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Dordt women start club lacrosse team

By Heather S. Riblet

Dordt’s “unofficial” women’s lacrosse team plans to go “official” this year. Student coaches Kyla Jameson and Jackie Miedema say the team would like to soon join the Central Plains Women’s Lacrosse League (CPWLL).

Lacrosse has gained an avid following at Dordt College in the past several years. Most students  have never played before college, but they soon develop a passion for the game.

Lacrosse has gained an avid following at Dordt College in the past several years. Most students have never played before college, but they soon develop a passion for the game.

While the girls are eager to show off their game, they’ve been practicing for only one year.

Last fall when Jameson arrived on campus, she was “determined to make lacrosse happen for girls.” Having three years of high school lacrosse experience, she says, “I wanted to play in college very badly.” After putting up flyers, she was able to obtain club status and draw partial financial support from the Student Activities Committee (SAC).

The team has used the fall and spring seasons for practicing, spending six hours a week on the field. Many of the team members are new to the sport, and special attention is given to practicing footwork and cradling skills, improving hand-eye coordination, developing finesse, and learning the game.

“Practices are going strong,” Miedema says. “The girls are very excited and alive. They love this sport, and they love learning new concepts and skills, too.”

Compared to traditional college athletics, club sports are not easy to keep alive. The women’s lacrosse team is entirely student run, and the majority of financial support comes from outside the college. Throughout the semester, the team will be holding “tip nights” at the Pizza Ranch, raising money for travel, league dues, jerseys, team equipment, referee fees, and games.

Once adequate funding is met, the team plans to sign up with CPWLL. “When—hopefully—we join the league this fall, we will be scheduled for games in the spring,” says Megan Moore, the team’s secretary. League status will allow the girls a chance to play against college teams like Creighton, Nebraska, Cornell, and Kansas State.

“At least two of the other teams in the league are also club teams,” Jameson says. Many clubs teams are able to match their skills with college teams.

For this fall, the women’s team will continue to hone its skills and practice maneuvers, hoping their fast-paced game and fancy footwork will draw the crowds once games start.

Moore says, “We hope that as the sport and our team develop we will be able to receive more support and become fully integrated into the club-sport scene.”