Youth lacrosse season for all is off to a strong start

Lacrosse season is upon us and teams are on the field.

Vashon Lacrosse Club (VLC) is focusing on building teams this year. Both on the field, and on the board, we are working together for the best possible scenarios and starting new traditions.

We would like to thank individuals in our community who are going above and beyond. Thank you, Maalik Miller, from the Vultures high school team, for becoming a certified youth referee when there were no referees registered on the island. And thank you, Terry Vanderwaal, for keeping our kids safe by working with the Vashon Island Fire & Rescue in getting the best AED and training we can when our current unit needed updating.

VLC would also like to thank Vashon Parks District (VPD) for adding the youth girls’ lacrosse drop-in to their spring programs. The VPD program has created a free and accessible option for kids to try girls’ youth lacrosse.

Coach Katie invites second to eighth-graders interested in the girls’ game (slightly different equipment and rules) to drop in and give it a try, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at McMurray field. We have equipment to borrow.

The third-grade Falcons will have their next home game at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at VES Fields, by the Harbor School. The team has almost doubled in size to now consist of 19 kids, as the excitement for lacrosse has spread among friends.

The fifth- and sixth-grade team’s next home game, against Olympia, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, also at the VES Fields. The team’s motto is “We are committed, we are selfless, we are creative and we never give up.”

The seventh- and eighth-grade team doesn’t have any home games in the next couple of weeks. Team captains Grant Fettering and Charlie Leahey have been quick to learn the defensive strategy, have demonstrated the eagerness and focus to learn, and have shown agility in adaptation needed to play the different defensive positions.

The Vultures high school team’s first home game is at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Vashon High School (VHS), against Gig Harbor. VLC will be selling shirts, hoodies, and concessions at this game. Come grab some grub and gear and cheer on the team.

The Valkyries high school team’s first home game, against Olympia, is at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27 at VHS.

Come cheer these awesome players on and let them know we support them!

This article has been brought to you by the joint effort of Osha Christianson, Terra Clarke, Kellie Henley, Katie Wonley, Scott Rice, and Terry Vanderwaal.