Chicks with sticks, growing Lacrosse locally; STGnews Photo Gallery

Hurricane v Red Rock Lacrosse clubs, Desert Hills High School, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Southern Utah has so many wonderful things, from National Parks to red rock cliffs and picture-perfect weather. But until a year ago, Utah’s Dixie was missing one fun element: the sport of lacrosse.

Through the efforts of Sam Laub and Sunny Ellsworth, young people in southern Utah now have an opportunity to try and compete in one of America’s fastest growing sports.

Hurricane v Red Rock Lacrosse clubs, Desert Hills High School, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Hurricane v Red Rock Lacrosse clubs, Desert Hills High School, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

“One of the great things about lacrosse is it gives girls who missed out on opportunities in other sports smoething new and fun to get involved in,” Ellsworth said. “We moved here three years ago from Las Vegas and my girls played lacrosse there, but there were no teams here. We started with Sam in St. George and Red Rock (Lacrosse Club), but we live out here in Hurricane. So we decided to start our own.”

Now nearly 30 girls between the two teams compete locally. The two teams are in the Nevada Women’s Lacrosse League, but Ellsworth and Laub say they hope to grow the sport enough for the St. George area to have its own league.

“Almost all the schools in Salt lake and in Vegas have lacrosse club teams and back east they are official school teams, sanctioned by the activities associations,” Ellsworth said. “It’s such a fun game and combines elements from many different sports. We are really just beginning here, teaching the fundamentals and starting from scratch. I’m just a parent and have watched a lot of videos to get ready to coach these girls. But we have gone to Vegas and to Salt Lake and done pretty well.

The two teams played Wednesday night, with Hurricane winning 9-2. But it’s a safe bet to say the fun rivalry between these two teams will continue for years to come as the sport grows.

The Utah High School Activities Association has also considered lacrosse, along with rugby, as a sanctioned sport in the near future.

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Hurricane v Red Rock Lacrosse, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Hurricane v Red Rock Lacrosse, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2013 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

 

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3 Comments

  • Joey May 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Here is the facebook page for the girls lacrosse team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/112218135523204/

    Join the facebook page and find out about all the latest news, when the games are and how to join in the fun!

  • laxmom May 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Boys lacrosse is also active in Washington County. The RedRock Lacrosse club team is made up of boys from all schools and has been competing since 2006. For more information check out the website http://www.redrocklax.com/

  • Joe April 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    RedRock Lacrosse has been renamed to Southern Utah Lacrosse. Please visit our new website at http://www.southernutahlacrosse.com. Boys 2nd grade through High School Varsity. Contact us for information on boys and girls lacrosse in Washington County and Cedar City.

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