A View from Afar



By Brian Carcaterra

It has been over six months since I have moved to the west coast.

Malibu, California, to be exact.

When I got off the plane coming from NYC I was in state of pure happiness. Josh Waldbaum, the head coach of Pepperdine University Men's Lacrosse team picked me up from the airport, and so began my travels on the "left coast." As I was driving west on the 10 Freeway, amongst the palm trees and convertibles, I experienced a feeling in my gut that told me "this place is going to be for me."

It didn't take long or me to adjust to the "California" way of life. I began doing things on a daily basis that usually would be reserved for only a couple of days a year. Activities such as surfing, mountain climbing, kayaking, downhill bike riding, and horseback riding. Of course these said activities were done during the day. As one might assume, my night activities were very different.

I was experiencing so many new things in such a short period of time, and for the first time in my life, lacrosse felt like a part of my past. This new revelation was a bit disheartening and unfortunate. You see Lacrosse has been such a huge part of my life for so long that a couple of weeks without it felt like an eternity. As time passed I tried to find ways to involve myself more with the sport I love so much. I really felt the need to compete and get back where I think I belong, on the lacrosse field.

It was as if my thoughts were being played on the big screen on Sunset Boulevard, just west of the famed Sunset Strip, I got a call from an acquaintance, and former adversary, Scott Hochstadt. We began catching up on some old times, and out of nowhere he said to me "Do you want to play on my club team?' I tried to play it cool, and seem disinterested, but before long I was all set to go. Team Hollywood! I spoke to my brothers and my parents about me playing on this team, and they thought it was just fitting, "Brian in Malibu playing Lacrosse for the Hollywood Starzz." Before long I met everyone on the team and became very close with a bunch of guys that I can see myself being friends with for a long time.



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Since my involvement with this first rate organization I have rekindled a burning desire to play lacrosse for the very reason I started, and that was for the love of it. Since moving out here I have been in the best shape of my life. I've worked out with many different individuals that have helped me accomplish this fete.

I will say this; I do miss the east coast lacrosse scene very much. I check regularly on E-Lacrosse and some of my other favorite websites to keep up with the "goings on." Its not really the same but I try to keep in touch, as much as I can, with the two programs that I owe so much to, Yorktown and Johns Hopkins. I will be returning back to the east coast in May. That time of year for me is like October for baseball nuts. I will consume mass quantities of lacrosse and reassimilate myself to the hustle and bustle of the east coast and get ready to play in the inaugural MLL season for the Long Island Lizards. I cannot wait.



Only in California
My Top Ten "strange and unusual" California Experiences

10. Eating breakfast next to James Bond 007 (Pierce Brosnan) in Malibu.

9. Learning Yoga.

8. Surfing with a school of Dolphins.

7. Driving my friend Rich Schoenberg's Ferrari 360

6. Being a part of the AFC Championship game at the Oakland coliseum (one of the scariest places on earth)

5. Watching the septic tank overflow into a house in a Malibu Mansion party.

4. Bar-b-cueing a Turkey for thanksgiving

3. Sitting at the same table with Chris Tucker. And then watching him Karaoke to Michael Jackson.

2. Driving to Las Vegas at five in the morning…on the back of a motorcycle.

1. Falling off a thirty-five foot cliff while mountain biking and coming away with just a scratch on my ankle.



Dedications

Good Luck to the "All-American Factory" Yorktown Cornhuskers and to the most tradition rich program in all of college sports the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.

And especially to Anthony Ciccone and his family and to all the players and coaches at Fox Lane High School. Thoughts and prayers are with you and for a speedy recovery.





Columns by Brian Carcaterra

The Changing State of the Game
Fall Ball
In the Locker Room
A View from Afar


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