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Ridgewood Lacrosse Association's 19th Annual LAX Day

Ridgewood’s 19th Annual Lax Day--“A day like no other…”

By Lucia Donahue | May 2, 2016

 

What a great day on Saturday! With over 630 lacrosse players in the program and five visiting programs participating, Lax Day was a resounding success!!

 

Even the weather cooperated-- when the committee members started the day setting up the tents and tables at 6 a.m., it was cloudy, cold and overcast. Then, Ridgewood Laxers and their parents began arriving at 8:30 a.m. to buy breakfast and lax apparel. Within the hour, the day was in full swing with sunshine, blue skies and smiling faces!!

 

There were volunteers grilling up food under the concession tent, parents adding tattoos to little faces, kids in the bounce houses and slides, Maverik Lacrosse + Cascade Lacrosse showing their lax wares and Universal Lacrosse stringing sticks.  Kids were lined up to take a chance on a boys’ or girls’ lacrosse stick!  Lucky winners were Matt Brigante, 8th Grade laxer and Krista Rose, 4th grade laxer.

 

The bleachers were rocking with chanting at 11:45, while all the boys’ and girls’ Ridgewood teams lined up underneath the stadium seats for the noon parade and the Parade Spirit Contest.  There was tremendous effort and participation by every team and grade.  This year’s two outstanding teams were the 4th grade boys’ Maroons travel team, organized and led by Ridgewood team moms Andrea Gess and Pam Chmiel, and the 5th grade girls’ Blue team, organized by Coaches Jennie Ban, Peter Ban and JP Alvarado, with support from several team parents.

 

Lisa Petzold and Nancy Kennedy, Lax Day Committee Co-Chairs and lax day veterans, sum up the day perfectly in thanking everyone for their part in Ridgewood Lax Day:

“Each year, we are amazed by how much the kids love Lax Day.  It's a day they look forward to, and for most, a day they will always remember. It is so rewarding for us to see the smiles on their faces and to see how proud they are to be a part of the Ridgewood Lacrosse Association and its rich tradition of lacrosse excellence.”

 

They added: “We hope everyone enjoys the rest of the season, there's a lot of lacrosse yet to be played!”

 

Ra-Ra Ridgewood!! “One Town, One Team”!!

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