LAKE PLACID - The Fellowship of Christian Athletes girls national team won the 2014-2016 girls division at the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic on Thursday with an 11-6 win over Mass Elite Red.
Featuring a roster of standout players, including girls from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, FCA outscored the competition 83-12 and won all five of its games in rolling to the title.
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 (Duke), who put up two goals and an assist in the championship win and earned most valuable player 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 (Florida), Kelsey Dupere (Elon), Allie Rogers (Princeton), Abbit Britton (Liberty), Lizzy Schwien (Navy) and Natalie Irwin (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," Marshall said. "They played every game at 100 miles per hour. The girls were awesome and their parents were just amazing."
Other FCA titles this week have included U-18 Gold champion FCA National boys team and the FCA 2015 boys team that won the U-18 Silver division.
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 with a 10-8 victory over the Lady Eagles, who are also from Rocky Point.
"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.
Super Grand Masters, Ultra Grand Masters
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 this afternoon at the North Elba Athletic Fields.
In the Super Grand Masters bracket, the Smokey Joe's Quakers and Atlantic Sportswear will meet today at 3 p.m. on Field 4. Both teams head into the game with 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.
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 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, 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 Men and the Burnt Orange at 10:30 a.m. today on North Elba Athletic Field 4.
In another game to watch today, 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.