Griswold girls' lacrosse team marks milestone at first-ever home game
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
Griswold High School’s fledgling girls’ lacrosse team marked the end of its second season with a historic milestone: the first-ever high school lacrosse game played on Wolverine turf. The GHS squad, led by coach Edward Perry, played the Bears of Stonington High School to an 8-16 loss, but Perry was upbeat.
“This was monumental,” he said after the May 16 contest. “The girls were excited and nervous – but a good nervous. The kids have a great attitude, the whole team.” He said that the crowd of hometown spectators seemed to share that excitement. “Lacrosse is an exciting sport. It’s a great sport to watch – it’s quick-moving,” he said.
Perry’s squad literally doubled in size from its inaugural effort last year; this season he had 21 players, including one exchange student from Finland, Sofiina Kuronen. Like most of this year’s newbies, she was new to the game. “Half the team just picked up a stick this year,” he said. The expanded roster made a huge difference, as the team also increased its schedule from three games to eight this season. “We’ve got subs – that’s a luxury we didn’t have last year. It’s huge,” said Perry.
Kuronen, who plays attack, is joined by mid-fielder Lexi Edge and attack player Kaelyn Phelps as the squad’s seniors. Defensive player Sam Lord is the sole junior: the rest of the squad is equally split between freshmen and sophomores. Perry is hopeful that his young squad’s growth this year will spell success next spring. “I’ve seen improvement on the whole team. That’s the key thing,” he said.
Some of Perry’s players who have experience on youth teams through the Norwich youth lacrosse program that he helped found are already taking leadership roles. “What we want to do is cultivate the sport at the youth level so that by the time they come here, we have a competitive team,” he said.
At this point, the lacrosse team still has club sports status. The program runs on fundraisers by players’ families and through donations. “For the uniforms, somebody donated the tops and somebody else donated the bottoms," Perry said. He said it’s uncertain when the team could reach varsity status, a ranking that would require between $5,000 and $6,500 in funding.