Published DateSant Bani School's women's lacrosse club is looking forward to playing its first ever match this weekend.
Energy for the club began last spring when 8th grader Sophia Marinace came up with a proposal
for the club team and got 17 signatures in less than 15 minutes. The administration approved, and the girls started fundraising in October, raising almost $1,000 through bake sales and lunch sales to pay for goalie equipment and two goals. Dick's Sporting Goods was also a generous supporter.
With 60 students in its high school, Sant Bani fields an impressive number of teams: cross-country, soccer, and field hockey in the fall, indoor track, basketball, and often both Nordic and Alpine ski teams in the winter, and track and field in the spring. The lacrosse club offers the students a new choice for the spring term, and the club has 15 players from grades 9-12; including every girl in the freshman class, so hopes for future growth are high.
First-time coach, Rose Marie Marinace, sought advice and support from other local coaches,
is now a Level I US Lacrosse certified coach, and has begun to learn the finer points of the game.
"I only have two experienced players on the team, and I really appreciate the guidance they can
give this first year. Most players weren't completely sure what they'd gotten into, but they have
pulled together and are excited for their first game against Holderness on Saturday, April 20,"