Yesterday was gorgeous! The sun was shining and the grass was green. We ran around in shorts and t-shirts. What a spectacular day for lacrosse!
Having no Valley games this weekend, I had already planned on having the fifth Toss Around this weekend. I knew that we would be short on players due to Easter, but I figured there were enough eager players to get something going. Just in case I made sure that we got the keys to grab the goals.
We ended up having twelve guys total including three Valley players, five guys from last week, two newbies, myself, and the head coach of Iowa's other high school lacrosse team, the River City Black Knights (Council Bluffs). One of the newbies, Mike, is a former (and hopefully future) hockey teammate of mine and the other is Jim's son, DJ. Mike took advantage of one of the Great Atlantic Lacrosse deals by picking up the $20 Warrior Outlaw.
Parker (RCBK Coach) and Hunter (a/k/a Sugar Rush) geared up to play in the cages while the rest of us divided into teams and laid down rules. We decided to play a short field with five on five and modified rules. Since a few guys didn't have helmets, we decided light contact and stick checks were ok, but nothing else. That didn't stop the over zealous Sam from playing hard on Ben and me.
I don't know when we lost track of the score, but I know that nobody really cared. There is just something that is infinitely more fun about running, making moves, cradling, passing, and shooting. Other than the lack of hitting and pads, it was pretty close to an actual game. We had a blast and ended up playing past the scheduled 2:00 pm top time. It didn't really matter because nobody was using the field anyway.
This will be the last event that I will schedule for the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association for the next few weeks because Valley has games through May 9. We will be in Omaha for the next two weeks and will finish our season with two weeks of home games on May 2 and May 9. Regardless of where you went to school, or where you kids go, please come to Valley's home games (at Waukee Stadium) to help support lacrosse in our community. I need your help to make this sport grow.
In the meantime, some of the other guys are still wanting to play while we are out of town. The best way to join them and get in the game is to join the Des Moines Lacrosse League. Email updates and event notifications are sent out as things develop. At the very least, I plan to have a Toss Around or another event on Saturday, May 16...