LAKE PLACID - The 25th edition of the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic kicked off with a flurry Monday as 80 boys and girls scholastic teams hit the North Elba town fields.
The scholastic boys and girls tournaments continue today and Wednesday, and will be followed by the adult divisions, which conclude with championship games on Sunday.
The Tri-Lakes youth lacrosse program fielded a team in the under-18 Silver Division and came away with two victories Monday. Tri-Lakes shot down the IAS Catamounts 9-5 in the opener, then came back later in the day to beat Blaze Elite Orange 11-10.
Tri-Lakes Lacrosse player Killian Ryan of Saranac Lake, right, defends against an IAS Catamounts player during Monday’s Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse tournament pool play game.
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Tri-Lakes takes on the FCA Lacrosse 2016's today at 8:30 a.m. Live results can be found at lakeplacidlax.com.
The Summit Lacrosse Classic features many of the top high school players from around the country. The U18 Gold Division has several national select teams, including Fellowship Christian Athletes out of Sparks, Maryland and the LB3 National team based in Roswell, Georgia.
"These are some of the best players you're ever going to find together on the field, and they are all in the same division," said tournament director George Leveille. "We have a real high level of talent."
Leveille said the tournament falls between the heavy recruiting season and the start of school for the high school players.
"This is typically the last stop up north for lacrosse," he said. "We're not a recruiting event. A lot of events are focused on being a recruiting event. If it happens here, that's great, but we're not really that worried about it."
The tournament will have several special events to commemorate its 25th year. On Saturday, a Legends of Placid Lax tribute will be held at Mid's Park on Main Street in Lake Placid. The evening will include an induction ceremony of individuals who contributed to the growth of the tournament. Silver anniversary men's and women's all-star teams will be announced as well as silver anniversary teams of distinction. The free event is open to the public and will include live music.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the tournament will host a showing of the film "America's First Game," at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The film was produced by Emmy-award winner Dennis Deninger and is narrated by ESPN's Mike Tirico. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for youth. High school lacrosse teams are admitted free of charge if accompanied by their coaches.