Move over, March. It’s my kind of madness time, Lax-May-HEM!
Until an un-named sports media outlet gets it together and puts my favorite sport, let alone the NCAA tournament, on ALL the time, here’s my Lax-May-Hem gift to you – a viewer’s guide to watching tournament lacrosse!
- Athleticism. Not only are the teams running up and down the field as fast as they can, , they are whipping a small hard rubber ball at each other at the same time. You will see changes of direction on a dime, great defensive stops, fast break goals, and the strength and smarts to win the draw. Take just a moment to enjoy the pure athleticism that it takes to play our game.
- Stick Tricks. Throwing the ball behind your back or shooting mid-stride through your own legs? Those aren’t exactly basic skills. So, keep your eye out for something jaw-dropping! If you want to be impressed by creativity, google Kylie Ohlmiller from Stony Brook on YouTube. I dare you not to be floored!
- Upsets. I’m looking at you Navy & Boston College. Teams that use the post-season as a new season. You are awesome! All student- athletes work incredibly hard all year. My favorite part is watching the teams that really come alive in the tournament.
- Sidelines. Take a gander at the sidelines if you get a chance. First and foremost, I always watch the coaches. I love to see which coaches stand in the same place, which ones run up and down alongside the play, and what happens after a great play or a not so great one! Next, I love watching all the different ways teams interact and celebrate each other. And, you can always amuse yourself by those two kids that are doing something that makes you wonder…
- Love of the game. Ok, so this may be a little cheesy but, remember that the young women you are watching are true amateur athletes. There (currently) is no promise of some multi-million-dollar contract to come after the season or their collegiate career is over. Our athletes spend eight months preparing for their four-month season. And those four months FLY BY. If you want to see athletes who love their game, stream a lacrosse game… or better yet, travel to Salem, VA or Foxboro, MA to watch one in person this weekend!
Ok, now it’s time to go watch some games – remember to buy your tickets for the NCAA Championships! Get out to Foxboro & Salem everyone!