August 15, 2013

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Team HLA Upsets Way to Lake Placid Women's Title

by Sean Burns | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

©Courtesy Team HLA

An undefeated run through the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Classic was capped by a lopsided win in the finals for Team HLA/X10, which captured the Women's Open 1 division of the tournament with a 14-5 win in the final over Liberty Lacrosse out of Central New York.

Goaltender Alyssa Constantino (West Islip, N.Y.) was named the MVP of the division for her performance, leading the group of players from North Carolina, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Virginia, Harvard and Duke.

"The team played great, we all came together as a team and played well individually," said Constantino in a post-game press release from LakePlacidLax.com, who plays college lacrosse at Syracuse. She said some of the players hadn't really known one another until they came to Lake Placid.

"It's a just a good group of girls," Constantino said of her Lake Placid teammates. "We played some great teams. We faced Liberty in the championship, Team STX was great, and Graph-Tex was another great team. Every team we played was awesome."

Team HLA/X10 came together to honor the memory Heather Leigh Albert of New Hope, Pa., who tragically past away in 1993. The HLA Lacrosse Foundation was established that year with the purpose of promoting, improving and growing youth lacrosse across the country. The team was also sponsored by the X10 Mountain Lacrosse Academy.

Team HLA has sponsored tournament teams in the past, including the Vail Lacrosse Shootout, where HLA has captured the U-19 Championship the last 3 years. After several former HLA award recipients and alums of the HLA squads inquired about putting together an elite team, Sean Albert of the HLA Lacrosse Foundation saw Lake Placid as a great fit.

"When creating the roster, I realized that a good friend Casey Bocklet (University of Virginia) who's family runs X10 Lacrosse Camp had pretty much all HLA girls as counselors. This solidified the core of the team and we added players from there," Albert said.

The team was filled with talent at every position, including Bocklet and Duke's Kerrin Maurer who were on the Tewaaraton watchlist this spring, and Alyssa Murray was a Tewaaraton finalist. Other notable names include top incoming freshman Cortney Fortunato (Notre Dame), Carly Reed (UNC), Marisa Romeo (Harvard) and Maeve McMahon (Harvard).

The first two games of the weekend were arguably the toughest for HLA, as they topped a North Carolina-heavy Blue Steel team 9-8, followed by another one-goal win over the stacked Team STX later that afternoon. After that 'upset', HLA rolled over four-time defending Lake Placid Champion Graph-Tex 11-4 in the semifinals before cruising again in the finals to the victory.

"Even though these girls came from competitive schools, they had never really played together," Albert said. " They played great, and let their individual talents contribute to the team win. Its an honor for HLA to be associated with such great players and ambassadors to the game"

Baby Blue Wins Women's Open 2 Title

(Content from Press Release)

Baby Blue, a team made up of mostly North Carolina-bound recruits, won the women's Open 2 division title at this year's Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic with a 14-6 victory over Prestige Worldwide.

Midfielder Corinne Wessels led the way for the Baby Blue with three goals and three assists and earned MVP honors. Wessels, who plays at Osbourne Park in Virginia and is committed to play at Northwestern, was helping fill out the roster and said she felt right at home with the future Tar Heels.

Wessels found a strong connection with Sydney Holman of East Chapel Hill, the sister of 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Marcus Holman. Wessels found Holman for all three of her assists, and Holman, who also finished with three goals and three assists in the final, assisted on one of Wessels' goals.

"They're all amazing," the future Wildcat said of her teammates. Wessels, who played at the Summit Classic for the first time, said she was welcomed by the Baby Blue team, making for a memorable experience both on and off the field.

"They're stud athletes," Wessels said. "They're just all-round players. Every single one of them can play offense, defense, quick in transition. They're just fun to be around."


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