This past year at the Academy I have been a member of the lacrosse team. We compete in Division II of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, meaning that the lacrosse team in the Academy is a club sport. Don’t let the word club fool you, we compete against bigger schools than many of the varsity sports and club sports at the Academy and are in many aspects just as competitive as the varsity sports.
This past Sunday we played against our biggest rivals, Briarcliffe College. We played them seven times in the past four years, losing all the games including last year’s conference championship game – by one in overtime. Needless to say that we had had the game circled on our calendar all season. The anticipation built in the week leading up to the game as practices became more and more intense. Finally, after what seemed like eternity, it was the day of the game.
After waking up at 9:00 and getting some breakfast, I went down to the locker room at 10:00 and dressed for a team photo at 10:30. We were all excited to finally play the game, and could hardly wait to get on the field. After a couple pregame speeches, we took the field for warm ups at noon. As we warmed up, more and more Academy cadets, alumni, and other fans came down to the field. By the time of face off, Cadet Memorial Field was packed. Each goal we scored brought louder and louder cheering, as the intensity in the stadium ramped up. It was great seeing the whole Academy come out to support the team, but the best part was winning, 17-7.
After the game the team hung around a while and celebrated the victory with friends and family. It was great to see the seniors finally beat a team that they had never beaten before, and get the Briarcliffe monkey off our backs before the playoffs. I can’t wait to continue on into the playoffs, and hopefully bring a championship back to CGA.
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