First of all, let me apologize for not having anything up on Monday. It was a busy weekend for me with Valley winning both of their home games on Saturday and me heading to Minnesota all day on Sunday. I'm pretty sure that this was the first time that I missed a day since switching to an even-numbered day format.
The Summer Open Lacrosse League is starting to gain serious momentum. Overall the response to the polls have been better than expected this early on. Hopefully the SOLL (let's pronounce it soul, ok?) will prove to be an easy-to-manage success. It looks like most of us are on the same page, but we will find out for sure when the polls close on May 15, won't we? Remember that the SOLL will be open to anyone in high school or older (that includes adults), with current 8th graders possibly being allowed as well. There will be a mix of skill and we will try to make it fun and conducive to new players while keeping the games fairly competitive to experienced guys.
Interest in the Demons is still high, but a formal team will not be fielded in 2009. I expect that we will join the GPLL in 2010 with a competitive and organized team. We need one more year to get more people ready to play at that level. Anyone over 18 that is interested in playing competitive men's lacrosse this summer can contact me and I will give you the contact information for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetles (Lincoln's team).
Interest in a Saturday clinic seems pretty high so far. The poll results show that people are cool with any college lacrosse clinic in Des Moines this summer, except for the one guy that said he'd only attend if it was an ISU clinic. I'm sure the mystery voter will change his tune once the clinic is set up...
I sent emails about the clinic to all of the local college clubs yesterday. It's possible that we will end up with players from Iowa, ISU, Cornell College, and/or Dordt. From the poll results, it looks like we would be happy with a player from any of these clinics. For those of you that did not know, Dordt qualified for the GRLC D2 post season tournament. They later lost to Augustana College. As soon a I have confirmation from the college players, costs, dates, and locations, I will post it here!
Just as a reminder, Valley closes its season this Saturday at Waukee Stadium. The third game of the Iowa Lacrosse Rivalry against the River City Black Knights will be at 1:00 PM.