LAX had been a lot more hardcore this year, and this weekend we made a long trip up to Stowe for a game, which is unusual because usually it's much more local and low key. However, it seems like it's what needs to be done because N's team is particularly strong this year and it has been hard to find a good matchup. We have played all the local teams and won by wide margins. The game against Stowe was a bit of a trek, but it was the best matchup so far. We played a select team up in Burlington that crushed us, so that was tough competition but not a good match. N's team beat Stowe but it was a good game.
It highlights the fact that this year's team is really strong, and a testament to the coaching, I think. DW is a hardcore coach, and he's really put together a great team. He burns with a passion for the game, you can see it at every practice, and the kids have responded. They have really learned the game and embraced the system. It's cool to see, though it's a lot more work for the parents. Whereas last year we played I think 5-6 games, this year we've played at least a dozen, and we've traveled far and away to play them. I'm not complaining (well, maybe a little) because it's been a great experience, and since LAX is such a short season, it's good to get in as much as you can.
It should be interesting next year when a lot of the players and coaches move up to the next level. I'm not sure what to expect.
Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Bill Jarvis for the pic.