WORCESTER, Mass. - On Saturday, Feb. 19, the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team celebrated National Women In Sports Day by holding a free, two-hour clinic for the girls lacrosse team from Marianapolis Prep. School from Thompson, Conn. Marianapolis took a bus from the school, watched the Holy Cross versus American women's basketball game with the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team and then participated in the clinic.
"Coach Ridolfi and Sutton were well prepared for our arrival," said Marianapolis head coach and Director of Admissions, Dan Harrop. "They gave us two hours of X's and O's and ran us through a series of drills to improve stick skills including shooting and passing on the run. I think this early introduction to the sport, before our season begins, will motivate and excite the girls for the start of the season. Best of all was simply being at Holy Cross, being surrounded by Div. I athletes and coaches. The enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment these student athletes had to their sport left a lasting impression. The sense of purpose the Crusaders exhibited was inspirational for me. They are clearly a team working together to be the best and prove to everyone they are the best."
The Marianapolis team was really looking forward to this day as a way to start getting ready for the season. "The girls were excited for this opportunity before we even got on the bus, let alone got to the HC campus," said Harrop. "Once the clinic started, it was time to get down to business. For many of the girls, it was nice to "stoke the fire" as they remember from last spring as they need to retrain their muscles to behave in different ways that will benefit them in lax. For other girls it was the first time they ever picked up a lax stick and the whole experience was new and exciting. They all tried their best and worked hard to improve their skills. It was a great bonding experience for the team and coaches and a wonderful way to start our season."