavern went into the game without key players at all positions, they pulled together as a team and played good lacrosse.

Matt Shearer was a man on a mission as the game started as he picked up the ground ball off a face-off win by Stowe and weaved his way through 3 defenders for the first goal of the game.  On the next possession Matt found the back of the goal again on a shot over the left shoulder of the goalie to make it 2-0.  Dufour got into the scoring column on the next possession off a pass from Kozarsky to make it 3-0.  After some back and forth play Jee got a pass from Kozarsky and iced it to make it 4-0.  The scoring in the first quarter ended with a pass from Jee to Glass on a cut to make it 5-0 in favor of Tony’s.

The 2nd quarter saw much of the same, but with longer possessions for both teams.  Kozarsky opened the scoring for Tony’s in the quarter as he dodged hard to the cage and found net past the goalie to make it 6-0.  Northwest fired back with a goal of their own to make it 6-1.  Jee notched his 2nd goal on the day off a split dodge and shot that went 5 hole on the northwest goalie.  This made the game 7-1 in favor of Tony’s at the half.

The 3rd quarter saw Tony’s working the ball around on offense for long possessions and ball control.  Kozarsky notched his 2nd of the game off a good pass from Dufour to make it 8-1 Tony’s.  The next tally for Northwest came after Tony’s missed a shot and Northwest cleared the ball to the midfield.  One of the Northwest middies tried to feed the crease but, wound up deflecting it off his man’s shoulder and into the cage past Mike Shearer for the 2nd Northwest goal of the afternoon.  Matt Shearer fired back on the next possession and roll dodged his man to get free and fired another shot in to make it 9-2 and notch his 3rd goal of the game.  The 3rd ended with Tony’s leading 9-2.

Tony’s extended their lead in the 4th quarter first off a dodge from Jee who found Matt Shearer backside crease for goal #4 on the day and the 10-2 lead.  Northwest took possession on the next face and scored on goalie Eric Markeloff in his first action on the day.  Markeloff would regain focus and shutdown the northwest offense for the rest of the day.  Tony’s notched another tally off a killed penalty situation where Jee found a cutting Matt Shearer for his 3rd assist and Shearer’s 5th goal on the day.  Mtichell kept his scoring streak alive when Nelms started a fast break and got the ball down to Mitchell for a left handed shot past the goalie to make it 12-3.  Stoker with a miracle dodge through 3 guys found the net top left corner to make it 13-3.  Tony’s scored the final goal of the game off a feed from behind by Glass to Jee on the crease for the easy goal to finish the scoring at 14-3.  The game ended with a minute left after a late illegal hit to the head by a northwest defenseman on Constable.  After a long exchange of words the refs ended the game with Tony’s coming out on top.

The midfielders ruled the day led by Matt Shearer and his 5 goals.  Glass, Mitchell, and Stoker all got goals in the victory.  Glass and Nelms added 1 assist each to round out the middie scoring on the day.  The aggressiveness and gritty play by the midfield unit helped gain possession and maintain ball control.  The unit of:  Constable, Glass, Mitchell, Nelms, Shearer, Stoker, and Stowe played tough all day long.  The relentless fighting for ground balls and tough defense were a vital part of Tony’s coming away with the victory.  Brandon Stowe showed he could shoulder the load and dominated at the face-off X all day long winning around 85% of the face-offs on the day.

The attack led by team captain Bobby Jee with 3 goals and 3 assists came together to hold the ball to give Tony’s long possessions and rest for the defense and middies.  Veteran attackman Rene Kozarsky added 2 goals and 2 assists to help him creep up in his career goal of 200 points.  A new face to the attack unit was Brian Dufour who filled in for injuries and players out of town.  Dufour played big by scoring a goal and getting a timely assist.  In all, the attack unit combined for 6 goals and 6 assists.

The defense maintained their elite status in the league by allowing only 2 goals and one goal off a deflected pass.  The tough play by Cook, Daniels, Gittings, Nowak, Wilkie and Brennan helped limit the good shots on goalie Mike Shearer.  Shearer played great again stopping shot after shot and clearing the ball well all game long.  Back-up goalie Markeloff got some time and after giving up a goal, played stellar the rest of the game.  Cook, Daniels, Gittings, and Wilkie played shutdown close defense on northwest and forced them into bad shots and bad passes.  Brennan and Nowak took longstick middie duties on the day and gained possession on a lot of face-offs.

After the win the record for the season stands at 7-0.  Tony’s Tavern will suit up against long-time rival Metro in the Sunday game of their double header weekend.

STATS:
Goals:  Matt Shearer - 5, Jee - 3, Kozarsky - 2, Dufour - 1, Glass -1, Mitchell - 1, Stoker - 1
Assists: Jee - 3, Kozarsky - 2, Dufour - 1, Glass - 1, Nelms - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 10, Markeloff - 1

Check of the game:  Nathan Daniels

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Tony's Tavern comes up big with a 11-2 win over Lonestar
March 18,  2007

 

Tony’s Tavern finished up their doubleheader weekend with a match up against conference opponent Lonestar.  If the first match-up of the year was any indicator of how this game would go then we would be in store for a nail-biter.  On an odd day where we would see rain, sunshine, and wind both teams prepared for a good clean lacrosse game. 

The game started off with both teams coming out strong and ready to play.  After a great defensive stand by Tony’s Tavern the quick clearing of Mike Shearer got the team on a break where Kozarsky got the ball to Matt Shearer at point to quickly redirected the ball to Jee who got hit by the goalie, but was able to ice the goal to make the score 1-0.  Minutes later Tony’s would add to their lead with a rebound off a shot by Mitchell that Dufour raked in past the goalie for his first goal of the year and a 2-0 lead.  As the first quarter came to close the lead would remain 2-0.

The 2nd quarter started off with a fast break by Daniels who found Kozarsky on a back door cut for a quick dump to Jee curling around the crease for the goal and the 3-0 lead.  After some great defense by both the long poles and the middies; the team got on the board again after a quick face dodge by Jee past the Lonestar defender for his 3rd goal of the day and the 4-0 lead for Tony’s.  Lonestar fired back with a goal on the next possession to make it 4-1 as the half ended.

The 2nd half would see more scoring for Tony’s as they would pull away and put the game out of reach.  The first score of the 3rd quarter came off a dodge by Jee past the Lonestar defender and quick pass to Kozarsky for a catch and shoot for the goal and 5-1 lead.  Tony’s used great face-offs by Stowe to have long possessions in the 2nd half as they started working the ball around for 3 minutes at a time to get the shots they wanted.  Matt Shearer would get a tally for Tony’s off a pass from Spriggs to make the score 6-1.  Tony’s took a 6-1 lead into the 4th quarter where they would add on a few more to put the game away.

Justin Hill got on the board quickly in the 4th quarter off a pass from Kozarsky to make the score 7-1.  After another great face-off by Stowe, Spriggs worked his man to get free to find a cutting Mitchell for a goal to push the lead to 8-1.  Lonestar regrouped and scored on their next possession to make it an 8-2 game.  After a few back and forth sessions, Spriggs would make his distributing presence known again as he found Hill for another goal and a 9-2 lead.  Spriggs would get his 4th assist on the day as he found Kozarsky in front of the cage to make it 10-2 and put the game out of reach.

Tony’s Tavern came together on offense and defense to play a great game on both sides of the field.  Mike Shearer had a great game in cage making stop after stop to frustrate shooters all day.  The attack and middies worked together to give Tony’s Tavern long possessions that let the air out of the ball and allowed them to maintain possession and control of the game. 

The midfield unit was led on the day by Spriggs (4 assists), Matt Shearer (1goal, 1 assist), Dufour (1 goal), and Mitchell (1 goal).  The middies played great on defense and offense as they fought hard to gain possession all day long and put maximum effort into breaking out on clears to give Mike Shearer targets all day long.  The unit made up of Constable, Dufour, Glass, Mitchell, Matt Shearer, Spriggs, Stoker, and Stowe.  Brandon Stowe was a man on a mission as he took 95% of the face-offs on the day and gave Tony’s possession after possession.

The attack comprised of Hill, Jee, and Kozarsky helped tally 7 goals and 3 assists.  The attack got great opportunities all day from the great middie and long pole transition game.  They helped settle the ball and maintain long possessions to keep the defense fresh.  Jee led the attack with (3 goals, 1 assist), Kozarsky added (2 goals, 2 assists), and Hill stepped into Mazzolini’s spot and put up 2 goals of his own. 

The defense played a great fundamental game behind Mike Shearer who was on fire making save after save.  The poles Daniels, Gittings, Nowak, Walton, and Wilkie force bad shots and pressured the ball all day while playing good body position defense against a talented lonestar team.  Shearer finished the day with 11 saves and made some key one-on-one stops to secure the victory.

Tony’s Tavern moves to 6-0 on the season and will look forward to another double header weekend with Northwest and Metro.

STATS:
Goals:  Jee - 3, Justin Hill - 3, Kozarsky - 2, Dufour - 1, Mitchell - 1, Matt Shearer - 1
Assists: Spriggs - 4, Kozarsky - 2, Jee - 1, Matt Shearer - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 11

Check of the game:  Nathan Daniels

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Tony's Tavern moves to 5-0 with a 7-3 win over Bayou City
March 17, 2007

Tony’s Tavern faced-off with Bayou City for the 2nd time this season on a sunny St. Patrick’s day.  Tony’s Tavern helped relocate the game to its’ back-up field when Bayou City’s field was flooded due to stormy conditions all week long. 

Bayou City was ready and willing to put up a good fight and make Tony’s Tavern earn their 5th win of the season.  The first goal of the game was put in by Jee off a great look away pass by Stowe from up top.  The quick goal made it 1-0 in favor of Tony’s and gave Stowe his first assist of the year.  Matt Shearer got on the board after a face-off win by Justin Hill and increased the lead to 2-0.  Jee would put Tony’s ahead 3-0 when Mitchell found Jee on a backdoor for a goal, which is how the 1st quarter ended at 3-0.

The 2nd quarter saw Bayou City fight back as they scored a goal of their own to start off the quarter to make it 3-1.  Mitchell tallied the only goal in the 2nd for Tony’s off of a Kozarsky pass to make it 4-1 at halftime.

The 3rd quarter saw a back and forth battle where bad passes and dropped passes stalled out the offenses for both teams.  Tony’s managed 2 goals with the first coming on a great break started by Mike Shearer’s clearing pass to Kozarsky who hit Matt Shearer with a quick pass, which he redirected to Jee for a touch’em all fast break and a 5-1 lead.  Bayou City put a bounce shot past Shearer a few minutes later to make it 5-2.  The Scoring on the quarter ended with a quick pass from Mitchell to Kozarsky for a behind the back rip to the top left corner and a 6-2 lead.  The quarter ended with the 6-2 score.

The last quarter saw only 2 scores one for each team.  Issacson secured the face-off and got the ball down to Mazzolini who found Jee across crease for a quick shot and score to make it 7-2.  Bayou fired back as they scored on a high bounce shot past keeper Markeloff.  The scoring and game ended on that tally which made it 7-3.  Both teams played sloppy on the day, but Tony’s midfield and defensive unit stepped up in a low scoring affair and put for forth the necessary effort to come out with the victory.

The middies played big on both ends of the field to help the team secure the 5th victory of the season.  Great defense and possession time was secured by Constable, Dufour, Glass, Justin Hill, Issacson, Mitchell, Nelms, Matt Shearer, Stoker, and Stowe.  Matt Shearer added 1 goal and 1 assist, Stowe added 1 assist, while Mitchell had a career day with 1 goal and 2 assists to lead the middie scoring.  Issacson, Hill and Stowe carried the face-off duties on the day and helped Tony’s dominate the face-off circle all afternoon.

The attack unit spent the day riding hard and keeping the possessions long to give the defense time to rest.  The scoring from the attack unit was led by Jee with 3 goals, followed by Kozarsky with 2 goals and 1 assist, and Mazzolini adding 1 assist on the day.

The defensive unit played strong again as the unit led by keeper Mike Shearer showcased the great defensive skills of Cook, Daniels, Gittings, Nowak, and Walton.  The defense played hard all day and kept the Bayou City players in check throughout the game.  The defense showed great skill in a low scoring game and showed why they are among the best units in the league.  Back-up keeper Markeloff stepped in during the 4th quarter and ended the day with 3 saves and 1 goal allowed.

Tony’s Tavern moves to 5-0 and prepares for Lonestar on Sunday.

STATS:
Goals:  Jee - 3, Kozarsky - 2, Mitchell - 1, Matt Shearer - 1
Assists: Mitchell - 2, Kozarsky - 1, Mazzolini - 1, Matt Shearer - 1, Stowe - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 7, Markeloff - 3

Check of the game:  Nathan Daniels

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Tony's Tavern moves to 4-0 with an 8-5 win over Northwest
March 4, 2007

Tony’s Tavern looked to extend their record to 4-0 as they faced off with Northwest on Sunday.  The game started off with a goal for Tony’s, but was just the beginning of a see-saw battle that wouldn’t be determined until late in the 4th quarter.  At the end of the first quarter the score was 2-1 Tony’s. The 2nd quarter saw much of the same sloppy passes by both teams and endless ground ball wars for both sides.  At the half the tally was 4-3 in favor of the Tavern. 

As both teams grinded out the third quarter Tony’s increased its’ lead to 6-3 as the quarter came to a close.  Northwest fought back in the 4th quarter as they scored 2 more goals, but not before Joel Hill and Mazzolini added scores to put the game out of reach for good.  Tony’s Tavern moved to a ball movement offense that ate up valuable time off the clock on their way to the 8-5 victory.  With the win Tony’s Tavern moved to 4-0 on the season.

Tony’s played much of the 2nd half in man-down situations due to a variety of penalties.  The talented defensive unit held true to its’ form by killing 9/10 of the penalties they faced on the day to give them a 90% kill mark.  Goalie Mike Shearer led the talented group of long poles composed of:  Cook, Daniels, Gittings, Nowak, Walton, and Wilkie.  They had their hands full most of the day with penalty after penalty.

Middies played a big part in the fight for the loose balls all day as they played tough defense and helped Tony’s get possession time to help secure the lead.  The middie unit of:  Dufour, Glass, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Mitchell, Nelms, Matt Shearer, Spriggs, and Stowe played big all day long.  Big face-offs by Joel Hill, Justin Hill and Stowe helped gain valuable possessions for the team all day.

The attack unit had an off day, but did just enough to put up 3 goals and 3 assists to help Tony’s secure the victory.  Mazzolini led the way with 1 goal and 2 assists, Jee tallied 2 goals and Kozarsky added 1 assist to round out the attack contribution.

Tony’s Tavern moves to 4-0 and looks forward to a double header weekend in 2 weeks where they will face Bayou City and Lonestar.

STATS:
Goals:  Joel Hill - 2, Jee - 2, Mazzolini - 1, Mitchell - 1, Matt Shearer - 1, Spriggs - 1
Assists: Mazzolini - 2, Glass - 1, Jee - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Spriggs - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 7

Check of the game:  Matt Walton   

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Tony's Tavern comes up big with a 23-1 win over Sam Houston
February 18,  2007


Tony’s Tavern continued their winning ways with a victory over 1st year team, Sam Houston State on Saturday.  Tony’s Tavern scored early and often and received an offensive explosion from veteran attackman Rene Kozarsky in the first half.  The game was clean and was played well by both sides.

Tony’s started the scoring barrage with a face-off win by Joel Hill and then a split dodge for the first goal of the game to make it 1-0.  Tony’s would lead the rest of the game and never look back.  The rest of the quarter belonged to Kozarsky as he rattled off 5 goals in the opening period.  Jee added another goal on a fastbreak assist from Nathan Daniels to finish the quarter with Tony’s leading 7-0.

The second quarter saw much of the same transition offense and good ball movement from Tony’s Tavern.  Kozarsky added 2 more goals to give him 7 for the half.  Additional goals were added by Joel Hill, Jee, and Mazzolini.  The half ended with Tony’s up 12-0.

The 2nd half saw much of the same good ball movement and continued scoring output by Tony’s tavern.  Justin Hill added 5 goals in the 2nd half to cap off a 6 point day.  The high lights of the 2nd half were goals by Constable and Stoker.  The rest of the scoring on the day came from Joel Hill, Jee, Mazzolini, and Mitchell.  Sam did get on the board with a man-up goal in the 4th quarter to make the final score 23-1. 

The defense played almost to perfection as Mike Shearer led the talented unit made up of Cook, Daniels, Gittings, and Walton.  Nowak and Wilkie came in and played well at LSM and on man down. 

The ground ball battle was won by the hardnosed midfield unit.  Tough play both ways by Constable, Dufour, Glass, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Mitchell, Matt Shearer, Spriggs, Stoker, and Stowe allowed Tony’s to maintain ball control at all times.  The middies put in 11 goals and 9 assists on the day.  Joel and Stowe won the majority of the face-offs on the day.

The attack unit pulled together to combine for 12 goals and 4 assists led by Kozarsky’s 7 goals in the first half.  Jee, Kozarsky and Mazzolini played hard and moved the ball around well all day.

Tony’s moves to 3-0 on the season and will look to prepare for a March 4th match-up with Northwest.

STATS:
Goals:  Kozarsky - 7, Justin Hill - 5, Joel Hill - 3, Jee - 3, Mazzolini - 2, Constable - 1, Mitchell - 1, Stoker - 1
Assists: Jee - 3, Matt Shearer - 3, Joel Hill - 2, Spriggs - 2, Cook - 1, Daniels - 1, Dufour - 1, Justin Hill - 1, Mazzolini-1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 10

Check of the game:  Brad Cook    

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Tony's Tavern defeats Bayou City 12-4
February 11, 2007

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Tony’s headed into the second game of the young GCLA season looking to find a groove that they could start to build on for the season.  Bayou City came out fired up and looked to hand Tony’s their first loss.  Bayou got on the board first on a bounce shot that skipped past Mike shearer and led 1-0.  Tony’s fired back as Bobby Jee fought for a loose ball and got it to a wide open Rene Kozarsky for a 10 yd shot that found net inside the far pipe to tie the game up 1-1.  After some sloppy play by both teams Bayou City once again regained the lead by scoring to make it 2-1 and that’s how the first quarter ended with Bayou leading 2-1.

The second quarter opened up with bayou putting in another quick goal to make the score 3-1 and putting Tony’s in unfamiliar territory.  Tony’s regrouped and came out firing with a quick goal from Dexter Spriggs off a pass from Jee and quick pass from Jeff Mazzolini to Matt Shearer on a backdoor cut for a quick stick goal to tie it up at 3-3.  Rene Kozarsky helped to add to the barrage as he scored a man-up goal off a pass from Justin Hill to make it 4-3 as the half ended.

Tony’s kept their motors running as the 2nd half began with a goal from Matt Shearer to make the score 5-3.  Jeff Mazzolini would add a goal minutes later on man-up to give Tony’s the 6-3 lead.  After some good defense from both sides Tony’s added another notch when Blake stoker dumped the ball off to Jee for a goal on a backdoor cut to make the score 7-3.  John Mitchell got his first goal as part of Tony’s off a shot rebound to make it 8-3.  Mazzolini added one more on a quick split dodge around his defender and put the ball in the cage to give Tony’s the 9-3 lead as the quarter ended.

The 4th quarter showed the fatigue of both teams as both teams focused on the ground ball wars.  Tony’s did find some offense in some new faces though as Blake Stoker picked up his first goal of the year on a rebound in front of the cage and good pick from Kozarsky.  Bayou got one last tally off back-up goalie Eric Markeloff.  Also, face-off man Brandon Stowe picked up a goal on a shot that deflected off at least 3 people and then into the goal.  With 2 seconds left on man-up Spriggs picked up his 2nd goal on the day on a pass from Mazzolini.  When all the goals were counted Tony’s came away with a 12-4 victory.

The attack of Jee, Kozarsky, and Mazzolini accounted for 5 goals and 4 assists.  They were led by Mazzolini’s 2 goals and 3 assists.  The attack rode the clears well and helped Tony’s have long possessions on offense. 

The midfield played a big role as always winning the ground ball war and coming up with a lot of offense on the day.  The middies accounted for 7 goals on the day led by Shearer and Spriggs with 2 each.  Mitchell, Stoker, and Stowe all added tally’s to round out the goal scoring.  The unit received great contributions on offense and defense from: Constable, Dufour, Glass, Hill, Mitchell, Nelms, Matt Shearer, Spriggs, Stoke, and Stowe.  Hill and Stowe controlled the face-off X most of the day.

The defense led by Mike Shearer held the Bayou City offense to 3 first half goals and held a 2nd half shutout until 5 min left in the game.  Mike Shearer made good saves on the day helped out by the great defense of Cook, Daniels, and Walton.  These three made it tough on the Bayou City attack with great checks and good fundamental defense all afternoon.  Longstick middies Gittings and Nowak forced the Bayou City middies into bad shots and poor passes all day.

Tony’s Tavern looks to build on lessons learned from this victory and will take the field again Sunday vs. Sam Houston State @ 1:30PM.

STATS:
Goals:  Kozarsky - 2, Mazzolini - 2, Matt Shearer - 2, Spriggs - 2, Jee - 1, Mitchell - 1, Stoker - 1, Stowe - 1
Assists: Mazzolini - 3, Jee - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Stoker - 1
Saves: Mike Shearer - 7, Markeloff - 1

Check of the game:  Nathan Daniels    

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Tony's Tavern opens GCLA season with a 6-5 win over Lonestar
January 27, 2007

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Tony’s Tavern took the field Saturday in their first GCLA game since winning the Championship in 2006.  Weather looked foreboding in the hours leading up to game time with heavy showers all morning long.  From the first face-off it was apparent that no one playing in the game would leave without getting their fair share of mud. 

Lonestar came out and drew first blood about 3 minutes into the game and led the game 1-0.  On the next possession Tony’s Tavern drew a penalty flag and the man-up unit got its’ first opportunity of 2007.  The unit was very good in 2006 and that experience carried over in the first game as they scored 30 seconds into the penalty to make it 1-1.  Joel Hill one the next face-off and got the ball down to the attack.  Jeff Mazzolini and Bobby Jee worked a 2 man game and Mazzolini found Jee for a quick shot to make it 2-1 in favor of Tony’s Tavern.  Near the end of the quarter Dexter Spriggs ran a quick sweep and scored on a shot off-stick side to make the tally 3-1 Tony’s.  That’s how the 1st quarter ended with Tony’s leading 3-1.

The 2nd quarter saw much of the same as both sides battled through the mud for lose balls and possession.  Tony’s Tavern added another tally when newcomer John Mitchell found Mazzolini in front of the cage for a quick stick to make it 4-1 in favor of Tony’s.    Lonestar answered back with a goal a few minutes later to make it 4-2.  With 4 minutes left in the half, Bobby Jee drew a slashing penalty on a Lonestar to give the Man-up unit their second opportunity of the day.  After good ball movement, Mazzolini found Spriggs for a rocket that hit top right corner.  That goal made the score 5-2 going into the half. 

The 3rd quarter saw both teams slow down as the field conditions got worse.  There was much less emphasis on dodging and more focus was put on ball movement.  Lonestar drew first blood in the 3rd qtr. to come within 2 goals.  Mazzolini answered back on the next possession after he drove past his man and put the ball bottom left corner to make it 6-3.  Lonestar fired back getting another goal from their midfield leaving the score 6-4 going into the 4th

On the first possession of the 4th qtr. Lonestar worked the ball down the field and put a shot past back-up goalie Markeloff.  Starter Mike Shearer returned to the game after a break and shutdown Lonestar the rest of the way, making some incredible one-on-one saves.  The offenses for both teams struggled in the 4th as the field conditions got worse and most of the time both sides fought to gain possession of the ball in the mud.  When the final whistle blew, Tony’s secured a 6-5 victory over a tough Lonestar team.  

The attack of Jee, Kozarsky, and Mazzolini came up with 3 goals and 2 assists on the day.  Their ability to hold the ball down the stretch helped secure the victory. 

The midfield was led in scoring by Spriggs with 2 goals and Matt Shearer with 1 goal.  John Mitchell added an assist in his first game with Tony’s to round out the team scoring.  Tough defense and pursuit of the balls by Dufour, Glass, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Mitchell, Matt Shearer, Spriggs, Stoker, and Stowe.  Joel Hill and Brandon Stowe did an excellent job controlling the face-offs all day.

The defense was led by Mike Shearer as he stopped tough shots all day.  Shearer along with defensemen:  Cook, Daniels, Gittings, and Walton; forced the Lonestar offense into tough shots all day.  The defense will be tough all season long.

Tony’s Tavern will look to add to their win total as they face Bayou City on Feb. 12th.

STATS:
 Goals:   Mazzolini - 2, Spriggs - 2, Jee - 1, Shearer - 1
 Assists: Mazzolini - 2, Mitchell - 1
 Saves: Mike Shearer - 8, Markeloff - 1

Check of the game:  Brad Cook    

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Tony's Tavern games for Jan 20-21 cancelled due to weather
January 17,  2006

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The 2007 Tony’s Tavern lacrosse kickoff weekend was cancelled due to inclement weather in Dallas for the week and an uninviting forecast for travel.  The teams will try to reschedule the games in the future.

2006 Season stat leaders
June 4, 2006

Points Goals Assists

1

Bobby Jee 46 1 Bobby Jee 26 1 Jeff Mazzolini 23

2

Jeff Mazzolini 42 2 Rene Kozarsky 22 2 Bobby Jee 20

3

Mikey Issacson 38 3. Mikey Issacson 20 3. Mikey Issacson 18
4. Rene Kozarsky 32 4t. Jeff Mazzolini 19 4. Rene Kozarsky 10
5. Matt Shearer 26   Matt shearer 19 5. Matt Shearer 7

Saves:  55 - Mike Shearer

Save%: 85% - Mike Shearer

Most Checks of the game:  3 - DD Davis

Preview 2007:  Tony's Tavern back to defend the title
December 26,  2006

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The 2007 Tony’s Tavern lacrosse team season begins like none of the 7 that preceded it: For the first time, Tony’s Tavern will enter the season as the defending GCLA Champs.

Tony’s opens the 2007 season on the road against Coppell Saturday (1/20) in the first of 13 regular-season games.  Tony’s Tavern is branching out more this year adding 3 SWLA teams to the schedule.  The opener will be followed by a January 21 game against Southlake in the 2nd game of the opening weekend.  The team kicks off its GCLA schedule on 1/27 against Lonestar.  Tony’s will only have one showdown with longtime rival, Metro this year on March 25th.  Other non-area match-ups include an April 14 game with New Orleans as well as a contest against Alamolax. Tony’s Tavern looks to have a great season as the team builds on their experience from last year and the support from their fans.

Tony’s Tavern 2007 men's lacrosse, position by position ...

ATTACK

Starters returning – Bobby Jee (26-20-46), Jeff Mazzolini (19-23-42), Rene Kozarsky (22-10-32). Lost – Tim Leyden. Other returning attack – Justin Hill (10-1-11) Newcomers - none

Outlook – The attack comes back for another year.  In 2006 they were very well balanced as a unit with Bobby Jee leading the way in scoring with 26 goals, Jeff Mazzolini tallying 23 assists, and Rene Kozarsky with 22 goals.  Jee will look to come back with another strong offensive year as he led Tony’s Tavern in goals and total points last season.  2006 was highlighted for Jee by a 6-goal effort vs. Bayou City. Jeff Mazzolini joined the team in 2006 and moved into the top feeder role as he had 2 games with 4 assists each. Kozarsky will look to bring balance to the attack as a scorer and feeder.  Kozarsky put in an astounding 7 goals while injured vs. UTSA last season.  The 2007 season looks to be one where the chemistry built in 2006 should carry over and make the attack unit stronger.

MIDFIELD

Middies Returning – Mikey Issacson (20-18-38), Matt Shearer (19-7-26), Joel Hill (11-1-12), Jimmy Constable (2-6-8), Tim Glass (4-1-5), Dexter Spriggs (1-0-1), Blake Stoker (0-1-1), Chris Haefele (0-1-1).  Middies lost – Morgan Humphrey, David Kirton, Tom Laing, Joe Wilt.  Injured Reserve – Brian Cesarski, Jon Graf, and Cory Perrin.  Newcomers – Brian Dufour, John Mitchell, Kyle Nelms, Brandon Stowe. 

Outlook - With the main core of the midfield unit returning and highly talented new comers to add extra depth, Tony’s Tavern could have its best midfield unit ever. It starts with face-offs where Joel Hill and Mikey Issacson will look to get Tony’s off and running every face-off this year and add to their point totals from last year.  Matt Shearer will look to continue his leadership on the field as well as his big game scoring as he put in 3 goals vs. Metro in the 2006 championship game.  Dexter Spriggs will join the team for a full season this year and should be another deadly weapon on offense with his great vision and scoring ability.  Jimmy Constable will look to continue his great wing play and feeding from the midfield.  Tim Glass, should be back and healthy in 2007 to bring his great speed to the transition game.  Blake Stoker and Chris Haefele will continue their team play and help on offense and defense.  Brian Dufour will return to the team after year off and should contribute on offense and defense.  John Mitchell joins Tony’s Tavern to help bring another skilled middie to the squad.  A&M standouts Kyle Nelms and Brandon Stowe join the team in 2007.  Nelms known mostly as a defensive middie will bring his tough defense to Tony’s and show he is an offensive player as well.  Stowe will help solidify the face-offs and add onto a highly talented middie group.  Tony’s Tavern has a great midfield unit with lots of talent and depth which they will need to take full advantage of as they face a 13 game schedule in 2007.

 
LONGSTICK MIDFIELD

Returning – Colin Gittings.  Lost – none.  Newcomers – Ben Brennan

Outlook – Colin Gittings and Ben Brennan should continue to split time at the long stick midfield position.  Both have the ability to create transition along with the ability to neutralize a team’s top scoring midfielder.  Brennan and Gittings speed will help Tony’s on the wings during face-offs.

FACE-OFF

Returning – Joel Hill, Mikey Issacson.  Lost – none.  Newcomers – Brandon Stowe

Outlook – The combination of Hill and Issacson last year helped Tony’s Tavern dominate the GCLA.  They will both return to bring a combination of power and technique.  Face-offs will be key this year as Tony’s Tavern takes on 4 non-league opponents.  Stowe will help solidify the face-offs and keep all of them fresh.

DEFENSE

Returning – Nathan Daniels, DD Davis, Cole Nowak, Matt Walton.  Lost – John Rose and Chris Jeans.  Injured – Chris Wilkie.  Newcomers – Brad Cook.

Outlook – Tony’s Tavern returns the bulk of their defense led by Nathan Daniels and Matt Walton. Joining Daniels and Walton on defense is DD Davis and Cole Nowak.  Daniels and Walton will lead the way with great position defense, checks and the ability to clear the ball with their legs.  Davis and Nowak will continue to throw precise checks, get loose balls and keep the crease clear in front of Mike Shearer.  Joining this highly talented defensive unit is Brad Cook.  Brad is a standout defender who comes to Tony’s Tavern after his career at Georgetown.  He throws great checks and plays great position.  Cook also, has the ability to clear the ball on the ground or with his great passing.  Cook, Daniels, and Walton are expected to start and make a major impact for the defensive unit this spring. Davis will also, see time starting with his hard checks and ability to clear the crease at any time..

GOALIE

Returning – Mike Shearer (63 saves, 12 GAA, .85 save %).  Lost – Roy Nichols Newcomers - Eric Markeloff

Outlook – Mike Shearer will move from splitting time in 2006 to the starting role for 2007.  His quickness and great clearing ability will help Tony’s Tavern continue to dominate between the pipes along with a great transition game.  He will look to anchor the defense that posted 2 shutouts in 2006 and killed 80% of the man-down opportunities.  Newcomer - Eric Markeloff will look to get some time in goal as Shearer’s back-up.  Markeloff will bring his experience from A&M to Tony’s and looks to continue his role as the team’s indoor goalie.

 

Tony's Tavern wraps up the fall with a 15-3 win over Bayou City
December 4,  2006

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Tony's Tavern wrapped up the fall with a 15-3 victory over Bayou City on a chilly day in December.  Both teams were out there working in some new players for the upcoming spring season.  Tony's got on the board first with a goal from Matt Shearer.  The next possession, Dexter Spriggs put in his first goal for the day.  Tony's would never relinquish the lead and at half time the score was Tony's Tavern 9-0.  Mike Shearer played great in the first half and shutout the Bayou City Offense with help from defensemen Cook, Daniels, Nowak, and Walton.

The second half saw much of the same from Tony's Tavern as the offense kept scoring and the defense remained solid.  Bayou scored off the opening possession when an dropped ball gave Bayou City a point blank shot.  Tony's answered back and won the 2nd half 6-3.  Goalie Eric Markeloff led the defense in the 2nd half and played solid in cage.  The top goal scorers on the day were Matt Shearer and Dexter Spriggs with 4 each.  The attack of Jee, Kozarsky, and Mazzolini added another  6 goals and 6 assists.  Justin Hill and Brandon Stowe took the majority of the face-off duties on the day.  The middies did a good job clearing the ball with contributions from Hill, Perrin, Shearer, Spriggs, Stoker, and Stowe.  Tony's looks to build on the lessons from the victory as they prepare for the spring.

STATS:
Goals:   Shearer - 4, Spriggs - 4, Kozarsky - 3, Jee - 2, Hill - 1, Mazzolini - 1
Assists: Mazzolini - 4, Kozarsky - 2, Perrin - 2, Spriggs - 1
                    

 

Tony's Tavern plays tough early, but falls to A&M
November 18, 2006

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Tony's Tavern looked to play hard against Texas A&M as the Showcase game of the Cy-Fair HS Tournament.  The game was sloppy for the most part all night as both teams went back and forth with scoreless possessions.  A&M got on the board with a goal in the 1st and wend into the half leading 4-0.  Tony's Tavern got on the board in the 3rd quarter with 2 quick goals and made the score 4-2.  A&M regrouped and dominated the faceoffs the rest of the game putting up 8 unanswered goals on Tony's and finished the game with a 12-2 vctory.  Tony's Tavern will look to get back on the winning track in a game vs. Bayou City in December.

Tony's Tavern starts strong, but has a disappointing A&M Tourney
October 29, 2006

Tony's Tavern looked to bring home the championship at the Texas A&M Fall Classic in College Station, TX.  The team came out strong and defeated the Southlake cobras 8-3 in the first game getting 2 goals a piece from Hill, Jee, Spriggs.  Daniels and Shearer rounded out the scoring in the victory.  The 2nd game saw a combined Alamolax & Southlake team vs. Tony's.  Tony's offense was unable to produce the same firepower as earlier in the day and only scored 3 goals on the way to losing 5-3 and getting knocked out of the championship game.

Sunday morning brought on the varsity team from Texas A&M.  It was a sloppy game on both sides, but the Shearer brothers kept Tony's in the game as Matt tallied the only 2 goals for Tony's and Mike played unbelievable stuffing point blank one on one opportunities all game.  In the end Tony's lost on a overtime goal by A&M.

The Texas A&M Alumni team - Team Viva won the tournament with a 10-5 victory over Alamo/Southlake team sunday, with many of the Tony's A&M alum chipping in.

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Tony's Tavern ends Metro dynasty with a 11-4 win in GCLA Finals
April 30, 2006

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Perfect 12-0 record in 2006

Championship Sunday saw a rematch of old rivals as Tony’s Tavern prepared to face-off against Metro.  Metro had won the last 2 GCLA championships and was looking for their 3rd straight.  Tony’s Tavern came into the season playing every game as one step closer to the championship game.  The conditions were hot as the game time temp hit the mid 90’s.  The 2006 GCLA Championship was ready to be settled on the field as the clock hit 2.  Both teams showed up in force as they awaited the opening face off.

Tony’s Tavern came out strong and drew first blood as middie Matt Shearer ripped a shot to the top left corner past the Metro goalie to make it 1-0.  Metro answered back in quarter filled with tough D from both teams to make it 1-1.  That’s how the 1st quarter of play ended in a 1-1 tie.

Tony’s Tavern came out strong in the second getting the first goal from middie Matt Shearer on a quick feed from Jeff Mazzolini to make it 2-1.  Tony’s controlled the ball in the 2nd working it around to get goals from Mazzolini and Joel Hill.  Metro answered back on a fast break and brought the score to 4-2.  Defensemen Matt Walton gave Tony’s the momentum going into the half with a goal of his own helping close the half with a 5-2 lead for Tony’s Tavern.

The 3rd quarter saw much of the same in the way of the Tony’s Tavern ball control offense.  Key goals from Shearer and Rene Kozarsky extended the lead to 7-2.  Metro wasn’t going quietly as they answered with a goal of their own to make the tally 7-3.  Mikey Issacson added a goal at the end of the quarter to make it 8-3.

Tony’s Tavern continued the ball control in the 4th quarter and got a man-up goal from Joel Hill on a perfect skip pass from Jimmy Constable for a hard low shot past the metro goalie.  With under 4 minutes left Justin Hill face dodged his way to the goal and extended the lead to 10-3.  Metro got back on the board with a transition goal to make it 10-4 with 3 minutes left in the game.  Kozarsky drew another penalty from the metro defense that led to another man-up opportunity for Tony’s Tavern.  Team captain Bobby Jee capitalized on a quick pass from Constable and rifled a shot past the metro goalie to leave the score at 11-4.

Tony’s Tavern wins its first GCLA championship and ended the season with a perfect record of 12-0.  Tony’s tavern also, brought home the Western Conference title.

Goalies Mike Shearer and Roy Nichols led the longpoles comprised of Daniels, Gittings, Nowak, Rose, Walton, and Wilkie.  The defense played great and gave up only a few on unsettled situations. 

The middies grinded out win after win in the groundball wars and the transition game all day.  The victory can be linked to the hardnosed play of Constable, Glass, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Issacson, Laing, Shearer, Spriggs, Stoker, and Wilt.

The attack controlled the ball and helped eat up clock all day long.  The attack of Jee, Kozarsky, and Mazzolini kept up their hard rides and forced turnovers that lead to goals all day long.  The offense was the most balanced it has been all year as 8 different players scored goals.

Tony’s Tavern 2006 GCLA & Western conference Champions!!!!!!

Goals: Matt Shearer - 3, Joel Hill - 2, Justin Hill - 1, Issacson - 1, Jee - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Mazzolini - 1,  Walton - 1

Assists:  Constable - 2, Mazzolini - 2, Joel Hill - 1, Issacson - 1

Check of the game: Nate Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern defeats Lonestar 10-0 in the semis and moves on
April 29, 2006

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Tony’s Tavern matched up in the semi-finals against a combined Lonestar and Corpus Christi team.  It was typical spring lacrosse conditions in Texas as the temperature hit the mid 80’s along with clear blue skies.  Tony’s Tavern after a long layoff between the end of the regular season and the playoffs was unsure how it would affect their play. 

Tony’s Tavern came out fast and after a face-off win by Mikey Issacson he settled the ball and found middie Matt Shearer for a shot 6 yds out to make it 1-0 Tony’s Tavern.  That lead would prove enough as the offense and defense played superb.  Tony’s Tavern struck again as attackman Jeff Mazzolini took his short stick defender to the cage for another goal to make it 2-0.  Fellow attackman Rene Kozarsky received a pass from Mazzolini on a backdoor cut to increase the lead to 3-0.  The first quarter ended with Tony’s Tavern leading 3-0.

The 2nd quarter saw Tony’s Tavern keep working the matchups and excellent ball movement to eat up clock.  Joel Hill opened the quarter with a nice dodge and rip past the Lonestar goalie to make it 4-0.  After a face-off win by Joel Hill, Kozarsky took a quick pass and finished for his 2nd goal of the day.  The last goal of the half was tallied by Team captain Bobby Jee as he extended his defender then split dodged inside to finish off a one on one with the goalie.  Tony’s took a 6-0 lead into the half.

The 3rd quarter saw a lot of ball control and good defense by Tony’s Tavern.  The first goal of the 2nd half was a true team goal as goalie Mike shearer saved a shot and hit a breaking Jimmy Constable down field for a fast break.  Constable hit his point man Kozarsky who quickly passed it back to Constable took the low pass and redirected it down to Mazzolini for his second goal on the day and the 7-0 lead.  The transition game for Tony’s struck again a minute later as Issacson picked up a bad pass at midfield and got the ball down to Mazzolini who quickly fed the ball to fellow attackman Jee who finished the break with a behind the back goal past the Lonestar goalie making it 8-0.  Issaccson got on the board with a goal of his own as he somehow held onto the ball while dodging 3 lonestar players and finished with a low shot to right side past the goalie making it 9-0.  In a rare occurrence in the 3rd, middie Dexter Spriggs unloaded a laser that tore a hole in the top left corner of the net and sent the ball flying into the bayou behind the field…it was a perfect goal that was waived off due to some miscommunication and disbelief by the officials.  The quarter ended with Tony’s in front 9-0.

Tony’s Tavern controlled the ball in the 4th and Joe Wilt put in a goal to make the score 10-0.  The defense held the shutout giving Tony’s Tavern their 2nd shutout of the year and a ticket to the GCLA Finals vs. old rival Metro.

The middies played a big role in the game as they ate up every groundball and started countless fast breaks.  A lot of credit is deserved by Constable, Glass, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Issacson, Laing, Shearer, Spriggs, Stoker, and Wilt.

The defense once again came through with their 2nd shutout of the season behind Goalies Roy Nichols and Mike Shearer.  The long poles made it very difficult for Lonestar pass the ball from player to player.  Daniels, Davis, Gittings, Nowak, Rose, and Walton all played well.

Tony’s Tavern moves on to the GCLA Championship finals vs. Metro. 

Goals: Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Mazzolini - 2,  Issacson - 1, Joel Hill - 1, Shearer - 1, Wilt-1

Assists:  Mazzolini - 2, Constable - 1, Joel Hill - 1, Issacson - 1

Check of the game: Bobby Jee

 

Tony's Tavern ends the season 10-0 with a 17-3 win over Northwest
April. 9, 2006

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Tony’s Tavern coming off a big win vs. Metro took their perfect regular season record of 9-0 into a final showdown with western conference opponent Northwest.  A victory would give Tony’s Tavern an undefeated regular season at 10-0 along with the Western Conference title.

Tony’s Tavern came to play as they scored first on a shot by team captain Bobby Jee off a deflected shot to make it 1-0.  Tony’s Tavern wouldn’t look back from there on as they kept up the great execution on offense.  Less than a minute later Mazzolini took an errant pass with the goalie out of the cage and put in another goal off a good ride by Tony’s to make it 2-0.  Jimmy Constable found attackman Rene Kozarsky on cut around the cage for a dip and dunk to make it 3-0 in favor of Tony’s Tavern.  On the next possession Jee found middie Matt Shearer for a laser to the top left corner to make it 4-0.  Northwest decided to move a defensemen up top to try to slow down the middie dodges.  This resulted in mismatches for Mazzolini, who took advantage on his way to lead the team with 5 goals and 3 assists.  The quarter ended with a 5-0 lead for Tony’s Tavern.

The 2nd quarter was identical to the 1st as Jee picked off a deflected pass and ripped a jump shot to the top right corner past the Northwest goalie to make it 6-0.  The middies turned up the heat as Joel Hill, Tim Glass, Justin Hill all put in goals during the 2nd.  Mazzolini added another one to make it 10-0 at halftime.  Roy Nichols led his defense to a 1st half shutout against northwest once again.

The 2nd half saw much the same type of game from Tony’s Tavern as the first.  The offense moved the ball around to find teammates for open shots or easy dodges.  A few more goals were notched by Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Jee, Mazzolini, and Matt Shearer to help push the game out of reach.  The final Tony’s Tavern goal came off the stick of middie Dexter Spriggs on a hard elevator shot that found the net top right corner.  During the 4th quarter Northwest capitalized on some shot deflections and screens to score 3 goals and make it 17-3 final score with Tony’s Tavern cruising to the victory.

As they had all season goalies Roy Nichols and Mike Shearer commanded a tough defense made up of Davis, Daniels, Gittings, Nowak, Rose, Walton, Wilkie.  These poles throughout the season made it very difficult for attackmen and middies to dodge and pass, forcing multiple turnovers. 

The ground ball war was won once again by the unsung heroes of the team the middies.  Constable, Glass, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Issacson, Kirton, Laing, Shearer, Stoker, and Wilt all contributed tough defense and a dominating transition game between the boxes.  Joel Hill and Issacson continued their face-off dominance as Tony’s Tavern outgained their opponent once again in offensive opportunities.  The attack of Jee, Kozarsky, and Mazzolini contributed 9 goals and 5 assists.  Their hard rides forced turnovers and led to easy open net goals once again.

The victory clinches the Western Conference title for Tony’s Tavern along with moving their regular season record to a perfect 10-0.  Tony’s Tavern will now prepare for the playoffs with their sights on the GCLA championship.

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Goals: Mazzolini - 5, Jee - 3, Shearer - 2, Joel Hill - 2, Justin Hill - 2, Kozarsky - 1, Glass-1, Spriggs - 1

Assists:  Mazzolini - 3, Issacson - 2, Jee - 2, Shearer - 2, Constable - 1, Kirton - 1

Check of the game: Nathan Daniels

 

Tony's Tavern defeats Metro 14-2 as the middies dominate
April 8, 2006

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Tony’s Tavern once again squared off with longtime rival Metro.  The two teams have a history of long back and forth games that usually come down to the last minute of the 4th quarter.  The stage was set for another classic battle with metro and a meaningful one at that with the #1 seeding for the playoffs on the line.  Tony’s Tavern came with a take care of business mentality and took care of metro in a 14-2 victory.

Tony’s Tavern came out strong once again finding net with a goal from Mikey Issacson off a bad pass from the metro goalie as a result from a tough ride to give Tony’s a 1-0 lead.  Minutes later on a man-up opportunity attackman Bobby Jee found Matt Shearer wide open on a cut for a turn around shot past the metro goalie to increase the lead to 2-0.  Issacson made it 3-0 on a hard bounce shot that found the back of the net.  This tough play on offense and defense, hard rides, and exploiting the middie match-ups were the theme of the day.  Veteran attackman Rene Kozarsky put in 2 goals to make it 5-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The offense for Tony’s Tavern started to click as the team moved the ball around to find the optimum match up.  This day would belong to the midfield as they dominated play with tough defense, hard riding, and well placed shots.  Middies: Joel Hill, Matt Shearer, Joe Wilt all tallied at least one goal in the 2nd quarter to extend Tony’s Tavern lead to 8-0.  The attack chipped in 2 goals one each from Bobby Jee and Kozarsky to give Tony’s Tavern 10 goals going into half time. Metro answered back in the 2nd with 2 goals to make it 10-2 going into halftime.

Tony’s Tavern saw goalie Mike Shearer and his team of long poles slam the door on Metro with a stellar 2nd half shutout that ended hopes of a metro come back.  Tensions rose in the 3rd as middie Jimmy Constable and a metro defenseman got into an altercation resulting in 2 minute non-releasable penalties for each team.  The refs stepped up the calls and Tony’s Tavern ended the 3rd quarter with an 11-2 lead off a goal from Matt Shearer.

The 4th quarter continued the aggressive play for both teams and saw the middies continue their stellar performance on defense and in the groundball wars.  The lead was extended to 12-2 on a goal from Joel Hill.  Adding some insurance attackman Justin Hill and Kozarsky each put in 1 goal in the final quarter to end the contest with a 14-2 score.    Tony’s Tavern wrapped up the #1 seed for the play offs with a victory over Metro.

The defense was stingy all day only allowing 2 goals under the guidance of goalies Roy Nichols and a shut out by Mike Shearer.  Daniels, Davis, Gittings, Nowak, Rose, and Walton played near perfect all day to force the metro attackmen and middies into poor decisions all day. 

The middies led the offensive charge with 8 of the 14 goals.  The middies: Constable, Glass, Joel Hill, Issacson, Kirton, Laing, Matt Shearer, Spriggs, Wilt continued their dedication to winning every ground ball.  The attack added 6 goals split between Justin Hill, Jee, Kozarsky, and Mazzolini.  The great balance between the offense and defense made Tony’s Tavern unstoppable on the day.  With the victory Tony’s moves to 9-0 over all and locks up the #1 seed for the playoffs.

Goals: Kozarsky - 3, Shearer - 3, Joel Hill - 2, Justin Hill - 2,  Issacson - 2, Jee - 1, Wilit-1

Assists:  Mazzolini - 3, Jee - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Constable - 1, Issacson - 1

Check of the game: DD Davis

 

Tony's Tavern moves to 8-0 with a 18-5 victory over UTSA
Mar. 31, 2006

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Tony’s Tavern faced off with UTSA in their 2nd game of the San Antonio road trip.  The hot conditions at game time made it essential to use the entire roster to stay fresh.  Tony’s Tavern had a rough 1st half only leading 6-5 at halftime.  The second half saw the rejuvenated team that held UTSA scoreless, while putting up 12 unanswered to cruise to the 18-5 victory.

Tony’s Tavern was led all day by veteran attackman Rene Kozarsky with 7 goals and 1 assist.  Scoring came from all over as 7 different players on the Tony’s Tavern roster scored goals.  The middies were led in points by Matt Shearer with 3 goals and 2 assists.  Bobby Jee and brothers, Joel and Justin Hill each ended the day with 2 goals.  Rounding out the goal scoring were middies Constable and Issacson with 1 each.  Attackman Bobby Jee led the team in assists on the day with 4.  Contributing 1 assist each was:  Issacson, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Kozarsky, and Stoker.

The defense played tough and goalie Roy Nichols held UTSA to 4 goals in a sloppy first half.  Tony’s Tavern, fell victim to a miscommunication on a clear that led to a deflected pass into the goal to give UTSA 5 goals in the first half.  Goalie Mike Shearer stepped in and slammed the door shut on UTSA, shutting them out for the half and ending any hopes for a comeback.  Tough defense was played by Daniels, Davis, Gittings, Nowak, Rose and Walton.

The middies dominated the day again starting from the face-off, with the duo of Mikey Issacson and Joel Hill.  Good middie defense and clearing can be attributed to Constable, Issacson, Haefele, Joel Hill, Matt Shearer, Stephenson, and Stoker.

The victory moves Tony’s Tavern to 8-0 on the season.

Goals: Kozarsky - 7, Shearer - 3, Joel Hill - 2, Justin Hill - 2,  Jee - 2,  Issacson-1, Constable-1

Assists:  Jee - 4, Shearer - 2, Constable - 1, Joel Hill - 1, Justin Hill - 1, Issacson - 1, Kozarsky-1

Check of the game: DD Davis

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Tony's Tavern comes together for a 6-5 win over Alamolax
Mar. 31, 2006

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Tony’s Tavern traveled west to San Antonio for a 2 game road trip.  The first game of the weekend was against Alamolax, who play in the SWLA.  It was destined to be a tough game against an experienced and highly skilled team. 

The first quarter started off with a few missed opportunities by Tony’s Tavern, which Alamolax capitalized on and took the early lead 1-0 after a quick shot off a designed cut past goalie Roy Nichols.  Alamolax didn’t stay quiet for long as they put together another nice offensive set to find the back of the goal to make it 2-0 in favor of Alamolax.  Tony's Tavern answered back with goal by goal by Rene Kozarsky off a pass from middie Matt Shearer.  This made it 2-1 Alamolax at the end of the first quarter.

Tony’s Tavern entered the 2nd trailing for the first time of this year.  They would pull together and answer back in the 2nd quarter for 3 unanswered goals.  Middie Tim Glass played hard and came up big with a quick bounce shot that found net top left corner past the goalie to tie the game up at 2-2.  Minutes later Glass struck again with a similar shot that gave Tony’s Tavern the 3-2 lead.  Tony’s Tavern extended their lead to 4-2 when Matt Shearer received a pass from Jimmy Constable and put it in past the goalie.  Halftime came and Tony’s Tavern led 4-2.

As the 3rd quarter started, Tony’s Tavern capitalized on a man-up opportunity as veteran attackman, Rene Kozarsky found middie Matt Shearer on the left wing for a laser that hit net nearside to extend the lead to 5-2.  Alamolax answered back with 2 quick goals on goalie Mike Shearer to make the score 5-4.  The defense on both sides stepped up and the game became a test of endurance in the sweltering heat of San Antonio.  The teams headed ended the quarter in a 5-4 in favor of Tony's Tavern.

The 4th quarter saw a continuation of the hardnosed defense and groundball wars between the teams.  Alamolax got on the board first off a gilman pass by their goalie that found a cutting attackman to put in the tying goal at 5-5.  The teams remained tied for a few more minutes until a great ride by the attackmen and middie Matt Walton resulted in a poor pass by the Alamo middie and a goal for senior attackman Kozarsky.  The goal gave Tony’s the 6-5 lead which they would not surrender the rest of the game.  Near the final moments of the game attackman jee chased down a poor pass and pushed the ball through his legs with a man on his back to middie Chris Haefele to help Tony’s keep possession and burn the rest of the clock. 

Goalies Nichols and Mike Shearer made a lot of great saves on the day.  Their leadership along with the physical and skillful play of defensemen Daniels, Davis, Gittings, Nowak, Rose, Walton, and Wilkie helped keep the game at a stand still all day.  Tough transition defense and Groundballs were picked up all day long by midfielders: Constable, Glass, Haefele, Joel Hill, Issacson, Matt Shearer, Stephenson, and Stoker.  Mikey Issacson and Joel Hill also handled the face-off responsibilities all day long.

The win moved Tony’s Tavern to 7-0 on the season and gave them a win vs. a tough SWLA opponent.

Goals: Glass - 2, Shearer - 2, Kozarsky - 2

Assists:  Constable - 1, Kozarsky - 1, Shearer - 1

Check of the game: Mikey Issacson

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Tony's Tavern stays unbeaten with a 11-3 victory over Lonestar
Mar. 30, 2006

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Tony’s Tavern continued their unbeaten season on Sunday with an 11-3 win over conference rival Lonestar.  The conditions on the day were favorable and around 75 degrees compared to the muddy mess Tony’s played in the previous game.  With the win Tony’s Tavern moves to the top of the GCLA Western conference with an overall 6-0 record and 5-0 in conference. 

 The first quarter was low scoring due to good defense by both teams.  Tony’s Tavern came out slow and was unable to capitalize on early man-up opportunities.  The first goal of the game was hard shot to the top left corner by Middie Matt Shearer of a pass from Bobby Jee.  This would be the only goal of the first quarter for either team.  Good defense on both sides ended the first quarter with Tony’s Tavern leading 1-0.

During the 2nd quarter and the rest of the game Tony’s Tavern found more of their groove on offense.  The 2nd goal of the game came on a quick feed from goal line extended by attackman Jee to a cutting Mikey Issacson, who rifled a low shot past the Lonestar goalie.  On the next possession, Issacson split dodged his defender and took a hard shot that found net after deflecting off the goalies stick to give Tony’s Tavern the 3-0 lead.  Lonestar answered after a save from goalie Roy Nichols was rebounded in front of the crease and was quicksticked in by Lonestar making it 3-1 in favor of Tony’s Tavern.  Over-aggressive play by Lonestar led to another man-up opportunity by Tony’s Tavern.  This time it was Jee finding twine off a hard bounce shot past the Lonestar goalie off a feed from middie Tim Glass to make it 4-1 Tony’s.  The quarter ended with a goal by attackman Jeff Mazzolini off a dump pass from Issacson.  Tony’s Tavern went into the half leading 5-1.

Lonestar came out firing on all cylinders in the 3rd quarter.  Sloppy play by Tony’s Tavern on offense led to 2 quick transition goals by Lonestar.  Goalie Mike Shearer slammed the door shut for Lonestar opportunities after that and led his defense to shutout for the rest of the game.  The game started to get more exciting as the score moved to 5-3 in favor of Tony’s Tavern.  The attack settled down the offense and Tony’s Tavern got back on track and Issacson found twine again unassisted for his 3rd goal of the game making it 6-3 Tony’s.  Issacson won the next face off and after a deflected pass and superb individual effort by senior attackman Rene Kozarsky to pull the ball out as the goalie was going for the clamp kept the play alive.  Bobby Jee capitalized on the efforts of Issacson and Kozarsky with his 2nd goal of the day.  Tony’s Tavern started opening the gap with a 7-3 lead.  The lead was increase by another tally when Mazzolini found Shearer for his 2nd goal of the game making it 8-3.  The 3rd quarter ended with Tony’s Tavern holding an 8-3 lead.

The 4th quarter kept the theme of the day with tough defense and victories by Tony’s Tavern middies on the ground ball war.  The middies kept playing tough defense and getting the ball in transition to help the offense get multiple shots in unsettled situations.  Issacson and Mazzolini added to their goal totals to give Tony’s Tavern the 10-3 lead.  The last goal came off and acrobatic fast break by middie Tom Laing as he cleared the ball up field and made a high pass as he was being hit to team captain Bobby Jee who was hit by the goalie, but stayed on his feet to finish the play with a one handed shot for a goal.  Efforts from the middies like Laing’s were where the game was won for Tony’s Tavern.  Jee’s 3rd goal of the game capped off the 11-3 victory for Tony’s Tavern over Lonestar. 

The defense had another great day as goalies Mike Shearer and Roy Nichols posted another impressive day.  The defensemen Davis, Gittings, Nowak, Rose, Walton, and Wilkie forced Lonestar into bad passes and tough shots all afternoon.  Transition goals for Tony’s Tavern can be attributed to great groundballs by Cesarski, Constable, Glass, Joel Hill, Issacson, Kirton, Laing, Leyden, Matt Shearer, Stoker, and Wilt.  The middies continue to get Tony’s Tavern more offensive opportunities due to gritty wing play and determination to dig out every groundball.

Tony’s Tavern moves to 6-0 with the victory over Lonestar and will travel to San Antonio to face Alamolax (SWLA) and the UTSA roadrunners this weekend. 

Goals:  Issacson - 4, Jee - 3, Mazzolini - 2, Shearer - 2

Assists:  Issacson - 2, Jee- 2, Glass - 1, Laing - 1, Mazzolini - 1

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Tony's Tavern defeats Metro 11-7 and moves to 5-0 for the season
Mar. 19, 2006

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On a day that saw muddy field conditions and a storm looming that looked more like a certainty than possibility, Tony's Tavern squared off against long time rival Metro.  Tony's Tavern came out strong and built a big lead, but fought through numerous penalties in the 2nd half to clinch their first victory against metro.  The attack helped carry the load along with a breakout game by middie Matt Shearer.  The other big part of the victory was the play of the Tony's Tavern defense that played most of the 2nd half man-down due to a flurry of sometimes questionable penalties.

The game started off in the first quarter as all the rest of the year for Tony's Tavern by scoring the first goal of the game.  Senior attackman, Rene Kozarsky picked up the ball in front of the crease and overpowered his defender with a quick move to put the ball in the cage past the Metro goalie to give Tony's Tavern a 1-0 lead.  After some good defense a fast break resulted in a quick dump from Kozarsky to attackman Bobby Jee for a one on one goal to give Tony's Tavern the quick 2-0 lead.  Metro got on the board after the next with a shot up top by a middie past the outstretched stick of goalie Roy Nichols.  Tony's Tavern answered on the next metro clear attempt due to a hard ride by Jee who picked up the ground ball off a bobbled catch by a metro middie and took the ball on a fast break and quickly dumped the ball to attackman Jeff Mazzolini for a goal.  This made the score 3-1 in favor of Tony's Tavern at the end of the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter saw much of the same for Tony's Tavern as they extended the lead to 4-1 off a hard ride by Jee that saw him strip the metro goalie of the ball behind the cage and roll it up to a wide open Mazzolini for his second goal of the game.  Tony's Tavern next goal came off a pass from Mazzolini to Kozarsky who went over the shoulder to beat the metro goalie for his second tally of the day and increase the lead for Tony's to 5-1.  After some more great defense by the middies and the long poles, Tony's Tavern struck again as attackman Jee split dodge his defender and put a bounce shot past the metro goalie to make it 6-1.  Minutes later as Tony's Tavern man-up unit worked the ball around middie Jimmy Constable quickly swung the ball up top to Jee for a shot fake and a dump pass to a wide open Matt Shearer on the crease for  quick backhanded shot between the goalie's legs. This man-up goal gave Tony's Tavern a 7-1 lead 3/4 through the 2nd quarter.  Shearer found twine again on the next possession on rifle past the metro goalie to make it 8-1.  The last tall of the 2nd quarter was by Mikey Issacson as he cut down the lane and received a perfect pass from Matt shearer to make it 9-1 in favor of Tony's tavern.

The 2nd half saw a much different game as Tony's Tavern was plagued by multiple penalties and other questionable calls.  The defense led by goalie Roy Nichols held the lead while playing the second half in many man-down situations.  The calls all seemed to go metro's way as Tony's Tavern fell victim to 11 minutes of penalties.  The 2nd half saw metro come back by outscoring Tony's Tavern 6-2 due to capitalizing on man-up opportunities.  Tony's Tavern's first goal of the 2nd half came on a man-up opportunity as Jee threw a shot fake to draw the defense to him then threw a quick pass to Joel Hill for a hard low shot from up top past the metro goalie.  Sloppy play on both sides and seemingly unlimited man-up opportunities for metro resulted in a 10-4 lead for Tony's at the end of the 3rd quarter. 

The 4th quarter saw much of the same at Tony's Tavern spent most of the time on the receiving end of penalties, which forced the long poles John Rose, Chris Wilkie, Chris Haefele, Cole Nowak, Matt Walton and Colin Gittings playing tough D to kill each opportunity for metro.  Metro struck back in the 4th with 3 more goals to make it 10-7 with 6 minutes left in the game.  Matt Shearer stepped up and fired another shot past the goalie with 5 minutes left to make it 11-7 in favor of Tony's Tavern.  The last 5 minutes saw a control of the ball by Tony's Tavern that controlled possession of the ball for 4-1/2 minutes at the end of the game resulting in a 11-7 victory and moves Tony's Tavern to 5-0 on the year.  The attack had another big effort in accounting for 6 goals and 6 assists led by Bobby Jee's 2 goals and 4 assists on the day. 

The unsung heroes for Tony's Tavern all day were the middies and their hustle for ground balls and toughness on defense.  Constable, Glass, Graf, Hill, Issacson, Kirton, Laing, Shearer, Stoker, and Wilt  played tough defense and dug out numerous groundballs to limit metro fastbreaks.  Matt Shearer led all Middies and had a big game with 3 goals and 1 assist.  Mikey Issacson and Joel Hill dominated the faceoffs all day giving Tony's Tavern possession time and time again.

Goals:  Shearer - 3, Jee - 2, Kozarsky -2, Mazzolini - 2, Hill - 1, Issacson -1

Assists:  Jee- 4, Issacson - 1,Kozarsky - 1, Mazzolini - 1, Shearer -1

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Tony's Tavern offense leads the way to a 14-3 victory over Bayou
Mar. 12, 2006

Tony’s Tavern showed up big against Bayou City on Sunday after a 2 week break between games.  The field conditions were those of a true lacrosse game in Texas with fairly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 80’s.  Bayou City after recent acquisitions from the now defunct Houston men’s lacrosse team came out with over 25 players at game time.  This set up both teams with deep benches and lots of talent.  All indications previewed this to be tough game that would be decided in the 4th quarter.  However, the dominant play of the Tony’s Tavern Attack, Midfield, and D proved to be too much of a team game for Bayou City to handle.

The first quarter started off with a face-off win by Mikey Issacson and for the 3rd consecutive game he came down and scored the 1st goal of the game.  Tony’s Tavern man-up went to work minutes later after a Bayou penalty.  The Man-up unit moved the ball with precision to work for an open lane where attackman Rene Kozarsky fired a pass to Bobby Jee who rifled a shot past the Bayou goalie.  Tony’s Tavern started to build on their 2-0 lead when Jee redirected the ball to Issacson for a left hand rip past the bayou goalie to make it 3-0.  Bayou continued to commit penalties and Tony’s Tavern continued to capitalize with another Kozarsky assist to Jee for another outside shot to make it 4-0.  The next goal came off a break started by middie Joel Hill who found Kozarsky at the point for a quick dump pass to Jee for a one on one with the goalie to make it 5-0 Tony’s Tavern.  The 1st quarter ended with Tony’s Tavern tallying 5 goals to 0 for bayou.

The 2nd quarter saw much of the same type of game from Tony’s Tavern as middies David Kirton, Jimmy Constable, Matt Shearer, and Jonathan Graf kept hustling for the ball and getting the ball into transition to create easy scoring opportunities for their teammates.   The first goal of the quarter was a strong split dodge by Issacson of a pass which resulted in a quick right handed goal making the score 6-0.  On the next face-off Issacson pulled the ball out of the pile and found Jee cutting for a one on one goal with the goalie.  This was Jee’s 4th goal of the game and gave Tony’s Tavern a 7-0 lead.  Bayou City got on the board on a man-up opportunity after Tony’s Tavern received a slashing penalty half way through the 2nd quarter.  Minutes later veteran attackman, Kozarsky put in goal to make it 8-0 in favor of Tony’s Tavern.  Middie Joel Hill tallied a goal as he picked up a deflected pass to put the ball top right past the goalie making it 9-1.  The last goal came on a pass from Tom Laing to Issacson who finished the half with a bounce shot that gave Tony’s a 10-1 halftime lead.  Issacson had another monster day with 4 goals and 2 assists.

The 2nd half saw a sloppy game between both teams with a lot of penalties and back and forth transition for both teams resulting in defensive stops or missed opportunities.  The 3rd quarter saw goals by Jee and Jeff Mazzolini to help extend the lead to 12-1.  Bayou retaliated with another man-up goal to make it 12-2 going into the 4th and final quarter.

The middies and long poles stayed dedicated to hard nose defense and stuck to a goal of picking up all the ground balls to ensure more possession time and opportunities for Tony’s Tavern.  Jeff Mazzolini added to his assist total of 4 for the game on a quick feed up to Jee for a hard bounce shot and man-up goal set up due to a great screen by Tom Laing.  Team captain, Bobby Jee finished the game with 6 goals and 1 assist.  Bayou City answered once again with a shot from outside past goalie Mike Shearer.  The last goal of the game was Joel Hill’s 2nd of the game coming on a cut and finish off a pass from veteran attackman, Kozarsky.   Kozarsky finished the game with 1 goal and 4 assists. 

The high powered team offense of Tony’s Tavern proved to be too much for the Bayou City team.  Tony’s Tavern attack unit finished with 8 goals and 9 assists, helping to lead the way.  The play of the middies of Tony’s Tavern was huge on the day as Constable, Graf, Joel Hill, Justin Hill, Issacson, Kirton, Laing, Shearer, and Wilson played tough defense and started numerous fast breaks giving the offense easy scoring opportunities.  The game was definitely won in the ground ball wars and the clearing of the whole team.

The Defense undermanned at first was solid with Gittings, Nowak, and Wilkie.  They harassed the Bayou City middies and attackmen into tough shots and passes all day.  Veteran Chris Haefele, showed his all around utility player skills starting the game playing close-D with a short stick and later on playing some physical long stick middie defense.  The defense was led by stud goalies Roy Nichols and Mike Shearer.  They made great stops all day and kept clearing the ball to get Tony’s into transition.  The great goalie Duo allowed 3 goals on the day resulting in a 1.6 Goals against average for the year.

Tony’s Tavern came out tough and moved the ball around to get lots of easy scoring opportunities.  The team moves to 4-0 overall and looks forward to a meeting with old rival Metro this Sunday, March 19th.

Goals: Jee - 6, Issacson - 4, Joel Hill -2, Kozarsky - 1, Mazzolini -1

Assists:  Kozarsky -4, Mazzolini -4, Issacson -2, Jee -1, Kirton -1, Laing -1, Ma. Shearer-1

Check of the game: Colin Gittings

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Tony's Tavern stays unbeaten with a frustrating Lonestar forefit
Feb. 26, 2006

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On a light rainy day in Texas, Tony's Tavern prepared to square off against Lonestar.  The game was to be hosted at Lonestar's home field in southwest Houston.  At game time as Tony's prepared to keep their winning streak alive with another tough weather game, the Lonestar players decided to take a forefit rather than to play the game with their players on hand.  The result was a disappointing 1-0 victory over Lonestar.  Tony's Tavern keeps their undefeated season going at (3-0) and looks forward to some competition in a home game vs. western conference rival Bayou City on March 12, 2006. 

 

Tony's Tavern wins big over Northwest 19-0 with some great Defense
Feb. 19, 2006

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On a day that would force most people to sit on their couches inside their warm homes, Tony's Tavern lacrosse team came out with the most balanced team scoring attack of the young season.  No player had more than 3 goals, but the team managed to pull off an impressive shutout and secured a 19-0 victory over Northwest lacrosse club.  The game time starting temperature was a frigid 40 degrees and boasting a 27 degree wind chill factor.  Tony's Tavern got everyone involved all day and kept a revolving door of substitutions to get everyone playing time in order to stay warm. 

The first goal of the game came off the opening face off as Mikey Issacson raked the ball to himself and after a quick face dodge put in a hard lefty bounce shot past the northwest goalie.  Minutes later Jeff Mazzolini found twine on a quick change of direction behind the cage to break his defenders ankles and put a quick right handed shot past that goalie.  Issacson put in one more to lead Tony's Tavern to a 3-0 opening quarter lead.

The second quarter saw more of the same scoring attack with a quick man-up goal from Justin Hill off a pass from Mazzolini.  Veteran attackman Tim Leyden got on the board too with a zero angle bounce shot right past the northwest goalie.   In a strange event halfway through the 2nd quarter, starting goalie Roy Nichols who had been carrying the shutout broke his 3rd stick of the day on a low bounce shot save.  Stepping into goal was goalie Mike Shearer in his Tony's Tavern debut and came through with a stellar performance and preserved the shut out taking over the reigns of the talented defensive unit.  Issacson added another goal along with Jimmy Constable on a quick dodge for a shot right past the right hip of the northwest goalie for his first goal in 2006.  The half ended with Tony's Tavern up 7-0.

In the 3rd quarter the Tony's Tavern team kept up the great passing on offense that attributed to 12 more goals in the 2nd half.  Early in the 3rd quarter Joel Hill got on the board for the first time in 2006 with a shot past the goalie to the top right corner.  Joel Hill finished the day with 3 goals.  The third also, saw team captain Bobby Jee get on the board 2 times the first off a pass from Matt shearer for a hard shot past the northwest goalie.  Jee later took a pass off a fast break for a one on one with the goalie.  Jee finished the day with 2 goals and 2 assists.  Tony's Tavern found net again in the thrid off a quick stick by Tom Laing off a pass from Mazzolini.  Another goal for Tony's was scored by midfielder Chris Wilson on a quick turn around shot that went 5 hole on the goalie.   Middie Joe Wilt also tallied his 1st goal of the game in the 3rd.  The 3rd quarter ended with a commanding 14-0 lead for Tony's Tavern.

The 4th quarter saw the trend of the day continue with a tough defense not willing to lose their first shutout of the season.   Justin Hill and Joe Wilt put in a few more of Tony's Tavern's five, 4th quarter goals.  The 2nd to last goal was scored on a clearing pass that went right into the stick of Laing only 5 yards from the goal, which he put back for his second score of the day.  When the final whistle blew the tally was 19-0 in favor of Tony's Tavern.

The great balance of scoring for the team was a big part of the win today, but the shut out can be credited to great defense.  The midfield and long poles kept the northwest middies and attackmen off balance and forced turnovers all day long.  The leadership on the field from both goalies Nichols and Shearer led to multiple penalty killings by the man down unit.  The checks that the long poles threw were more like a clinic than actual game situation as they were crisp and force many pinwheels and helicopters of northwest players's sticks.  Much credit has to go to the long poles Davis, Gittings, Jeans, Rose, Walton and Wilkie.

The combination of Issacson, Joel Hill and Chris Wilson dominated the face-offs all day long giving Tony's Tavern many more opportunities than the northwest team saw.  The offense combined with the blue collar defense gave Tony's Tavern a big 2nd win of the season.

Goals: Justin Hill -3,  Issacson -3, Joel Hill -2, Jee - 2, Laing - 2, Mazzolini -2, Wilt -2,  Leyden-1, Constable -1, Wilson -1

Assists:  Issacson - 3, Gittings -2, Kirton - 2,  Jee - 2, Mazzolini - 2,  Haefele - 1, Shearer-1,   Walton- 1

Check of the game: DD Davis - kayak resulting in a pinwheel...so beautiful

 

Tony's Tavern starts 2006 season big 21-2 over Bayou City
Feb. 4, 2006

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Tony's Tavern Lacrosse team kicked off the 2006 with scoring extravaganza.  The scoring started off on a hard shot from Mikey Issacson, this would be the first of his many on the day.  The next possession resulted in goal as attackman Bobby Jee found Issacson for a hard outside shot that whizzed by the Bayou goalie.   Minutes later Bobby Jee took a flip pass from Jeff Mazzolini behind the cage and dodged around the cage for an easy goal.  On the final goal of the first quarter,  Jee found David Kirton on a perfect backdoor cut ending in a nice left-handed goal.  Tony's Tavern ended the first quarter with a 4-0 lead.  Tony's Tavern kept that trend going for the rest of the game.

The second quarter saw the domination of Tony's Tavern over Bayou City continue.  First goal of the 2nd quarter came on a pass from Jee to a wide open Tim Glass for a hard shot that ripped the net past the Bayou goalie.  Mazzolini added another goal to his total for the day on a man-up goal from the left wing.  As much scoring as Tony's Tavern accomplished they were only 1 of 3 on Man-Up opportunities.  Bayou City put in a garbage goal on Goalie Roy Nichols late in the 2nd quarter.  The shutout was ruined, but Tony's Tavern went into half time with a 10-1 lead. 

During the second half Tony's Tavern kept their offense on all cylinders.  Mazzolini scored 3 second half goals and 3 assists to give him 4 and 4 for the day.  Issacson added 2 more and a few assists to bring his totals to 4 and 3.  The third quarter saw team veteran Tim Leyden make the most of his shooting opportunities with a nice bounce shot that hit net right under the top pipe.  Justin Hill also got a piece of the scoring action on a wide open bounce shot from the top due to some strategic basketball boxing out of 2 defenders by attackman Kozarsky.  Tony's Tavern took a commanding lead into the 4th and final quarter on a nice sunny day.

Rene Kozarsky got a quick flip pass on the crease from Mazzolini in the beginning of the 4th quarter for an easy goal.  The 4th quarter also saw a goal from defenseman Cole Nowak on a fast break.  Bayou City did not go quietly in the 2nd half and put in one more goal on quick spin around shot.  Jee finished the scoring on the day with a quick shot to the top left corner after receiving a pass from defenseman Chris Jeans.  Bobby Jee finished the day with 4 goals and 3 assists.  The senior leader of the attack Rene Kozarsky finished the day with 2 goals and 1assist, but many missed opportunities didn't show the great feeds he made.  When the scoring exhibition was finished Tony's Tavern finished the day with a 21-2 victory.

The Defense played solid all day led by Goalie Roy Nichols.  The combination of Arndt, Jeans, Nowak, and Wilkie forced the attackmen into bad passes and poor shots all day.  Long stick middie Colin Gittings patrolled the middle of the field and had a solid day getting the ball in transition.  The man-down unit worked as one unit and held the Bayou City man - up scoreless all day.  The face-offs were dominated by Morgan Humphrey and Mikey Issacson.  The midfield stepped up big time and were ground ball machines, which helped frustrate Bayou City into few offensive opportunities.

Tony's Tavern wants to thank Morgan Humphrey and Karl Arndt for their dedication to the team and hopefully they will rejoin us again in the future.

Goals:  Issacson - 4, Jee - 4, Mazzolini - 4, Kirton - 2, Kozarsky - 2, Leyden - 2, Glass - 1, Hill - 1, Nowak - 1

Assists:  Mazzolini - 4, Issacson - 3, Jee - 3, Kozarsky -1, Jeans -1

Check of the game: Karl Arndt

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Tony's Tavern wins 15-6 over Bayou City
December 10, 2005

On a cold December day Tony's Tavern faced off against Bayou City LC for their last game of the 2005 fall season.  With many new faces coming this year, one last game was a welcome sight.  Tony's scoring barrage opened up with a rip from the stick of Bobby Jee on the left side.  This would be the first of many goals for Jee on the day.  Tony's Tavern continued to fight for ground balls and kept out hustling the Bayou team to finish up the first quarter on a goal from Rene Kozarsky on a great flip pass from Chris Haefele giving Tony's Tavern the 3-1 1st quarter lead.  2 more goals from Jee in the 2nd, one on man-up and another off a quick look away pass from Constable gave Tony's the 5-2 lead 3/4 through the quarter.  Constable with a perfect backdoor cut received a laser pass from Jee and put in his first goal of the game.  Kozarsky added one more to finish the half with a 7-3 lead.

The second half saw the Tony's Tavern team dominate with defense from Daniels, Arndt, Jeans, along with some tough middie D.  Jeff mazzolini added a few assists to Matt Shearer to help Tony's build up to a 11-4 3rd quarter lead.  Jee and Kozarsky added a few more in the 2nd half along with Justin Hill on a man-up shot.  Blake Stoker finished the scoring on the day with an acrobatic bull dodge through traffic and wound up untouched in front of the goal for an easy bounce shot.  Goalies Dave Miller and Roy Nichols had strong showings as they played solid, but fell victim to a few unfavorable garbage goals.  Morgan Humphrey and Justin hill carried the face-off duties for the day. 

Tony's came out and showed that they were a better team than Bayou on the day and added a nice cushion to cruise to an easy victory.

STATS:
Goals:   Jee - 5, Kozarsky - 3, Shearer - 3, Constable - 2, Justin Hill - 1, Stoker - 1
Assists: Mazzolini - 3, Haefele - 2, Jee - 2, Kozarsky -2, Shearer -2, Constable -1, Hill - 1

Bad ass check of the game - Jeans over the head Kayak

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Saturday December 10, 2005
Cross Point Church
1:00 PM

Tony's Tavern falls to U of H 6-5....
Oct 2, 2005

Tony's Tavern came out of the gate fast and amassed a quick 3-0 lead in first quarter with 3 goals from Shawn Eicholz.  U of H grinded their way back in the 2nd quarter to take the 4-3 lead.  Play was sloppy on both sides with many missed opportunities at both ends.  The Defense for Tony's Tavern played big in keeping the game close.  The combination of Arndt, Daniels, Rose, and Walton kept the U of H attackmen and middies forcing bad passes and shots all afternoon.  Tony's drew within 6-5 with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but was unable to pick up the ball cleanly on the next faceoff and the game ended with U of H on top 6-5.

STATS:
Goals:   Eicholz - 5
Assists: Kozarsky -1

Sunday October 2, 2005
Klein High School
3:30 PM

1st Fall Game - Tavern wins 15-5 over Lonestar
September 11, 2005

We had our first game of the fall on September 11 vs. Lonestar lacrosse club.  There was a good showing by our team and both the Defense and offense played well.  The game started off with a great face off by Morgan Humprhey to gain possession which was capped off with a behind the back pass from Shawn Eicholz to a wide open Bobby Jee for an easy one on one with the goalie.  From that point, Tavern never looked back.  By halftime the score was 9-2 with Tony's Tavern coasting the rest of the game in cruise control.  Great job by the defense led by goalie Dave Miller.  Also, the midfield play was outstanding in the way of clears and middie defense.  The top goal scorer on the day Was Rene Kozarsky with 5 goals. The final score was 15-5.

STATS:
Goals:   Kozarsky - 5, Eicholz - 4, Jee - 4, Hill - 1
Assists: Eicholz - 3, Jee - 2, Constable - 1, Mazzolini - 1

Sunday September 11, 2005
Klein High School
3:30 PM

 

05-06 Sponsor
Aug 20, 2005

We are happy to announce Tony's Tavern, "The Party Bar", is the main sponsor for the team.  We hope to build a long relationship and bring many trophies home for them.

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Aug 20, 2005

Thanks to Warfab and Smith Bits for joining the Tony's Tavern Lacrosse team this year.  Their sponsorships will help us in our continued goal to dominate the GCLA.

 

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