The addition of Girls Lacrosse to Roger Bacon has been in the works for quite some time and the girls were just getting ready to begin their inaugural season at the club level.
Goals were purchased and put together, lines were painted at Bron Bacevich Memorial Stadium and the girls have been practicing their skills and conditioning over the last couple of months.
But, their inaugural season is off to a start that none of them could have imagined.
As of Thursday, March 12th they became aware that the start of the spring sports season would be postponed until April 6th with the possibility of that date getting extended.
Leading the way for the Spartans this year is first year head coach, Ashley DeBurger. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of Roger Bacon High School and currently works at RB as an Intervention Specialist. She is believed to be the first Spartan to ever play Lacrosse in college (Mount St. Joseph). For a while she was the only Spartan to play in college until Kiera Willams ’18 started playing at Thomas More University.
“I am really bummed about not being able to play in our first season. However, the girls were killing it right before we were shut down! Our team is extremely upbeat and positive but this Covid-19 shutdown will really be putting our positivity to the test! I can’t wait for the girls to be able to start practicing together again,” added Coach DeBurger.
Many of the girls are just as bummed as Coach DeBurger but are excited to play and grateful for how much the game has already given them in their short time together as a team.
McKenzie Kroeger ’22 explains, “I have met so many new people and gotten to know them because of lacrosse! Everyone on the team has had no experience with lacrosse so there is no judgement and we all work together to learn new things.”
Jessica Mumper ’22 agreed, “I was excited about lacrosse because I wanted to try something new! A lot of my friends wanted to play and I knew Coach DeBurger was coaching so I knew it would be a fun season!”
The Covid-19 shutdown does not mean putting down the stick completely as the girls have been practicing their skills on their own during this time as they all are still hopeful for a return to the field this Spring.
“The time off gives me time to learn the rules better and watch some girls high school games. I have worked by myself on my skills but also with my brother. It’s really nice to have somebody with a lot of experience helping me. I use a wall to toss back and forth to myself and it helps with my catching,” says McKenzie Kroeger ’22.
Jessica Mumper ’22 shares, “At home, I’ve been tossing with my brother and against a wall outside and working on cradling along with tossing.”
The girls were originally scheduled to play their first game at Milford on March 16th. March 18th would have been their home opener vs Wyoming.
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