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.