Starting a Winning Tradition

The South Huntington Lacrosse Club’s 3rd and 4th Grade girls felt they might be ready to take on their Varsity friends for real.
The South Huntington Lacrosse Club’s 3rd and 4th Grade girls felt they might be ready to take on their Varsity friends for real.
The youngsters look to catch-up to their varsity mentors in a real fast break situation.
The youngsters look to catch-up to their varsity mentors in a real fast break situation.
Whitman senior Katelyn Neumann works with the young players demonstrating some quick passing and shooting.
Whitman senior Katelyn Neumann works with the young players demonstrating some quick passing and shooting.
Varsity player Kelly Baumann looks to pass the ball as her defender moves in.
Varsity player Kelly Baumann looks to pass the ball as her defender moves in.
Basics, like passing, catching, and ground balls are crucial to any successful lacrosse player.
Basics, like passing, catching, and ground balls are crucial to any successful lacrosse player.
Kelly Baumann encourages a player to run hard and play good defense.
Kelly Baumann encourages a player to run hard and play good defense.
South Huntington Lacrosse Club’s coach Steve Scharpf gets his players ready before their big game.
South Huntington Lacrosse Club’s coach Steve Scharpf gets his players ready before their big game.

Two teams came together on Thursday night May 14th to start a tradition that could pave the way to a great future for the Whitman Girls Lacrosse program.  The varsity girls’ lacrosse team hosted the South Huntington Lacrosse Club’s 3rd and 4th Grade girls’ team on the turf for a game that will live in the memories of all involved for years.  Coaches Lisa Christiansen and Joseph Pipolo brought their varsity team to take on the 3rd and 4th graders in an effort to show the younger team what it takes to be a varsity player, and more importantly… how to have a lot of fun playing lacrosse. 

This game was a chance for the young ladies to meet some of the older girls, make a new friend, and find a role model.  The older girls moved the younger players into the right spots, encouraged them, joked with them, pushed them to run hard and play good defense... lessons they will carry with them as they grow. 

The game had the feeling of a Globetrotters game, with the 3rd and 4th graders playing the role of Globetrotters and the varsity girls playing the role of the Generals.   Although many of the younger girls said the varsity girls were a bit too nice to them (“They should play us for REAL!”), every now and then the varsity girls turned on the jets and gave the young team a look at a real fast break, some tough defense, or some quick passing and shooting.  The real score is unknown, but it is believed that the 3rd and 4th graders managed a slight victory over their gracious hosts.

All the girls playing in the game were from Birchwood, Maplewood, and of course Walt Whitman.   To the parents and coaches in attendance, it was another example of just how great our kids are and what a bright future they have in front of them.  The South Huntington team and their coaches would like to thank the varsity girls for this great experience and hope to do it again soon. The young ladies look forward to playing on the other side in a few years when they are varsity players themselves.  It truly was the start of a winning tradition!!