The first girls’ field lacrosse academy in B.C. came into being in September of 2017 with organizers stating at the time that the program would require 30 girls to register in order for the program to proceed.
But despite the fact that registration has fallen well short of that number, organizers and the coach of the academy are certain the program will ultimately be the success they envisioned when they first promoted the concept to the school division.
Catherine Kozina, who was one of the forces behind the girls’ academy, and whose own son plays for the boys’ lacrosse academy, isn’t discouraged by the numbers, and was adamant that the numbers will increase dramatically as the young women at Royal Bay Secondary become more familiar with the program.
“We have about 17 girls involved but we know that number is going to continue to grow. It’s a new concept at the school and a lot of the girls involved have never played lacrosse before. But we’re finding that they really love it and the word is spreading,” Kozina said.
Dean Sutton, one of the other initiators of the program, agreed with Kozina’s assessment.
“Both my daughters and my niece all play for the academy. They have actually already played (with other teams) right across North America and, as a result, I’ve developed contacts to get them (the academy) places to play,” Sutton said.
“And once the girls learn the game, it’s possible for them to get involved with other teams in order to travel and play away from home.”
Sutton explained that earlier this month, his daughter Paige played for Team B.C. and the other two girls, his daughter Avery and his niece, Abbey played for a team out of Pittsburgh called Intrepid as they attended a tournament in Palm Beach.
Team B.C. made a good showing with two wins and three losses, Sutton said, and despite the outcomes, all three girls gained a lot of experience that they’ll bring back to Royal Bay and make the team stronger than ever.
Coach Naomi Walser spoke of the girl’s initial game against Claremont High last November, and described how Royal Bay’s team showed a great deal of competitiveness against their more experienced opponent.
“It’s important for us to get a chance to play other teams and learn from the experience. I’m looking at taking the whole team to the Sandstorm tournament in California next year which would be a great opportunity. They have about 60 fields there and the competition is amazing,” she said.
Anyone interested in getting more information on the program is invited to contact David Sundher by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Royal Bay directly.