"I like rain, actually."
Bill Rodgers, American Athlete
Rain, wind, rain and yet more rain did not stop play for these plucky Petaluma Rivercat Boys lacrosse players (U 13 A), this past wet and wild Spring sports weekend. And sideline supporters showed their Petaluma-mettle, undercover of an impressive assortments of brollies and wet-weather bleacher-gear.
This saturated 2011 lacrosse season has certainly brought back memories of soaking wet feet and perpetually dripping foreheads from an assortment of youthful sporting escapades on frozen, distant, muddy fields and sludgy moments of glory. A little rain never hurt anyone, after all.
Field conditions led to a last-minute, well-finagled schedule change from Pleasanton Hurricane's underwater field to the plush, rain-proofed all-terrain turf of Petaluma's St.Vincent de Paul High School, on Saturday.
Sunday afternoon's foray to similarly stylish turf-field surrounds at Marin Academy in San Rafael brought new meaning to the word versatility in Spring sporting get-ups, as supporters donned sunshades in between showers, peeling off drenched outer layers to bask in the rays, only to resort to umbrellas again just as the steam started rising from the ground.
Such extremes in conditions have an interesting effect on a crowd and a team, as ensuing 'huddling' fast becomes the order of the day. Go Rivercats, go, for in a blink, the turf field that's so appealing on a rainy day will undoubtedly heat beneath the feet to 100 degrees before season's end, blistering player's feet if they're not fast enough off the mark.
Thanks due to Heidi Fowers, ace team photographer who captures all the moments on the field and in the bleachers so beautifully.