Baltimore Crabs Win U-19 Boys' Title at Summit Classic

The Baltimore Crabs won the U-19 boys' division at the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic with a 9-6 victory over Liberty from Central New York Wednesday afternoon at the North Elba Athletic Fields.

A graduate of Garden City on Long Island who is committed to play at Duke University after a post-graduate year at the Salisbury School, Justin Guterding led the team's offense with a goal and four assists in the final.

"It was a great time," said Guterding, who this past spring helped Garden City win its second consecutive New York State Class B championship. Last summer, Guterding was a member of the FCA National High School Team that won the U-18 Gold title. "Just a bunch of great dudes. Guys from all over. It was awesome to play with the older kids. It made me realize I have stuff to work on. They taught me things."

A team with representation from some of the nation's best college teams, the Baltimore Crabs roster included players from Cornell, Virginia, Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Ohio State, Villanova, Bucknell, Towson, Quinnipiac, and more.

The Crabs led by as many as five goals in putting on a fantastic showing against Liberty, at one point holding an 8-3 advantage.

Gutderding credited Crabs coach Duncan Booth for assembling a powerful team that seemed to improve throughout the tournament.

"Coach Booth did a great job with our guys," Guterding said. "He basically just put together what he thought was going to be the best group of guys at the right time and he did a good job with that."

Guterding was named the Crabs MVP after the championship win. Also honored after the game was Connor Cannizzaro, who just graduated from Cazenovia (N.Y.) and will join the Maryland Terrapins. Cannizzaro, who led the Liberty team with four unassisted goals in the title game, was presented with the first Paul Schimoler Spirit Award by Lyn Reitenbach.

Paul Schimoler was a standout goaltender at Cornell University in the late 1980s and later with Team USA at the world games. Paul, a regular at the Summit Classic and a leading coach for the VTribe Lax program out of Vermont, passed away in February shortly after learning he had brain cancer.

"This is awarded to a player in the scholastic division who shares Paul's passion for the game," said Reitenbach, who coached the Ithaca varsity girls program for 15 years and now brings multiple Star Riders teams to compete in the Summit Classic's girls' and women's divisions. "The last conversation I had with Paul, he was excited about his plans for the scholiastic division. I just wanted to do something. I miss him."

FCA National HS Team Wins Third Consecutive U-18 Gold Championship at Summit Classic
The FCA National High School Team won its third consecutive U-18 Gold boys' division championship with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over the Buffalo Soldiers, a team made up of players from Buffalo and Rochester.

Joel Tinney, a midfielder at the Culver Academy in Indiana who hails from Guelph, Ont., led the FCA squad with four goals in the win, capping his outstanding performance this week by earning MVP honors after the title match-up.

Glen Miles, who has coached the FCA National HS team that has traveled to Lake Placid for the past six summers, had high praise for Tinney, who will attend Johns Hopkins in the fall of 2014.

"First and foremost, being around him for three days, he's extremely humble and from what I witnessed over the three days, he has impeccable character," Miles said. "His off the field personality in this world of 'me, me, me' is awesome. ... He's very likely the best high school player I've ever seen."

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