Ok, it is official: I have become a lacrosse fan. Ave Maria University women’s team has won me over!
I didn’t grow up around lacrosse and had never watched a match before Ave. I don’t even know the rules. I know that when the ball goes into the net that it is a goal. But otherwise I don’t know a slap check from a FOGO (ok, I went to Google for some help on the lingo).
But I do know that Ave Maria’s women’s lacrosse team rules. Yesterday I saw some of the game against Tennessee Wesleyan and I am happy to report that we won 12-11 (after trailing by 2 goals barely a minute into the game). Mackenzie Tourville had 6 goals (a double bonnet trick?), including the game-winner, and Katelyn Sherman and Abby Castro also came up big. Goalie Hannah Camerota made ten saves and was her usual fearless self (she went to Calcutta on the Mother Teresa Project mission trip and I saw her in action there, too).
It was our first home win in history (this is only the second year we have had a team) and Coach Courtney Burhans deserves a lot of credit for building a competitive team so quickly, and in her first year, no less.
I went to the opening home game last year and the team from Maryland seemed to beat us by several billion goals. I think we had to repair our own net at halftime as it had been shredded by a barrage of scoring! So to go out there yesterday and see our women not only come from behind, but beat a nationally-ranked team, was all I needed to make me an official fan.
The women play today at 3pm, and on the 14th, too. Come out and cheer the team to victory. See you there!