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Scholastic and Adult Championship Recap; MVP's

By Brian Witmer, LaxAllStars; Photos Courtesy of Casey Vock for Lake Placid Lacrosse, 08/14/17, 3:00PM EDT



The Scholastic Division of the Lake Placid Summit Classic takes place in the first three days of the tournament every year. These high school aged players come from all over the country to test their metal against the best in the business. While the constant chatter of who’s-committed-where can be interesting if you’re into that kind of thing, the real focus of these games is to give the kids a fun and competitive environment to play the game they love. 

The sidelines aren’t lined with college coaches in camp chairs armed with binders, they’re lined with parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters watching and cheering these kids on. This is a family event that everyone can look forward to as the summer begins to wind down. With the iconic Olympic ski jumps in the background, the sun on your back, and top tier lacrosse to watch and play, this really is a destination not just for lacrosse players, but for lacrosse families.

Boy's 2018-19 Gold // Sweetlax National Team 7, FCA National 6 

MVP: Kaiden Johsnon/Patrick Burkenshaw

In the oldest age group in the most talented age group, Sweetlax’s National Team was able to edge out FCA National Team by just one goal in an amazing back and forth battle. THIS was championship caliber lacrosse and was an amazing effort put forth by both teams. Arguably game of the week!

Boy's 2018-19 Silver // Team 91 8, FCA 6 

MVP: Angleo Petrakis

Team 91 out of Long Island was able to stifle FCA’s potent offense in a very close 2 goal game that could’ve gone either way. Domination at the faceoff X and settled possessions on offense sealed the deal for team 91 to win the 2018-19 Silver Division Championship

Boy's 2020-21 Gold // FCA National 10, Sweetlax National 9

MVP: Alex Wicks

FCA brought three teams in three divisions to the championships, and with their 2020-21 National team they were able to bring home a championship in the highest talent level at this age group. These kids are soon to be top tier talent at the collegiate level, so keep an eye on this crew!

Boy's 2020-21 Silver // Gaffer Elite 12, Orange Crush 3

MVP: “Team”

The Gaffer program out of Corning, New York has been turning heads since they’ve been coming to tournaments. While this isn’t a large program boasting big numbers of kids, they are turning out quality over quantity and these blue-collar kids just get the job done with hard work and tough physical play.

For the girls’ side of things, this year saw a couple of firsts. For the first-time ever there were the same number of girls’ teams as there were in the boys’ divisions. 48 teams apiece were divided among seven divisions. 

For the very top echelon of the girl’s side, there was the introduction of the Northstar division, which was primarily made up of collegiate committed teams. For example, UNC would gather all of their commits up from all over the country and put a team in under the moniker “Baby Blues” and they would play teams like Notre Dame’s “Golden Domers” and so on. 

Lastly, at the very end of the scholastic championship day, the UWLX would hold their championships up in Lake Placid for the first time ever. The United Women’s Lacrosse League is a pro game for women’s lacrosse that features the very best in the game, and this year they decided to bring the championship to Lake Placid so all the girls who just finished playing could see the best in the business play. 

Girl's Northstar 2018-20 Girls // Golden Domers 10, UNC Baby Blues 9 

MVP: Bridget Deehan

In the first ever holding of the Northstar division, which highlights teams of players who are for the most part already committed, the Notre Dame commit team was able to top UNC’s commits in an overtime barnburner. This is the bar that has been set for the future of women’s lacrosse, and we’re excited to see how these young women elevate the game! 

Girl's 2018-20 Silver // Mass Elite 8, Salt City 7

MVP: Mel Hanson

In a classic matchup of hotbeds, the Massachusetts girls were able to top the Salt City Snipers out of Syracuse, New York in a one goal matchup that featured lead changes and comebacks. Lacrosse is a game of runs and congratulations to Mass Elite on the run that took you to the championship! 

Girl's 2021-22 Gold // Virginia Metro 8, FCA 7

MVP: Gina D’Angelo

All the girl’s scholastic games were one goal games, and the younger girls’ division was just as competitive! The Virginia Metro girls traveled all the way north to Lake Placid and they’re heading home with the hardware. FCA put up an amazing fight but Metro came all this way to win!

UWLX Championship // Long Island Sound 16, Boston Storm 8

MVP: Christina Esposito

The UWLX brought professional women’s lacrosse to Lake Placid for the first time ever! A large crowd was treated the very best in women’s lacrosse and the Long Island Sound poured on goals to double up on the Storm out of Boston. This was the second season of the UWLX and the league promises to keep showcasing the very best product in women’s lacrosse

The scholastic tournament brought thousands of players, coaches, friends and families out to Lake Placid to not only enjoy lacrosse, but to enjoy the company of their loved ones and friends. They brought the noise on the field, and had a wholesome experience off the field whether it be hiking, swimming in Mirror Lake, or meeting new friends and walking the main drag of Lake Placid.

If you were out there this year, we thank you for coming. If you weren’t able to make it this year or you’ve never been able to join, we really hope you’ll be able to make it one of these years!


As the kids packed up their bags and headed for the car one last time under the watch of the Olympic ski jumps off into the distance, some parents, coaches and grandparents were unloading bags from the car. They’d watched their sons and daughters play, but now it was their turn. The final four days leading into the weekend would be for the youngest of the old and the oldest of the young. Men pushing 70 years old and beyond would be playing just one field separated from current division one players in the peaks of their ability. 

One helmet, two gloves, some cleats, and maybe a cup or some arm guards. Everyone just wants to play to the best of their ability, regardless of their age. This truly is a unique tournament that allows the very best of all time to share the field with the guys who just love it and want to keep playing.

Men's 18+ Gold // Burning Orange 8, GMH 6

MVP: Chris Daniello

Cuse’s Burning Orange was able to bring home a championship for Roy Simmons Jr as he watched the game on his 82nd birthday! GMH brought a loaded team from the Philadelphia area, but the Orange were just too much and dominated all over the field. 

Men's 18+ Silver // Cranx 14, FCA 6

MVP: Matt LeCroix

Cranx brought the noise with their talented crew based out of Western Mass. Primarily made up of Springfield College players, this quality group of guys were able to punish FCA’s alumni team with overwhelming offensive power.

Men's 30+ // Graph Tex 9, Motive Pure 8

MVP: Jake Coon

Graph-Tex is a staple in the Lake Placid family. Talented teams in the men’s, women’s and master’s divisions always bring a strong showing of Upstate New York’s finest and this year was no different. Motive Pure gave them a run for their money, but Graph-Tex’s experience in championship lacrosse paid off!

Men's 35+ // Croart Nation 7, Olden Flyers 5

MVP: Rorke Greene

Topping the Olden Flyers (many of which have national championship rings) is no easy task. The Nation men were up to the task however and some exceptional Lake Placid lacrosse was played to bring the championship home to Croart Nation.

Men's 39+ // Pure Performance 8, Port Jeff Sports 6 

MVP: Jason Gifford

Since their inception a few years back, the Pure Performance group has been dominant in any age group they play in. This core group has stayed together and have won two of the last three (North Shore won in 2016) championships in Lake Placid. Ruthless offense from Cort and Blake Kim, as well as the physically dominant Doug Madden, this is a team that will continue to dominate.

Men's 44+ Gold // Long Island LC 9, Northern Shore 6

MVP: Vinny Pfeifer 

The storied Long Island Lacrosse Club brought their best and brightest up to Lake Placid this week and ended up playing North Shore, formerly Atlantic Sportswear, who's been a 15+ year LP contender. Long Island LC’s came out on top by a three goal margin after overcoming an early 4-0 deficit in the first quarter.

Men's 44+ Silver // Sailin’ Shoe 10, Denison 9

MVP: Greg “Butch” Lowery

Sailin’ Shoe is another one of the teams near and dear to the Lake Placid family. Only claiming one championship this year, the Shoe narrowly edged the Denison alumni team by just one in a nail-biter of a contest. The lacrosse doesn’t necessarily get faster with age, but it does get better!

Men's 45+ // Checkmate 9, Stixx-N-Stones 3

MVP: Rich Flynn

In a division just one year senior, the Checkmate men were able to dominate in a 9-3 victory for their championship. We’ll see if they can repeat next year, as the majority of the younger (44+) division will qualify for the next age group up!

Men's 50+ // Smokey Joe’s Quakers 6, Patriot 5

MVP: Zach Colburn

Championships should all be this close! The Quakers have been coming for years and years, and they’re keeping the quality of play up as they age. Congrats to the Quakers and to the Patriot men as well for a championship well played!

Men's 55+ // Team Harley wins on tie breaker over Sailin’ Shoe and Cloudsplitter

MVP: Brian McGovern

In the six-team division of Men’s 55+, the top 3 teams and the bottom 3 squared off in a round-robin to declare the winner. As is to be expected, there was a three-way tie with Harley, Sailin’ Shoe and Cloudsplitter. Harley allowed the fewest goals against and were thus crowned champions!

Men's 60+ // Cloud Splitters and Ultra Legends declared co-champions

Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worst on Friday and an Adirondack monsoon stopped all the games. The championship for the Men’s 60+ division never got the opportunity to start, and as many players on each team were leaving town and weren’t able to play the following day, the Ultra Legends and Cloud Splitters were declared co-champions!

Women’s 18+ Gold // Team HLA 9, Twisted Sisters 8

MVP: Kasey Behr

Team HLA brought the high-profile players! A few USWNT players were fresh off their World Cup and World Games championships in England and Poland and made it a trifecta with a Lake Placid women’s 18+ Championship! Chasing rings is right!

Women’s 18+ Silver // Brew’s Your Daddy 9, Wayne Sporting Goods 3

MVP: Lindsay Ronbeck

Brew’s Your Daddy not only wins the Women’s 18+ Silver division, they also are contenders for best name at Lake Placid this year. Brew’s Your Daddy cruised to a 9-3 win over the Wayne Sporting Goods ladies, but Wayne’s still made the championships and we commend both teams on a weekend well played!

Women’s Masters played two exhibition games

There hasn’t been as strong of a demand for women’s master’s lacrosse, but the future is bright with more girls playing than ever before. Two teams played two exhibition games in the spirit of having a good time and getting a good run in up in beautiful Lake Placid. Thank you to everyone who came out to play in these games and we hope to have you back next year! 

Once again, congratulations to all of our championship teams! We loved seeing everyone out this year, and we look forward to seeing you again next year, and the year after that! If you were unable to join us this year, we’re sorry to hear that and we suggest you really mark off your calendar for next year’s Lake Placid Summit Classic!