The girls lacrosse team is a very unique group here at Chaparral. The team is combined with multiple schools, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling like a family. All the girls and coaches are there to get better at the sport they love and to make long lasting friendships. “I coach to help girls to become women of empathy and integrity, who will become responsible leaders that will impact changes in the world for good” says varsity head coach, Dix Baines. He has been a coach for girls lacrosse for 17 years. He says that he “especially appreciate the women’s game as it’s style of play is closer to the Native Americans original contests.” Even though the team is made up of multiple schools, there’s a special connection between the girls, “we are one team, given the opportunity to participate as a Co-Op” says Baines. Rather than being rivals, the girls become one unit that supports each other and gives each other strength to keep doing their best while playing. Lacrosse is a sport that is growing very fast “there are not enough trained officials and coaches to cover the demand” said Baines; that is one of the reasons that the schools combined their girls team. The popularity of the sport keeps it afloat “as many as half of the 50 + varsity teams playing are co-ops” said Baines. There are many different teams here at Chap, however the girls lacrosse team has a different experience while playing their sport, which creates an unparalleled experience for all the individuals involved.
By: Lauren Browne