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Freshman Lax Journals: Patrick Tunison – Entry #2 – Santa Rides from Long Island

6 - Published September 6, 2011 by in College, Featured, Lax Nation
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Freshman Lax Journals march on with an update on TVLL All American Patrick Tunison’s second week as a Vandal.  Last week, Tuni let us know that he bleeds black and gold.  This week, it sounds like some yellow and blue will get thrown into the Vandal blend…

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ENTRY #2: SANTA RIDES FROM LONG ISLAND

I was unaware that Christmas comes early in the small town of Moscow, Idaho. Well it does. On the second day of practice I was informed that I would be receiving a fogo… from Hofstra. That’s right folks I said Hofstra.

No, it's not John Antoniades. But still.

How he wandered west of the Mississippi, I do not know. Even more shockingly, how did he find his way to Idaho? The answer is “I don’t really care.”

As for the rest of practice, it felt almost surreal. For the first time in a long time, I wasn’t the top dog. I wasn’t even put in at the start of the six-on-six scrimmage. Surprisingly, it was reinvigorating. I finally felt like I had something to prove. For much of my high school career, I was used to being the guy. My will to compete has been re-inspired. Nothing quite drives me to be better than doubters, and I am thankful to have them once again.

The team itself looks pretty solid. While there was still some rust to shake off from the offseason, the sticks were a lot sharper than I had expected them to be. Our squad is youthful and seems to be laden with potential. I am particularly impressed with the talented prospects that make up my recruiting class. We may not be up to par with Oregon and Simon Frasier yet, but the PNCLL better watch out for the brave and bold tribe from the North. GO Vandals!

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Honorable mention title for this entry: Hofstradamus.  Thanks again, Tuni.  Looking forward to more next week as the Vandals begin their preparation for the 2011 Montana Lax Shootout in Missoula, MT on October 2-1 and the Oregon Fall Classic in Eugene, OR on November 5-6.

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