St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship at Aspen

In front of a soldout crowd. Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 3, Hilario Figueras, 5, Nic Roldan, 9) held off Aspen Valley (Jason Crowder, 6, Marc Ganzi, 1, Adolfo Cambiaso, 10) for a hardfought 8-6 victory.

Nine-goaler Nic Roldan scored a game-high five goals including his first two-pointer in the three-day tournament and was named Most Valuable Player. It was Roldan’s fifth St. Regis tournament victory in eleven years.

«Any win is a good win and this was a good win,» Roldan said. «This is one of our favorite events of the year. Grant and Hilario played amazing and are two really competitive players. Kudos to them for stepping up and giving their all.»

Argentine 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, the sport’s greatest all-time player, made his U.S. debut on snow. Unlike his 10-goal performance including three two-pointers, in Friday’s indoor arena qualifier, Casablanca held him scoreless and shut down Aspen Valley’s offensive attack that had scored 23 goals in four chukkers.

«Adolfo is the greatest of all time by far,» Roldan said. «He keeps impressing us and blowing our minds with what he’s doing. We didn’t really think about playing against him. It was a very tough game and very competitive. It could have gone either way.»