Mustangs recognize lacrosse program’s first graduates

Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS girls and boys lacrosse teams will hold their senior night celebrations tonight against Out of Door Academy (ODA). The boys team will play at 5 p.m. and the girls at 7 p.m.

This event will honor the team members in the class of 2018 for the support and leadership they brought to the program in its first year.

“Some of them rose up as leaders; they brought experience to the team,” said LRHS social studies teacher and girls team coach Samantha Stoltz. A few seniors even took leadership positions as captains of the teams.

“It’s exciting, but we’re sad to see them go,” said Stoltz.

So what exactly is lacrosse?

Brenna Rademaker – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- This is the first year LRHS has offered a lacrosse team to the students.  Because it’s a new sport, many people may not really understand what they are watching.  Lacrosse is a lot like soccer and hockey but with obvious differences.

Lacrosse is a team sport with 10 people on the field – three defense, three midfield, three offense, and a goalie.  The LRHS teams feature 30 players on each squad.  The game is played with a lacrosse stick and the players use the head of the stick with the net in it to pass, carry, catch, and shoot the lacrosse ball.  A successful shot into the net gains one point for the scoring team.

In high school, boys play four 12-minute quarters and girls play two 25-minute halves.

Boys and girls lacrosse are different. Boys can hit other players with sticks and use their bodies to get the ball.  Girls, however, can hit opposing players with sticks only if the stick hits the body with the same force as the body hits the stick.

As for protection, players wear eye gear, helmets, gloves, and protective pads on their chest, shoulders and elbows.  There are different protective gear requirements for different versions of the sport.

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