Lacrosse club offers second chances

By Danielle Feole
December 4, 2008

It started out as a simple idea, a big “what if,” a joke among friends. However, slowly but surely, the idea became reality.

The men’s lacrosse club has become a part of the National College Lacrosse League.

The club was originally founded by juniors Ryan Kaysen and Tom Hayes earlier last year in order for their group of friends to continue playing the sport they love.

For Hayes, a former men’s lacrosse player, it is something like a second chance.

“I had been cut from the varsity team, he played in high school and always expressed that he wanted to play again,” junior history major Tom Hayes said. “Neither of us wanted a full-time commitment.”

The team will play against schools in the Philadelphia region such as Villanova, West Chester and Saint Joe’s.

“Our first season, we weren’t in a league. We played in an organized men’s club to gauge how we were going to do and how much improvement we were going to need,” Hayes said.

The club goes through the varsity team to find out what players gets cut and start their own recruitment process.

For those who do get cut, the club offers a unique junior varsity-like experience.

“It gives the players a chance to keep their skills fresh and helps them to possibly try out for the varsity team next year. They are not locked into our league,” junior business administration and finance major Ryan Kaysen said.

Cabrini’s men’s lacrosse club gives students the opportunity to be a part of a lacrosse team that is less tedious and time-consuming.

“It’s a good thing for people who want to play lacrosse but don’t have enough time to devote to the NCAA team,” McMenamin said.

The club gives former NCAA lacrosse athletes who didn’t make the varsity team, didn’t have the eligibility or time, a chance to still be a part of lacrosse.

The club was started a few years ago but was unsuccessful due to lack of motivated players.

This year, there are 25 players on the league’s roster after the promise of 30.

“The roster always seems to be fluctuating,” Kaysen said.

Co-captains Bobby Thomas and Kris Genther have also been a big help in the success of this new league.

The club is required to fundraise and put in community service hours as a team.

Though such a requirement could be taken as a burden, the team has thus far taken full advantage of the opportunities.

During the fall, a few members of the team helped load a truck for Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

Because of their quick response to the organization and their hard work, they were invited back to help with anything else that they could.

“I’m trying to have a good time and play lacrosse, the club is an easier way to do it,” senior marketing and finance major Kevin McMenamin said.

Looking ahead to the spring semester and beyond, team members proposed the idea of setting up a kid’s team in Norristown where they will coach and work with a local store to help supply equipment.

“I expect everyone to put in 100 percent effort. We are required to raise so much money and put in a certain amount of community service hours,” Hayes said.

Although excited, Kaysen understands that there is a lot of work to be done in order to make this club successful.

“It’s a new experience, there’s not a lot of chemistry since we’re just starting off, just getting this off the ground is satisfying enough for me,” Kaysen said.

The club will have 16 games this spring and will have a schedule available some time this month.

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