High school lacrosse is a spring sport but a number of area athletes move inside in the winter to prepare for upcoming season. “We have about a dozen area players on our winter indoor team,” said …
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High school lacrosse is a spring sport but a number of area athletes move inside in the winter to prepare for upcoming season.
“We have about a dozen area players on our winter indoor team,” said Matt Thomas, Englewood lacrosse coach. “The team is made up of Englewood and Thomas Jefferson players. Jason Kimczak, the TJ coach, and I coach the team.”
The team the coach calls “T-wood” plays in the winter indoor league at the Foothills arena. Thomas said there are about a dozen players on the roster.
“We have a pretty solid team,” Thomas said. “Most of our guys really like playing lacrosse. We get all our players into every game so they get as much game experience as possible. Several of the players told me playing in the winter league definitely helps them get ready for the upcoming spring season.”
It is a five-team league and the T-wood team won its season opener over Littleton 5-3.
The coach said his co-captains are Englewood's Kiko Abdelsaied and Riley Graves.
“Kiko is a big defender. He really likes the sport. He is a senior and he hopes to go to Metropolitan State University of Denver and play lacrosse for the Roadrunners,” Thomas said. “Riley Graves also goes to Englewood High School. He is our goalie and does a great job for us.”
The coach said he has a number of young players, including sophomore midfielder Grant Webster. The sophomore is the winter team's scoring leader with 21 points so far this season. A player gets one point for each goal or assist. Webster has 11 goals and 10 assists. Thomas said Webster may break the team's scoring records established by Caleb Medina and 2018 graduate Travis Hastings.
Lacrosse is a sport that requires special skills because the ball is caught, thrown and carried down the field in the net pocket of a lacrosse stick. Players have to master a skill called cradling, moving the stick in a rocking motion, to keep the ball in the net while running down the field.
Lacrosse traces its history to the game played by Native American tribes, particularly those in what is now the northeastern United States. The game got its current name from the French. Early explorers saw the tribes playing the game and, because the explorers thought the sticks resembled a bishop's staff called a crozier, they called it la crozier which became lacrosse.
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