Flocks of rowdy drunken people sporting green t-shirts crawling from pub to pub all over Bean Town in anticipation for good ole’ St. Patty’ s Day. This was a sight many members of the McDaniel Men’ s Lacrosse team had never seen before, until Spring Break 2011.
The McDaniel Men’ s Lacrosse team takes a spring break trip every year. This year the team stayed in the elegant Hyatt Place, in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. The team’s trip consisted of two travel days, two practice days, and one game day. Traveling together is a great way to strengthen team camaraderie; it is truly a bonding experience. When asked,“ What was the highlight of this years team trip,” Defensive Coordinator, Zach Hitton, stated, “winning and spending quality time with the team.”
The team landed in Boston Friday, March 11. Upon arrival to the hotel just about everyone on the team, including the coaches, threw their bags in their room, changed and went out on the town. The destination was Faneuil Hall because that is a hot spot in Boston for young adults. The sidewalks, pubs, and restaurants were overflowing with all types of people wearing green and shouting in celebration. Senior Men’ s Lacrosse team player, Matt Dean said, “ This years trip was awesome! There is nothing cooler than being a ginger in Boston around St. Patty’ s Day, I felt like the man.”
The spring break trip is a highly anticipated privilege that comes with being a part of the McDaniel Men’ s Lacrosse team. In terms of lacrosse, the trip was very worth while.
The team travelled up to Southern New Hampshire University where we punched the clock and got in two very strong practices. Everyone was excited to be out there on the turf giving it their all. Tuesday, game day, rolled around before we knew it.
Prior to the game we had a team lunch, in the words of Ryan Gillan, a sophmore lacrosse player, “ I wish we had a lunch like that before every game. The pasta and chicken parmesan were delicious.” After the lunch we hopped on the bus and headed to Babson College, to play Thomas College. Everyone was focused and ready to play.
We ended up defeating Thomas College, 22 goals to their 1. When we returned to the hotel after our victory, we were greeted by family members and a ridiculous amount of pizza. This put the cherry on top of the trip.
The next day we flew back to Baltimore after a long delay at Boston Logan. When people think of a spring break lacrosse trip they usually think of teams going to Florida, California, or some other warm place. That is obviously not the case for McDaniel’ s Men’s Lacrosse Team. Our trip to Boston was an experience that none of us will forget.