The spectacular North Elba Athletic Fields located in the heart of the Adirondack mountains at the base of the Olympic Ski Jumps came to life this weekend as 6 pioneer Men's Open teams competed for the 1st ever High Peaks Summit Classic Championship.
Teams from greater Philadelphia (PA), Rochester (NY), Penn Yan (NY), Upstate (NY) as well as a team with a roster made of players from many Northeastern cities (Lax All Stars), made the ascent to Lake Placid. The 6 teams formed a very compact and intimate atmosphere which appeared to be refreshing to all. The vibe was very relaxed and loose, yet competitive. A nice formula for some Lake Placid lacrosse if you ask us. Team make-up varied in age, experience, and home base, but there was complete synchronization with regard to camaraderie, competition and respect. From the tournament director and event staff seats, the Summit Lacrosse Society was exemplified to the fullest by the inaugural participants. We were thrilled with the excitement and positive attitude presented by all.
The use of the MLL 2-pt Arc lead to a noticeable buzz throughout the event. The High Peaks Summit Classic was the first time many, if not all, players experienced the 'long ball' option. It was put to good use, and nobody held back from an attempt if the option presented itself. The snipers, though, came to play tallying 13 2-pt marks in a total of 12 games.
In the end, Team Philly took home the Championship with a decisive 13-5 victory over the Genesee Screamers. Team Philly, who endured the longest travel of the 6 teams, proved that 'road legs' may be a myth (or simply a poor excuse). They were ready to go and in their first two games managed to put up 38 goals. Unofficially, we're thinking this may be a two-game tournament (any lacrosse tourney, ever) record. Impressive, to say the least.
Both Team Philly and the Genesee Screamers earned berths into the 2018 Lake Placid Summit Classic 18+ Silver Division.
Thanks again to all participants and fans for attending the first High Peaks Summit Classic. Let your extended lacrosse family know what they missed and we look forward to seeing you back in Placid next summer.
Kevin Leveille & the Entire HPSC Staff