The Comox Valley Lacrosse Association is seeing an increased number of girls trying the sport. Photo supplied

New wave of female lacrosse players

The CVLA is seeing greater numbers of women interested in the sport

A new wave of strong, confident, athletic female lacrosse players are emerging in the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Lacrosse Association, which is holding drop-in sessions for all youth to try this exciting sport, has seen a significant increase in the number of young women considering the sport.

In support of female lacrosse, CVLA is arranging female-only drop-in and training sessions as well.

“It is great to see so many more female players coming out and trying lacrosse,” association president Geoff Garbutt said. “It is certainly helping to grow the game in the Comox Valley, and there are tremendous opportunities available to female players through the BC Lacrosse Association and Vancouver Island Minor Lacrosse initiatives.”

These young players are following the success of Selena Lasota from Campbell River who, after following her brother into playing lacrosse, was recruited to play for Northwestern University in Illinois on a full scholarship. Lasota has been recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Week and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. She won gold while representing Canada at the 2015 U19 Woman’s World Lacrosse Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lacrosse is a sport that is surging in popularity. With a world championship every four years, it has become a contender to return as an Olympic sport. With this mounting wave of support, one of our own female athletes could, in the near future, be gunning for Olympic gold.

FMI: www.comoxvalleywild.com or email cvlacrosse04@gmail.com

If you have a specific interest in female lacrosse in the Comox Valley and on Vancouver Island, contact Colleen Houlihan at colleenhoulihan1@gmail.com

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