FallBall Season Finale

Our lacrosse team competed in our fall tournament this past weekend. We were the host to five other teams and were able to play in three scrimmages. Our team has been working hard all fall for this day. Fortunately, our hard work paid off and we were able to win all three of our games.

In our first game, we played Susquehanna University. Going into the game, it was apparent that most of us were a little nervous. This was the first time that this group would be playing together. Coming off of a rough year last year (we finished with a record of 7-9), we knew we had to execute in this first scrimmage to set the tone for a successful year. Well, that is what we just did. We handedly beat up on Susquehanna in that first scrimmage. Our offense was moving the ball well, getting great shots and scoring tons of assisted goals. Our defense and goalie  played superb only letting up two goals. We had a lot of energy going into our second scrimmage… and we needed it.

Our second game was against Essex Community College. This team had just played in the junior college national championship this past spring. We knew we were going to have our work cut out for us this game. However, we picked up just where we left off against Susquehanna and played a very disciplined game. Once again, we were able to beat another tough opponent.

Our first two scrimmages were set up for mainly the “starters” and “2nd” string guys to play in. The third game was set for mostly the freshman and other back ups. While they watched the first two games from the sideline, they brought an incredible amount of enthusiasm that definitely added to our success on the field. So, when they played in that third game, we made sure to be super energetic from the sideline and give them the same amount of enthusiasm and support that they gave us.

That third game ended up being the best game out of all three that day. We did crush our opponent in that game, but that is not why it was the best one of the day. It was because that game was just flat out fun for everyone on our team. All fifty of us were completely into our team and into that game. That is something we strive to do every time we are all together. We put in all of that work during the off season and practices so we can have a fun time in the games.

With the fall season being over, that does not mean our team does not stop working. Although we will not have to come down to practice three times a week with our coaches, we will still have to put in plenty of work on our own. It is expected of us that we push ourselves this offseason so come February 1st, our first day of practice, we are completely ready to compete at a high level.

Teams Who Run Together Stay Together

As a Division 3 lacrosse program, we are only allowed a certain number of practices during the fall. For about four weeks, we are able to practice about three times per week. Although it seems like not a lot, these practices are loaded with drills and tons of running. Running is one thing that we sure do a lot of in the fall. After having the whole summer to prepare for our fall season, our coach expects us to be in top-notch shape, ready to run and work hard. Doing all of these different run tests and sprints during practice can clearly be a pain at times, but in the end it is worth it. We had a different kind of run test two Sunday’s ago but this time it was not on Biddle Field with just our team, it was here on campus with the Dickinson Community.

Run For Steph is a 5K that takes place every fall here at Dickinson. Steph was a Dickinson student who tragically passed away after getting hit by a drunk driver just over ten years ago. Since then, there has been a 5K set up in her honor and to raise awareness and money for a great cause. With that being said, teams, clubs, sororities, and countless other Dickinsonians come out on a Sunday morning to take part in Run For Steph.

So, on that Sunday morning all fifty members of the mens lacrosse team showed up in full force to run the 5K. This was not a test that was going to be timed and monitored by our coaches but instead, this was a test of our team’s character. Some guys could have showed up with a bad attitude, maybe still a little shaken up from the night before, and just pout the whole time while they were there. Although that is not what Dickinson lacrosse is. Our whole team showed up ready to represent and ready to run.

Now, the actual 5K was no joke. While you could run it at your own, leisurely pace, my teammates and I made it a little race of our own. Last one to finish the race was going to be in for a rough treat after they crossed the finish line. Everyone went all out for it and had finished the race except for two. Next thing we knew, our two remaining teammates were neck and neck coming down the last stretch- neither of them wanted to be last.

It turned out our last two teammates finished in a dead tie so in good spirit, there was no punishment for the loser. Our entire team stayed around until the last of the other runners finished the race. All in, this was just an hour out of our Sunday morning. Instead of wasting away a Sunday morning by sleeping or just complaining about how hungover you are, our team was able to make it a very productive morning. Run For Steph 2015 was a success… such a success we even got a team picture!