Elmira resident Jessica Lubert was a longtime hockey player when she took up lacrosse in Grade 11. Four years later, she’s a life sciences student at Wilfrid Laurier University on a lacrosse scholarship. Such is the nature of the fastest-growing sport for girls in North America.“It’s a good off-season sport to hockey … but then it ended up being my primary sport,” said Lubert. “It’s really just a great game about speed and athleticism.
“I also had a great group of girls to play with, which helps. The team we’re coaching this summer, it’s an awesome group of girls, and that’s a reason to get into it.”
Between studies, Lubert is coach at Kitchener-Waterloo Lacrosse, where she helped take the U11 girls to the championships last May. As K-W Lacrosse gears up for another year, Lubert notes that the sport has transferable skills both in and out of the sports world.
“A lot of the defensive and offensive play correlates with sports like basketball, hockey and ringette,” said Lubert. “With shooting, that can correlate to a lot of sports that have shooting and aiming. Plus, with any team sport, you’re needing to work together, and that corresponds to everything.”
In addition, “It’s what you do in everyday life: being able to work with people. Just as with any sport, it’s being able to work with a team.
“There’s just the mental aspect of persevering. If there’s hot weather and there’s not very much time left, you’ve got to keep going.”
Unlike many sports, girls’ lacrosse is non-contact. It also offers plenty for the lay spectator.
“It’s a fast game, and it’s an exciting game. A typical score in a lacrosse game is 12-10, whereas you can watch a whole game of soccer and not have any goals. That doesn’t happen so much in lacrosse.”
Registration for K-W Lacrosse’s upcoming season is now open at www.kwminorlacrosse.com.