Elite Lax, Elite Fun
A disclaimer for this amazing event would be that our Royals team was missing EIGHT PLAYERS on the first day. This actually dipped to NINE players, as one of our middies (Rick) turned his ankle badly in our third game – an injury that will keep him out the rest of the season. Others missed for various reasons, including taking the ACT exam mostly.
A positive spin on that situation would be that myself, and the others who participated, all got to play an awful lot – which was great! The Cincinnati Chill team we played had four D-I commits, and we should have beaten them, even being down players. We actually played them twice and gave them their best games, losing 8-5 and 6-5. We ended up beating Cleveland’s Xcellerate Nike Blue and the Indianapolis Red Wolves. We did lose a close one to the Commonwealth Kings from Kentucky 3-2. I had the assist and goal in that game for out team’s two points!
My total stat line for the weekend was: 2 Goals, 4 Shots, 5 Assists and 4 Ground Balls.
I learned that I need to take more shots and be aggressive offensively to not only help my team. But also not allow defenders to back off and guard against my assist totals. If I take it to the cage more, they will have to slide to cover me – leaving my teammates open for clear shots. So it is a balance of give and take. Be aggressive enough to score and help the team, but be ready to become an assist when they react and slide to stop my shots.
Playing for the Royals HS Elite is definitely allowing me to grow as a player. I can’t wait for the next tournaments in Chicago and Delaware to keep working on my game.