LAKE PLACID — Dacks Lax, a team comprised mainly of former Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse student-athletes as well as current coaches, captured the 2019 Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament championship for the Men's 18-Plus Silver Division Sunday at North Elba Athletic Fields.
Dacks Lax, the most local team in the tournament, battled for two days in close games while posting a 4-0 record. Dacks Lax won its first two pool-play matches on Saturday by 7-5 and 10-5 scores to reach Sunday's semifinal round. In its semifinal round contest, Dacks Lax topped the Sasquatch Mafia, 11-10, before prevailing, 12-10, in the championship game in the afternoon.
Erik Howard was named the overall division MVP, while Charlie Dullea and Ryan Hubbard were tabbed as the Defensive MVP and the Offensive MVP, respectively. Howard also earned the tournament's Sportsmanship Award.
"It's pretty special," Plattsburgh State head coach and Dacks Lax member Joe May said. "It's beautiful to see that most of these guys are North Country guys or Plattsburgh alums. We've always kind of embodied the underdog mentality and felt like it this entire tournament. To come out on top, it's fun to be a part of it. It's really awesome."
Dacks Lax, which competed in its ninth Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament, was sponsored by Love Linda Inc., a non-profit that raises money for blood cancer research that was founded by Mike Santisteban. Santisteban competed for the Cardinals from 2010-12.
SUNY Plattsburgh alumni who competed on the team include: James Read '15, Brendan Damm '16, Mike Lind '13, Mitch Labianca '16, Tom Duggan '14, Joe May G'14, Ryan Hubbard '18, Mike Santisteban '12, Sean Hayes '18, Nick Della Ratta '19, Jack Felter '15, Billy Moller '18, Mike Gay '17, Pat Nash '16, Brett McClelland '13, Joe Kromer '16, Joe Eiseman '18, Erik Howard '14, Connor Gorman '16, Charlie Dullea '14 and Ryan Phillips '13.