After coming off of the loss to Catholic and the fiesta that is Mardi Gras, Dutchtown finally got around to having our home opener. One of my favorite things to do is to prep our home field. Griffin Stadium, which sits directly behind Dutchtown HS, is nothing short of fantastic, and I thank my lucky stars that we have permission to play our games there. Check it out:
Funny how life works out. As you already know, a couple weeks ago we were booted off of our previous practice field about 2 hours before our practice was to start (unless we wanted to shell out a couple grand to keep using it). Panic mode sets in as we scrambled to find a new field. Nobody wants to help out a lacrosse team in baseball country.
To quote Jeff Goldbloom, “Life uhh finds a way.” Things worked out, and now we have a full field to practice on. Going from a little league baseball field to a full field is hard to describe. For a coach, everything changes. Practice regimen, how you run drills, or Hell, just the fact that you can scrimmage… It’s mind blowing.
Needless to say, we were prepared for our game this weekend against the Lafayette Lions.
The most remarkable thing about changing practice fields was our ability to practice clearing the ball, and said ability’s effect on the game. In previous games, we were virtually incapable of clearing. Yesterday’s transition game was special. Goalie and defense executed our clearing game plan to near perfection, which allowed our offense to maintain control of the tempo.
Results: Win, 16-8
Impressions: Amazing what kind of difference one week practicing on a full field can make. Prior to the switch, our team honestly looked deflated. We drive about 2 miles down the road to a full field, and our team has 100% of it’s swagger back.
In the 25 days we have left in this regular season, we are packed to the brim with lax. We play 6 games, and 1 tournament.
This week: Friendswood, out of Texas. Wednesday night. No idea what to expect from these guys. We’ll just go out and play our game. Then, Battle by the Beach Lax Tourney in Ocean Springs, MS all weekend. We’re set to square off against teams from Louisiana and Alabama in this tournament.
Speaking of Alabama….
Unprecedented Growing of the Game
Take a look at Alabama’s league last year as compared to this year.
That, my friends, is ridiculous growth of the game!
But are they any good?
Well, Spain Park managed to beat Jesuit-New Orleans in 2OT, and Jesuit has been predicted to win it all in Louisiana this year. So yeah, they’re good.
We’re supposed to play Vestavia in the tournament this weekend. Super pumped to see what they got.
To the laxy people in Alabama: What’s your secret?
It’s mid-March, and the Louisiana lacrosse season is almost over.
Wait. Did you say, “almost over?”
Yes. Our regular season has roughly 25 days left in it, and we are almost 2/3 the way home.
Compare that to Maryland:
While we’re at it, let’s take a look at the weather forecast.
As compared to Baltimore:
Just seemed funny to me.
Thanks to Dale Shank for snapping these shots.
After a tough loss to Caddo Magnet in their season opener, Loyola College Prep (Shreveport, LA) is on a roll. What is the secret to their success? Good coaching? Superior facilities? All-Star college level talent?
Carolina blue Nike jerseys. It’s hard to criticize any of this, because they look so damn good.
I feel like Patrick Bateman. Let’s see Paul Allen’s lax jerseys.
The numbers look good. “Loyola” is not overstated. And wait, oh my God. Do I detect matching team socks?
Who are their Boosters and where can I get 10 of them?