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Major League Lacrosse Announces Legends Alumni Game Rosters

By MLL Communications , 07/22/16, 11:30AM EDT

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Lake Placid, NY (July 22, 2016) - Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, plans to deliver the League’s first ever Legends Alumni Game event at the 2016 Lake Placid Summit Classic. The inaugural event will take place at North Elba Athletic Field #1 Friday, August 5, at 6 p.m. EST, as part of the Lake Placid Summit Classic tournament festivities. The event is free to the public. The game broadcast will also be made available on LAX Sports Network at 7 p.m. 

The Alumni teams will be comprised of approximately 40 former Major League Lacrosse players and coaches. Major League Lacrosse has just announced the rosters of the two teams playing in the event. The complete rosters can be accessed here as well

Team Lead The Way will include: Sol Bliss (Rochester Rattlers), Damien Davis (Chicago Macgine), Harold Drumm (Bridgeport Barrage), Michael Gabel (Chicago Machine), John Gagliardi (Long Island Lizards), Gary Gait (Baltimore Bayhawks), Timothy Goettelmann (Long Island Lizards), Jamie Hanford (Baltimore Bayhawks), Jon Hess (New Jersey Pride), Chris Massey (Long Island Lizards), Ryan Mollett (Rochester Rattlers), Chris Passavia (Rochester Rattlers), Mike Regan (Boston Cannons), Brent Rothfuss (Rochester Rattlers), Josh Sims (Baltimore Bayhawks), Vin Sombrotto (Long Island Lizards), Tim Soudan (Rochester Rattlers), Matthew Striebel (Philadelphia Barrage), Regy Thorpe (Rochester Rattlers), and Nate Watkins (Denver Outaws). The alternate/Coach for Team Lead the Way is David Jenkins

Team HEADstrong will include: Fredric Beardsley (Rochester Rattlers), Gerry Byrne (Boston Cannons), Tim Brynes (Long Island Lizards), Jake Coon (Rocheser Rattlers), Jake Deane (Chesapeake Bayhawks), Kevin Dougherty (LA Riptide), David Evans (Boston Cannons), Chris Fiore (Long Island Lizards), Kip Fulks (Baltimore Bayhawks), John Glatzel (Rochester Rattlers), Dan Hardy (Rochester Rattlers), Kevin Leveille (Rochester Rattlers), Mike Leveille (Chicago Machine), Sean Morris (Boston Cannons), Pat McCabe (Long Island Lizards), Blake Miller (Bridgeport Barrage), Shawn Nadelen (Baltimore Bayhawks), Jack Reid (Boston Cannons), Chris Schiller (Rochester Rattlers), and Stephen Sombrotto (Long Island Lizards). The alternate/Coach for Team Headstrong is Frank D'Agistino

Between both teams, there are many tremendous accolades for each of these players. There are many  All-Stars, numerous MLL Champions, the 2004 Warrior Offensive Player of the Year, the 2005 Sportsman of the Year, the 2005 League and Championship Game MVP, the 2006 Championship Game MVP, the 2009 Rookie of the Year, and the 2014 Brine Coach of the Year among many more accomplishments. The complete roster sheet here further details the tremendous careers of these players

“It’s great there is an event that brings together some of our former MLL stars,” said Major League Lacrosse Commissioner Dave Gross. “These former players have been tremendous ambassadors for our League and the sport. We are excited to have them be a part of this inaugural alumni game.”

“Having been involved in the Lake Placid Summit Classic for 26 years and the MLL for 11, and caring for each dearly, it’s been a dream of mine to find a way to combine the two,” said LPSC Director, Kevin Leveille. “The MLL Legends Alumni Game will be a great showcase of Major League Lacrosse through 40 true professional pioneers, lacrosse legends and long-time Lake Placid Summit Classic participants. On a weekend where a lot of the lacrosse community is tuned into Lake Placid and tuned out of everywhere else, it will be great to pull Major League Lacrosse into the focus.”

The Lake Placid Summit Classic was established in 1990 with the idea of playing lacrosse in a beautiful place. In its first year, the event was comprised of 7 teams who played over the span of two days. This year, the event's 27th year, will include over 250 teams, broken down by 18 different divisions. The teams will travel to Lake Placid to compete over the course of seven days. Men and women ages 15-60+ travel to Lake Placid each year to participate in the event. The LPSC is a celebration of lacrosse and camaraderie, and Major League Lacrosse hopes to build on to continue this spirit and tradition with the installation of its new alumni game.

In the tradition of both LPSC and MLL heritage, alumni players will take the field in honor of multiple charitable causes that are special to the lacrosse community. Both the HEADstrong Foundation and the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund will be the charity recipients for the game’s efforts. HEADstrong Foundation is a partner of MLL in the combined efforts to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families in a way to fulfill a promise made to the HEADstrong founder, Nicholas Colleluori, in that others would benefit the life that he lived. Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund is an active duty, casualty assistance, recovery and Military transition organization whose mission is to provide ongoing support and financial assistance to the men and families of the elite Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment, beyond what the government and Veteran’s Affairs can offer. The Fund honors the life and legacy of SGT James J. Regan of the 75 th Ranger Regiment, who played collegiate lacrosse at Duke University. In lieu of purchased tickets, both recipients will be on hand at the tournament all week long and donations are encouraged.

MLL’s newest official licensee Territory Sports, will come on as the game’s uniform designer and provider.

“It’s exciting for us as a brand to be a part of the history and player talent that this League has produced,” said Michael Bechler, owner of Territory Sports. “Being able to create the jersey which represents 16 seasons of MLL play is an honor for us.”

The Legends Alumni Game will be Friday, August 5 at 6 p.m. EST in Lake Placid, NY. Lax Sports Network will broadcast the game at 7 p.m. 

About Lake Placid Summit Classic
The Lake Placid Summit Classic (LPSC) is one of the Nation’s oldest and most highly attended events, with 250 teams participating in 2016. The LPSC started as a two day event in 1990, growing into weeklong event made up of 13 different divisions of play across boys, girls, men and women, and, participant ages range from 15 to 60 and over. LPSC is owned and operated by Summit Lacrosse Ventures, LLC.