Intimidating eye black designs
As long as it’s not degrading, Passer said he has no problem.Marisa Romeo of CBA is arguably the best player in Section III. Romeo wears eye-black designs with 7s and small crosses on her cheeks.The player found himself wearing a curly mustache that swirled in circles on his cheek. “Not a big fan,” said Oswego boys coach Bob Nelson. You have to be a warrior to wear war paint, and there are very few true warriors.” “It is a non-story to me,” said Jamesville-De Witt girls coach Phil Luckette. There is really very little interest from my players.” Other coaches let their kids draw and smear away. 6 state-ranked girl’s team at Skaneateles has broken out the eye black, which juxtaposes against the hot pink hair ribbons that are a traditional piece of the Lakers uniform.There is also a story that another player once ended up with a uni-brow. “We do not use it,” said West Genesee’s Mike Messere, the winningest lacrosse coach in U. Cazenovia girls coach Caitlin Byrne said her team doesn’t wear eye black every game, but when they do, they have “fun with it and it gets them pumped up.” South Jefferson girls coach Jen Williams said she likes it because it’s a reflection of role models in the sport, plus, “I will take anything to get them fired up.” And Mexico Academy girls coach Dave Passer said the best players on his team, first-team All-League performers Jessica Lawler and Bailey Groves, wear it most.
“Personally, I’m kind of opposed and you might say I’m hypocritical, but it’s just standard,” Romeo said.“He’s bloodied and bruised, but his face barely has anything and he paints half his face.” Radziewicz said he tries to do something different every year, “something cool.“The main reason is to keep the sun out of your eyes,” said Radziewicz, who is one of Section III’s top scorers and will play at Johns Hopkins next season. Pretty much everybody on our team does it.” One member of the CBA let a teammate fix up his face.It’s been worn throughout sports history by players from Babe Ruth to Tim Tebow to Mikey Powell.Only in lacrosse, players have pushed the envelope, using inexpensive eye-black sticks to paint everything from death triangles to backward 7s, all to create a menacing and dark edginess under their goggles or helmets.