LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The 28th annual Lake Placid Summit Classic closed out with a weekend jam-packed with championships as lacrosse teams from far and wide took the fields in the Adirondack Mountains’ Olympic village.
Ten champions celebrated victories on Sunday afternoon, while two teams were crowned victors and another pair co-champs on Saturday after schedule adjustments following Friday’s inclement weather.
In one of the most competitive divisions of the Summit Classic’s Adult Tournament, Graph-Tex won its third consecutive Men’s 30+ Division championships by way of 9-8 battle with a loaded Motive Pure/Force 5 team that has become a fellow powerhouse at the event.
“Love coming to Placid every year and playing,” said Jake Coon, the goalie for the Graph-Tex squad who was named the team’s MVP.
Coon – the head lacrosse coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology – said the chance to compete with Graph-Tex at the Summit Classic offers more than just the action on the field.
“It’s so much fun hanging out with old friends and getting some quality family time. Getting the competitive juices going is pretty awesome too. Nothing like winning that T-shirt with your boys.”
The Men’s 18+ Gold Division, always one of the most intense and talent-filled groups, saw the Burning Orange outlast an incredibly talented GMH team in a physical and hard-fought finale.
The sidelines at the North Elba Athletic Fields were packed with fans looking to catch a glimpse of Burning Orange, a team featuring mostly Syracuse alumni and current roster members, and GMH Lacrosse, a team sponsored by Philadelphia-area business and fielding players from a number of powerful college programs.
The Orange-heavy squad, playing in front of legendary head coach Roy Simmons Jr., would hold on for an 8-6 victory to close out the day.
“Anytime you get the opportunity to represent Syracuse is special, include the Simmons family and Lake Placid, and it’s even more special,” said Syracuse alum Tim Harder, who coached the Burning Orange to the undefeated run against teams loaded with college standouts.
“Lake Placid has become a Syracuse reunion for us and to be able to win the championship with Ryan Simmons making some big players in front of his grandfather and legendary coach and human Roy Simmons Jr. was just incredible,” Harder said.
“Having Coach Simmons front-and-center in our team picture post win was great. Thank you to the Leveilles, both Mr. (George) Leveille and Kevin, for running another fantastic event. We can’t wait for next year.”
Other historic club programs won adult championships at the including the Smokey Joe’s Quakers (Men’s 50+), Long Island Lacrosse Club (Men’s 44+ Gold), Sailin’ Shoe (Men’s 44+ Silver).
Team Pure Performance, a team from the Albany region, won what amounts to the sixth title in seven years for many of the players on the roster by capturing the Men’s 39+ championship.
In the girls division, another team building its own tradition took home a title as Team HLA Foundation won its second championship in as many years.
Throughout the day Sunday, teams were gathered near the entrance to the fields for photographs. Teammates, friends and families celebrated as MVPs were selected and presented with Summit Classic custom-embroidered Nike backpacks filled with the team’s championships T-shirts.
Sportsmanship Award winners from each of the runner-up teams also received a custom-embroidered Summit Classic backpack.
Summit Lacrosse Ventures staff, including Co-Tournament Directors Kevin Leveille and Ashley Gersuk, along with Director of Competition Dan Witmer, greeted each championship team.
Leveille and Gersuk thanked the teams and shared details of the Summit Lacrosse Society.
The Summit Lacrosse Society was introduced in 2016, and put in place a community code of conduct for all of Summit Lacrosse Ventures’ events. It encourages respect, competition and camaraderie – virtues the company hopes lay the cultural foundation for its tournaments.
“We hope you all can help us spread the word of the message we’re trying to send because we know you are the people who can impact the next generation of leaders coming up the ranks in the sport of lacrosse,” said Gersuk, as she presented to Sunday’s women’s division champions.
“It’s not easy to win a championship up here, and you have to really handle yourself with a sense of pride for your team and the game of lacrosse, and that’s what the Summit Lacrosse Society is all about,” Leveille said.
“We applaud all of these winners and all the teams that attended this year and look forward to next year as we work to make an even better Summit Classic experience for 2018, which will be the 29th year of the tournament.”
Here’s a full list of the champions crowned in the men’s and women’s divisions of the Adult Tournament at the 28th annual Lake Placid Summit Classic:
Men’s 60+: Cloud Splitter and Ultra Legends – Co-Champs
Men’s 55+: Team Harley
Men’s 50+: Smokey Joe’s Quakers
Men’s 44+ Gold: Long Island Lacrosse Club
Men’s 44+ Silver: Sailin’ Shoe
Men’s 45+ Bronze: Checkmate Inn
Men’s 39+: Team Pure Performance
Men’s 35+: CroArt Nation
Men’s 30+: Graph-Tex
Women’s 18+ Gold: Team HLA
Women’s 18+ Silver: Brews Your Daddy
Men’s 18+ Gold: Burning Orange
Men’s 18+ Silver: Cranx/Stixx-N-Stones
You can look back at all of this week’s activities and from Summit Classics of years past, by using the hashtags #laxplacid and #lakeplacidlax on social media.
For more information on the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic and other Summit Lacrosse Ventures events, please visit summitlacrosseventures.com.
About Lake Placid Summit Classic
Established in 1990, Lake Placid Summit Classic (LPSC) is one of the Nation’s oldest and most highly attended events with 250 teams participating in 2016. The weeklong event is 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. Learn more at summitlacrosseventures.com.