Truckee Lacrosse growing by the season |

Truckee Lacrosse growing by the season

Provided to the SunTruckee's Kevin Cowie, left, receives a shove from Scott Lannom of Spanish Springs during a 12-2 Truckee loss on Wednesday. Now in its fifth season, Truckee Lacrosse has grown from 12 players to more than 100.

Truckee Lacrosse steadily is picking up steam.

Now in its fifth year of existence, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District program that began with 12 young participants has grown to a force of more than 100.

“These kids love it,” said Paul Cowie, the founder of Truckee Lacrosse and one of several volunteer coaches who leads the high school-age team. “You can just see their faces light up (when they play).”

Sunday marked the lacrosse program’s end-of-the-season barbecue at Truckee River View Sports Park, where the youth team made up of fifth- through ninth-grade players also hosted Galena.

Although the barbecue signaled an end to the most successful season to date in terms of participation, Cowie said the Truckee teams ” youth and high school ” will practice for another two weeks before calling it quits until next spring.

If the current trend of participation continues, as Cowie anticipates, Truckee Lacrosse will only grow more competitive, thus matching up better against its larger Reno-area counterparts ” all of which are relatively new programs, as well.

“We plan on it (Truckee Lacrosse) to keep growing. I expect the sport to explode around here,” Cowie said. “In Reno it’s just bursting.”

In fact, the Reno area now has four teams: Galena, Spanish Springs, Reno and Damonte Ranch.

Truckee’s high school-age team ” which goes by the name of the Wolverines ” went 1-4 this year competing against the Reno programs, with the one win coming against Damonte Ranch on May 11. Truckee won that match by a score of 12-6 on its home field at River View.

In what was the final match of the season for the high school-age squad on Wednesday, Truckee lost 12-2 to undefeated Spanish Springs. Ryan Cowie scored Truckee’s first goal on an assist from Matt Rabow, and Rabow scored the second goal unassisted.

Now that the seed has been successfully planted in Truckee, the future looks bright for the sport of lacrosse, said Paul Cowie, who also has recruited several coaches in addition to the 100 or so players since the program’s inception.

With the amount of coaching experience on board and a growing number of participants, coach Cowie said he hopes to eventually expand into a club program before joining the high school at some point down the road.

“The coaches all played college lacrosse, and that really makes a difference having coaches who know the game and can show it to these kids,” he said. “Our only limitation is a lack of playing time because we can’t get out here until the snow melts.”

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