FCA Girls National Team Wins 2014-2016 Title At Summit Classic
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes girls national team won the 2014-2016 girls division at the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic with an 11-6 win over Mass Elite Red to finish the tournament with a 5-0 record. Featuring a roster of standout players, including girls from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, FCA outscored the competition 83 to 12 in rolling to the 2013 title, just the second year of the girls 2014-2016 bracket. Arvak Marshall, who coached the FCA girls team, said the experience was a special one for the players who came together for the event. “It was kind of unique in that we have girls from all over the place, and we really only had one practice,” said Marshall, who was also the coach of the FCA girls team that competed in the girls 2013-2015 division last summer. “It was just a matter of everyone coming in on Sunday and spending an hour at practice together to get to know one another.” Standing out for FCA was Ella Bonafede (St. Anthony’s/Duke), who put up two goals and an assist in the championship win and earned MVP honors. Taylor Gephardt (Georgetown) netted three goals in the win over Mass Elite. Other college-committed players making a big impact this week included Olivia Cole (Bishop Ireton, Va./Florida), Kelsey Dupere (Brougton, N.C./Elon), Allie Rogers (Kent Place School, N.J./Princeton), Abbit Britton (Blue Valley Northwest, Kan./Liberty), Lizzy Schwien (Potomac School, Va./Navy) and Natalie Irwin (Bishop Ireton, Va./Navy) The motto for FCA lacrosse teams is “relentless,” and that’s how Marshall described the play of his team at the Summit Classic this week. “They were hustling all the time and were relentless all over the field, and when you don’t know everyone you’re playing with all that well, that goes a long way. They played every game at 100 mile per hour. The girls were awesome and their parents were just amazing.” Like the other coaches of FCA teams in attendance, including the leaders of the U-18 Gold champion FCA National boys team and the FCA 2015 boys team that won the U-18 Silver division, Marshall said the off-the-field experience helped bring the team together and succeed on the field. “The biggest part of that is what we do before and after the game, huddling up as a team, talking about issues in life, what is going outside of lacrosse,” Marshall said. “We talk about how they can live out their faith on the field. Sports and faith don’t have to be exclusive.”
Dazzling Divas Win Summit Classic 2017-2018 Girls Division Championship
The Dazzling Divas, a team based in Rocky Point on Long Island, were crowned the champions Wednesday of the first division for girls who are rising sophomores and freshmen in high school, the 2017-2018 bracket. The team completed a 5-0 run through the competition, culminating with a 10-8 victory over another Rocky Point-base program, the Lady Eagles. “We’ve been preparing for the last six months,” said Benny Moscatiello, who found the Dazzling Divas as a pickup team, which has since blossomed into a squad with select players from Rocky Point and the surrounding area — an “array of talent” from various areas. Moscatiello said that, despite other lacrosse, sports and family commitments, the girls in the Divas program showed dedication by practicing a couple times each week throughout the summer. “These girls haven’t missed a beat,” he said. “We’ve worked very hard to get to where we are and for what we’ve accomplished. It was tough competition (at the Summit Classic). Our toughest game was against the Lady Outlaws (from Central New York). But we followed through and had nothing but great compliments from other teams. In getting to the final game against the Lady Eagles, our neighbors so to speak, I thought both teams played phenomenally well. My hat goes off to them. … Mike Sanchez, who coaches the Lady Eagles, is like family to me.” Moscatiello credited the Divas coaching staff — Sara Davis, an assistant coach at Rocky Point High School, and Alyssa Guido, a recent graduate destined to play at Stony Brook — for helping lead the squad to victory and for bringing the team together for an unforgettable experience in the Adirondack Mountains. “At Lake Placid, this is all about bringing the families together, having a great time and playing great lacrosse,” he said, crediting the Palasek family of lacrosse players from Rocky Point for turning him and his team onto the Summit Classic. He added that the new girls’ division was started at an important time, as more young players are getting recruited by college programs. “We’re trying to amp these girls up skill wise,” Mosciatello said. “Between the skill and endurance, we’re trying to get these girls in top condition for future recruitment. We’re trying to keep sticks in their hands year round. This is the time and this is their age when recruitment will be coming their way.”
Super Grand Masters, Ultra Grand Masters Championships Set for Friday
The championships for the men’s Super Grand Masters and Ultra Grand Masters divisions at the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic are set for Friday afternoon at the North Elba Athletic Fields. In the Super Grand Masters bracket, the Smokey Joe’s Quakers and Atlantic Sportswear will meet Friday at 3 p.m. on North Elba Athletic Field 4. Both teams head into Friday with undefeated 3-0 records. The Smokey Joe’s Quakers roll into the championship game with an impressive scoring margin, having put up 45 goals and allowed only two through three contests. The Atlantic Sportswear squad scored 35 goals and allowed 15 in three games. In the Ultra Grand Masters division, the Eldest Statesmen and Cloudsplitter made it through the round-robin play with undefeated 3-0 records. The Eldest Statesmen, a Hobart alumni team, put up 23 goals across three games, with wins over the USA Stars (10-4), the Olde WU Legends (6-3) and the Ultra Legends (7-2). Cloudsplitter collected wins against the Grey Eagles (6-4), the Dutchmasters (11-2) and Forsyth & Forsyth (10-3), scoring 27 times and allowing only nine goals.
Men’s Masters Division Play Gets Rolling, Burnt Orange Looking Strong Early
The ultra-competitive Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic men’s Masters 1 division got underway Thursday afternoon, with the defending champions, the Burnt Orange Syracuse University alumni team, among one of several teams earning important wins in the top master’s bracket. The Burnt Orange dominated the Canton, N.Y., alumni team 16-2, while Motive Pure/Force 5 — made up of many of the very best of Princeton’s alumni — cruised to a 19-7 victory over Rick’s Cabaret, a team featuring several SUNY Plattsburgh alumni. Meanwhile, the Johns Hopkins alumni squad, the Black & Blue Jays, downed Team Jesse 13-5, while Graph-Tex out of Cortland, N.Y., beat Stu Funk 14-5 and the Gray’d Danes University at Albany alumni team defeated the Georgetown alumni 11-4. In one of the best games to open up the division, the UMass Old Men alumni team outlasted the Big Red Steelheads — made up of Cornell players — 8-6 in a hard-fought contest, setting up a meeting between the Old Man and the Burnt Orange at 10:30 a.m. Friday on North Elba Athletic Field 4. In another game to watch Friday, the Black & Blue take on Motive Pure/Force 5 at 9 a.m. on North Elba Athletic Field 4. The Grey’d Danes meet Graph-Tex, also at 9 a.m., on North Elba Athletic Field 3. The men’s Masters 2 division saw the Burnt Too Syracuse Alumni team, the Smokey Joe’s Quakers, Harpoon/Native Staffing, Stixx-N-Stones/CVLC and CNY Power earn victories on the first day of action.
Men’s Masters 3 division action got underway with TriCity Lacrosse, Force 5/Autism Speaks, Checkmate, Pure Performance, Achy Bones, Brown State, the Landsharks Lacrosse Club and TROG all sitting at 1-0 after the first evening of action.