LAKE PLACID — The 28th annual Lake Placid Summit Classic got underway Monday morning as nearly 100 scholastic teams descended upon the region.
More than 250 teams are expected to attend this year’s Summit Classic. The tournament started in 1990 with seven teams and is now a weeklong affair and considered one of the nation’s most anticipated summer destination tournaments.
“Despite all of the changes we’ve seen in the lacrosse industry over the years, we feel that our tournament has remained a constant for lacrosse players and their families,” said George Leveille, co-founder of the Summit Classic and now an advisor to the tournament along with co-founder Mike DeRossi. “The Summit Classic is the cornerstone of Summit Lacrosse Ventures and exemplifies our effort to offer exceptional experiences to thousands of lacrosse players and their families. Lake Placid offers a picturesque setting to host and celebrate the growth of this great sport.”
Teams and players from coast to coast are represented this week as 96 teams will compete for seven divisional championships – four boys and three girls – each of which will be crowned Wednesday afternoon at the North Elba Athletic Fields, recently coined by the Town of North Elba as “Lacrosse Fields Way.”
“We saw great competition on Day One and we’re excited for the week ahead,”said Kevin Leveille, Brand and Event Director for Summit Lacrosse Ventures. “Many of the top club organizations in the country are here, including some incredibly talented teams with players committed to the most storied college programs. These teams put a lot of work into assembling strong rosters for this week and it makes the scholastic portion of the Summit Classic an unforgettable showcase of lacrosse.”
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rhino Lacrosse, 3d Lacrosse, MadLax, SweetLax and other teams are fielding “national teams” this week at the Summit Classic.
While the boys’ divisions at the Summit Classic are long known to feature rosters loaded with high school stars, the Northstar girls’ division has evolved into one of the most competitive high school tournaments nationally. This year’s impressive collection of teams — comprised of girls in the 2017-2020 graduating classes — features 24 teams of verbally committed players, with 18 of those squads comprised of girls committed to the same program.
“We’re thrilled to welcome such a terrific lineup of talented scholastic student athletes and leaders to the Summit Classic,” said Ashley (Gersuk) Murphy, co-tournament director and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Lacrosse Ventures. “The level of talent, creativity, and athleticism in the girl’s game is at an all-time high; coupled with our efforts to grow the girls tournament here in Lake Placid, the result has translated into a highly competitive and exciting element of the tournament, which has hosted so many storied student athletes over the years.”
For the first time, the Summit Classic scholastic tournament brackets are equally composed of girls and boys teams.
“As we look to continuously evolve the Summit Classic, we take great pride in the enhanced opportunity for girls to compete at the highest level, and enjoy the experience of Lake Placid,” Murphy said.
The scholastic tournament kicks off a busy week at the Summit Classic. This year’s event features the second edition of the Major League Lacrosse Legends Alumni Game, a reunion of many of the pro game’s all-time greats, and a showcase of some of the Lake Placid community’s most beloved players and personalities.
The MLL Legends Alumni Game will be held Friday at 4 p.m. on the North Elba Athletic Fields.
Another high-profile event at the tournament, the second-ever United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) championship game is set to be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. on the North Elba Athletic Fields. The Long Island Sound will take on the Boston Storm, and attendance is free to all.
“The MLL Legends Alumni game emphasizes our efforts to maintain a celebration of the game’s greats, and we are pleased to add the UWLX Championship to the docket this year,” Murphy said. “Wednesday should offer an impressive display of some of the best women’s players today.”
In another annual tradition at the Summit Classic, new members of the “Legends of Placid Lacrosse” are inducted each summer in recognition of major contributions to the growth and sustainability of the Summit Classic, and the sport.
This year’s inductees — Greg Gebhardt and Anthony Ortolano — will be honored on Thursday at a ceremony to be held at the Sugar Shakers Tent on the North Elba Athletic Fields at 6 p.m. They will join approximately two dozen other individuals who have been honored in previous years as Legends of Placid Lacrosse. A $5 donation will be collected, with proceeds to benefit City Lax, Inc. City Lax introduces and expands lacrosse into New York City Schools and lower income geographies which historically have had little or no access to the game.
For more information on the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic, including schedules and score updates, visit summitlacrosseventures.com.
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