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Lacrosse tournament brings some of the best to Lake Placid

The 24th Annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic was a good economic boost for the Adirondack region.

The 24th Annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic was a good economic boost for the Adirondack region. Photo provided

— The rich history and legacy of college lacrosse will play out next month when the 24th Annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic returns to this two-time Winter Olympic village.

Upwards of 17 alumni teams, representing the most accomplished college programs in the nation, will take to the fields of the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds on Route 73, near the ski jumps. The scholastic divisions begin the tournament, scheduled for Aug. 5-11.

Syracuse University is among the elite teams that can be found in the mix for NCAA honors each year, and will be represented in Lake Placid’s alumni competition. The Orange claim 11 NCAA championships dating back to 1983, and in the past, have brought legendary players such as the Gait brothers (Gary and Paul) to the Summit Tournament. In all, the school has had 27 Final Four appearances, six runner-up finishes and 12 four-time All Americans.

Syracuse alum Mike Leveille, son of Tournament Director George Leveille and brother of Assistant Tournament Director Kevin Leveille, won the 2008 National Championship along with the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the collegiate player of the year. Mike Leveille will be competing in the Open Division of the Summit Tournament that started when he was only five years of age.

The Georgetown Hoyas alumni team first came to Lake Placid in 2012, and are headed to the Summit Tournament with a purpose.

“Our primary goal was to rekindle some of the fire that led Georgetown to national prominence in the late 1990s when we made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 1997, quarterfinals in 1998 and Final Four in 1999,” said team leader Arthur Price. “Those teams had great camaraderie and work ethic. We had a lot of blue collar players who wanted to make a name for themselves and the program, and we were led by the legendary Coach Dave Urick. This year we will be playing to honor the career of Coach Urick. He has had a big impact on all of our lives.”

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