Club lacrosse offers unique, competitive atmosphere

By Robert Riches
April 17, 2012

In addition to the 16 varsity sports that Cabrini offers, there are also a variety of club sports offered as well. One example is the men’s club lacrosse team.

The club lacrosse team is ideal for those who want to play lacrosse as a Cavalier but may lack the time needed to commit at the varsity level.

“We come out two to three times a week and throw together a scrimmage for practice,” John Kidd, senior criminology major and leader of the team, said. “We set up games with other schools and try to win.”

The website for club sports states that they “can offer stiff competition against club and JV teams from other colleges in the region,” and that they “are a great way to try your hand at something new, get to know like-minded people and get the thrill of playing other schools.”

The team gets to face off against area schools such as Temple University and Drexel University, providing an intense and fun atmosphere for the players.

“It’s awesome and we’re all just having fun,” Brian Sugden, junior communication major, said. “We get to blow off some steam and have a good time.”

According to the official website for clubs on campus, club lacrosse is intended “for male students interested in the fundamentals of lacrosse.” Anybody can play regardless of skill level or experience.

“We have three guys on the team now who have never played before,” Kidd said.

For the new lacrosse players, starting the sport requires practice but basic skills can be attained after a short period of time.

“I recommend buying a stick and a ball over the summer and just bouncing the ball off of a wall,” Kidd said. “If you play enough wall-ball, you’ll be ready to go by the time the season rolls along.”

Finding equipment is not hard, as it can be found at various sporting goods stores in the area. Equipment, such as sticks, can be found at a relatively inexpensive cost.

The club lacrosse team employs 27 players on the roster, relatively small compared to the 44-man roster used by the varsity team. However, the smaller roster proves to be no problem or challenge to the team, as it provides for close friendships and a strong bond between teammates.

“We’re all good friends who play together,” Sugden said. “We’re all just having fun.”

While the club lacrosse team enjoys the opportunity to get out and play on a less-competitive level, they still have priorities.

“The main part is that we get our schoolwork done first,” Sugden said. “Then we get to go out and play.”

Critics may not understand why the college has two lacrosse teams for men. However, several players do feel that there is a difference.

“We have more fun,” Kidd said, laughing. “That’s all it is.”

If one is interested in signing up for club lacrosse next season, they can reach the team at mclublax@cabrini.edu. Additionally, one can attend an interest meeting in the fall semester, visit the team’s official Facebook page or contact Orlin Jespersen in the Dixon Center.

The club’s last home game of the season is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at Edith Robb Dixon Field, so anyone interested can go watch and see the action first-hand.

Jamie Gentile / Submitted photo
Jamie Gentile / Submitted photo

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