7/8/13 – An early sunrise and birds chirping awoke our Wasatch LC players on campus, and we went to Fournier Cafeteria for a breakfast buffet. Some fruit, doughnuts and pretzels were grabbed as snacks before we departed for Baltimore. The trip started off great until we hit bumper to bumper traffic 10 miles into Maryland. The traffic eventually subsided and we made it to Loyola University on time.
On Loyola’s campus, we met up with Repetition Lacrosse Coach & 2012 NCAA D1 National Champion Sean O’Sullivan for a guided tour of their academic and athletic facilities. A quick book store trip and a walk to famous Charles St (Quint Kessinich “straight down Charles St!”) provided us with a feel of being a Loyola student athlete. Wasatch LC then traveled to the Ridley Athletic Complex to walk through the Greyhounds’ locker room, weight room, film room and home field. After viewing the 2012 Championship trophy we went in to the film room where the team was greeted by Head Coach Charlie Toomey with some advice on recruiting and a Q/A session. Thanks to Sean O’Sullivan, Matt Sawyer and Coach Toomey.
A short drive down Charles St after lunch lead us to Johns Hopkins University. As a surprise, we visited the US Lacrosse Hall Of Fame and Museum. The kids viewed the Tewaaraton Trophy, walked the hall of fame, and saw the evolution of the sport. Thanks to Joe Finn, curator of US Lacrosse Museum. “You coaches are killing it!” said Casey Rose, Juan Diego 2014, as exiting US Lacrosse. Next stop was the immaculate Cordish Lacrosse Center of Johns Hopkins Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. Wasatch LC was then given a guided tour by recent Hopkins grad John Kaestner. The team was given exclusive access to their locker room, film room and Homewood Field. Thanks to Johns Hopkins Staff and John Kaestner.
Another short drive up Charles St led us past the Gilman School and Boys Latin campuses, right to our destination, Loyola Blakefield High School. A grass field provided the venue for a scrimmage against the Maryland club, Looneys LC, who are consistently among the top clubs in the nation. Once players were equipped, a pow wow ensued at midfield where sportsmanship was displayed among the clubs with a hand shake and name exchange. Players were then introduced to our guest referees, MLL and Chesapeake Bayhawks pros Ben Hunt (University of North Carolina) and Dan Burns (University of Maryland).
Down, set, whistle and the scrimmage was on. The game was filmed by Wasatch LC General Manager Adam Eddinger (Chestnut Hill College) and coached by Danny & Ricky Larkin (Repetition Lacrosse). Tune in to Wasatch LC YouTube Channel for highlight film from this game. Wasatch won the first quarter 2-1, was up 6-3 at half and lead 7-6 at the end of the third. A strong start to the fourth provided Wasatch LC with a 11-7 lead, but a few penalties and fast breaks prevented the Utahns from securing a win in their East Coast debut. Thanks to Rick Roesner and the players/parents of Looneys LC.
“I thought we played well until the last 2 minutes. It was a sick game! I was really, honestly, surprised at how well we did, I know that sounds bad, how well we did against them. And how we held up and how we came out. I was really proud,” said Gabe Rechsteiner, Judge 2014.
“We came out and surprised ourself by how good we played. And our defense was really aggressive and it caught them off guard. That’s what we should the rest of the trip,” said Connor Clay, Viewmont 2014.
“I thought we did a good job at not making mistakes and we had Connor Meyer dominate at faceoffs,” said Casey Rose, Juan Diego 2014.
The coaching staff is extremely proud of the effort and are glad the team they selected is already playing great. A well deserved 12 pitchers of water and meal at Ocean Pride gave the kids their first crab cakes. Tomorrow we are on campus for film of the Looneys LC scrimmage, an on campus practice, quick tours of Villanova, Eastern and Cabrini and scrimmage against Baggataway LC (PA) at 5:30 at Chestnut Hill College. Tune in Wednesday 7/10/13 to www.livestream.com/accesslacrosse at 5:30 EST (3:30 MST).