Girls' lacrosse may join lineup of Wolverine sports teams
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Tue., Jan. 17, 2012
Girls’ lacrosse may make its debut at Griswold High School this spring, thanks to the efforts of a group of students and parents. About a dozen interested students showed up at an informational meeting last week, but members of the potential team say that they got twice that number of signatures on a sign-up sheet at school.
GHS freshman Kiley Flynn, who is among the students lobbying for the team, said she was introduced to the sport via a youth lacrosse league in Norwich. “It’s a combination of hockey and soccer,” she said. The similarity to soccer has attracted several potential lacrosse players from the Wolverine soccer team, she said.
Flynn played in the Norwich league for two years, along with fellow GHS freshmen Bailey Randolph, Tori Martel and Heidi Willard. “I like being active, and I think it’s a good experience to meet other people,” Flynn said.
“I started to really like [lacrosse] and started asking around,” said Randolph about high school league play. The girls soon realized that if they wanted a team, they would need to take some initiative. So they started spreading the word and signing people up.
“Usually there are 12 players on a lacrosse field,” said Flynn. “We’re hoping to have 18 players for the team.”
“Right now we have a core of six to 10 kids – they’re in,” said Ed Terry, a GHS parent who is helping organize the team. “It’s all about dollars now.”
The start-up team would initially be self-sufficient and independent of school board funding, said Griswold Athletic Director Glenn LaBossiere. “There would be no taxpayer money involved,” he said. Funds for uniforms, equipment, bus use, referees and coaches would be generated through fundraisers conducted by team members and parents.
Randolph said that the team has also been offered a grant from USA Lacrosse that will fund the purchase of sticks, goggles and goalie equipment.
Initially, the team would not be part of the Eastern Connecticut Conference, said Martel. “We’d play any teams that wanted to come and play us” on a scrimmage basis, she said.
“We’ll play JV school [teams] for a little while,” said LaBossiere. “I think the plan down the road is to make it a varsity sport.”
Randolph said that the team might include a couple of players from Plainfield, who would be eligible to compete on the Griswold team under CIAC rules, since their school does not offer the sport. Griswold currently has some Plainfield athletes competing on its wrestling team.
The lacrosse season doesn’t get underway until April, so the start-up team has some time to recruit new members and raise additional funds. A pasta dinner is planned for Jan. 26 at the Jewett City VFW Post on Taylor Hill Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Randolph added that a gold exchange event is also in the planning stages.