New Plum girls lacrosse program set for 1st season
Earlier this year, interest levels in starting a Plum girls lacrosse team were measured, and the results were positive.
A group of 21 girls from freshmen to juniors are getting set to make history this spring, and head coach Marlo Svidron couldn't be happier with their progress so far.
“Only one or two had any prior lacrosse experience, and that was only for about one year,” she said.
“They still are very green after a couple of practices, and we have a long way to go. We are teaching the basics, the fundamentals and the attention to detail. We've been working from scratch, basically. We want to teach them the right way.”
Svidron said she is amazing at how quickly they've picked things up.
“We have some good athletes on this team who also play soccer, softball, volleyball and others,” she said.
“They have a good athletic foundation.”
The team's first game is Thursday at Greensburg Central Catholic. Opening faceoff is set for 4 p.m.
“The game experience, they need that,” Svidron said.
“I told them from the beginning that if they learn the fundamentals, have fun and score a goal or two, it will be a successful season. They need to have patience, and good things will come.”
The Plum Lacrosse organization tried to assemble a girls team last year, but only two showed interest. Svidron said the increase in interest among the girls comes from a number of areas.
“As the boys team started to grow and improve, the girls took notice,” Svidron said.
“They gained interest from that. The boys team helped pave the way. The girls also said there weren't that many offerings for girls in the spring other than track and field and softball. They wanted to create another option.”
Svidron said the eventual goal is to have both varsity and JV teams so more girls can get playing time.
“They are excited to see the growth,” Svidron said.
“They've quickly become a team, not just a group of girls. Hopefully, we can go to the school board this summer to be sanctioned in the WPIAL next year.”
Plum plays at Greensburg-Salem on March 26 at 4 p.m. and will play at Latrobe on April 21 at 7 p.m.
The lone home game of the season is April 24 against Indiana. It will be a varsity and JV doubleheader. The JV game will be at 5 p.m. with the varsity at 6.
“They can be relaxed and know there isn't any pressure on them this year,” Svidron said.
“They are very competitive, but they are not beating themselves up when they don't catch the ball, make a nice pass or pick up a ball on the first try. They know it will come. They will get it.”
Svidron said there also is a nice group of seventh and eighth graders, so the program hopes to build to a bright future at the high school level.
“It will be nice for this group to look back 20 years from now and see they were the pioneers for this program,” Svidron said.
The players for this year's team are juniors Marissa Dent, Alyssa Ioannou, Nicole Ioannou, Samantha Kolar, Alexa Nolan, Angel Robinson, Haley Scholze, Cara Schutzman, Carlie Sipe and Ashtyn Sparrow; sophomores Caitlin Boyle, Lauren Heckmann, Rachel Kelley, Brianna Marks, Gianna Palmieri, Amanda Parente, Lillian Paul, Shannon Soboslay and Caitlyn Waitt; and freshmen Carmen Veltri and Zoe Ward.
“I see improvement in this team every day,” Svidron said.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.