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CSU creates new lacrosse club

Club president welcomes talent to new team

By Nick Nunnari
On February 12, 2013

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If you have never heard of lacrosse, you soon will. It is the fastest growing sport in America right now. Lacrosse is played by both men and women, at all different levels of competition in America. To best describe lacrosse, it is sort of a cross combination of hockey, soccer and basketball.
The goal of lacrosse is to score the ball in the opponent's goal and defend your goal from the other team. Unlike soccer or basketball, hands or feet are not used to move the ball. Instead there is a use of a lacrosse stick.
For college club teams there are 10 players on the field for each team: one goalie, three all-time defensive players, three middle-level players who switch on and off from offense to defense, and three all-time offensive players. With a large amount of running and physical play, roster sizes vary from a minimum of about 15, all the way up to 40. Games are held on soccer fields and football fields. College games are made up of four quarters all 15 minutes in length, with overtime periods as needed.
With America's increasing interest of lacrosse, Cleveland State University followed the trend. Led by Matt Saris, founder and president of the new club, the team gained approval from Rachel Hartman, the graduate supervisor of intramural and club sports at the Recreation Center, to form the first club lacrosse team at CSU.
This is not the first time Saris has created a lacrosse team in a school. In Brunswick High School, Matt took charge to form a team there also. He is involved in coaching Brunswick's middle school lacrosse team as the defensive coach. Saris' determinaton outside of the field will show on the field with this up and coming club.
Gaining interest in the sport from fliers and talking to various people, Saris and club Vice President Blake Carpenter have recruited a team of 15 members. The club will be competing against several colleges in the spring of 2013 including: Michigan University, Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania, Akron University, Kent State University, and many more.
Their first game is on Feb. 24. They will be playing a doubleheader against the Ashland Eagles and the Northeast Ohio Ducks at Ashland University. The team is still recruiting interested lacrosse players, and their first practice will be held on Feb. 12 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at Krenzler Field.

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