Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the lax is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow… Let It Snow?
Hmm. Ok that didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. What I’m trying to communicate here is that the weather in Boise, and indeed the Pacific Northwest, hasn’t exactly been balmy this spring. As we drift towards summer, the Treasure Valley is only now starting to see 70° F on a regular basis. Even so, we’ve all come to expect a sudden storm to break out at any moment.
Nevertheless, every May sees a slow trickle of college players returning to Boise to find a growing pool of post-collegiate (read: washed up) guys who’ve been chomping at the bit to get back on the field after a long winter devoid of any opportunity to lax. This happens to coincide with the end of the high school season. Thus, as our numbers swell to the point of viability, the intrepid among us who value lacrosse over warmth and dryness commence our annual run of Treasure Valley Pick-up Lax.
Each Tuesday and Thursday night at 6:30, weather be damned, we gather at Ann Morrison Park in Boise, find ourselves a patch of green, and play until dark. The cost? $0.00. The gain? For collegiate and high school players, it’s just some low pressure lax and a good time. For those of us who’ve used up all the eligibility that can be found, it’s a chance to shake off the rust for summer league and our summer tournaments, get back in shape, and play the game we’ve been missing since the previous fall.
On Facebook? Join the Treasure Valley Pick-up Lax Group.
Shawn Carman, BSU Assistant Coach and Team Photographer, happened to bring his camera one evening a couple weeks ago. Check out the action (in classy black and white):