Women’s Lacrosse: How prepared are they for City Playoffs?
By Monsetrratt Castillo
The Northside 2019 Women’s Lacrosse season officially started on Feb. 25, 2019. The Lacrosse team consists of a junior varsity and a varsity team, resulting in a total of about 40 to 50 players. The JV team is expected to have about 30 players and varsity about 16. The varsity team will be coached by Lynn Gerbec, Lynn Merril, and three varsity captains -- including likely captain Audrey McManus, Adv. 900 -- who will be announced a few weeks in the season. As of right now, the junior varsity Lacrosse team is looking for a coach; therefore, Coach Gerbec and Coach Merril will train both teams.
Before the season officially begins, the team will undergo senior-led conditioning practices. After several sessions of conditioning, official Lacrosse practice begins. Practices will be five days a week, for two hours each day. During practices, the coaches will teach players how to think and act quickly on the field to ensure each player performs their best during a game.
After a few weeks of practice, the teams will have their first game. Since the JV team is so large, the team is split up every game. The coaches have a fair system that ensure each member plays a fair amount of game time. The players’ attendance determines their playing time, so JV members who go to practice everyday are guaranteed to play in every game. On the other hand, the varsity team plays every game without being split up.
Northside’s varsity Lacrosse team hopes to win State Playoffs and City Champions. Last year, the team was named Runner-Up in the City Championship, losing first place by one point. However, because CPS does not consider the JV team an “official team” they cannot attend state playoffs. However, the JV team also hopes to win most games, especially against its rival team, Lane Tech. Nonetheless, players like Hajra Lat, Adv. 910, and Sara Muttar, Adv. 907, are “excited for the season start.”
February is the time for the lacrosse squads to put their goals into action. Making sure the team thinks and acts quickly, the Mustangs are hoping to make this year the best one yet. However, these plans might fall hard on some players because some members of the Lacrosse team participates in Ramadan. Ramadan is a Muslims fast that lasts from May 5, 2019 to June 4, 2019. The fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset, so some players will be practicing without access to water or food. Muttar said, “my performance will definitely be affected, but I’ll still play my best.” She, like other members, has been in the Lacrosse team for years while participating in Ramadan, showing how ambitious and hardworking Northside’s Women’s Lacrosse team is.
As much as the members are excited about State Playoffs and playing against their rivals, the seniors are most excited about Senior Day. “Every year, the seniors plan out how the season will go, and it’s always nice to end off the season being appreciated,” said Lat. Senior day consists of breakfast in the lunchroom decorated by the freshman, sophomores and juniors for the seniors. The underclassmen choose a theme and hand out t-shirts with the seniors’ name on them. Before the game is played, a younger member of the team reads a speech to their assigned senior. After the game, there is a barbecue and the players have time to relax and have fun. Most seniors have been playing since freshman year, and are excited to end off their last year on a good note. “I hope to finish my last year in lacrosse winning state playoffs with my closest friends,” said Lat.