Lemont Lacrosse Club Hopes to Boost Membership

The Lacrosse Club of Lemont is seeking new team members for the fast-paced, "ice hockey on grass."

Lemont high schoolers looking to try their hand at a newer sport are in luck. The Lacrosse Club of Lemont is recruiting new team members. 

The six-year-old program graduated a large portion of its team members last year—and they're hoping to bring in newbies to fill the slots.

The club is open to Lemont High School students of any level. The club is funded entirely by its members—players pay to participate, and buy their own uniforms and equipments. While costly, the experience is unlike many other sports, said coach Bob Darovic.

Known to most as "ice hockey on grass," lacrosse is fast-paced, packed with hard hits and heavy contact (a bit less contact for girls' teams). It's described as "the fastest sport on two feet,"with players aiming to score by using a stick to hurl a rubber ball into the goal.

"It's addicting," Darovic said. "A kid gets their hands on a lacrosse stick, tries it, and they love it." 

The club is recognized by the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association, and the team plays on the Lemont High School football field. A season consists of 15 games—roughly half away games. At its highest membership, 60 kids played. With the graduation of many members, they're done to roughly 27 or 28 as they head into this year's registration.

Lacrosse is touted as the fastest growing sport in America—and some players start as early as third grade.

"The interest at the younger levels is amazing, and we want to try to build the program now," Darovic said. 

Anyone interested can stop into the Lemont High School board room Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. 

Registration fee: $650*
Uniforms Separate, Cost Approximately: $70 apiece for home and away jerseys. $20 apiece for matching shorts.
Students also responsible for purchasing own equipment.

*The league will accept a non-refundable deposit of $350 with the remaining $300 due before the first practice session.  All players have to be paid in full in order to participate in practice.

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