LAKE PLACID - Team Power-Tek is starting to get very comfortable playing in the men's open 1 division of the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic.
Made up mostly of current and past Colgate University players, Power-Tek won its third-straight championship Sunday in dominating fashion with a 10-5 victory over the Select Sector SPDRs. Power-Tek has advanced to the title game five of the last six years.
"It's always fun to win," said tournament most valuable player Jim Carroll. "Everyone is real competitive and I think this tournament captures everything (because) you are looking to have fun, but also looking to get after it. It's one of those things I look forward to every summer, and I know a lot of the other guys feel the same way."
Team STX celebrates after winning the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic women’s open division 1 championship Sunday at the North Elba town fields in Lake Placid. One of the players was taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, which is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research.
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Carroll, a 2011 graduate of Colgate, has never lost a game in Lake Placid since joining the Power-Tek team in 2012. He said the core of the team has remained the same for the last three years.
"We just come out here and have fun on and off the field," he said. "We try to play as a team and move the ball. Just have fun and play smart lacrosse, and it turns into victories."
Power-Tek's veteran players like Carroll, Matt Lalli, a former Major League Lacrosse player, and Kevin Boyle were joined on the team by current Colgate players like Matt Clarkson, Ryan Walsh and Brendon Burke.
"I think the most important thing was that we played as a team," said Walsh, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound soon-to-be senior. "Other teams have a lot of young, talented guys, but we played as a team. It's a great group of guys who wanted to win."
It was Walsh's first trip to the Lake Placid tournament.
"I was invited last year, but didn't have the opportunity to play. Luckily, they invited me to play again this year," Walsh said. "I guess they saw how hard I partied, so they wanted to add another partier to the group."
Lalli scored three goals, Walsh had a goal and a two assists and Boyle and Clarkson each scored once. Burke, a sophomore, manned the goal to earn the victory in net.
Lehigh University graduate Dave DiMaria, another former professional, scored twice for the Select Sector SPDRs, while University of Maryland midfielder Henry West chipped in two.
Trevor Baptiste of Select Sectors was recognized with the sportsmanship award.
In the women's open 1 division, Team STX captured the championship with a 13-9 victory over GraphTex. It was the second major tournament championship for STX, which was coming off a title at the Vail Shootout in July.
"I think we came out strong and really wanted to win the game," said tournament MVP Sammy Cermack, a 2014 graduate of Johns Hopkins University. "I'm new this year, so I wasn't on the team last year. I knew they lost in the semifinals last year, so they really wanted to redeem themselves and come out with a bang."
STX fell to eventual champion Team HLA/X10 in last year's Summit Classic.
Team STX is an elite club team that is made up of recent college graduates from across the country. Cermack is one of two recent Johns Hopkins grads. She said there are players on the team from University of Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina and Stanford.
"We've done that strategically because we want to have a presence all over the country," said coach Kadie Stamper, a John Hopkins grad and the category brand manager for STX Lacrosse. "We've been able to travel the country and meet up in cool places like Lake Placid and Vail, so it's been a good year so far.
"We played incredible teams here (in Lake Placid). We know we are playing some of the best women in the country - Michelle Tumolo (GraphTex) and Taylor Cummings - but with their experience and the select group that we were able to recruit and put together, we had high expectations."
Stamper said Team STX also organizes camps and clinics around the country in order to "grow the game and bring awareness to STX."
Next up for Team STX is the Stick it to Sarcoma tournament to be played at Johns Hopkins University in the fall. Stamper said the tournament will give her team a chance to play against current Division I programs.
"It's an opportunity to play against the best competition out there," Stamper said. "I know our players are going to work really hard and try really hard and be in shape."
Bridget Daley of GraphTex was given the coaches' award for the women's open 1 division.
The Summit Lacrosse Classic crowned nine champions on Sunday in its 25th annual edition of the tournament. Sailin' Shoe won the men's grand masters 1 division and Creaky Crimson took the men's grand masters 2 title. It was the 19th championship for the Sailin' Shoe team that was honored Saturday night as a Lake Placid Legends Team of Distinction.
Clarkson University coach Bill Bergen led Sailin' Shoe with three goals to earn MVP honors for the division.
Motive Pure won the men's masters 1 championship, Olden Flyers won in men's masters 2 and Pure Performance walked away with the men's masters 3 trophy. Motive Pure was led in scoring by Matt Striebel, a former All-American at Princeton University, while teammate Anthony Katagas collected the MVP award for his work in goal.
Original Flavor captured the men's open 2 championship and STEPS rose to the top in women's open 2.
The 25th anniversary Summit Classic featured more than 230 teams playing on 13 fields in Lake Placid. The following is a list of Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic champions and awards for each division:
Men's Grand Masters 1
Final: Sailin' Shoe 9, Atlantic Sportswear 6
MVP: Bill Bergen, Sailin Shoe
Sportsmanship Award: John Blasi, Atlantic Sportswear
Men's Grand Masters 2
Final: Creaky Crimson 8, Denison 2
MVP: John Lechner, Creaky Crimson
Sportsmanship Award: Andrew Bolger, Denison
Men's Masters 1
Final: Motive Pure 9, Graph-Tex 7
MVP: Anthony Katagas, Motive Pure
Sportsmanship Award: Peter Milliman, Graph-Tex
Men's Masters 2
Final: Olden Flyers 7, Burnt Too 6
MVP: Kevin Kaffl, Olden Flyers
Sportsmanship Award: Pat McCabe, Burnt Too
Men's Masters 3
Final: Pure Performance 10, TROG 5
MVP: Doug Madden, Pure Performance
Sportsmanship Award: Jamie Blalock, TROG
Men's Open 1
Final: Team Power-Tek 10, Select Sector SPDRs 5
MVP: Jim Carroll, Team Power-Tek
Sportsmanship Award: Trevor Baptiste, Select Sector SPDRs
Men's Open 2
Final: Original Flavor 10, Stixx-N-Stones 9
MVP: Ryan Alden, Original Flavor
Sportsmanship Award: Bryce Serriello, Stixx-N-Stones
Women's Open 1
Final: Team STX 13, Graph-Tex 9
MVP: Sammy Cermack, Team STX
Coaches' Award: Bridget Daley, Graph-Tex
Women's Open 2
Final: STEPS 11, Dark Horse 7
MVP: Abby Witczak, STEPS
Coaches' Award: Gina Campese, Dark Horse
Men's Ultra Grand Masters
Final: Cloud Splitter 9, Sailin' Shoe 4
MVP: Lee Murphy, Cloud Splitter
Men's Super Grand Masters
Final: Smokey Joe's Quakers 9, Koopers 8
MVP: Tommy Hannum, Smokey Joe's Quakers
Final: 3d New England College Prep 9, Baltimore Crabs 7
MVP: Eric Persky
Sportsmanship Award: Matt Ryan
Boys U18 Gold
Final: FCA National Team 12, SweetLax National Team 8
MVP: Drew Supinski
Sportsmanship: George Loring
Boys U18 Silver
Final: FCA 2016 10, Long Island Outlaws 1
MVP: Caleb Espinoza
Sportsmanship: Shane Brennan
Final: SweetLax 8, Long Island Express Orange 6
MVP: Lucas Quinn
Sportsmanship: Andrew Barkley
Final: FCA 12, Mass Elite Red 9
MVP: Taylor Gebhardt
Sportsmanship: Keeley MacAfee
Final: Long Island Lady Eagles 11, Salt City Snipers 7
MVP: Madison Sanchez
Sportsmanship: Maya Chiesa
Champion: Orange Crush
MVP: Eliza McCaul
Sportsmanship: Katie Shanley