As a high school athlete on Long Island, Kevin Glueckert established himself as a multi-sport star. In lacrosse, he earned All-Nassau County honors twice, posting 40 goals, 15 assists and 60 ground balls in his senior season; and in football as a linebacker and running back established his school’s single-season rushing record with 1,704 yards, scored 17 touchdowns, and made 123 tackles as a senior.
Moving on to play college lacrosse at UAlbany from 2009-2013, Glueckert made his mark as a face off specialist. His 480 face off attempts during the 2013 season are the third most attempted by a player in a season in NCAA history. During the 2013 campaign, he also scooped up 100 ground balls – currently 6th most GBs in a single season in UAlbany program history. During his senior year at Albany, the Danes earned a Double OT season opening win over Syracuse, a win over Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field, and finished the regular season winning the America East Championship.
Kevin recently took the time to talk to Capital District Lax about his participation in the Lake Placid Summit Classic with Team Army Ranger.
Tell us a little about Team Army Ranger and how the team first came to participate in the Lake Placid Summit Classic.
KG: Team Army Ranger was assembled in 2016 to honor the life and legacy of the late Sgt. James (Jimmy) J. Regan, Chaminade High School Class of 1998, Duke University Class of 2002. Jimmy Regan has been an inspiration to everyone that has heard his story and the creation of Lead the Way Fund. Lead the Way Fund has been able to accomplish countless incredible things to help former Army Rangers and their families. Last year we participated in this tournament for the first time and were able take home the championship in the most competitive division, while also raising over $10,000 for the Lead the Way Fund.
Tell us a little about the team’s roster composition.
KG: The team’s roster is comprised of top Division 1 College Lacrosse players, from schools like Albany, Duke, Maryland, Villanova, Brown, Princeton, Hofstra, Virginia, and Yale. We have many returners this year but have also lost a number to the MLL draft/rosters.
Team Army Ranger won the event’s Men’s 18+ gold division last year. What do you think about the team’s chances to repeat this year, and how hard is that to do in a tournament like Lake Placid?
KG: This year we are very optimistic about our chances to repeat at Lake Placid. We have a great core group of guys that have been playing together for years.
Other than Lake Placid, do you play in other events together?
KG: Other than Lake Placid, many of us have been playing together or against one another for years. Some played throughout high school together but most have played together in Cantiague Summer League on Long Island. We have taken home the championship in the most competitive league 4 years in a row now and we are looking for a 5th.
Will the team be able to get any practices in before Lake Placid?
KG: We aren’t much of a practice kind of team. We like to show up, score goals, have fun and high five.
Any plans for the team to spend time together off the field in Lake Placid?
KG: Last year we were able to get a house for the entire team so we were pretty much together the whole weekend. We weren’t able to do that again this year so I’m sure we’ll be hanging out at some of the local spots this year a lot more.
What moment stands out to you the most from last year’s event?
KG: I think the championship game stands out the most from last year. It was a long weekend of lacrosse and we were being outplayed in the first half of the championship. At half time we came together and reminded ourselves that we were playing for Jimmy and Lead the Way Fund. Focusing on that helped light a fire under us going into the second half and we came out and dominated.
Team Army Ranger begins play in the Men’s 18+ Gold Division of the 2017 Lake Placid Summit Classic on Friday Aug 4 at 1:30 PM on Field 4 against Buffalo Soldiers. For complete Team Army Ranger schedule info click: SCHEDULE
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