An Early Start to Spring Sports
By Adriana De Santiago
Although Northside’s spring sports do not start until March, teams are already seen running around the school. Among those teams are the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. Both teams are high-commitment and have seen success in previous years. Lacrosse and soccer hope that conditionings will both keep them in shape and prevent future injuries.
Lacrosse is still an emerging sport in the city, but Northside has had numerous successful years. Last year, the women’s varsity team placed second in the city tournament. Senior Savannah Graziano, Adv. 903, said “We’re looking forward to the season; it is high commitment, but no experience is necessary to play! Come out to conditioning, it’s really fun and it’s open to anyone not just people on lacrosse.”
Conditioning for lacrosse meets by the gym and is currently senior-led on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30. It is typically indoors with an occasional run outdoors, weather permitting. Coach led conditioning will begin Jan. 23 and will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30. Tryouts are not until the week of February 25, but conditionings are a good way to meet new people and get in shape for the season. The lacrosse program has both a varsity and junior varsity team. Senior Humayra Munshi, Adv. 903, said, “We invite anyone to come to condition with us because we want to generate interest for the sport and show that even if you’ve never held a stick before, you can still be a great lacrosse player.” The varsity team competes against teams in their conference leading up to the city tournament. New this year, CPS will no longer formally recognize the junior varsity teams. Because of this, they will play suburban programs as well as other CPS junior varsity teams on ‘play days’.
Women’s soccer has also been preparing for the start of a new season. The team competes in the CPS premier conference, competing with teams such as Lane Tech, Whitney Young, and Walter Payton. After CPS play, the team is typically in class 2A and competes with north-suburban soccer programs. Captain Gabriela Jimenez, Adv. 902, said, “We are so excited for this year. We lost some great players last year, but we’re confident that with who we have and hopefully any new players we gain we will have a great season!” The team is hoping that by conditioning, they will reduce the number of injuries during the season as there have been numerous injuries in recent years.
Soccer conditioning is captain-led on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:20 to 5 and is currently for the higher level teams. Conditioning will be open to anyone after winter break. Meeting by the weight room, conditioning typically begins with a short run inside of Northside followed by different circuits. Tryouts are the same week as lacrosse and no experience is necessary. The soccer program has three teams: varsity, junior varsity, and the sophomore team. There are typically no cuts, as the program tries to place everyone on an appropriate team.
For more information on lacrosse, contact Genevieve Kosciolek, Adv. 910, Kaarina Sorensen-Jarrett, Adv.909, or Munshi. Lacrosse coaches Lynn Merrill (email@example.com) and Lynn Gerbec’s (firstname.lastname@example.org) can also be contacted for any questions.
For more information on soccer, contact captains Jimenez, Alicja Ramotowski, Adv. 907, or Adriana De Santiago, Adv. 901. Mr. Albritton can be contacted for updates on the upcoming season at email@example.com.