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Behind the scenes look at St. Andrew’s trip to the Big City Classic

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
Photo by Ernst Mahler
Our friends over at asked Saint Andrew’s Junior Midfielder, Jake Fields, to chronicle the Scots’ experience at the Big City Classic. Here is a behind the scenes look at their trip; Waking up at 4am makes waking up early for school seem like a good night’s sleep, but that’s the commitment you have to give in order to be among the best of the best. After arriving for our 6:15 flight to Newark, New Jersey, none of us Scots really had grasped the concept that we would be playing the game we love in the same stadium that NFL stars play in every Sunday. We landed around 8:30 and immediately made a beeline to the Rutgers Prep High School to meet with the Easton Lacrosse representatives to test out the new Raptor helmet they are creating. Not only is the helmet 1/3 as light as the cascade we wear, it looks extremely safe and modern. After countless photos and skyrocketing egos within the team, we realized we were being treated as if we were professionals. Following the helmet conference, we ventured out to the field to touch up on our skills and get acclimated to the blistering cold we are not used to (40°). After a long practice we went back to the hotel to relax and prepare for our first visit to the New Meadowlands Stadium. Being a fan in the billion dollar stadium is great, but we were treated like VIP’s while receiving tours and an on-field pass to watch Syracuse practice before their game. Overall, the experience is like nothing else and gives off an indescribable feeling of accomplishment, making all those hard practices worth that much more. Continue reading about day 2 at