The temperatures are heating up and so is the summer league action across the country. In New York City, the top league is the Gotham Lacrosse League, which features a couple of post-collegiate club teams and a number of squads put together by firms in the banking industry.
For Week 1, Colin Finnerty (Loyola) dropped 4 goals in a win for Credit Suisse and took home player of the week honors. He won’t repeat in week 2 as the guys from Credit Suisse had a bye along with Gold Prop, Teamitup.com, Barclay’s and Adeona Foundation. Next week I experience the bye week and it weirdly makes me feel like a big timer. I mean my summer league runs for 9 weeks of regular season, and then 4 weeks of playoffs, with bye weeks and no games over the 4th of July weekend. That’s just straight up professional. Baller.
My club team, the Southampton Brewery LC, took on Bank of America last week and lost 4-3 as we just couldn’t seem to get our offense going. This week we came out a little flat and went down 2-0 against Morgan Stanley but we rallied and really picked up the pace, eventually winning easily 12-5. Both of our goalies had some huge saves and our midfielders caused headaches for the MS defense all day long. Evan Blum (UMass grad) and Zach Howell (Duke) were unstoppable dodging from up top.
The Southampton D stepped up and rotated 5-6 poles through to keep legs fresh. Considering a couple of us had played every minute of every game (we only had 10 guys!) the Saturday before at the Long Island War on the Shore tourney, getting off the field for a break was very much needed. On the other end of the field, Brant Fischer (Lehigh) and Christian Gould (Hobart) consistently put the ball in the back of the net.
The other 830pm game featured Team IPO and Bank of America/Bear Stearns. Bear may no longer be a bank but they still have a lax team. That’s dedication homes! The BofA/Bear team has some very good talent but they also play real team ball as well. It helps that a number of them all went to school together (Middlebury) and that the ones who didn’t, all come from legit college programs like Hopkins.
However, Tuesday wasn’t their night as Team IPO took home the win to move to 1-0 on the season.
In other action at 7pm, Citi took on Sea of Green, and Team Maverik took on Team Maxim for the second 7pm game. Citi is starting out 0-1 as they dropped their first game of they year while SoG while starts out 1-0 after the win. Citi’s roster features a number of Duke and Cornell players so this loss was a bit surprising. Team Maxim also got off to a hot start as they dropped Team Maverik in what was the opener for both teams. Team Maverik is the free agent team for the league while Team Maxim features some wily veterans like Chris Massey (Princeton) and goalie/producer extraordinnaire, Anthony Katagas (WNEC) as well as some recent college grads.
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About the Author: Connor is a life-long lacrosse player who doesn’t know when to give up on the game. He played and coached at Wesleyan University and now plays for the Southampton LC in NYC. Connor lives with his fiance in Brooklyn and thanks her for allowing him to keep the dream alive.
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