On Saturday, March 16, NNU’s inaugural women’s lacrosse team hosted its historic first game against Boise State University. Although the Lady Crusaders fell to their opponent with a final score of 10-4, campus support for the team was outstanding as many students and staff came out to show their support.
The match and team come as the result of efforts by the Office of Student Development throughout the fall to gauge energy and interest in the student body about the creation of a women’s lacrosse team. Since the game is not recognized as an official NCAA sport in the West, lacrosse teams function as student clubs at universities.
“Lacrosse is a growing sport and area of interest throughout the West and in the Treasure Valley, and we are excited to provide this opportunity for involvement to current students in addition to being another reason why a prospective student might choose to come to NNU,” said Carey Cook, vice president for student development.
Team Captain and goalkeeper Teagan Cameron, who played lacrosse for 10 years before coming to NNU, has been overwhelmed with the excitement surrounding the new team. “The response to women’s lacrosse at NNU has been incredibly supportive! It is awesome to see how many girls are willing to try out a new sport and how good they are at it.”
That support reached a new height on Saturday as an unofficially-estimated crowd of over 200 came out to watch the game, erupting in raucous cheers as senior Celina Mortensen, a newcomer on the lacrosse field, scored NNU’s historic first goal a few minutes into the game.
“The reaction from our opponents at BSU and the commissioner of the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League [who refereed the match] was overwhelmingly positive regarding our crowd, our facilities and our team’s play and potential, “continued VP Cook. “It has been fun to see the excitement and buzz on campus. I am pleased to say that our progress so far has exceeded our expectations.”
NNU’s next match will be another test against Boise State on BSU’s campus on April 6 at 12 p.m.