This is my last journal for my internship. It has been a very enjoyable experience, and I have learned alot about how to lead a group of people. This internship has definitely made me a better leader and team player, I it has renewed my interest in the game of lacrosse. I will miss the coaching aspect once I am done, and hopefully I can do a similar experience in the future when I have more time on my hands.

This week, we only had one game, versus Hershey. Our team dominated the entire game, winning 12-1. Hershey scored their one and only goal of the game with 4 seconds left. We really outhustled our opponent, winning everything from faceoffs, to groundballs, to shots on goal. It was a great win that took our team to 10-1-1. There are only a couple of games remaining left in the season, starting with a tournament tomorrow at Spring Grove. The main part of the season is over, with our team coming out on top of all the JV teams in the conference. Again, the success that we achieved this season made this experience even more enjoyable to me and the other coaches.

On April 25, we played CD East, a developing team that did not have that much skill. Our team played down to their level the entire game, barely pulling out a win 6-4. The entire game was sloppy and our players did not seem inspired to play or have fun. The following practices we sat them down and tried to get the team back on track. We talked about the need to continue to improve, and this comes through continued hard work, discipline, and having fun. The practices seemed pretty good following this and we were able to successfuly prepare for our game versus Manheim Township on April 28th. This game was a different story. We came out and dominated in areas such as faceoffs, groundballs, and turnovers. The team was able to pull out an 8-2 victory, taking our record to 9-1-1. This record is very good, especially for my first year coaching. The Manheim coach congratulated us on our victory, adding that our team seemed very well coached and was the best in skill that he had seen all season. In addition, the referees commented on the hustle that our team showed, and congratulated us as well. It was great to get the positive feedback from others, it made the win that much more enjoyable. We have a game this Tuesday May 2nd at Home versus Hershey. I will update next week on how we perform…..

This week proved to be the most enjoyable week of my internship thus far. The weeks practices were all very productive and we even implemented a new 1-4-1 offense to accompany the 2-2-2 offense that we often use. We spent the week working on plays and improving stickwork so that it would be even more effective for the big game last friday, April 21st at Hempfield. Hempfield is a big rival to Carlisle, and we knew it would be a tough battle of a game. They are consistently ranked high in the conference and Carlisle has not beaten them in the past few seasons. Our JV game started at 6pm, with rain continuing the entire game. It definetely did prove to be a battle, and it was 3-4 Hempfield at the half. Our team responded positevely, and it was 5-5 with 2 minutes in the game. We then scored a quick goal to make it 6-5, and were able to hold on for the win. It was a great feeling to beat a hard and talented rival, and the players stormed the field in happiness. This was the greatest moment of the season for both the coaches and players. After this, we watched the Varsity game, but they come up slightly short to the experienced Hempfield team. We have a game next Tuesday and Friday, and I will update in a week……

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