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Cleveland State Lacrosse holds the Green and White intersquad scrimmage.

 

October 13, 2016

Lacrosse team debuts in scrimmage

Fans could witness Cleveland State University’s newest sports team for the first time when the men’s lacrosse team hit Krenzler Field for its Green & White Scrimmage on Thursday, Sept. 29. The teammate--versus--teammate quality of the game gave the players a fun and competitive way to gain experience as a team.


At this stage, months before the beginning of the regular season, it’s all about applying everything the team has learned from its coaches, like head coach Dylan Sheridan. He said he wanted to see some of that application during the team’s scrimmage.


“I just want to see that we’re building off some of the things that [the coaches] taught,” Sheridan said. “We need to build day by day, so if I see that we’ve applied the things we’ve been practicing the last few weeks, I’ll be pretty stoked about what we’re able to do.”


Players look to practice as a way to apply everything they have learned while gaining valuable experience for the upcoming season. Performing in front of a crowd is another important aspect of the game that the new lacrosse team has now experienced for the first time.


“Any time the kids get the opportunity to showcase their hard work [in front of a crowd], it’s a payoff,” Sheridan said. “It’s an opportunity to showcase that they’ve been working hard [and] that they’ve been making strides to get to where we want to go.”


Now that the players have introduced themselves to an audience, it’s back to practicing and learning the playbook. The new team has many young players who are still getting used to the high level of competition that is a part of Division I level lacrosse, even though right now it’s only practices.


“They’re young guys,” Sheridan said. “They’re all pretty much freshman and this grind of day—to--day practice for them is much more than what they’re used to.”


The team will continue to learn the playbook, grow close together as a group, and learn the terminology from the coaches and fundamentals of the game.


“Playing at this level is just drastically different,” Sheridan said. “They’ve done a great job with it -- it just it takes time.”


Fans can watch the team in action for the second time at Krenzler Field during their fall exhibition game versus Bellarmine University at noon Sunday, Oct. 23.

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