The Voice: Winter 2002

The Voice

Lacrosse takes campus by storm

Sporting events have always provided an enjoyable diversion for students at Dordt, and this year, they are getting something completely new: lacrosse. The intense, fast moving game has long been popular on the east coast, but has recently gained a large following on Dordt's campus. Lacrosse is a club sport, and this season is only its second year on Dordt's campus.

Every game draws a large crowd, for a variety of reasons. Many students go because it is something they have never seen before. Freshman Cindy Van Maanen says, “I like the lacrosse games because they are a new experience for me. It's interesting and fun to watch.”

Sophomore Reid Rozeboom enjoys the intensity. “There's plenty of physical contact. I love to see our guys fooling them with their spin moves, and then scoring.”

Lacrosse is played by ten players: a goalie, three defensemen, three midfielders, and three attack men. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent's goal. The ball is moved using a crosse_a stick with a shaped net pocket at the end to carry the ball.

The sport presents a variety of challenges for players. Learning how to use the crosse is the most difficult part of the game, according to student coaches David Slomp and David Vander Tuin. “It takes quite a bit of time for stick handling to become natural,” says Vander Tuin, “but once it happens a player can work on the finesse moves that make the game exciting.”

The roughness of the game is another challenge, but it is also what draws people to play the sport. Freshman Joe Hoksbergen says, “I was drawn by what looked like a rough game.” Players who play for the intensity haven't been disappointed. Slomp says, “You don't walk away from a game without any bruises, and you usually feel it for a couple of days after the game.”

The fans seem to enjoy the intensity, too. Attendance at games, players say, has been much better than at other colleges that they have visited. “Dordt is a great place to play,” says Vander Tuin, “because the fans really get into the game and support the team. We hope to bring some bigger teams to Sioux Center so they can see some better competition!”