Where to begin? How about yesterday at Ramapo College in northern New Jersey. My Old Westbury Panthers endured another tough day, as they were shorthanded, and though they battled hard throughout, were unable to stay with the Roadrunners. We lost 17-3. There were some very positive things, though. The effort and intensity was very good at times. It just needs to be there, more consistently. We need to keep working hard to improve, as we head into Skyline Conference play, next week.
After our game, I headed north and west through the Catskills, chasing the setting sun. As I pressed on, the sky was a beautiful blend of orange, pink, purple and various shades of blue, before they were all gone and it was dark. I know I am getting old, because I really don’t like driving in the dark anymore. Route 17 is very winding, very hilly and very dark. Thankfully, I did not have far to go in the dark, before I stopped just north of Binghamton at a Red Roof Inn. The price was right but, the Breakfast is weak and there is no gym. So, I spent the night, woke up, took care of some FLG work, got a little exercise in (push ups and stretching – ok the stretching is really Yoga), cleaned up, got breakfast at Mickey D’s, then hit the road.
Guess what was my favorite thing… Wrong! The warm German Potato Salad!
I had a pleasant 3 hour drive to Roberts Wesleyan, and was about to head to the Genesee Brewery back in Rochester, when I saw The Rohrbach Brewing Company, Buffalo Road Brew Pub – just down the road from the school. Another delicious meal!
I arrived with plenty of time for the pregame warm-ups, and was very excited, and more than a bit concerned, as the game began. RW is very skilled, athletic and well coached. In the first half, Mercyhurst struggled defensively with the Red Hawks cutting offense. And the Laker offense had problems solving the zone defense. Though, they fared better in the second half and continued to play hard, to the end, the Lady Lakers were unable to overcome the early deficit, and dropped an 11-7 decision.
When I decided that I was going to see all of the games, this season, I did not anticipate, the season would go like this. But that does not change what this Lax Odyssey is all about. Lacrosse has been a huge part of Diana’s life, and has had a huge role in our family. Pretty soon, she will be finished playing, and that is a big deal. Sometimes, I think I am foolishly trying to make up for lost time (the games I have missed). And that may be somewhat true. But, in trying, you can create some great times. I have already, had a lot of great times this season, and plan to have more. There is a lot of lacrosse left in this season. I still believe in these girls, in this team – and I am still going to every game!