IRHS holds girls’ lacrosse interest meeting
The sport of lacrosse has been gaining popularity nationally in recent years, and Sussex County has been following the trend. While most newly implemented high school programs are a long way from competing with schools from long-tenured hotbeds, such as Baltimore and Long Island, the sport is definitely on the rise in areas that have, thus far, had less exposure to the modern take on the ancient Native American game.
Indian River High School is one of the schools looking to develop their lacrosse program, successfully completing their first boys’ varsity season last spring and finishing with a winning record of 10-5. And, this spring, IRHS Athletic Director Todd Fuhrman is looking to get the girls’ lacrosse program off the ground.
“We’ve got some interest,” Fuhrman commented on last week’s preliminary interest meeting. “For women’s lacrosse, we need about 15 to keep going. If we can get that commitment from 15, we’ll look to ask the school board if we can possibly add a JV program. We’re only going to do that if we have the commitment from the girls.”
If Indian River is able to launch a JV team for the girls in the near future, they would likely have to face larger Henlopen North conference teams that have been developing for years, such Caesar Rodney, Sussex Tech and Polytech. There’s also a probability that they would face some Maryland teams with similar experience, such as Worcester Prep and Stephen Decatur.
“We’d be playing some of the northern teams,” Fuhrman explained. “We’d be playing some teams out of Maryland. Just to keep it somewhat close, help our travel cost and help our success.”
For the past two years, Indian River has offered a club team for the girls, attempting to get ready for when the program was ready to launch. There are already some coaches lined up to help out, including IRHS English teacher Caitlyn Stuart.
“We already have a strong group of interested girls and plan to begin basic skills and conditioning training a few days a week this winter,” Stuart explained of the beginning stages of launching the program.
According to Fuhrman, they aren’t specifically looking for experienced players and don’t want to pull from other Indians sports teams.
“We want people that have never played before, are interested in trying lacrosse and don’t play a spring sport. We don’t want to affect other programs. We have some sticks and gear available to help get them started, and we’ll go from there.”