Monday, July 25, 2011
Last Lacrosse Post of the Season
This weekend my son played on the Philly Fever Tournament team at the Patriot Game Tournament in Pipersville, PA. This Tournament is huge and features teams from as far away as Colorado and Connecticut. Our kids finished 5th overall in the Tournament winning 3 out of 5 games. My son scored a "highlight reel" goal in the secind game yesterday for the first goal of the game. He was playing attack in the 1st Quarter and received a well placed pass during a fast break....he buried a blistering shot high to the upper right corner of the cage...over the Goalie's right shoulder. He was the recipient of the requisite chest bumps by his team mates and some praise fromn his otherwise laconic coach. I was practically delirious with pride and received some great comments from other team parents! I was really most happy for the sense of accomplishment this gave my boy as he was trepidatious about this team and in a moment of self deprecation confided to me that he thought all the other kids were better players than him. On the car ride home, I inquired if he still felt that way...he smiled and said he did not. I told him I was very proud of how he played in all 5 games and that the goal (and 2 assists) he had should convince him he is good enough to play at this level and indeed better than a few other attackmen on the squad. I also reinforced that regardless of how I felt...he should be proud of himself and be confident about his skills.Indeed, one of his assists was on a tie breaking goal that ended up winning the game for the team!
It was a blistering hot weekend here in Pennsylvania so we all made sure the kids "hydrated" before,during and after the games and the Coach made frequent substitutions to keep the boys from fatigue. It was sweltering for the spectators as well as the players and the fields were rock hard and dry. The Tournament organizers also shortened the games fro 2 24 minute halves to 2 18 minute halves due to the conditions. It was a well run and organized event and the kids jad a blast. This signals the end of organized lacrosse for the Summer until Fall Leagues and Tuournaments commence in October.
P.S. For those following along on the scorecard, my son is seated on the first row. far right....good looking kid if I do say so myself....takes after his Mom of course!