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April 6, 2013

High school girls lacrosse: Growth continues for girls lacrosse

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"My mom and I tired to get a team started before, but the school told us we couldn't get a varsity-funded team so we had to go at it on our own," she said.

Landis, who is currently the assistant head coach for women's lacrosse at Lycoming College, said the goal for the program is to teach the girls the basic rules while having fun playing the game.

Midd-West is the two-time defending District 4 champion. First year head coach Melissa Brauer-Stuck, who played high school lacrosse in the Philadelphia and Pottstown areas, takes over for Lonnie Wagner who left because of a job promotion.

"We don't have a big roster, but we have been very successful as the girls have a lot of heart and determination," Brauer-Stuck said. "I am going to give the girls the tools and skills and then it is up to them to use them on the field. We've been working on plays, conditioning and fundamentals, hopefully all three will come together"

Danville lacrosse coach Carlene Klena has been coaching women's lacrosse for 20 years. She played her college lacrosse at Rutgers University and her high school lacrosse at Great Neck North (Long Island, N.Y.). She's been running the Danville program since 2007.

"It took a very special young woman to come out in the beginning and play lacrosse," Klena said of the her first team. "They weren't getting the notoriety or varsity letters, it was more for trying something new. Those girls were phenomenal."

For the first time in its history, Danville will field a junior varsity team this year.

Debbie Moyer is in her second year as head coach at Selinsgrove.

"We have 22 girls on the roster this year, which is up from last year (19)," she said. "The majority of our roster is sophomores and juniors, we only have two seniors on the team."

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