Chicago, IL - With the first two weeks of the 2014 spring semester already in the books, the lady Hawks lacrosse team can look back with satisfaction on a solid start to their inaugural season at IIT. Waking up for 6:30am practices every weekday has been tough, but the girls have been persevering and working hard; and their hard work is paying off. Many of the players are new to the game of lacrosse, but the transition into the sport has been smooth and productive thus far. Each passing day has seen the team making great strides and improving in all areas of the sport; from physical conditioning to stick skills to team building. Senior captain Breanne Stromberg says, "It's super tough and we are all being forced to push ourselves in ways that we haven't previously - both mentally and physically - but we are all growing as athletes with each practice, and more importantly the team is really growing together and feeding off of one another to overcome obstacles and improve our skills."
This first season presents a great challenge for women's lax at IIT, but also a tremendous opportunity to make a statement and build traditions; it is certainly looking to be a promising, and fun, season. Head coach Kirk Lamitie expressed his excitement for the team by saying, "I couldn't be more proud of the hard work and dedication to the team my players are putting into practice every day. I'm not the one who has to raise the level of expectation; they are doing it all on their own!" The team has been practicing in Keating Sports Center due to the arctic winter conditions, but should see action out on the new turf Stuart Field in the coming weeks.
The women are getting hungry for their first taste of Division III competition, which will be on Saturday, March 8th when they take on Loras College at home. Be sure to come out and show your support for your lady Scarlet Hawk laxers!