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Summit Lacrosse opens today

By Adirondack Daily Enterprise , 08/01/16, 3:00PM EDT

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LAKE PLACID – Thousands of players of an ancient yet trending game are flooding into the community as the 27th annual Summit Lacrosse Classic begins today, lasting through Sunday.

Youth action opens the event today, and adult teams will play Wednesday through Sunday.

The tournament includes more than 250 teams: male and female, from middle school players to masters divisions. It will take place at the North Elba Athletic Fields, Lake Placid Central School District fields at the North Elba Show Grounds and Northwood School in Lake Placid. There is no admission fee to attend the games. Subway is its major sponsor.

“This is the summer highlight for the players and for us as organizers,” said tournament founder and director George Leveille. “The players and their families enjoy the games surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondack High Peaks. All of us are blessed to be involved in the game we love, all in the midst of this amazing environment.”

For the first time in the event’s history, Major League Lacrosse will showcase its legendary alumni in a contest that will air on the Lax Sports Network. The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday and will also air on www.lakeplacidlax.com/mll. All proceeds will be donated to the Headstrong Foundation and the Ranger Lead The Way Fund, which are both integral parts of the lacrosse community.

Another highlight of the tournament is the emergence of the Girls High School Gold Division, comprised of players committed to NCAA Division I universities such as North Carolina, Northwestern, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Maryland, Florida, Cornell, Dartmouth, Colgate, Arizona State and Ohio State.

Prior to the tourney, Summit Lacrosse Ventures hosted the Northstar Invitational at Northwood School, a development event as well as a showcase in front of college coaches. Taking place through Thursday, it has welcomed 150 girls from the United States and Canada who will enter grades 9 through 11 this fall. Leadership and mental fitness activities, as well as sports performance testing, were included.