Hilltopper Boys Lacrosse takes on Rio Rancho during the
2017 season. Photo by Leslie Geyer
Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse has received an equipment grant valued at $9,000 from U.S. 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 U.S. Lacrosse for up to 40 new players and four coaches.
“On behalf of U.S. Lacrosse, I would like to congratulate Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse on your selection as a 2017 US Lacrosse First Stick Grant recipient,” said Meghan Chaplick, Sr. Manager, Programs.
In addition, SISU Mouthguards has awarded the league an equipment grant of 100 mouthguards as part of the U.S. 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 quarter finals 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 www.laylax.org. Plans for this year include expanding play against teams in Colorado, participating in clinics and coach training, and recruiting more players for all teams. “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 desperately needed for the girls and youth teams, and referees are needed for all teams,” Leslie Geyer, league manager, said. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. To get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Lacrosse is the national governing body for lacrosse and provides national leadership, structure, and resources to fuel the sport’s growth and enrich the experience of participants. 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.