Girls lacrosse club takes care of business this spring
BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit Lacrosse girls high school club team stormed through its season, losing only one game to end up with a final record of 6-1.And when it was over, coach Michelle Hart had only one thing to say: “We want to play more competitive teams.” The squad’s only loss this year came against Battle Mountain, a club from Eagle County. The Summit girls avenged that loss in the season-ending Lax Jam tournament in Edwards. Summit won that tournament.Hart said the team hungered to play the traditionally strong girls teams from Denver, but only ended up playing other lacrosse clubs in the High Country.It didn’t diminish the success they enjoyed, however. According to Hart, team captain Catie Woessner scored with ease all season. Bailey Donahue, a defender, was “really strong,” Hart said. Donahue was one of the team’s most consistent and reliable performers, the coach added.
Another defensive standout was Chelsea Barton, an upperclassman new to the team. Barton is “like a bull” on defense, Hart said, and she “never quit.”One athlete from the middle school club, Jeana Holman, joined the team for a few games. Hart said she will be looking to Holman even more next year. “She’s got everything it takes,” Hart said of Holman.Lara Silven and Steph Snyder were the team’s “powerhouse runners,” Hart said, dominating games with speed.The real playmakers on offense were Brooke Turner, Sydney Schwab and Rose Neell, Hart added. Attacker Hilary Morris suffered a broken ankle during the season, but still demonstrated “great spirit,” coach Beth Seeley said.
“We have such great, athletic girls up here,” Hart said. Nonetheless, the team can still improve, Seeley said. Seeley, a former player at Division 3 powerhouse Middlebury College, said she would like to see more girls join the team and wants to see more girls begin playing the game at a younger age, on the middle school club.The team struggled with the High Country weather all year. Snow forced practice into gyms for much of the season. Playing indoors doesn’t do the game any justice, Seeley said.
Town of Breckenridge recreation coordinator Stacey Todd agreed. She said that the team wasn’t able to practice outside until the middle of May.”It’s hard to be competitive when all you have is a basketball gym,” said Todd, who helps run the club’s administrative arm.Currently, the town of Breckenridge funds the boys and girls lacrosse clubs and provides both clubs and their middle school feeder programs with practice facilities. Like the Summit Lacrosse boys high school squad, the girls team dreams of earning varsity status at Summit High School. To do so, the team must raise close to $16,000 in startup cash to support the team and earn the approval of the Summit Board of Education.The girls high school club “needs to go CHSAA ASAP,” Todd said.”There’s nobody to play,” she added.
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