Lacrosse was hard this year. The team barely had enough girls to field a team. Only half of them would show up to practice on a regular basis. More often than not, the team had to forfeit because players would not show up for the games. But, they still played. They played many games 3-4 players down, no subs, and with players that hadn't shown up to practice. They played when they had the flu and were throwing up every 5 minutes in a garbage can on the side of the field. They played their hearts out. Sometimes they were able to tie the game or come within a point of winning even though they had already forfeited and the odds were stacked against them.
Three girls on our team were chosen for the all league game team 1. Here were the criteria for being chosen:
Throughout the 2013 season each coach would recognize players from opposing teams that stood out on the field before, during, and/or after the game. These players were identified for their talent and/or sportsmanship. This is an All-League selection (as opposed to an All-Star selection) because we take into account a players attitude and composure in addition to how they perform on the field. Team 1 selections are players who have excelled and been recognized for their skill level and demeanor.
Both Alex and Talisa were chosen. What a great way to honor their dedication and hard work.
In a funny little twist they were put on opposing teams for the all league game. Alex as goalie and Talisa as attack. It was a fun game. Very nice to see them play with players who were as dedicated as they are. Very fun to see them opposing each other, challenging each other, and cheering each other on. The game ended with a tie, 9-9 and lots of laughter.
We're so very happy for them.