WEST POINT, NY — The West Essex Lacrosse Club braved the cold and enjoyed a fun family outing at the United States Military Academy West Point on Saturday to watch the Black Knights battle Lehigh University at historic Michie Stadium.
As part of the outing, West Essex Lacrosse Club players and family were treated to a pre-game chalk talk with Captain Justin Bokmeyer, Director of Lacrosse Operations and former Captain of the Black Knights, in historical Randall Hall. Bockmeyer spoke with the players about life as an athlete and a cadet at West Point and the importance of living honorably through hard work and determination in all aspects of life.
Team manager Louise DeMichele and Fairfield mother Sabrina Holleuffer both shared that their favorite quote from Bockmeyer was him telling the boys to make their beds every morning and start their day off with an accomplishment.
What stood out most to Fairfield mother Annmarie Bastante was that he spoke about school always being a priority before any sports and that in order to get into West Point or any college, students need good grades.
When the Chalk Talk ended, the captain led the boys to the Michie Stadium field, where they were treated as honorary members of the Black Knights and had the opportunity to high-five each of the players as they ran onto the field through the fan tunnel.
“It was such a great day and personally, the history of West point and being at Michie Stadium was incredible”, said team manager Louise DeMichelle.
In the end of the exciting game, the Black Knights suffered a 9-7 setback to Lehigh.