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Lacrosse gets ready for playoffs

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Lacrosse has been a subtle sport for America. Our school however adapts to this sport, giving students a chance to have fun and play the sport.

The Iroquois were the first native American tribe to play lacrosse, and are believed to have invented it. The first sighting of lacrosse being played was by the French Jesuit missionaries working at St. Lawrence in the 1630s, in what is now present day Canada. They were the first Europeans to witness native Americans playing lacrosse. Since then, many countries, including the United States started to play lacrosse. In the summer of 2001, Major League Lacrosse (MLL) was founded in the United States. There are currently nine teams in the League.

“[Lacrosse has] contact like football, and it just has stuff from all different kinds of sports,” said seventh-grade lacrosse player, Philip Joest. “My favorite part is when we score and when I get an assist.”

The Lovejoy Lacrosse season started off with some warm weather and light showers as March rolled around. Brutal heat can be expected for later in the season, which can alter a player’s stamina and their ability to play. Lacrosse is played in both Fall and Spring.

The boys season swung into action on February 11 against Allen’s Lacrosse team. The season will wrap up soon as championships are coming up. This year’s lacrosse team is led by coach Michael Bruno, who coaches the boys team. The girls’ team is led by coach Doug Ayers and coach Shannon Parengkuan. Currently, the Red team has a record of 1-3, while the Black team has a record 3-3.

“I feel that our team chemistry needs improvement. From a coach’s point, there’s too much selfishness in some players and that really stands out when it comes to playing in games.” said Bruno. “Some days they shatter my expectations. And other days they do not.” Bruno has been playing lacrosse since he was in 8th grade, and this was his first year coaching.

Lacrosse is a sport where players on a team use lacrosse sticks to pass a rubber ball and having the end goal of shooting the ball into the oppositions goal. Many teams use strategy and anticipation to make this end goal happen. The lacrosse sticks have a net attached to the end of it, which is intended to catch, carry and cradle the ball. Attackmen have the job of scoring while the defensemen defend their goal. The goalie is the last line of defense, as he or she is in charge of making sure the shot doesn’t reach the back of the net. If it gets past the goalie, it’s a goal. Midfielders, also known as Middies, play both offense and defense, meaning they play all across the field.

Eighth grader, Andrew Peckinpaugh, plays for the black team. Peckinpaugh plays midfield and has been playing for three years.

“[My favorite part of the season is] when we won against Frisco’s division one team,” said Peckinpaugh. Both Peckinpaugh and Coach Bruno agree that this was their favorite moment in the season, the game ended 11-10.

Players are required to wear helmets, gloves, and other protective gear such as elbow pads and a chest protector. The goalie also needs to wear a throat guard, chest protector, goalie gloves, padded shorts and shin guards. The goalie has their own goalie stick which is shaped differently than the regular lacrosse sticks. The goalie’s stick has a larger net that allows the Goalie to stop the other team from scoring.

The Lady Lacrosse team was just formed, so all players on the girls’ team are playing their first season for WSMS. Seventh-grader, Hannah Bohnenkamper, is one of the first to play for the team.

“I enjoy the game because I like to run. Also there is a lot of competitiveness in this game.” said Bohnenkamper. She added, “I like how fast paced the game is. You are always moving.”

Lacrosse has changed history in the sport world. America took in this subtle sport and made it a sport big enough to be played in the summer Olympics.

 

 

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