Last Thursday marked the first week of this year’s boys’ lacrosse games. Unfortunately it also marked the first forfeit of the season as one team came in a player short to field a full squad. The most difficult aspect of running this program is roster management. For the most part teams are balanced in regard to experience and ability. But that fails to account for absences, of which there are many during the summer months. Last week’s games were definitely influenced bythis variable.
While overall quality is up this year thanks to many returning players, there has been a noticeable lack of interest in playing goalkeeper. Other than a couple of guys with a genuine desire to play the position, including one spectacularly intuitive incoming sixth grader, the volunteer coaches have had trouble developing net minders. At this stage we do not want to force anybody to play in goal as it may hinder their development and, even worse, destroy their interest in the sport.
Machine 9, Bayhawks 5
National 10, Rattlers 0
Cannons Win, Hounds Loss (by forfeit)
Lizards 9, Outlaws 2
This year we have opted to use the names of all eight active Major League Lacrosse teams for our league. Our hope is to increase players’ and parents’ awareness and interest in the pro league, which will get them watching live lacrosse while also playing.
The girls are playing as well, but do not share the boys’ league structure due to significantly smaller numbers. Unfortunately they could not scrimmage as planned due to many of the girls neglecting to bring their mouth guards.
Rattlers vs Bayhawks
Nationals vs Machine
Lizards vs Hounds
Outlaws vs Cannons