17-0 in lacrosse is the approximate equivalent to losing by 70 in basketball, 7 in soccer, 5 in hockey, or 10 in baseball. Approximately. Blowout. Annihilation. Drubbing. Worked. Crushed. Trampled. Routed. Defeated. Lost. We lost. We lost 17-0. And to be honest, it doesn’t bother me in the least bit. Because at the end of the day, every minute of lacrosse at the JV level is practice.
JV games are glorified practices. They’re essentially scrimmages. The record doesn’t count, nobody’s program is judged by their junior varsity, and essentially, as long as the players are getting better, then the time/interaction was valuable. Being on JV is the high school equivalent of a redshirt year in college. Nobody cares what you do until you’re on the big stage and competing. That’s what matters most. What can you do for our varsity over the course of the next four years?
I’ve already evaluated most, if not all of the players on our junior varsity. It’s a mixed bag. There are those who I could see making an impact in a year or two. There are those that may end up on varsity by the end of this spring. There are those that should end their career at the end of this season. Basically, my sole job for the year is to get them ready for varsity. The scores are meanningless, and our record is null and void. Developmental coaching is going to become the mantra for the season.
Overall, I think I stayed positive and it was a good learning experience for the team as a whole, including myself. We have a long way to go, but I’m going to do my best to make sure that each and every player has a fair shot at making the varsity squad during his career at Ryken. The program needs to return to its historic greatness, but, I’m not sure if we have the horses in the stables to do it. Only time will tell, and in reality, it’s only a game. I’m excited for the rest of the season. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Onwards and upwards. -Taylor Richard Cook