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Women’s lacrosse enters second season

The year of 2015 was the first year McNicholas had its very own lacrosse program and is the first co-ed Catholic school to start a women’s lacrosse program.

The 2016 season starts Feb. 2, with practices and scrimmages through the month of March, and their first game on March 21 against McAuley.  The team is again being coached by Glenn Namian, and he has high expectations for players to have a higher proficiency of being able to handle the ball, and expects game awareness to improve.

“We expect to build on the 2015 season, when we launched the program.  Players have worked on conditioning and individual skills, and we should be more proficient handling the ball and game awareness will definitely continue to improve,” Namian said.

The team is expected to play at a more competitive level than last year.  Namian expects their hardest games to be against Turpin and Anderson since they are “intra-city” rivals.  Senior Sydney Blaha also thinks that Turpin will be the hardest team that they will face in the 2016 season.

“I think Turpin will be one of our toughest games because they have good players and they are one of our rivals,” Blaha said.

Namian expects the team to be competitive, and he would like to have more players on the team, but he understands that as a program continues to build, this is normal for a new sports program.

“My favorite part about playing on the team is being able to play against other varsity teams around the area, and I also like playing with the other girls on the team,” Blaha said.

The only named captain so for this year is Blaha, but the other seniors on the team are Maria Ciampone, Brynna Maxey, and Maggie Klett.

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Junior Erin McHugh is carrying the ball down the field looking for a pass to a teammate. McHugh played on the inaugural team in the 2014-2015 season, and she plans on playing in the 2015-2016 season as well.

 

About Claire Murray

Claire Murray is the editor in chief of the McNicholas Milestone. She is involved in soccer and Service Club. In her free time she likes to play soccer and spend time with her friends and family.

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