Lacoka’s bantam/midget female lacrosse team may have some learning to do but the team is ready and willing to improve this season.
The club’s first game of the season was held in Ponoka April 22 against one of the best teams in the league, the Sherwood Park Titans, and it showed with the Titans breaking double digits over Lacoka’s single goal. That didn’t stop the players from making personal strides in the game against the Titans.
From the first period to the closing third the Lacoka players found improvement in their passing, shots on goal and physical presence on the court. With the mixture of players from the bantam and midget age the team is able to play in an all female league with Greater Edmonton Lacrosse.
“The Edmonton league that we’re playing in is allowing us to play overage girls as a mixture,” explained assistant coach Curtis Huchkowski. “Because we don’t have enough midgets or bantams.”
There’s three brand new players to Lacoka’s female bantam/midget lacrosse program and the rest of the players bring variety of skill sets and experience. For the coaching team it’s all about growth.
“We want to see them get better each game and to build on what they’ve done already,” said Huchkowski.
The list of skills to grow isn’t small but the coaching staff are excited about what the season will bring. “Like Lego blocks you start at a base and work up.”
Considering the relatively little experience of the team Huchkowski found strengths during the game against the Titans. “I thought our penalty kill was really good…the heart was there.”
Areas he sees the team can work on is going after the loose balls, pre-game conditioning and being more physical. “They kind of have to go over that hump and go after it.”
“We’re letting the ball play us,” said Huchkowski adding that he’s confident the team can tackle the challenges ahead.
Lacoka played Parkland Posse the next day but full results of the games were not available at press time.