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With an ambulance standing by in the background in case of injury, the Saranac Lake Mountaineers Rugby Club, at left, faces off against the East Side Hyenas Sunday in the Can-Am Rugby Tournament’s social division championship match at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake. The Mountaineers won 36-32 to claim their first social division title in the tournament’s 44-year history.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Rugby player drops lawsuit over injury

SARANAC LAKE — A Long Island man says he is dropping a lawsuit he filed against organizers of the Can-Am Rugby Tournament over a serious head injury he suffered during a match in 2014. Dan Nelson, of Center Moriches, faxed a statement to the Enterprise on Thursday, three years to the day ...

Nicole Poli of Boston reaches out from a crowd of players to corral the ball during Wednesday’s UWLX championship game held during the 44th annual Lake Placid Summit Classic lacrosse tournament.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Pro women take Summit stage

LAKE PLACID — A year ago, the Lake Placid Summit Classic added a new feature to the tournament with the debut of the Major League Lacrosse legends game that drew a big crowd to the North Elba athletic fields to watch the men’s stars of the game in an exhibition matchup. This ...

Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service EMT Mellissa "Missy" Furnia, center, receives the MVP of the Lake Placid Summit Classic lacrosse tournament Thursday evening from Summit Lacrosse Ventures CEO Ashley Gersuk and George Leveille, co-founder of the Lake Placid Summit Classic. On Wednesday, Furnia saved the life of a lacrosse player who was having a heart attack. (Photo provided — Casey Vock for Summit Lacrosse Ventures)

Lacrosse player’s life saved after mid-game heart attack in Lake Placid

John Sussingham, a lacrosse player for Ohio Wesleyan’s alumni team, suffered a heart attack around 5 p.m. Wednesday during a game in the Lake Placid Summit Classic — but with the help of trainers and emergency medical technicians, he is alive and in stable condition. “I’m feeling ...

From left, Matt Wolter and Steve Huyck of the Saranac Lake Civic Center and Harrietstown Councilman Ed Goetz rake a new composite clay material into the infield of Elks Field in Saranac Lake. Standing at the back of the truck is Dan Scott of the Saranac Lake Central School District.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Elks Field receives an upgrade

SARANAC LAKE — The town of Harrietstown, the Saranac Lake Central School District and the Saranac Lake Civic Center teamed up again this year to upgrade another local baseball and softball field. Crews spent Tuesday cutting out sod between the bases of the mostly grass infield at Elks ...

Opponents battle for the ball as grass flies in a match Tuesday between the FCA National High School team and 3rd National in the boys 2018-2019 Gold division at the Lake Placid Summit Classic lacrosse tournament.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Title day at Summit Classic

LAKE PLACID — It will be championships galore this afternoon as seven scholastic titles and a professional league championship will be decided at the 28th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic. More than 90 teams began competing Monday morning across three girls divisions and four ...

Lussi opens season with bronze

Lake Placid native Nina Lussi captured the bronze medal Saturday at the 2018 U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on the HS134 meter hill at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. Will Rhoads, of Park City, Utah, and Nita Englund, of Florence, Wisconsin, came away with gold in one of the most ...

From the left, Jay Annis, Leo Demong and Mike “Beef” Bevilacqua pose in their new Mountaineers rugby attire after a ceremony Friday at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake. The three were chosen as this year’s “Black Jacket” recipients, an honor that signifies hall of fame status for club members during its 46-year history. The reception hosted by the Mountaineers Rugby Club took place following the first day of action at the 44th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Can-Am champions crowned

SARANAC LAKE — The big news that came out of the 44th annual Can-Am Rugby on Sunday was the Mountaineers men’s team winning the social division championship for the first time in the history of the event. Maybe not much more mattered for the local ruggers this year, but for the ...

Saranac Lake players Gabe Faubert, Jackson Carlisto, Camden Riley, Simon Thill, Quinn Peer and Griffin Smith pose for a photo during the Lake Placid Soccer Centre’s team in training camp at St. Lawrence University in Canton.
(Photo provided)

Red Storm soccer prepares as a team

CANTON — The Saranac Lake boys soccer team took part in the Lake Placid Soccer Centre’s team training camp July 22-28 at St. Lawrence University. The Red Storm players, whose average age was about 15 years old and was a mix of varsity and junior varsity soccer players, spent the ...

Summit lax tourney kicks off

LAKE PLACID — The 28th annual Lake Placid Summit Classic got underway Monday morning as nearly 100 scholastic teams descended upon the region. More than 250 teams are expected to attend this year’s Summit Classic. The tournament started in 1990 with seven teams and is now a weeklong ...

Joyful members of the Mountaineers ham it up Sunday while celebrating their social division title in the 44th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament. The local boys came from behind to beat the East Side Hyenas 36-32 in the final for their first ever Can-Am win on the field at North Country Community College.
(Enterprise photo -- Lou Reuter)

‘As good as it gets’

SARANAC LAKE — The picture taking went on for well over half an hour after the final whistle blew. And so did the hugging. And so did the jubilant smiles. There were even tears of joy. The Mountaineers Rugby Club had just made history in the Can-Am Rugby Tournament. On Sunday, a ...

Fun Run series halfway home

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Fun Run Series reached the midway point Thursday in Riverside Park. The Fun Runs continue every Thursday through Aug. 14. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., followed by the kids’ races at 6 p.m. The free event offers distances of a quarter-mile, ...

Summit Classic lacrosse tourney underway in LP

LAKE PLACID — Summit Lacrosse Ventures caps its grand slam summer in Lake Placid with its fourth local event of the season, the week-long Summit Classic, that started today at the North Elba athletic fields. After the Lake Placid Summit Youth Classic and the High Peaks Summit Classic, ...

Two players battle for the ball during Friday afternoon’s over-50 division Can-Am Rugby Tournament game between the Mountaineers Old Boys and Lockport at Petrova Middle School in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Old boys keeping pace amid changes

SARANAC LAKE — As 44th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament took hold of Saranac Lake on Friday, the Mountaineers Old Boys noticed the level of play on the pitch getting better and better. Terry McGuoirk, 52, one of three captains of the MOB team, relaxed with a cigarette after a tough loss ...

Doug Zaph of the Mountaineers Old Boys squad looks up toward a bouncing ball while kicking up a cloud of dust with Jeff Preston of the Old Breed side during Friday’s match in the 44th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament in Saranac Lake. The MOB, one of three teams hosting the tournament, finished the day with a 0-2 record in the over-50 division.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

As concussion worries rise, scientists at Can-Am are on front lines

SARANAC LAKE — At 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds, 17-year-old Tyler Callahan is the smallest of the hundred-or-so members of the Mountaineers Rugby Club. “Guaranteed,” Cameron Moody, the club’s president, says with a smirk as he looks over at Callahan. This time last year, as a ...

Meyers Taylor, Olsen dominate

CALGARY, Alberta — Elana Meyers Taylor and Justin Olsen were dominant Friday, wining their respective pilot titles in the 2017 USA Bobsled National Push Championships in Calgary’s Ice House with the fastest times of the competition. Meyers Taylor, a two-time Olympic medalist, topped ...

Devils take down Chill in tune-up

MORRISONVILLE — The Adirondack Chill 16-and-under softball team dropped a 6-1 decision Wednesday against the Northern Devils 18U team. The Devils scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Nikki Donah limited the Chill to just two hits, while Sydney Adolfo went 2-for-3 ...

James Bruni, left, and his 11-year-old son Ryan, chat with two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht and U.S. Ski Team member Cecily Decker at the Olympic Museum Thursday afternoon in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Decker, Weibrecht greet fans

LAKE PLACID — A small crowd of kids and parents mingled about, wondering if it was OK to go up and touch the shiny things on the table. This being a museum, most people were hesitant. But Andrew Weibrecht didn’t mind, and soon kids were able to put their hands on genuine, hard-earned ...

From left, Bitters and Bones owner John Williams, and Liam Ward and his father John “Doc” Ward stand in front of promotional banners for Saturday’s fundraiser for the Fenton and Marlow families.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Deadlifting with a purpose

SARANAC LAKE — A unique fundraiser and good timing. With all the visitors in the village for rugby weekend, Bitters and Bones is hosting a benefit on Saturday to help out two families who live a few miles out of town but are nonetheless, members of the Saranac Lake community. The ...

Langton, Evans win push titles

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Steven Langton and Aja Evans came home with medals from the Sochi Olympics, and are now well on their way to getting the chance to compete for more hardware in Pyeongchang this winter. Langton and Evans were the winners of the U.S. bobsled push championships ...

Chris Blanchard, left, and Jeff Letson line one of the rugby fields at Petrova Middle School in preparation for this weekend’s Can-Am Rugby Tournament.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Can-Am expands to 125 teams

SARANAC LAKE — The 44th annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament begins three days of action Friday, and after a run that began in 1974, this year’s event will feature its biggest field yet with 125 teams registered, according to tourney director Jay Annis. Over the years, the Can-Am has grown ...