2016 Black Card/Platinum Cup Weekend: Event Preview
The top players and clubs in the country head to Long Island, NY this weekend for Adrenaline Black Card/Platinum Cup at Stony Brook University and Sachem North High School respectively. These coupled events will undoubtedly attract recruiters from all over the country to set up shop on sidelines for the ultimate display of high school lacrosse. The individual Black Card showcase will feature the top 1% of uncommitted players in the country on Friday, with players joining their elite club teams the following two days to compete for a division title in the Platinum Cup tournament.
The Black Card event was created to expand Adrenaline’s reach to the entire nation. Since its introduction in the summer of 2012, Black Card has earned recognition as one of the most elite and exclusive recruiting events with 100+ recruiters lining the fields each year. Players from the 2018, 2019, and 2020 grad classes will be represented and receive maximum exposure to virtually every top collegiate program in all divisions, such as UNC, Notre Dame, Duke, Denver, Brown, Maryland, Syracuse, Tufts, Salisbury and many more. Check out the 2016 rosters here.
Each Black Card player will be decked out in the same Adrenaline treated outfit, including custom uniforms and shorts, a Strife 2.0 Shooter Shirt and Strife Technical Socks (each grad year will receive a different color sock so recruiters can more easily tell what grade they are in). The newest line of protective gear, Integra by Epoch Lacrosse, will round out the ensemble, which includes the Integra Gloves, Integra Elbow pads and Integra Arm Guards. This well-designed, aesthetically pleasing line is loaded with new technology and is exclusive to the Black Card players who get to try the pads before they are fully released. Players will also receive custom green and black FireThreads shooter strings with a GripPrint technology that is known to take your game to the next level. Like Adrenaline, this full offering of gear comes from authentic lacrosse brands designed and engineered by lacrosse players. Storm Lacrosse will also be on site selling all the latest Adrenaline performance and lifestyle apparel!
In addition to the recruiting component, Black Card was also created to raise awareness for prostate cancer in honor of coaching icon Jack McGetrick. He coached for both Bellarmine and Hartford before losing his life after a long fought battle with the disease in 2010. All proceeds from the Black Card event will be donated to the National Prostate Foundation in the name of coaching icon Jack McGetrick. Click here if you with to make a donation!
Recruiters will benefit from seeing the top players in the country in compete in an individual setting, then watch as they adjust in a more familiar team environment on Saturday and Sunday at Platinum Cup. Platinum Cup is comprised of a very intense championship style tournament format; a schedule that gives players maximum exposure, recruiters the best access to finding and recruiting the best athletes America has to offer, and teams the chance to be crowned as the top club in the nation. The ten club teams set to compete this weekend include West Coast Starz (CA), Laxachusetts (MA), Crabs Lacrosse (MD), Team 91 (NY), Mesa Fresh (PA), LI Express (NY), Leading Edge (NJ), MadLax (MD), Prime Time Lacrosse (NY), and Big 4 HHH Lacrosse (PA). With the insane growth in talent the division titles are anyones for the taking. Last year, Team 91 took home the 2018 & 2019 division titles last year, PrimeTime Lacrosse securing the 2016 division, and Mesa Fresh and Laxachusetts making it to the finals in the 2016 & 2018 divisions, respectively. Regular pool play games will take place Saturday followed by playoff games on Sunday. Check out the full schedule here. If you cannot make it to the event but want to know how teams are doing, live scoring will be updated immediately after each game here.
Three additional high profiled event sponsors include Gatorade, GameTime Footage, and 33Plays. Gatorade will be on site ensuring each player participating in Black Card and Platinum Cup are properly hydrated with the latest Gatorade products, including recovery bars and shakes. 33Plays, the exclusive provider of End Line Net Systems for Adrenaline events, will provide the proper equipment to ensure a safe environment for athletic play. GameTime Footage will also be on site filming all of the games. Film packages are still available here!
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