LA lacrosse awarded $9,000 equipment grant

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By The Staff

Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse has received an equipment grant valued at $9,000 from US Lacrosse.

The First Stick Grant awards the league with equipment for boys and girls players including sticks, helmets, eyewear, pads, gloves, and goalie equipment. The grant includes complimentary membership to US Lacrosse for up to 40 new players and four coaches.

In addition, SISU Mouthguards has awarded the league an equipment grant of 100 mouthguards as part of the US Lacrosse Diversity and Inclusion program.

“These grants will boost our program and help us to introduce more players to the game of lacrosse,” said high school boys’ coach James Miller.

Last season the Hilltopper boys ended the season in second place, losing to the Duke City Scorpions at the state championships in May.

“We look forward to building the girl’s lacrosse program in Los Alamos with the help of these equipment grants,” added high school girls’ coach Whitney Pryce.

Last season was the first season for the Los Alamos high school girls’ team.

The players went to the quarterfinals while participating on a composite team with players from other towns.

“This year, we hope to have our own standalone high school team and a youth girls’ team,” Pryce said.

The league has been in Los Alamos for six seasons, and the 2018 season starts in January. Registration opens Nov. 15 at laylax.org.  

“Last year we had 11 seniors graduate,” Miller said. “We have a great group of students who have been playing for several years, and we can always benefit by adding new ones.”

“Volunteer coaches are needed for the girls and youth teams, and referees are needed for all teams,” added Leslie Geyer, league manager.  

No experience is necessary, and training is provided. To get involved, e-mail info@laylax.org.

The mission of Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse is to provide the opportunity for youth in northern New Mexico to play the fast-paced, exciting and fun game of lacrosse.