Weber State University has a new sports club on campus this year: the Weber State University men’s lacrosse team.
Although there is no official coach, a group of students are scheduling scrimmages with other schools while trying to get the word out about the new team.
WSU junior Jordan Faas has been with the team since its origination last year.
“Last year a student tried to start a team,” Faas said. “I ran the hockey team, so I wanted to help. We e-mailed students and high schools around the area, hoping that we would get more interest in our team.”
As students created the team, they were able to get outside help.
“The team received a $3,700 grant from the UT Lacrosse Association to pay for uniforms and nets for the upcoming season,” Faas said. “This summer, they will conduct lacrosse clinics around the area to help kids in the surrounding area learn how to play.”
Faas said one of the challenges the team has faced has been getting the word out to people.
“The hardest part is recruiting,” Faas said. “There are a lot of lacrosse players near the school, but they don’t know about the team.”
While they have built the team from zero members to 18 since last year, the club is still seven members short of a full team.
WSU freshman Jake Johnson said not everyone on the team is an experienced player, but they all enjoy playing the game and learning.
“We all have a love for the game, and we just want to play,” Johnson said. “We teach ourselves, and we have a blast doing it.”
Due to a late start this season, the team is not part of the Men’s College Lacrosse Association this semester, but this lasts only through the spring semester.
The team will begin the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference, Division 2, beginning in July 2013, playing schools such as Westminster College, Utah Valley University and Utah State University.
Faas said that to help with recruiting, the team has an open-door policy. Any students who want to play do not have to try out; they simply need to come and play.
“We are looking for all skill levels,” Faas said. “Even if people just want to learn, we would love for them to come play.”
WSU freshman Charles Olson played lacrosse in high school, but said it was still a change for him and took some time to get used to playing after high school.
“We are all here to have fun and play a sport we all love,” Olson said. “I was surprised at how much the speed has increased and how much the rules have changed since high school. It’s hard to get used to, but it’s so much fun.”
Students can get more information about playing for the WSU men’s lacrosse team by e-mailing email@example.com, calling 435-200-LAX1, or at https://www.facebook.com/weberstate.lacrosse?fref=ts .