Lake Placid Lacrosse – Sunday

Graph-Tex Edges Burnt Orange to Win Summit Classic Masters I Championship

Graph-Tex — a team made of up players from Central New York, Western New York and elsewhere — downed the Burnt Orange Syracuse University alumni team 9-8 in overtime to win the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic’s men’s Masters I division Sunday afternoon in front of a large crowd at the North Elba Athletic Fields. Peter Milliman, a three-time All-American at Gettysburg who later spent four years playing for the Rochester Rattlers, had a tremendous showing for the Graph-Tex crew, putting up four goals and an assist, including the game winning goal in the extra frame. ”We’ve been playing against (the Burnt Orange) for a while, and this Graph-Tex team has been playing together for a long time and this is the same core of guys we’ve had,” Milliman said after the win. “We feel like we’ve come up short the last few years here, so this is a good one to win against these guys. We’ve seen them a million times, so it’s more a good time playing against them than anything else.” A team sponsored by Graph-Tex out of Cortland, N.Y,, the 2013 champions finished the weekend at 4-0, delivering the defending champion Burnt Orange its first loss of the tournament. Graph-Tex finished the bracket having put up 47 goals and allowing 28.  ”We get a chance to get up here and play for something that has a little something more behind,” Milliman said. “It’s a good feeling and good bonding.”  The Graph-Tex defense was outstanding, according to Milliman, who credited current Syracuse University women’s assistant coach Regy Thorpe for bolstering the unit. He pointed out that Thorpe is a former Syracuse All-American, but was a big boost to Graph-Tex in the men’s Masters 1 bracket.  ”Regy is kind of the leader down there. He’s our guy we’ve been with for a while.”  Milliman also praised Bryce Queener (Georgetown), Pat Dutton (Cornell) and Sean Wilkins (RIT) for being outstanding throughout the tournament, as well as current RIT head coach Jake Coon (Nazareth), who shined in the net at this year’s Summit Classic.  ”It was a good run for all those guys.”

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Power-Tek Downs Big Red Steelheads to Repeat as Summit Classic Men’s Open 1 Champions

Power-Tek, a team comprised of many former Colgate University players and a number of graduates from other Division I programs, outlasted the Big Red Steelheads 13-10 to win the squad’s second consecutive men’s Open 1 division at the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic.  Chase Winter, who just recently finished up his playing career at Johns Hopkins, registered four goals and an assist and was named the MVP of the Open 1 championship. Peter Baum, the former Colgate standout and the 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy winner, chipped in three goals. Leading the way for the Big Red Steelheads — a team of Cornell players paying tribute to the late David Holder, a Cornell alum — was Connor Buczek, who finished with four goals and an assist to cap an outstanding week at the Summit Classic.  A first-timer at the Summit Classic, Winter said after the win he was glad to finally have made the trip up to the annual tournament and hopes to return in the future, adding that the competition was intense and led he and his teammates to give everything they had for a common purpose. ”I’d never played at Lake Placid before,” Winter said. “My brother, Austin, played at Bucknell, and I’ve always wanted to play with him. He asked if I wanted to play for the Power-Tek team with a bunch of Colgate guys and some Bucknell guys, and so I did. And I had a blast and made new friends.”  Power-Tek led by as many as six goals, 11-5, in the championship before the Steelheads would get a flurry of goals late in the second half. Winter said the Power-Tek squad proved to be balanced, with multiple players stepping up to help the team to a 4-0 record culminating in the title victory over the Cornell squad. Power-Tek outscored the competition 51-28 over the course of the tournament.  ”It’s not like a one-man team,” Winter said. “We have so many threats, it’s not like one guys creates. Whoever they put the short stick on, we know we can trust them to make plays. Our ball movement was spectacular. We were just moving and moving. It’s not a matter of who it is, it’s a team. And that’s how teams win championships.”

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