The Strain

Kyle’s lacrosse season is winding down, and it has not been a memorable one for his team. The team currently sits at one win and ten losses, partly because there is a lack of viable talent, and partly because of injuries. One of those injured is Kyle.

In the first quarter of the season, the team lost its top faceoff guy (a senior), its starting goalie (a junior), and its best defensive midfielder (a senior). Kyle was called upon to carry a lot of the load at midfield. In that vein, he played most of every varsity game, then stayed to take faceoffs for JV games. Mrs. Earp and I worried the extensive playing time would come back to haunt him.

It did.

Kyle had been complaining his legs were burning after games and practices. Then a week or so ago, he caught a terrible stomach virus, causing him to miss his first ever high school lacrosse game. The coach benched Kyle the next game because he was sick the day before. (A rule I think is ridiculous, but whatever.) He was allowed to play that day for JV – again, ridiculous – and after that game he asked us to take him to the doctor’s office…

The doc checked him over, took x-rays, and determined Kyle had pulled a tendon. He was ordered to sit out a few days, causing him to miss his third game.

Kyle was back for Tuesday’s game, mostly because he feels he should be playing, pain or not. He had his knee wrapped and played very well; scoring a goal, adding an assist, and winning five of nine faceoffs – while playing hurt.

Yesterday he played again in a difficult game against a very good team. (Oh, and most of the healthy seniors simply skipped the game. No one knew where they were, but they played hooky.) Halfway through the second quarter, Kyle picked up a ground ball, sprinted down the sideline, and was simultaneously cross-checked from the front and the back. The referee threw two flags on the offenders, leading to Kyle’s team’s only goal. For his part, Kyle hobbled off the field, and never got returned. The knee he injured was his left, and the previously injured knee was the right. So yeah.

We’re now in a holding pattern here. Kyle spent the evening lying on the couch watching the Bruins win Game 7. He’ll go to practice tomorrow, but I told him if he can’t go, he can’t go. The boy is dealing with two simultaneous knee injuries, but thankfully the next game is not scheduled until Wednesday.

Oh, ands to give you an idea of how this season is going, the varsity team has one win and ten losses. Kyle, for his part, is having a decent year: two goals, three assists, and he’s won twenty out of 49 faceoffs (41% success rate).

5 thoughts on “The Strain

  1. MelP – Every one of them showed up for practice yesterday, and not one coach inquired on their whereabouts. That sentence exemplifies the season so far. :/


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