CHILLIWACK, British Columbia - The Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse team spend the morning of its first day of its 2015 Canadian Tour in wet suits, and the meaning of going overboard took on a new meaning for some as the Greyhounds shot through Class 3 and 4 rapids with Chilliwack River Rafting.
Loyola players, coaches and staff members donned full wet suits, life jackets and helmets prior to the start of the 8.2-mile trip down the Chilliwack River that was running fast with melted snow runoff from the nearby mountains.
The journey began with a couple of small rapids, but things escalated quickly, as the team, which was split into five boats, found itself working its way through serious whitewater.
Several people found themselves in the water at various times during the two-hour excursion, but the Chilliwack River Rafting crew kept everyone safe and away from harm despite the unexpected baths.
After lunch with at the rafting crew's base camp, the Greyhounds traveled back toward Vancouver where a stop at Queen's Park gave the team its first opportunity to suit up and play a game in Canada.
The Greyhounds met a team from the New Westminster Salmonbellies for a field lacrosse scrimmage before going inside where the Salmonbellies coaches put the Greyhounds through a typical box lacrosse workout and set of drills.
Following dinner and a chance to spend time with the Salmonbellies team, the Greyhounds went into Queen's Park Arena for a Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) indoor game between the host Salmonbellies and the Coquitlam Adanacs.
Friday will be the Grouse Grind, a climb of more than 2,900 steps, and a trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Follow the team on Twitter @LoyolaMLAX for more on the trip.