Altair wins Sawgrass Challenge Cup

Altair captures Sawgrass Challenge Cup in last chukker

Alex Webbe

Altair scored a come-from-behind win to unseat the 2011
defending champion of the Sawgrass Challenge, Yellow Cab, in a hotly contested
11-10 win.

Altair received one goal by handicap and added a goal by
Santi Torres in the opening chukker, but it was Yellow Cab that drove away with
a 3-2 lead.  A pair of goals from Juan
Monteverde and a single goal from Pablo Spinacci set the pace for Yellow Cab in
the first period of the finals.

Altair added second chukker goals from Torres and Carlos
Gracida but Yellow Cab was up to the challenge. 
Two goals from Spinacci and single goals from Monteverde and Sean Garber
set the pace as Yellow Cab extended its lead to three goals, 7-4.

A determined Altair lineup took the field in the third
and shut down the Yellow Cab attack. 
Goals from team captain Beau Van Metre, Torres and Gracida tied it up at
halftime, 7-7.

Yellow Cab tightened their defense in the fourth and kept
Altair off of the scoreboard, but managed only a single goal from Spinacci as
they defended an 8-7 advantage.

A penalty goal from Spinacci was countered by a 40-yard
penalty conversion from Torres as Yellow Cab remained in the lead by a single
goal at the end of the fifth chukker, 9-8.

Spinacci’s sixth goal of the contest had Yellow Cab in
front, 10-8, when the Altair rally began. 
Two consecutive goals from Torres tied it up at 10-10 before Gracida
scored the winning goal in the 11-10 Altair victory.

Torres was credited with six goals for Altair and was
named MVP for his efforts.  Gracida
scored three times and Beau Van Metre added a goal for the win.  Altair received one goal by handicap.

Spinacci’s six goals were a high for the Yellow Cab
team.  Monteverde added three goals and
Sean Garber scored once.

Torres’s Tonka,
was honored as Best Playing Pony.