A packed house with 160 players, four fields and dozens of enthusiastic lacrosse fans enjoyed three hours of non-stop action as the fourth season of City Lacrosse came to a close on Saturday. The day started with Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell addressing the crowd and firing up the players, and finished with tacos for lunch. The tacos were provided courtesy of Diamond, who scored two goals, and her family. Both boys and girls laxed it up with great enthusiasm and some great lacrosse.
“It’s an experience I’ll remember for a long long time,” Corona del Mar High School defenseman Jordan Pakzad (Rutgers; second from left above) said by email. “From the players to the coaches, everyone was having fun.”
Pakzad and teammate Brennan Greenwald (Drexel, far right above) drove up from Corona del Mar to get in on the action and coach it up. LockdownD.com founder and veteran City Lacrosse coach Devin Arkison (third from right above) was on hand as well.
“It’s lots of fun,” Greenwald said. “The kids bring huge energy and enthusiasm. Teaching the fundamentals and breaking down the basics is a great way to help each kid have his or her enjoyable experience.”
“I get excited for the Saturday play days like I did as a player, the vibe is so positive I can’t wait to get there, these kids and parents love the game,” Arkison reported. “Effort out there is 10 out of 10 and lots of smiles from both players and parents out there!”
“Directors Mike Levin and Ernie Merlero put on a first class day” Arkison continued. “Two outstanding and hard working members of the lacrosse community.”
” The fall program showed great growth and commitment from the players and families” Levin said by email. “The level of play is improving weekly. I believe we are building something special both on and off the field.”
Perhaps crowd and coach favorite Fermine, a first-year lacrosse player, said it best. “Fermi” has been asking former Johns Hopkins great Mike Gvozden to play for two years. As a second and third grader still too young to play, watched Gvozden coach practices at his school. Now that he in the fourth grade, Fermi’s time has come! Asked by Coach Devo if he likes lacrosse, Fermi stated without hesitation “I love it!” as he fired a bullet pass right on the stick of a teamate in warm ups.