HILLSDALE, N.J.– For the first time in program history, the Pascack Valley High School boys and girls lacrosse teams will be traveling from Hillsdale to Orlando March 17 for spring training, the head coaches said.
The squads are taking a 5-day trip to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for preseason scrimmages.
Six seniors from both sides, along with Head Coaches Craig Buckley and Melissa Velez, agreed that the venture will foster camaraderie.
“They’re going to spend 3 to 4 days together — which is big for team building,” said Buckley of Fair Lawn.
The teams will participate in a clinic and compete in scrimmages.
The boys will face both in and and out-of-state teams, including a school from Washington, D.C. The girls will square of with teams from Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina.
“They need to see that other states have lacrosse as well,” girls head coach Melissa Velez, who played lacrosse at Kean University, said. “They need to see that the sport is growing and there’s a lot of talent out there.”
Last season, the inclement weather limited the Indians' ability to practice outdoors.The closest alternative was practicing on Waldwick Super Dome’s turf fields.
“When we’re in the gym, it’s like we can’t do anything,” attacker Natalie Bade said.
But in Florida, the sky's the limit.
“We’re so excited,” senior midfielder Katie Gallagher said.
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