Jeff and I spent the last weekend in Sonoma to watch my baby brother’s travel team play in a lacrosse tournament. Not just any tournament — apparently the largest lacrosse tournament on the west coast. I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was until we arrived and there were multiple areas dedicated as “Recruiter Zones.” I guess there were over 50 universities who sent recruiters, it was crazy! I’m not used to the idea of my “baby” brother being the object of college recruiters… it still seems like just yesterday that he was a toddler!
When we were in Portland in January, we went to a few of his indoor league games — which was almost impossible for me to follow. I didn’t understand much about the sport but that it was like hockey meets basketball. But, I think I finally understand the basics of the sport now. Watching lacrosse on the field it’s meant to be played on was SOOO much easier to follow! Once I learned that “offsides” is a completely different concept in lacrosse than with soccer, I think my brain was able to start understanding the rest of the game. Don’t get me wrong — it’s super intense and there’s more for me to learn (still not sure what a “slash” is) but at least now I don’t feel like a total dunce when watching it.
The tournament was for three days non-stop, and since most of the boys flew down here on their own, we had to help my dad stay on top of the schedule and make sure everyone knew what was going on. There were about 600 boys playing in the tournament — so every time you had to walk through a group of them, you were almost gassed out by their sweatiness. Fortunately my dad had the sense of mind to set up a headquarters for our team AWAY from all the fields and other teams, so at least we had some reprieve!
Brad (my baby brother) is a goalie — which seems like a crazy stressful position to me. You have like a 50/50 chance of moving in the right direction to block the ball, on a good day, because you never know which direction it’s going to go and it’s so darn fast! And on top of that — goalies typically lead the defense by calling out the plays and telling players where to go. My dad had Jeff taking down the stats for Brad and the other goalie on our team, they did great considering this was probably the most intense lacrosse they’ve ever played! One team they went up against twice already had about half their players signed to D1 schools — which is a big deal, considering how few D1 schools there are for lacrosse.
Since Jeff was taking down the stats, parents kept confusing him for a recruiter. He really looked like a lot of the recruiters — the only difference was he wasn’t wearing shirts or hats advertising a university.
Even though we were in Sonoma, we didn’t get to stop at any wineries or do any sight-seeing. We were so exhausted each day from going from game to game and lugging stuff around. On our way home, we went with my dad & brother to Spenger’s in Berkley for a late lunch before parting ways.
I guess when my dad was attending Berkley, this was the place to go. Jeff also grew up going to Spenger’s on special occasions. Everyone enjoyed their meals, but I’m not a good judge of it because nothing I wanted to order was gluten-free :-\ We were lucky and didn’t come across any of the riots that were happening in Oakland, my heart is breaking that our society still sinks so low when they believe an injustice has been made. Regardless of the injustice, it’s not the way to behave.
Before this Sonoma trip — I went to Stanford for Poppy to see a PD specialist. More on that in another post — I have so much to share on that adventure!