Truckee lacrosse team plays competitively for first time
In the first competitive, organized game of Truckee Lacrosse’s three-year existence, the club hosted the High Sierra Huskies, of Reno, at River View Sports Park Wednesday evening.
The match was hard fought, and although Truckee led for most of the game, the Huskies came back in the final period to win the game 7-4.
Truckee head coach Paul Cowie said that had his team been able to clear the ball in the twilight of the game, the outcome may have been different.
“If we could clear the ball we would have won,” Cowie said.
Defensively, keeper Morgan Walters was stellar for Truckee, making save after save throughout the game and virtually keeping Truckee in the match.
“He made some great saves,” Cowie said of Walters’ performance.
With the lack of clearance, the ball stayed on Truckee’s end of the field, leaving the Huskies with shot after shot at the end of the game.
Play went up and down the field for the majority of the game, and both teams had ample opportunity to take the inaugural contest.
Although there are a host of lacrosse programs in Sacramento, the Reno area has only two, leaving few opportunities for legitimate games.
However, with both coaches saying that growth in the sport was not a problem, a lack of competition may soon be a thing of the past.
According to Huskies coach Jim Johnson, his club, which was formed in February, also had never played a real game before Wednesday.
“What you see is a product of kids who thought it was fun and interesting,” Johnson said. “The interesting thing about lacrosse is that it’s the fastest growing thing around right now.”
In the first battle of two very young clubs, the competition was fairly even. While the game went to the Huskies, Cowie pointed out that in a fifth and extra period, Truckee took the lead back.
“They may have won the game, but we won the scrimmage,” Cowie said.
With both coaches predicting lacrosse clubs popping up all over Reno, the already solid competition should only get better.
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