The men’s club lacrosse team has started conducting regular practices as they get ready to face off in an upcoming tournament.
The team has a 20-man roster and has been practicing three times a week in preparation for the 2013 Lone Star Alliance Invitational in Huntsville.
The tournament will take place in April and will give ACU its first game experience against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Stephen F. Austin State University.
“It feels really great to finally get out on the field and start practicing,” said Aaron Johnson, junior art and psychology major from Oakton, Va.
“Right now we’re working on a lot of stick drill and fundamentals to really get a solid base before we start working on live, game speed situations.”
“I never thought ACU was going to have any kind of organized lacrosse team so I’m really happy because it’s been something I’ve been hoping for for several years.”
A contribution from the Student’s Association has helped the team work toward their goal of raising $18,000, which they will need to be able to participate in a full season next spring.
If the team meets their fundraising goal, they will be able to join the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. Lacrosse is played as a spring sport in this league. They will have games every weekend and will be playing for a chance to compete in a national collegiate tournament.
Parker Tennet, freshman nursing major from Houston, is the club’s president and is helping the team prepare on the field, as the team doesn’t have a coach.
“It wasn’t that long ago that this was all just an idea so that fact that it’s come together so well is really exciting,” Tennet said. “It feels great to finally be able to practice. The contribution from the student congress has really helped us in reaching that goal.”
The team is excited to finally be out on the field but is still short of its $18,000 goal.
They are hoping for more support from the community so they can compete in a full season next year.Â Anyone interesting in donating can contact Parker Tennet at (832) 623-3176.