29 May 2005, 8:30 pm
Davidson 11, Beijing Sports University 8
Because the team from Japan didn’t come this year, our second game here in Beijing again was with the Chinese Sports University lacrosse team. After getting to know our opponents a little better, the game was even more fun. Above is a picture of John Hoke covering one of the Chinese attackmen, and below is a picture of Jamie Butler driving on a Chinese player.
Since this was an “international friendly,” the usual USLIA regulations on eligibility did not apply, and so recent graduate Ben Ralston was able to play with us in his last collegiate-level game. Ben was recently recognized as an USLIA All-American (3rd team), along with Geoff Fehling (1st team) and Garen Riedel (2nd team). So one of Ben’s last saves (and clears) as a college goalie was in Beijing, as in the picture below.
The guys (and Patricia) have gotten to know our guide Victoria and Mr. Wang (the bus driver) pretty well, and they have gotten to know us pretty well as well. As a ritual, the guys now yell out “Wang Shifu” (shifu meaning “master”) and give him a high-five whenever they get on the bus. Mr. Wang told me he enjoyed seeing lacrosse for the first time, and as you can see in the picture, seems to be a natural at lacrosse!
After the game, we had showered and had lunch, and then went to the Temple of Heaven. For the 2008 Olympics, the Temple of Heaven will be featured throughout the games, and is the site of the lighting of the torch. Many locals frequent the park to play cards or music, or just hang out with friends — especially underneath the walkway. Here’s a picture of Garen taking a break on our way to see the Temple of Heaven.
After walking through the Temple of Heaven park, we visited a silk factory, where the process of making silk — from the silkworm eating mulberry leaves to extracting the silk threads from the cocoons — was demonstrated to the guys. Below you can see some of the guys trying to separate the silk threads that are used to make quilts; Patricia Massey, Niel Andrews, and the other guys on the ends found out it wasn’t as easy as it looked!
Dinner was at a theatre-restaurant that featured food and entertainment from the Dai nationality — one of the 56 ethnic groups that make up Chinese society (although the vast majority, 90%, are of Han ethnicity). Here’s a picture of Will Nexsen with a hostess from the restaurant.
29 May 2005, 8:30 pm