A few of the UcFit Crew members were pretty lucky to have the chance to compete for and win the 2013 Vail Shootout Masters Division with Team Jagermesiter last summer. It was an awesome event and the first time we played with the Jager squad. We again won a championship together this fall at the Revolution in Randolph, NJ. For both tournaments we had the same goalie, Anthony Katagas, an awesome goalie and overall individual. Anthony was not only nominated for best beard of 2013...in the world!...but also the movie he produced, 12 Years a Slave, won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture and it won the Golden Globe in the same catagory! CONGRATS, ANTHONY! We are very proud to be your teammates and sincerely hope all the excitement hasn't cut in on your goalie training...we have a game in Connecticut in two weeks buddy, you better be ready!
Anthony sent us his selfie from the seats! Then he went to get his award!!
Katagas in net in the Vail Shoutout against Team Hulu.
4x Champs! UcFit's Brian Dower is in the top row 5th in from right next to Katagas. PJ Martin (me) bottom right, two in. My beard was no match for #thebeardedgreek.
Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t
Coming up playing HS lax in the late 90s in NJ, it was clear then that the game was very centered on the hot beds. I was originally born in Maine at the Augusta State Hospital (circa 1982), and except for Bridgeton Academy there wasn't a ton of ball being played all the way up there either. I'm still not well informed on the status of the sport in Maine but recently through Instagram I met Chris from @MainelyMesh, a Maine-based lacrosse stringing company headed by a young guy currently playing at Haverford College. Great guy, but what's even cooler is he sent me a dope t-shirt featuring both lax and my birth state! I may not have spent a long time living in Maine (birth until 2 yrs old), but my mother keeps me proud of it and getting to represent even in a small way makes the shirt special to me.
Mainely Mesh T and a cheesin' Moose - also from Maine.
Be happy, stay positive, do cool s**t,
The 2nd Annual Margolis Cup was a tremendous gathering of college talent. More importantly, Uncommon Fit raised approximately 7k towards the awareness of Mary's Place by the Sea, a NJ based organization that supports women with Cancer.
Special thanks to former US-U19 player Ralph D'Agostino, who helped to host the Margolis Cup aimed at Collegiate and Post-Collegiate Men's lacrosse players. 2013 was the 2nd year Uncommon Fit ran the tournament in Flemington, NJ and it again was a great success. Games were played from 8am-11pm every 30 minutes on Saturday, and then on Sunday playoffs consumed both the highest and lowest ranking teams. Some teams that were ranked low decided to forfeit on Sunday and may not be invited back in 2014.
The Margolis Cup is created by two parts; 1 part charity and 2 great lacrosse - Ralph created the concept for the tournament in 2012 while trying to come up with a way to make a bigger impact for fellow New Jersey residents recently affected by Hurricane Sandy. I and Uncommon Fit had been helping in Keansburg directly after the massive flooding and damage.
Lacrosse is described by many as the medicine game, and by creating a high level tournament from the wide pool of NJ post-high school players both Ralph, myself, and Uncommon Fit saw an opportunity to help and grow our game. At the same time, we want to provided collegiate players a good place to 'get some run in' while home for the holidays. Two birds, one stone – Great Lacrosse – Giving Back to the Community! Many of the games, including the Bridgewater vs Summit championship from the event can be found on Access Lacrosse's website.
Please view the website Mary's Place by the Sea if you have any loved ones afflicted with Cancer we encourage you to entertain a conversation with these lovely and caring people at Mary’s Place.
UcFit founders PJ Martin (left) and Brian Dower with Michele Gannon, the person behind the concept of Mary's place by the Sea.
Congrats to the Tournament Champions: Summit Lacrosse (Summit High School Alumni Players)