Champions Cup was a blast this past weekend! Although it was only a showcase and not an advancing tournament, I am excited to say that my team (M&D ’19 red) went undefeated along with 16 other teams, and we were also the only club with both the A and B 2019 teams to go undefeated – way to go M&D!!!!
Additionally, I am excited to say that we had our fair share of playing out-of-state teams, which was super cool! We played a team from Sacramento, a team from Illinois, and a team from Pittsburgh, and saw teams from many other states, including some familiar ones from Florida :). Being an out-of-state player myself (although not for much longer, as I am heading to boarding school in MD in the fall), it was great to get to see all of the enthusiasm and excitement that the other teams had representing their states!
First, I am THRILLED to congratulate coach Reber and the Florida Southern Women’s Lacrosse team for winning the Division II National Championship!!! Woohoo!! This is the first time in Florida Southern history that the women’s lacrosse team has won a championship!
Second, Division I must have UNC fever because for both men’s and women’s lacrosse, UNC beat Maryland at the championship this year!! I am so excited to see how next year goes!
Being from Florida, I obviously hear a lot about the successes of the sports teams in our area. Recently, the University of Florida took the first place spot in Big East after beating UConn 13-8! Wow! According to Lacrosse Magazine (link to article), three of Florida’s players scored hat tricks – Sammi Burgess, Nicole Graziano, and Lindsey Ronbeck – which is amazing! In addition, the game win names this team’s 18-game start (alongside the 2013 team’s) the best in program history. Incredible!
Photo credit to Lacrosse Magazine
I am very excited to be heading up to Maryland in a few days for the national CyberPatriot (youth cyber security program) competition since my team made #1 in the country out of all Sea Cadets divisions! Ironically, Navy’s lacrosse team will be playing my mom’s alma mater, Colgate, this weekend and I will get to go watch the game!
In addition, the Naval Academy is doing a meet and greet with fans (like myself :P) after the game so I hope to see some familiar faces out at the game!!! Hooyah Navy!
For those of you who have not heard/ are in different states, there has recently been a tragic incident at Trinity Prep, a school in my district. John Michael, a senior lacrosse player committed to Mercer University, experienced a stroke in the middle of class. He had started to break down and texted his mom with hopes of not disrupting. Because of this, he cannot move any muscle in his body except for his eyes, yet can still feel everything and is fully alert. Please keep John Michael in your prayers, and hope with me that he recovers from this obstacle.
So I’ve been experiencing my first high school lacrosse season and, well, I have to admit that it has been pretty difficult adapting to the new playing styles. When you’re used to a loose motion offense and then have to scratch that to switch to all strict plays, it can be rough, but I believe that it has actually been an extremely useful learning experience.
The truth is whenever you go out to any tryouts or join a new team, you are
99% of the time always going to have players with different styles, and learning to adapt to other peoples’ playing preferences and using their talents and knacks to the advantage of your little tryout squad is, in my opinion, a very useful skill that not many people have. I have made it my goal to hone my “adaptation skills,” if I had to give it a name, throughout this lacrosse season (and of course get better at lacrosse :P). And of course, Go Lions!
Can’t wait for the U19 world championship in a few weeks!! I am so excited to watch team USA play their butts off! This year, it is taking place at the University of Edinburgh and all games are going to be webcast by 247.tv. Click here for more information on the webcast and here to see the schedule. GO USA!! 😀
In addition to this AWESOME upcoming event, I have also officially put the new website up on the internet. Goose Sports is new and improved ~ it is no longer a google site, as I have completely remade/ coded it from scratch by myself! Check out the new site here!
A 90-second possession limit for NCAA women’s lacrosse is being heavily considered for 2017 and 2018! If the rule is approved, it would mean that if the team on offense exceeds that time limit, the other team will be given the ball. I think that the addition of this rule would greatly increase the pace of games, and overall make it more fun to play and watch :)!
Read Lacrosse Magazine’s article here.
The Shootout for Soldiers is a 24-hour lacrosse game to support wounded military members. Their goal is to “use the platform of lacrosse to engage communities with their local veterans and support their healthy and successful transition into civilian life.”
Click here to donate to this great cause/ association!
“24 Hours, 1 Game, 1 Goal. Support Our Troops.”
Had to write a sonnet for language arts class, so of course, I wrote it about lacrosse 😉
The purpose of a sport as rough as Lacrosse
Is not to appease boys’ desire for chaos
The point of a game as violent as it
Remains to prepare our warriors for war—
Despite the carelessness in each hit
And the seemingly absent pride in each score
Through game after game they cease to cower
Since the warriors of this sport are a whole new breed—
A ready lacrosse team’s an unstoppable power
A team bound through brotherhood and the blood that they bleed
Lacrosse is more than a silly old sport
It’s not just a game played for fun—
The field is a warfront, the sidelines home port
Each score’s a victory, so you cheer as you run