Story by Kathrine Flores
For the new MVC sport of lacrosse, a new team and coach have arrived at the MVC campus. “I want them to be a part of the inaugural season; they’re going to be a part of history here at Valley,” said new Head Coach Jennifer Pipitone. The women’s lacrosse team, although a club team for now, has an optimistic outlook for its upcoming season and seasons to come.
Pipitone, who is from Long Island, N.Y., has an extensive history with the sport. Pipitone has been playing lacrosse since she was 5 years old and eventually made her way to Limestone College in South Carolina. She has played for and against national teams and has made four NCAA tournament appearances. A lot of experience comes with the new women’s head coach and she plans on “sharing her knowledge” with everyone interested in playing.
The club team will be playing against other four-year colleges, whether the teams are NAIA, NCAA, or other club teams. Since the lacrosse team is a club team this year, it will not affect the eligibilities of any athletes.
“This year is going to be growing and developing and hopefully we’ll have a lot of returners from this year to the competitive season,” Pipitone said after the first meeting on Monday.
Players with experience and non-experience showed up to the meeting looking forward to a new experience at Valley. Kayla Clark, an Exercise Science junior from St. Louis, said “I have no experience whatsoever but I have always wanted to play, just never went to a school that offered the sport.”The first meeting consisted of women who play different sports throughout Valley and had two lacrosse players that Pipitone recruited from the East Coast. Taylor Rae Matthews, a Physical Education freshman from Baltimore, Md., one of the experienced players, is excited about this season and said that she “wants to bring some people from Maryland here (Valley) because Maryland is really big with lacrosse.”
A new coach, a new team, and a new piece of history are all being developed this year on the Valley campus. New talents will be discovered and long-term friendships will be cherished.