Lax youths from Needham dominate Medfield
A Needham player puts a shot on goal in the first half of his opener against Medfield.
By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter
In the first game of a double header for Needham Youth Lacrosse on Saturday morning, the Rockets wore gold while Medfield wore blue. In the second game, Needham switched his pinnies to dark blue while Medfield switched to white. Whether it’s because of that uniform change, or the rusting out later in the day, or the few Needham players who left after the first game, although no scores were kept, Medfield was much more competitive in Game 2.
Still, if anyone had kept a tally, Needham would have easily won both games.
But that’s not what was important to integrate these games.
While many people have rightly been concerned about what a year without face-to-face learning has done to children, and how it may have exacerbated the differences between Americans who could afford tutors or stay home. to help distance learning and those who could not, young people in sports are facing a similar problem.
Asked if the players were showing signs of rusting, one of Needham’s coaches, Andrew Abraham, said: “Kids who don’t play club lacrosse are certainly behind in their skills, but you know they make up for it and they have a lot of fun. When asked how many kids were playing at the club level, he noted, “I can only speak for Needham, but I know we have four or five out of twenty, so about twenty percent.
It was hard to find that rust on Saturday when Needham appeared to score at will against Medfield. But while many sports have looked completely different due to COVID restrictions – for example, in soccer players must perform indirect free kicks and are not allowed to throw the ball – according to Abraham, although some children have face shields on their helmets, the only big restriction is having to wear masks. There are some age differences, however, including the fact that all players use “attack” sticks except goalies.
As for the crowds at Medfield’s Hospital Road, there was an adult softball game at the nearby baseball field, people playing wrestling, a little kid bringing a bubble hockey board and playing it on a rock, and one child had a very cool Yoda Hoodie. Most of the crowd had brought lawn chairs, although many chose to sit on the wooden fence around the parking lot. As for the masks, many more members of the crowd wore them than not, despite new CDC guidelines that allowed vaccinated people to do without masks outside.
But whether it’s easy to get bogged down in wondering if kids who have played club lacrosse are ahead in their development, or how states that haven’t locked in so hard can possibly see an increase in performance. sports and college scholarships, Abraham kept it all in perspective with his general thoughts on the game.
“I thought the kids were playing hard and having fun, so that was great.”