Cajun’s Corner – Box + LA


Finally got to play some lacrosse last Sunday, after a nice getaway weekend in New Orleans.

Needed one of these

New Orleans was great – it was New Orleans. The Red Dress Run was going on, and for those who don’t know, imagine 10,000 people all dressed in red dresses (female and male), in a race.

Except this race is different. You start drinking at 9:00am, run down Bourbon street for pit stops, hop over the people who passed out, and try to make it back to the park where it started. VERY few people actually finish the race.

While I didn’t participate in the actual race (I didn’t want to get my dress dirty, of course), I was fortunate enough to catch a wedding and second line going on during the RDR. Video after the jump, mixed in with some footage of the indoor tourney.

After playing in the tourney for 20 minutes, a truth jumped up, slapped me across the face, and challenged me to a duel:

HOLY GAWD I’m out of shape. I was sucking more wind than a shop vac. It’s the day after the box tournament and I feel like I’ve been jumped. My body is attacking me with soreness, stiffness, and hatred.

Sweet shirt

That’s embarrassing for two reasons: One, I was one of the younger people on our team (Team Old School). You always feel kind of awkward when the old guys are out-pacing you. Two, we only played two games yesterday.

After my miserable performance (only 2A’s on the day), I’m making a vow to get in shape.

BUT, my embarrassment aside, it was some of the most fun I’ve had playing lacrosse in a long, long time.

The tournament kicked off at Quick Stick Lax’s indoor facility on Saturday with 4 squads in attendance. No clue who won what games on Saturday, but the teams were:

Mandeville Sharpshooters (Mandeville HS-heavy team)
Quick Stick Lacrosse (Told you about them last time)
Team Old School (Austin Speni’s team, which had a few old guys, myself, a couple guys from LSU, and I think a couple kids who just graduated HS – I didn’t ask how old they were)
New Orleans Lax Club (group of post collegiates who happen to live in New Orleans and would care to lax on a frequent basis. Connor Wilson’s gigantic brother, Lehan, happens to play for these guys)

On Sunday, we snuck past the Mandeville Sharpshooters, largely because it was their goalie’s first day to ever play lacrosse. After standing tall through a couple of Austin Speni‘s shots, I have to give the kid some serious respect. I would’ve quit. Austin doesn’t rip ducks – he rips geese.

Then we lost to the New Orleans Lax Club in the Finals, who absolutely dominated transition. Lehan Wilson, Louis Lacour, and Philip Niddrie all put on a nice show.

Photo Time:

Had to buckle up Excalibur. Safety first.
Forgot to pack a dark jersey and had to buy this. NOT complaining
NOLC vs Team Quick Stick
Old School vs NOLC before the faceoff
Connor Wilson's gigantic brother, Lehan, playing for NOLC
Austin Speni moves the ball for Team Old School. He led the team in ridiculous outside shots. This guy doesn't rip ducks - he rips geese.


In other news:

Russell Edgington, King of Mississippi

Russell Edgington got the nod for the best character on HBO’s True Blood after the other night’s performance. By far the best ending to an episode yet.

The box facility in Baton Rouge is under construction and ahead of schedule.

Dutchtown has it’s recruitment meeting scheduled for August 25th. It’ll be interesting to see if the team grows after one year, and by how much.

About the author
Knox is a 24 year old High School Head Coach in a small area east of Baton Rouge. He played High School ball for four years, and college ball for about 1 week until he realized his collegiate priorities rested with more important things like partying and eventually trying to get his grades up. He enjoys things that most Louisiana people do – eating boiled crawfish and alligator, a cold Abita Amber, anything LSU, his dog, and his beautiful girlfriend, Audrey. Lacrosse is not listed because most Louisiana people have no idea what lacrosse is.

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  1. I'm working down in NOLA on the oil spill, and that red dress thing was pretty ridiculous at 7:30 at night…pretty funny to see a dude wearing a dress getting a lap dance at scores…I really want to go to the Mardi Gras tournament, but I have no idea how I would play any lacrosse down here…every weekend at my hotel in the French Quarter has been rowdy, it doesn't seem like they need a festival to rage down here

    • maybe not but at least the game is spreading down to Louisiana. Longsticks in a box tourney? unheard of but still pretty darn awesome. give it time, it will only get better and better. Personally, I think it's a big win that the game is down there at all!!

    • I'll be honest, I was caught off guard by the longpole and field goal, too. But after playing that style for 20 minutes, I had more fun playing that way than normal box!

      You got to remember we're developing here – not quite up to Maryland/Long Island level yet. We've only had high school lacrosse for 10 years (and in most places only 2 or 3 years) Playing that way is great for developing poles and goalies.

  2. FYI– box goalies wear heavy padding (like ice hockey goalies) and defend a much smaller net (4’x4′). You are playing a cajun jambalaya version– all mixed together! This should be termed “indoor field lacrosse”, not “box lacrosse”.