GSHS welcomes lacrosse into the varsity mix
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Lacrosse fans in Glenwood Springs finally have their wish.
For the first time in Glenwood Springs High School history, both boys and girls lacrosse teams will compete as Demon varsity sports. For the last two years, lacrosse has been classified as a club sport.
The boys open their season today at 4 p.m. at Steamboat Springs, followed by a game Friday at Durango and the team’s first varsity home match at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“I think Steamboat has a program that has CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) support. There are very few club teams left,” boys head coach Greg Schroeder said. “This will be a good indication of the level of play we’re going to need to bring to the table. I think we’ve got good players and most of the teams we’re playing, we’re on equal levels.”
Schroeder said lacrosse is catching on in the mountains.
“We’re seeing a lot of interest,” he said. “We have around 33 players, which is tremendous. We’re going to see a lot more support.”
Girls head coach Michele Ziccardi said she has a fairly strong showing with 15 players, and that could possibly grow to 18 going into the season. She is hoping the lacrosse buzz will catch on in the area now that Glenwood has two varsity teams. Three of her players attend Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
“I think one of the draws is it’s a new sport and how many people get the opportunity to do that?” Ziccardi said. “The girls are very excited about the concept.”
Ziccardi is impressed with the support lacrosse has received ” especially the dedication from parents.
“The community’s been really supportive,” she said.
As the lacrosse program progresses from club to the varsity level, the girls are also showing improvement. The girls’ first game is March 26 at home against Fruita Monument, which includes players from Grand Junction.
“They’re catching on,” Ziccardi said. “There are a lot of stick skills in lacrosse and they’re working on that.”
Not only has Ziccardi been signing up players, she’s also been busy recruiting lacrosse referees.
“Both boys and girls need officials,” she said. “Even if people are new to lacrosse, there’s a lot of training involved, so anyone can sign up.”
Schroeder said he hopes there’s interest within the community.
“It’s very rewarding,” he said. “Any new sport to the area is going to need help. It’s a good opportunity to help out in the community. We’ll have a lot of play. We have a 14-game schedule, with two to three games a week, which is a lot.”
For more information on the Glenwood Springs lacrosse program, visit glenwoodspringslacrosse.org.
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