Truckee Lacrosse fires up for competition |

Truckee Lacrosse fires up for competition

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunEliza McCullough tries to elude Emma Warren during a Truckee Lacrosse practice this past week.

With a clatter of sticks and flutter of feet, Truckee Lacrosse is swinging into a new season of competitive play.The Truckee Lacrosse program is offered by the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District for athletes ages 8-19. Now in its sixth season, the program has three boys teams high school, junior and pups and one junior girls team.Competitive lacrosse was introduced to the Truckee area in 2002 by boys head coach Paul Cowie. After fielding only 12 players that first season, enthusiasm for the sport, both locally and nationally, has increased dramatically. More than 50 boys and 25 girls have signed up thus far this season, a testament to lacrosses claim as the fastest growing team sport in the U.S.The boys high school team is the anchor of the local program as students from Truckee High, Sugar Bowl Academy and North Tahoe High band together to compete against teams from Reno, Grass Valley and Sacramento in an approximately 12-game season spanning from April to June. Truckee team manager Tom Allen said that excitement about lacrosse at the varsity level has been contagious amongst local athletes as it offers an off-season twist on the challenges of traditional team sports. Playing lacrosse teaches discipline, camaraderie and group cooperation, Allen said. Not to mention that it is great cross-training for sports like football and soccer.The Truckee junior program is also thriving as lacrosse has become an X-generation team sport whose appeal with youth lies in its nonstop action. Unlike baseball or football, which are defined by the stop-start, lacrosse gets going and never lets up until the whistle blows. Fast-twitch kids love the fast and furious game play.The boys youth program is split into two teams. The junior team is for players in sixth through eighth grade while the pups team is for boys in third through fifth grade. The teams play a five-game season against the Lacrosse Zone, a private lacrosse club in Galena, Nev.Truckee girls lacrosse has an energetic youth team that struggles not for participation, but for competition.Our biggest challenge in growing the sport for girls is finding competition, said head coach Elizabeth Bell.The girls team is looking forward to the Sac Jamboree, a regional lacrosse tournament at the end of May.

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