Lacrosse is one of the most beloved and popular sports at Centennial, and the new season is about to begin. Games usually have a large audience, and they receive a lot of support from students and teachers at Centennial.
Last year, the varsity girls team made it to the second round of playoffs but ended up losing to Milton. They were ranked second in the region last year, so a goal for this year would be to be first in the region.
Andrew White, who is on the varsity boys team, said, “Our team did pretty well last year, making it to the state semifinals for the third year in a row. We lost a lot of guys last year but we have another strong team coming back this year with a pretty much new coaching staff,” he added.
Amelia Wright, who has been on varsity since her freshman year and recently verbally committed to Temple University, said, “Another goal of ours is to get younger players involved in the team since a large portion of the team is seniors and they will be leaving next year.”
A lot of effort goes into preparing for the season, and the practice/game schedule is a huge time commitment for all the players, especially those on varsity. Wright said, “Starting in October we practice one day after school and one day before school. Usually, we run, do weight room conditioning, and do core exercises to prepare for the season. During the season, we have practice every day, team bonding once a month, and team dinners and games twice a week, so the time commitment is very serious.”
White added, “Workouts for us start the first week of September and go all the way until tryouts in January. We do weights and running. During the season most of our time is spent on lacrosse with our practices being 6 days a week and a trip in the middle of the season.”
Although the environment and time commitment for varsity is very intense, being on the JV team is much more relaxed and is good for any type of player, whether you are just starting out or already have some experience. Wright said, “Tryouts start January 21 and there are plenty of open spots for people on JV. We would love for new people to come out.”
There is also a lacrosse clinic for Junior Knights on Jan. 26 from 1:00- 4:00 p.m. for girls grades 2-8. The link to register is www.tinyurl.com/CentennialLaxClinic. The clinic is free and would be great for anyone with younger sisters who are interested in trying lacrosse.
The first girls’ game is on February 13 at Mount View High School, but they also have a scrimmage against Walton on Thursday, Jan. 30 at home. The first boy’s game is on February 4 against Greater Atlanta Christian at 7:00 p.m. at the Fortress. White said, “Come out and support! We have a lot of home games and every game will be a battle!”