Highline Titans Lacrosse Club Fields New Team for Middle School Girls
A new sport is now available for middle school girls in southwest King County – The Highline Titans Lacrosse Club is fielding its first team of 7th and 8th grade girls from seven different schools in West Seattle, Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines and Seatac.
They’ll be competing in ten games this spring in the Washington Girls Youth Lacrosse league, against teams from Queen Anne, Bainbridge Island, the Eastside, and as far away as Bellingham and Gig Harbor.
“Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in Washington,” says Titans club president Anthony Gardner, “and we’re excited to now be offering it to middle school girls in our region, so they have the option to play in high school, and can just come out and have fun. It’s a great sport!”
Kennedy High School offers women’s lacrosse, and many of these girls may go on to play there, and in the Titans high school program.
Run entirely by parent volunteers, with help from some of the High School Girls players, the inaugural team is learning new skills such as cradling, passing, receiving, and shooting, and basic strategy including positions, basic offense and defense sets, and a few key strategy plays.
“I’m really impressed by how quickly the girls are learning the game,” says head coach JR Jenkins. “They’re all new to lacrosse, but bring in their athletic skills from having played soccer, basketball and volleyball. They all have a great attitude and team spirit, so I have no doubt we’ll be competitive this year, even against teams with more experience.”
Practices are held every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at Sunset Park in Seatac, and games will be played at Manhattan Field in Burien.
“The girls love it because it’s fast, new, and a little aggressive,” according to Girls Youth Coordinator Stacia Jenkins. “They like that, and getting to learn a sport their brothers play. We’re hoping to expand the girls program to elementary school next year, so parents and girls who are interested in seeing what lacrosse is all about are encouraged to come check it out.”
The Highline Titans Lacrosse Club is planning to hold clinics during the summer and next winter to encourage new players to try it out next year.
Visit www.highlinetitanslax.com for updates and game reports. Go Titans!