Sticks up! West Orange HS adds girls lacrosse program this spring

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School has added a girls lacrosse program this spring.

“We are so excited about this opportunity to finally have a girls lacrosse program at WOHS,” said head coach Kailee Beal. “We have been building the recreation travel level for four years now and have finally pushed for it to be at the high school.”

The program has varsity and JV teams this spring. Approximately 40 girls are in the program. “We are hoping to progress to three levels (Varsity, JV and Freshman) within the next two-three years.”

Beal outlined her goals for the program.

“My hopes and expectations this year are to focus on improvement and fundamentals,” she said. “As a first-year program, the girls will consistently be working on improving every day. Focusing on fundamentals is so important when a lacrosse player is brand new to the sport. Once the girls can get the fundamentals down, it starts to become a natural habit. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.’ The team is motivated to learn and committed to the sport. We are hoping it turns to a habit and they keep working on the game in the off-season. This is a learning and building season. I’m not expecting the girls to win every game, but expecting them to come off the field every day, whether it is a game or practice, learning something new and improving from the day before.

“We hope to build a lacrosse culture here in West Orange. We have a great group of girls who are 100 percent committed. We are so excited for this season!”

The team’s first pre-season scrimmage is March 18 at Hoboken. “They are also a newer program, so it will be great to see how we do!” said Beal.