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Lacrosse-filled vacation

Top players converge on Lake Placid for Summit tournament

August 4, 2011
By LOU REUTER, Senior Sports Writer
LAKE PLACID — Forty high schoolers traveling on a tour bus from Maryland have been enjoying a summer vacation in the Lake Placid region this week. They have also been playing some pretty good lacrosse.

The 22nd Summit Lacrosse Tournament is taking place in Lake Placid this week, and action kicked off with scholastic division games Monday, Aug. 1.

Each year, the Summit tourney draws some of the top lacrosse talent that can be found anywhere, and the young athletes who compete are no exception. The scholastic divisions include both boys and girls under-18 and under-15 teams, featuring some of the best high school players in the United States.

The athletes from Maryland hail from high schools in the Annapolis area, playing on Anne Arundel U-18 and U-15 teams. They captured a U-15 title in Lake Placid a year ago and are fielding a U-18 team for the first time. As of Tuesday, the two squads owned a combined 8-0 record.

“The kids are on a vacation with a little lacrosse built in,” said Greg Speed, coach of the Anne Arundel U-15 squad. “We came up a day early and the kids went whitewater rafting. They spent an afternoon swimming in Wilmington and now they are playing lacrosse.”

The older Anne Arundel team wrapped up action Tuesday with a 13-3 win over New England’s Team IAS Breakaway. Many players on that squad were U-15 division champions in the tournament last summer.

“We have a good team here,” said U-18 coach Tim Gavin, a former player at the United States Naval Academy. “A lot of the kids on this team have been highly recruited by top-10 Division I college schools. Although we didn’t have a older team here last year, our kids still consider themselves the defending champions.

“They are here to win, but they are also on vacation,” Gavin added. “We came up on the bus with 40 players and six coaches, but a lot of parents also drove separately. When the kids got back home from the tournament last year, I think they told their parents how much fun they had and how beautiful Lake Placid is, so the parents said ‘Hey, we want to go next time.’”

This week, men’s and women’s teams are vying for titles in 13 divisions, ranging from scholastic to the Super Grand Masters, which includes players in their 60s who love the game of lacrosse. This year also marks the first time there is a women’s masters division due to the increased popularity of the sport among females looking to continue playing the game after their college careers.

Scholastic play ended Wednesday with semifinal and championship round matches.

Dozens of teams featuring lineups loaded with current and past collegiate All-Americans are participating this week in the Summit Tournament. The event literally draws a ‘who’s who’ roster of the biggest stars in the game to the Olympic Village each year. It will be tough to top last year’s highlight match, which saw Cornell’s Rusty Red earn a 14-13 overtime victory against Syracuse’s Burnt Orange in a Master’s Division I championship game that had a combined 20 players who were collegiate All-Americans.

Games run through Sunday at the North Elba Show Grounds and athletic fields and are free to the public.

Article Photos

Lou Reuter/Lake Placid News
Zack Franco of Team Anne Arundel fires a shot past IAS defenders during scholastic action Tuesday in the 22nd Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament.



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