Lacrosse: newest addition to Cru pastime

Clamp, rake, crease, pocket and crosse are not words that come to mind when one thinks of a sport, unless they are a “lax bro.” Crusaders are now stepping onto the lacrosse playing field all thanks to freshman psychology major Jonas Lanier, who organized the team.

“I fell in love with the sport a long time ago after watching my older brother play, and I wanted to bring the game onto UMHB’s campus,” Lanier said.

However, the process was hard. He spent many late nights finding players and getting finances approved.

Eventually, everything worked out, and the men’s lacrosse team was official with 15 players, almost all freshmen and only five with prior lacrosse experience.

“We struggle because of inexperience, but we have strong leaders to help us improve, and we are becoming a family,” freshman international business major Seth Stephens said.

Despite a lack of experience, the team wasn’t scared of scheduling games against big competitors such as SFA, A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech, Austin College, UNT and Oklahoma State, just to name a few.

They have been practicing two hours a day, four days a week for the past few months to prepare for their first game in Nacogdoches against SFA on Jan. 25.

“We have a lot of great players but a really strong offense, and I really look forward to improving as a team to compete at a high level,” freshman history major Jonathan Irish said.

Lacrosse takes the intensity from several sports: the defensive and offensive look of basketball, the field and non-stop running from soccer, and the harsh contact of football or hockey.

Ten people in four positions are on the field at a time: three “middies” (mid-field), three defense, three attack and a goalie.

“We look forward to having new players. Once you are part of the Lax Cru, you’re always a lax bro! All are welcome,” Lanier said.

He describes the label “lax bro” as a title for experienced players who are proud of the lacrosse lifestyle. The sport requires dedication and tests one physically and emotionally.

Most people who join lacrosse fall in love with the game and its very competitive environment.

“Our team will continue as long as there are players that are willing to be proactive and play; we will progress and eventually get better supported,” Lanier said.

With all the effort put forth to get the team together, members hope it will become a new university tradition for years.

The team practices every Tuesday.-Thursday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the intramural fields behind McLane.

Stephens said, “Anyone who wants to play should just come. Everyone’s out there learning.”

Author: Lindsey Holderby

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