I didn’t get to bed until nearly three hours into June and then I woke up another three hours later, totally wired. I was dehydrated, exhausted and still completely exhilarated from last night. Sure, part of that was the race to the ferry and, essentially, our second victory of the night. But I was also still riding the high of a huge comeback win in Victoria that was the whole reason we were over there in the first place.
I’ve been involved in lacrosse for eleven years (in addition to being a spectator and fan since I was a kid.) I’ve worked with teams who’ve played up to and through national championships, I’ve worked on the organizational side of national championships and last night was one of my favourite and most fun games in all that time.
We’re a 2-0 team that was largely left out of the conversation leading up to the season. We were facing one of the most prolific teams in our league who, despite being 0-2 going into the game were welcoming back their sharp shooters and dressing the most complete lineup they have to date in 2019. (Our league is plagued by delayed arrival of two groups of players: those who are away at university and those who are otherwise occupied playing for a championships with their professional box teams.)
Despite being shut out (3-0) in the first period, the team rallied back after the first break and brought the score to within one (5-4) by the second intermission. In the third period, they banded together and sealed the deal, giving them the taste of the shut out and winning 8-5. It was glorious.
I was, of course, really proud of them for the victory, but also for how they’re coming together as a group. I liked a lot of what I heard from the guys throughout the day. They’re gelling and they’re becoming a really cohesive group. The veterans are sharing their insights and advice, the younger players are listening and bringing new approaches to the table. It is a lot of fun to be a part of this.
There’s still a long way to go. We’re one sixth of the way through the season so there is still plenty of lacrosse to be played, but I can already tell this is going to be a fun summer.
I’d joked with my friend that my weekend was bookended by lacrosse and that, in between, I was hoping to hibernate. She wished me luck. When I woke up at 6:30 and knew that sleep was quite unlikely, I knew that a proper hibernation was not going to happen for me.
THINGS WE’LL DO THIS MONTH: June 2019
a I’ve glimpse here’s I’ve I’m right so engaging around delightful contrary symptoms I’ve I’ve wired it’s isn’t I’m huge That’s
store store it