‘Lacrosse makes friends’

By Jason Radka
March 16, 2006

Dan Squire

On March 6, two entities, 10 a team, from the far-east invaded Cabrini’s campus. To be more specific, a team representing two Japanese universities took flight across the vast blue Pacific Ocean, over time zones and many hours just to reach 610 King of Prussia Road in Radnor, Pa.

This recent weekend, the Cabrini College women’s lacrosse team played in exhibition against their highly respected opponents, the Japanese.

The games played between the United States and Japan were played in competitiveness but not for vengeance as if it were against a team such as Eastern. The women’s Japanese team is a summation of two different teams from two different universities.

In the United States, college women’s lacrosse is played under rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Outside of the United States, all other women’s lacrosse standards apply to international rules. The regulations are very similar in conduct.

The Cabrini women’s lacrosse team was ecstatic to host the Japanese team, almost as eager as the Japanese team was to come to the United States.

Megan Farrell, a junior English and communication major, described the excitement in the air. “They were so eager to come and play with us. The team was so vocal during play,” Farrell said. On a much lighter note, Farrell also said, “The team really enjoyed the cafeteria.”

A couple of skills really stood out as the Cabrini team observed the Japanese. Kelly Wilson, an elementary and special education major, commented on the stealthy play of the red and white. “They were very fast and aggressive, not to mention loud. Although they don’t speak English, I was under the impression that they trained a lot. They seemed like they were very much in shape,” Wilson said.

Head Coach Jackie Neary also added to the excitement of the Japanese arrival. “It was a good cultural experience. I was actually in Japan recently with a couple of the students and my oldest son. They’re all about ‘lacrosse makes great friends;’ it’s their motto.”

The Japanese girls were housed during the weekend in various places on campus. Farrell also went on to say, “They were so fun to stay with; I miss them already.”

The Cabrini College women’s lacrosse team won their opening game against Rosemont and continued their success against Immaculata March 6.

Coach Neary commented on goals for the team as the season progresses. “I’m hoping to get the girls to get to know each other better. I’m hoping they would come together and develop a drive to succeed,” Neary said.

In addition, Cabrini will also host Eastern University on April 9.

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