LAKE PLACID '97 Team Summaries



STX DIVISION I

For only the second time in eight years, a team other than the Sailin' Shoe returns as defending Division I champion. With a familiar lineup of strong teams and a couple of new ones, this division will once again be hotly contested.

Elimination will be championship style where a single loss will knock a team out of the championship hunt. The teams have been seeded based on their prior tournament performance and team information provided to the tournament organizers. The following is a brief profile of the teams that will competing in 1997.

(1) New England Knights: The Knights finally return as defending champion after '92, '93 and '95 second place finishes with many all-Americans in the lineup including Syracuse grads and World Team players Paul Gait (Canada) and Charlie Lockwood (USA), the 1996 Division I MVP. The Knights will be stronger defensively with the return of Reid Jackson, a current member of Team USA as well as 1996 all-stars Steve Scaramuzzino and Jason Gephardt.

(2) Sailin' Shoe Lacrosse Club: The Shoe own the best overall record in the Summit with only two losses, both overtime championship games, in their seven years at Lake Placid. No team can match the Shoe's record of championships in the '90, '91, '92, '93 and '95 Summits. The key to the Shoe's success is a great combination of depth and experience. Six year Summit standout and 1995 MVP Rich Barnes (Cortland) will be in goal for the Shoe and will be supported by 1996 top defenseman Gerry Byrne and perennial all-star Tim Schurr. Look for Syracuse and standout Casey Powell and his Team USA teammate Tim Soudan to lead the Shoe on offense.

(3) Long Island All-Stars: This club has finished in the top four in its two years at the Summit and figures to be a serious contender again in 1997. Long Island is lead by midfielder Steve Sombrotto, attackmen James MacAleavey and 1996 top Division I scorer Darren Lowe, a current member of Team USA, and goalie Jim Mule.

(4) ULC/GB Lax: This club includes members of the team which handed the Sailin' Shoe its first tourney loss in winning the 1994 Summit. Their bid for a second championship game appearance in 1996 was short-circuited in a heartbreaking semi-final 17-16 loss to the Shoe. Upstate features a strong attack including Jim Blanding and Scott Conklin.

(5) Upstate Lacrosse Club: This club includes many players from the 1994 Summit championship team including MVP Greg Gephardt who will anchor the club in goal along with Brian Carcaterra. Perennial all-star Regy Thorpe will lead the close defense. The offense will be lead by Jim Morrissey and Kim Hall.

(6) Team England: The English National team makes its first appearance at the Summit as it looks to gain valuable experience in preparation for the 1998 World Games.

(7) Bacharach: This will be the fourth visit for this club which will feature many members of Salisbury State's '94 and '95 Division III championship teams as well as Nazareth and Loyola College players. Jason Coffman, Eric Anderson, Rick Berkman and Mark Frye will lead the offense. Chris McSweeney will lead the close defense in front of Eric Miller.

(8) Big Apple Computers: This new entry is an established tourney team which features all-Americans Chris Massey and Greg McCavera on attack, Dan Martin, Todd Evans and Jim Keenan at midfield, Mike Seward on defense and Mark Spruyt in goal. Team captain Brian Bruce will add punch to the Big Apple midfield.

(9) Bedding Barn: This club has finished in the top four twice in the past four Summits and has added several key players which should make the Barn a serious contender in 1997. The team features strong offense lead by John Keller Tom Carmean, and Brendan Glass. Ben Strutt, Chris Berrier, Charlie Fisher, Terry Goetz and Jason Gifford will lead the midfield and Pat Doyle will lead the defense. David Crone the 1997 MVP of the Florida Lacrosse League will man the goal for his fifth year in Lake Placid.

(10) The Creekers: A Summit newcomer, this team hails from the Ithaca New York area. The team includes young collegiate players most of whom are playing in Division I programs.

(11) J.P. Mulligans: This club will be competing in its seventh Summit. The Fayetteville-Manlius HS alumni based team will feature a combination of youth including Jason Hard at midfield and Bob Tift on attack combined with the experience of many high school and collegiate coaches.

(12) Graph-Tex Lacrosse Club: This club makes its sixth appearance at the Summit. The team draws players from the Homer- Cortland area of Central New York. The team features Matt Riter and fan favorite Todd Freeman on attack, Shawn Riley at midfield, and Dave Walters on defense.

(13) Fulton Lacrosse Club: Fulton returns after finishing 2nd in Division II in 1995. The team includes many Division III all-star players including Ed Whelsky and Jamie Schmidt at attack, Dan Bartlett, Dan Stay, Dave Moore and Matt Austin at midfield, and Eric White and John Brinn at defense. Ryan Olson and Chad Spruyt will share the goaltending duties.

(14) Mohawk Lacrosse Club: The oldest club in America has attended every Summit tournament ever held. The team will feature collegiate players from the Albany NY area including Mike Regan, Matt Vinceguerra, and John Madigan.

(15) MacWear Hawks This team will have a distinct University of Hartford flavor including all-Americans Chris Lamonica in goal, Mike Lopresti and Darren Anzelone on defense and Frank Flocco on attack.

(16) Skaneateles MM: This new team from Central NY includes top Division III scorers Ben Hunt and Justin Roynane as well as younger collegiate players.


DEBEER DIVISION II

This division was formed in 1995 to accommodate the growth of the Summit and to provide a bracket of competition for less experienced and more recreational clubs. D-II play in 1996 proved to be very competitive and with several new entrants this year, an even higher standard of play is anticipated in 1997.

The following is a brief preview of the 1997 participants who are seeded based upon prior tournament performance and current information provided by the teams. As noted on the D-II schedule, the competition format for this division will be unique due to the number of teams participating.

(1) Hamilton Lakers: A first time participant in 1996, this Hamilton, Ontario club will return to defend their 1996 championship. The team is anchored in goal by 1996 MVP Ted Sawicki and features Mike French and Ed Comeau on attack and Ryan Flippance at midfield.

(2) Poker Lacrosse Club: This new entrant features some of the best young talent playing or entering NCAA Division I schools. Mostly freshmen and sophomores from Maryland, Connecticut, and New York, this team has played together in Summer tournaments in previous years.

(3) Beff's Molson:: This club finished third in 1996 competing as Pete's and has added depth for 1997. Eric Freedman leads a strong midfield unit and Sean Elder is expected to anchor the close defense. High school standout Kevin Leveille should add offensive punch to Beff's.

(4) Ottawa: A long time participant in the Summit, Ottawa put together its best tourney in 1996 compiling a 3-1 record. Dan Leduc, Greg Wallace and Brendan Deynes lead a high powered attack unit and Bill Searle anchors the midfield.

(5) Tri-City: A true Summit original, this club from the Utica-Rome, NY area has attended every Summit tournament. After a rough going in D-I in 1996, the club figures to be a strong competitor in D-II this year.

(6) BC Lacrosse Club: Hailing from the Binghampton, NY area, this club is playing in its third Summit. 1996 all-star Scott Faulkner leads a strong defensive unit.

(7) GB Lax: A new entrant, this club will feature some of Central New York's best young talent including high school and collegiate players.

(8) Le Moyne: A growing NCAA D-III program at LeMoyne College in Syracuse will feed this first time entrant to the Summit.

(9) Stu-Funk: A second time entrant, last year as Beer on You?, this club features young top 25 D-III caliber players including many from '96-97 league champion Wesley College in Delaware.

(10) Kingston: Kingston will be making its second trip to the Summit This club is comprised of players from the Mid-Hudson Valley area of New York State.


BRINE MASTERS DIVISION

From its modest four team beginning in 1991, the Masters Division will grow to a full 16 team field in 1997. With a bid opportunity to the 1998 World Championships on the line, the 1997 Masters Division will be the most hotly contested masters competition since the inception of the tournament. A large question remains; can anybody knock off the Sailin' Shoe and their perfect 16 - 0 tournament record?

Elimination will be championship style where a single loss will knock a team out of the championship hunt. The teams have been seeded based on their prior tournament performance and team information provided to the tournament organizers. The following is a brief profile of the teams that will competing in 1997.

(1) Sailin' Shoe: The defending four time champion returns with, can you believe it, a stronger lineup! There are no weaknesses here with a the likes of Brendan and Lance Schneck, Jeff Long, Bob Griebe, Tim Schurr, Mike Buzzell, Jake Reed, Joe Taylor and Roddy Rullman with an incredible cast of supporting players. And the worst fear of the other masters competitors is that the Division I Shoe team continues to feed talent to the older Shoes as they move on in years. Are the Shoes the best masters team in the world? We just might find out in 1998!

(2) Iroquois Nationals: This club was an impressive first time participant in 1996 playing the Shoe to a close 11-8 semi-final game. The Iroquois are lead by Travis Solomon in goal, Sid Hill and Mark Burnham on close defense, Doug Smoke, Barry Powless and Dave White at midfield, and Rex Lyons and Greg Tarbell at attack.

(3) Atlantic Sportswear: New entrants don't normally receive such a high seed but this is a very organized and talented team that will need to be reckoned with. There are no less than 12 former all-Americans on this squad including Peter Scott, Paul Fogarty, Jack Piatelli, John Fay, Jack Sebastian, Peter Schmitz, Barry Cain, Darren Lawlor and Dave Desko. This New England based club looks to be a serious contender.

(4) North Country Legends: This club has been a finalist three times and was the winner of the first masters (pre-Shoe) title in 1991. The team includes 1996 all-stars Pat Donohue at midfield and Mark Jenkins on defense as well as sniper Tom Baldwin and 1996 Sportsmanship winner Steve O'Shea on attack.

(5) Queensboro Farms: This club played as Cape Catastrophe last year and features players from Syracuse area. The team is lead by middies Jeff Doughty and Rick Cote, Paul Chapman, and attackman Bruce Yancey.

(6) Gotham Lacrosse: Formerly known as the Sports Barn and Dunne's, this team hails from the metro New York area. The club has added depth at midfield as it looks to improve on its 2-2 record in 1996.

(7) Bark Eaters: This team has been in the tourney since 1991 and features a balanced lineup including 1996 all-star Kevin Martin on defense, the ageless wonder Art Waugh in goal, Jay Forcucci and Bob Dicks at midfield, and a high scoring attack unit of Russell Hilton, Dave Brant and George Leveille.

(8) New England: This club won the 1992 tourney and is always strong defensively with Ed Spencer leading the way in front of Pete Capalbo. Doug Maynard, Pete Fiorini and Larry Mann lead the charge offensively.

(9) Geezers: This team originated in the 1980's in the Washington D.C. area and now includes players from all over the country. Having won Vail (1990) and the World Masters tourney in 1994, this club is a proven winner. Look for 1996 all-star Mark Hahn to lead the charge offensively.

(10) Maryland: This Baltimore based club makes its sixth visit to Lake Placid. The team is always competitive and is probably the most senior of all the masters competitors. Jim Ulman and Chooch Turner lead the attack Jack Deckelbaum and Tom Xenakis and Peter Paul Hanley anchor the close defense in front of Rick Fallin and Don West.

(11) Face-Off Magazine Remnants: This club returns to Placid with a sponsor, new uniforms and plenty of subs. From a team that routinely fielded a roster of twelve, the Remnants will bring thirty five players to the '97 Summit in search of a World Games bid in 1998!

(12) Team Harley: This first time entrant is from the Philadelphia area and will be playing together for the first time in the '97 Summit. Some of the team members have played previously in both the masters and open divisions in Lake Placid. This team is organized and run by Bill Clinton so look some heavy hitters are expected to be in the lineup.

(13) Baltimore: This club played exceptionally well in 1996 and will look to improve on its 2-2 record. The team includes many seasoned players who are also quite active in Baltimore area youth lacrosse programs.

(14) Philadelphia: This team is a Summit masters division original having competed in every tournament to date. The team is composed of regular Philadelphia Masters club players as well as some Vermont based players and is anchored in goal by Bob DiPuppo.

(15) Washington: After giving Division II a shot in 1996, this club will move to the Masters division in 1997. The team is composed of a competitive mix of veterans from various mid-Atlantic states.

(16) Penn Yan: In what clearly might be a tournament first, this team's fans actually received game MVP votes last year from their competitors. A group of players who play for fun and the love of the game, look for Penn Yan to be more competitive in 1997.