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The Suburbanite
  • Lake lacrosse club team open to athletes from other schools

  • Any high schooler who has interest in lacrosse but goes to a school that doesn’t provide it should try the Lake lacrosse program.


     


    More information is available online at www.lakelacrosse.com. People can also e-mail Kikel at mcrazy1@neo.rr.com.

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  • Any high schooler who has interest in lacrosse but goes to a school that doesn’t provide it should try the Lake lacrosse program.
    Now in existence for five years, the club team does not have enough Lake students to become a varsity sport, so it still pulls from other communities said Lake Lacrosse president Jeff Kikel.
    Keeping interest has not been a problem said Kikel, but grabbing the initial attention of players is the problem.
    “It seems like once they learn a little about he game, they get into it,” Kikel said. “One of the biggest things we’ve seen is a lack of awareness.”
    To combat the problem, the lacrosse club has marched in the Uniontown parade and a booth with the Lions Club events.
    The goal is to try and create a program in the area, much like Green, Jackson and Hoover who have established programs at both the high school and middle school levels.
    Since the club is not sponsored by the school, the team has players from schools like Field, Northwest, CVCA, Springfield and GlenOak.
    “It’s such a double-edged sword,” Kikel said. “It’s good for getting team members, but we always struggle with making it club -sponsored the next year and those who have invested time in the club would be out of luck without a team.”
    This is not to say Lake does not show any support. The lacrosse team has access to the new Alumni Field for both practice and games.
    For those wondering what lacrosse is all about, it works the whole body.
    “It’s a game of agility, speed and endurance,” Kikel said. “No timeouts, sub on the fly. Like hockey, where you can hit, but you pass a little ball around that hurts when it hits you. Good for the endurance, have to think on your feet, react quickly. For linebackers, it’s perfect.”
    Kikel said he would like to see more football players come out for the sport because of the benefits they would see in the fall. Still, any-sized athlete is capable of being successful.
    “It appeals to kids of all sizes,” he said. “Some of the kids that do play lacrosse is because they don’t have the size for football.”
    Another positive is that everyone will play because of the constant need to sub out because of the fast-paced style and no breaks.
    “You have to keep guys fresh,” Kikel said. “Last year, we had 14 players, 10 on the field (at a given time), so everyone was conditioned well.”
    He added that even teams that have 35 to 40 players will still see many of them used in a game.
    For those interested in trying it, there will be two stick skills clinics on Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 which is taught by coach Brett Khoenle and Walsh Jesuit lacrosse coach Rob Meiser. There is no cost and at the end of the Feb. 13 there will be a parents meeting.
    Page 2 of 2 - The season will begin in mid-February with conditioning and conclude in mid-May.
    More information is available online at www.lakelacrosse.com. People can also e-mail Kikel at mcrazy1@neo.rr.com.

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