This past weekend was a whirlwind of lacrosse games, family visits and more lacrosse games. It was the Hamilton Minor Lacrosse Association's championship weekend. Boo has been playing all season and working to prepare for this weekend. Even though it's only house league, a lot of parents take it pretty seriously.
Boo's team in the "Rock". In Hamilton, all the house league teams are named after professional, NLL, lacrosse teams. Their first game was Friday night against the Roughnecks. Despite a rocky start, the Rock pulled off a win, defeating the Roughnecks 13-7. Playing the Roughnecks is always fun for Boo as one of his classmates is on that team and so they have a good, healthy, all-in-fun, rivalry between them.
We headed back to the arena for 10am Saturday morning where the Rock faced the Rush. My parents came down to watch the tournament and show Boo their support. Papa even donned Boo's Toronto Rock hat to route for the Rock! It was a rough game with a few penalties being given. We lost 6-9, but the Rush outplayed us fair and square. After the game, we came home for lunch and so Boo could relax in the A/C before yet another game at 3:00pm.
The afternoon game went much better for the Rock. We defeated the Bandits 10-0 and Boo even scored a goal! In his four years of playing, he's only scored one other goal and I wasn't there to see it. Needless to say, this mama got all choked up and teary when he scored.
After the game, we came home to enjoy a delicious BBQ'd ham dinner that Mr. Twingle grilled up for us. He put a homemade glaze concoction on the ham, and it was SO good. A very tried Boo went to bed shortly after dinner as he was tired from his long, hot and sweaty day.
Sunday morning, we were back at the arena for 10 again for our Semi-Final game against the Roughnecks. Again, it was a close game, but we snuck out a win 8-7. It was especially gruelling when Boo's classmate took a bad hit and was down for several minutes. Thankfully, he wasn't hurt, just winded. As a parent, though, seeing a kid that age laying on the floor not moving after a hit, is really hard. My stomach was churning and he wasn't even mine. I can't fathom how I'll feel if/when Boo ever gets hit like that. Boo had a really good game with a couple shots on net, none went in, but the photographers got some great shots of him anyway.
Due to our Semi-Final win, we were back at the arena for 4pm where we met with the Rush in the Championship game. The Rock got off to a great start, taking the lead 2-1; but they ran out of steam about half-way through the second period and ended up losing 7-9. It was a tough loss, no doubt, as the boys played hard. But as was the case the first time we met the Rush, they simply out played us. You can tell that the coaching team for the Rush worked with them on passing, defence, and even catching passes. So even when they tired, they still had the skills to be able to play a good game. Our boys, just didn't have the same skills and the Rush deserved the win.
Boo had a great season. He says he doesn't care about the loss because he had fun and that just makes my heart sing. I'm so proud of my boy for having the right attitude. Don't we always strive to teach our kids that "win or lose, it's how you play the game"? It seems Mr. Twingle and I have done something right!