As the rain and fog wash over Massachusetts and Roxbury Latin's campus, the School's sports teams have not skipped a beat. With the two new outdoor turf fields (Centre Street Field and Schoolhouse Field), the new indoor turf field in the IAF, and the new tennis courts, our athletes have "played on" throughout this wet April.
In one scenario this spring, our fourth lacrosse team, a frequent victim of weather-related cancellations on Schoolhouse Field and Quail Street Field in years past, was able to play its match against rival Rivers School. Relocated to the Schoolhouse Field turf amidst wet conditions that would have made a grass field unplayable, the team fought valiantly against the Flyers on its way to an 8-4 victory. The team now holds an unblemished record and has earned five victories -- with no cancellations.
Varsity Baseball echoed this "play on" spirit recently when rain threatened their away game against St. George’s School. The field at St. George’s was unplayable, so RL’s opponents agreed to drive to West Roxbury to play on our new turf baseball diamond. Just like that, a cancelled away game became a home game, with RL winning convincingly, 17-0. Our baseball program, which has five spring teams and used to be constricted by limited practice space, now has ample spaces for practices and games, with the new Palaistra (featuring an indoor batting cage), our resurfaced Bogandale Field, the classic (and enormous) Rappaport Field, and the new Centre Street turf field.
The JV and Varsity lacrosse teams are obviously able to hold many more practices and games due to the Schoolhouse Field turf, but they have also benefited in unique ways from the tight space of the "box lacrosse" environment that the IAF provides. The IAF's compact quarters help simulate close-knit lacrosse play when outdoor turf fields are unavailable or being used by other teams.
Track & Field, a team that has always had to travel blocks away to Catholic Memorial and bus its athletes to other nearby schools, also easily adapts its practices to the indoor turf when outdoor practices are rained out.
Meanwhile, RL’s tennis teams are enjoying their beautiful, spacious, new facility on the hill above Quail Street. With twelve new courts, the program is no longer hindered by a lack of space. Now, its Junior, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams practice alongside each other, simultaneously.
With jam-packed spring athletic schedules for all ISL schools, the complications that come with cancelling and rescheduling games and practices due to wet weather conditions can disrupt the continuity of any team’s season. This spring, however, thanks to RL's wonderful new athletic facilities, the Foxes are fortunate to be able to “play on” - under any conditions.