1. Interacting with the fans. The LaxPower crew quickly realized this weekend just how passionate lacrosse fans are across the country. From parents to children alike, we found out first-hand at our interview tent at LaxFest USA. Thousands stopped by throughout the weekend, but perhaps the most memorable were the laxers that performed a LaxPower rap piece, did back flips, and sang songs, just to name a few of the crazy moments. The fans at Gillette were passionate about lacrosse and every year there seems to be more of them. It's a great thing to see. And it was especially great to see just how enthusiastic the fans are about LaxPower. For some, it's a bookmark. But for many others, it's by far their favorite online destination.
2. LaxFest USA. Similar to a FanFest or mini carnival at a big time event, LaxFest USA was the place to be for fans over the weekend. Well, that is, if you weren't inside Gillette Stadium watching the games. This year's LaxFest included a gigantic outdoor retail lacrosse store, display booths, interactive entertainment, food vendors, games, live performances, photograph sessions and clinics with professional athletes. The area was bumpin' all weekend long – most especially the retail rent which had lines seemingly stretched all the way to Boston. Check out NLL star Dan Dawson as he gives you a tour around the LaxFest activities.
3. Exploring Beantown. Boston is a city rich with history and culture and the LaxPower crew had the opportunity to visit the Faneuil Hall District downtown. The area has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742 and still retains its historic charm today. During the day, Faneuil Hall is a bustling historical landmark. By night, the area transforms into a hip youth scene as thousands of young adults flock to the various watering holes and clubs. Be sure to check out Bell in Hand or McFadden's next time you are in the area.
4. Watching the games. What a weekend for lacrosse. Not only was the weather perfect, but the games could not have been more competitive. But in case you missed them, the first Division I semifinal game had Syracuse rally from an early deficit to dispatch Virginia in double overtime. Meanwhile, the second semifinal contest watched Johns Hopkins do the unthinkable and beat No. 1 Duke, 10-9 (this only a few weeks after the Blue Devils beat the Blue Jays by 11 goals). In the Division III final, Salisbury and Cortland put on a high-flying show before the Sea Gulls wrapped up their 8th title thanks to a 19-13 win. In the Div. II contest, New York Institute of Technology upset No. 1 Le Moyne, 16-11. And for the finale, Syracuse downed defending champs Johns Hopkins, 13-10, to capture its record 10th national championship. It doesn’t get much better than this folks…..
5. LaxPower Fan Awards. LaxPower held its second annual Fan Awards this weekend and some of the biggest and brightest names in the game came out to the Marriott Copley Place in Boston on Sunday, May 25 for the festivities. Awards this year went to best senior attack, best senior midfielder, best senior defender, best senior goalie, best senior face off, rookie of the year and coach of the year. Check out the video from the event below!