DeGarmo's Diary Day 2
At 11am, after breakfast, we walked the short distance from our hotel to the field at Urayasu City Sports Park for our practice. We had a nice, long warmup and stretch, followed by some position specific work and 3 v 2s. All the while the Crosse Crosse staff were hard at work setting up for the upcoming production.
At 1pm we headed back to the hotel and had our pregame pizza lunch an hour later. Afterwards, we had about an hour of downtime for napping and whatever else one needed to do to get game ready!
We sported our WPLL sweatsuits on the walk back over to the sports park where we had an opening ceremonies run through at 4pm. The opening ceremonies consisted of a cheerleading performance, both the Japanese and United States national anthems sung by a local a cappella group, and starting lineup announcements.
The game was super competitive and we traded the lead back and forth towards the beginning before pulling ahead. The gritty and speedy Japanese team closed the gap to two goals in the end, and we finished with a final score of 15-13. Some of the World Cuppers and past visitors of Japan remarked that they had improved exponentially since they last saw them. Hard work pays off!
The men’s game was after, at 7:30pm, and it was similarly close, with a final score of 10-8. Unfortunately, I was only able to catch the last quarter, but what I saw was great lacrosse!
What struck me most about the World Cross event was the love and excitement for the game, both on and off of the field. I honestly can say that I have never seen anything like it. The stands were completely full (for both the women’s and men’s games) and the fans were amazing! My favorites were the two girls that came wearing the distinct eyeblack of our international superstar, Kylie Ohlmiller!
At 10pm we had our afterparty with all four teams that competed today. The night started with a heartfelt (and tearful) speech from the woman who made this all happen, Sachi Yamada, leaving many of us choking back tears ourselves. The night ended with a performance from our very own singer song writer, Lauren Murray! Thanks for indulging us, Lauren!
It was an amazing day #2 and I can’t wait to see what day #3 brings us!