By ADRIANA GUTH-BOROWSKI-Balls flying into the net, sticks scraping, feet pounding against the turf, the players stampede. Although it is yet to be spring, girls lacrosse winter conditioning has begun.
With 11 new freshmen, the young team is practicing indoors to prepare for the upcoming season. Most of the freshmen have experience; however, some are brand new to the sport.
Sydney Brice, who has been playing for three years stated, “I enjoy being a freshman, the practices are more difficult, and the girls are a lot better. I can learn a lot from them. It is nice that our class is still growing.”
The team has been working hard to get girls to come and try the sport. Freshman Caroline Bianco, who has no prior experience playing stated, “I didn’t know very much about lacrosse before I started, but I’m having a lot of fun. Everyone is helping me learn how to play.”
Last year, the team was moved up to the higher AAA division. The abrupt move proved to be a difficult one, with the girls playing against schools much larger than IHS. Sophomore Amelia Kuzneski said, “I’m looking forward to the upcoming spring season. Moving to AAA was definitely challenging last year, but now that we know what we are up against, I see the season going very smoothly.”
On the team, there are four seniors, Clara Sherwood, Bailey Dills, Jordan Raible, and Carlie Glavach, who all play mid-field except Carlie Glavach, who is an all-around player. Clara Sherwood stated, “Being a senior is bittersweet because I’ve been a part of the program ever since it started, and have enjoyed the progression we’ve made.”
This year, the team is planning on acquiring new uniforms for the upcoming season. Sophomore Ceci Sherwood said, “I think the new uniforms look way more professional than our older ones, they should be more comfortable when we are playing.”
Overall, the team is very hopeful about the season, and they are encouraging anyone with an interest to come and try it on Sunday afternoons at the S&T Bank Arena. Head coach Alphonse Borowski, who has been coaching the IHS team for 3 years stated, “It is going to be an exciting season. There is a great group of highly skilled incoming freshman, as well as strong returning varsity players. The high school girls lacrosse program is relatively new, and we are constantly looking for new players. Anyone interesting should contact me for information.”
[Photo By Lydia Lewis]
Photo Caption: “Ceci Sherwood (Left) and Avery Redd are hard at work to get ready for the upcoming season.”
To contact Coach Borowski email: firstname.lastname@example.org