Lacrosse arrives at JU

The players and parents of both JU lacrosse teams were greeted to campus with a parent welcome session yesterday evening. University President Dr. Kerry Romesburg and Athletic Director Alan Verlander were both on hand to welcome the new sport to the Dolphin family.

"Lacrosse is a sport that is growing by leaps and bounds and I'm excited about our future," Verlander said to a packed Gooding Auditorium. "We have the chance to build this program into something that 30 years from now you will be able to say 'I was on that first ever team.' That is a chance that very few people get."

The evening was started with a video recounting JU's athletic accolades before asking the players in the room, "what will your legacy be?" After the meeting, the players and parents headed to the rowing center for a dinner hosted by head coaches Mindy McCord and Matt Kerwick.

"We can't wait for February," McCord said. "We're taking all the time we can this fall to market the sport to the school and the community but we really want to get started. It's such an honor to be a part of this brand new program."

The season will begin on the same day for both lacrosse teams on Feb. 6 with a double header pitting the women against UMBC and the men against powerhouse UNC.

"It's such a great opportunity," said freshman Carly Garrison. "To be able to be a part of a program from the ground up is really something special. We're looking forward to starting practice next week and to finally get everything going."

Both teams begin practice next week and will play several exhibition matches during the fall season.