It's the dawn of a brand new era at Smyrna High School: the inaugural season of the girls' lacrosse team. Excitement is rampant with the coaching staff and all of the members of the brand new team.
"This is a building year for our program, and we have 10 games scheduled. We are a JV sport this year since it's our first year," said coach Amy Musto. "We are anticipating becoming a Varsity and JV program next season. Our girls are excited about being a part of the debut season of lacrosse and making history for SHS! I am thrilled to be joining the ranks of the outstanding coaches Smyrna has and also to be coaching at my alma mater," she said. There's There's a true pioneer spirit for all of the participants, who go into the season with high hopes, and realistic expectations. "We have 2 seniors, 6 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 17 freshmen. The biggest challenge for us this year: Only 5 players had any experience whatsoever with lacrosse clubs from Dover and Middletown or other high schools in MD. We have been teaching the fundamentals (rules of the game, roles of each position) since March 1st.," said Musto. "Our girls have worked extremely hard to learn the techniques of throwing, catching, scooping, defending, and shooting. They have been watching video online and practicing at home to improve these skills. We also took a trip to see a UD game against Loyola to learn the game," she said. This season's captains are senior Mariah Vass and sophomores Bailey Grey and Alyssa Mears. Vass said she is thrilled to be played on the first –ever girls' lacrosse team at Smyrna. "I'm happy we have a girls team now, and I couldn't be happier or ask for better teammates," she said. Grey has limited experience, and is also very happy to be playing her favorite sport. "I played for two years in middle school, and I played basketball and softball, but missed playing lacrosse. I like every aspect of the game," she said. Mears also has limited experience on the field, and is ready for a great experience. "I like the family aspect of this team. We're all getting closer, and I've met a lot of new people, so far," she said. Musto lists a group of players she refers to as her standouts. That list includes freshman Center Maddie Price, Freshman Goal Keeper: Gabby DiRusso, sophomore 3rd Home Alicia Robinson, senior Attack Wing Mariah Vass, and freshmen 1st Home Alison Sayers. As for the standouts she listed, only one, Mariah Vass, had any prior experience: she actually played on the boys squad for Smyrna last year since they didn't have girls lacrosse. "Coach LeBloch and I could not be prouder of how hard our girls have worked. We have seen our girls blossom and gel into a competitive team. It has helped that we have such an awesome group of athletes that are so willing to learn the sport of lacrosse. We look forward to building a strong program for Smyrna High School in the upcoming years with a determined group of underclassmen," she said. The Lady Eagles dropped their first ever game, but came back to tie PolyTech 4-4 in their home opener. "We couldn't be prouder of the way our girls played. They played with so much heart and determination. They wanted this game to be a game to remember as they made history for their school. They went hard, covered their girls and came up with the ball whenever it was loose. This was a game that will set the tone for the rest of the season and for the future of our program, said Musto.