Lacrosse is rising in popularity by the second. More and more students are participating and being recognized for their talent in the sport. Senior Anna Methe is passionate about lacrosse and will be playing in college.
Lacrosse is a sport in which a ball is caught and then carried with a long L-shaped stick. According to the lacrosse camp Game Breakers, “Lacrosse has seen an increase in participation because of its growing popularity in youth sports. The youth segment is possibly the fastest growing area of the sport due to overnight sports summer camps and club leagues. The more children learn to play lacrosse, the more popular the sport will become.”
Methe was awarded an academic scholarship to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa and has committed to playing on their lacrosse team. Originally 50 others tried out for the team, but only two people ended up getting on – including Methe.
While Methe is waiting for college to begin, she can be found playing with Westside’s all girls lacrosse team. “Over the past three years, I have grown to love my team with all my heart. I have laughed and cried my heart out with those girls, and the thought of losing them this year makes my heart ache. They were the best people to introduce me to lacrosse, and I will forever thank them for it,” Methe said.
Between school, work and lacrosse, Methe somehow manages her busy schedule by being organized and using her time wisely. “It’s a lot of just finding the time. For example, I cut back on work to focus on lacrosse. Working one night a week at the movie theater is what I’m currently doing right now,” Methe said. “I also have a really weird schedule where I go to bed at 8 p.m., wake up at 3 a.m., go to the gym or do homework and go to school.” She is in no way recommending that schedule, but it’s something that works really well for her.
Although Methe is excited to play lacrosse in college, she will miss the Westside team. Her teammates are the ones who originally introduced her to the sport and it will be painful to leave them behind. “All I can do is thank them for introducing me to lacrosse,” Methe said.