Sorry for the delay! I was a zombie yesterday after coaching all day Sunday.
Quick Recap: While we lost every game, we still had a great tournament! Competing against Club programs is not easy. We played some solid lacrosse & had a lot of fun too.
2025 Team really held their own. Every coach mentioned how impressed they were with our team offense & off-ball movements, except CT Valley coach (1st game). And that guy was grateful the game ended just as they scored off a questionable moving pick call when we were all tied up (we were going to score on that play too, I could feel it!).
Sure, there were a few times when kids resorted back to “hero” lacrosse - which is when one kid tries to dodge through everyone. But when we were able to calm down, we played lights out team lacrosse – tons of picking, cutting, great ball movement… and the defense & goaltending was lights out.
2027 Team struggled at times, but we had flashes of great play & definitely had a lot of fun. It is tough playing Club programs as a Town team, especially without the opportunity to practice an offense.
All in all, I was happy how both teams played. It can be humbling & motivating to play against Club programs… as a Town team.
Everyone needs to play more Wall Ball – Coaches included! Stickwork is never over…
PS: If you’re wondering, I think both teams need to work on “Fast Breaks” & “Subbing on Fly”… already thinking about what drills will address this during the winter indoor sessions!