Wahoo, Zulu, and Ruby
As you can imagine, you never really know what the weather is going to be like in Maine, especially early in the spring. We awoke this morning to a light rain that turned to sleet, then freezing rain, and over to snow. Rather than rolling the dice to see what else Mother Nature could come up with, we decided to move our practice into the fieldhouse where it’s always dry and a heatwave is only the turn of a knob away. The fieldhouse is a huge asset to our program which allows us to develop our lacrosse skills all year long.
At last night’s debriefing after the Bridgton game, the players and coaches talked about some areas that work well, and some that needed a bit more attention. Both of our practices today revolved around individual and team defense, clears, ground balls, and fast breaks. To help with communication on the field, we came up with some creative names for our new plays: Wahoo, Zulu, and Ruby. Unfortunately, I can’t share with you which name goes with which play because they’re trade secrets!
In typical New England fashion, the weather changed and we we’re able to move our afternoon practice back outdoors to our turf field where we ran a lot of situational plays. About halfway through our afternoon practice Mr. Ruby, our Headmaster, came out to the field to watch a few cycles of our “Numbers” drill and talk with the boys during their water break. Throughout the week, we’ve noticed a few of the faculty and staff who are on campus drop by to see what the lacrosse team’s been up to, which is always appreciated.
Towards the end of practice, a couple of players were running down a ground ball and got tangled up. While this isn’t all that unusual in lacrosse, one of the players wasn’t able to get up off the ground due to a once-in-a-lifetime “equipment malfunction”.
We’re officially at the halfway point of our preseason camp and both Coach Hoyle and I have been very impressed with the progress that the team has made in such a short amount of time. Our veterans are in mid-season form and the new players are picking things up very quickly. We only wish more players could have made it to camp this spring.
Tomorrow morning, we hit the road to practice at Falmouth High School before playing their defending Maine Class B Varsity team at 4:00 PM. On Saturday, we’ll be taking part in the Yarmouth Play Day. The weather looks like it’ll cooperate, so please come on out and support your Huskies!!!