Men’s lacrosse club in the works

Students wait on SGA approval for new club sport

By Miguel Luna
On November 20, 2015

ASU students who hope to start men’s lacrosse as a new club sport await its approval as it moves to the SGA Senate.

Junior Dusty Ortiz brought the idea of lacrosse to sophomore Donovan Broadway.

“He really liked the idea and helped me get it started,” Ortiz said.

Lacrosse can be described as hockey on a field. However, instead of a puck the players throw and catch a rubber ball using a stick that has a head with a net. Each team has 10 players on the field.

Ortiz said he was looking for something to play and wanted to start something himself.

“It’s just something different,” Broadway said. “I love learning different things.”

The two students presented their request to form a new club sport to the Center for Student Involvement.

“We had to create a constitution that states what we are doing, policies on who can play, when they can play and anti-hazing,” Ortiz said.

The two used word of mouth and social media to recruit players and received a positive response from guys who found the sport exciting, wanted to try a new sport, or those who had played before.

If Student Government Association approves the sport, the team would have to fund themselves for the first year. After the first year the sport will be eligible for university funding.

“This is to show we will be able to support ourselves, to show we can take care of ourselves,” Broadway said.

Originally the president was Ortiz, but because he is not enrolled as a full student he was not allowed to be hold that position or be officially a founding father. He then gave the position to Broadway.

Ortiz said he was upset but he was okay as long as the sport was approved and be able to play.

If the SGA approves it, the club will then have elections for the rest of the positions.

“We want it to be open to everyone and have an equal,” Ortiz said.

Many members are new to the sport with only a few having played before. Ortiz said that being a new sport brought in a lot of people.

“It’s going to take practice,” Broadway said. “We’ve tried to pick up people that are quick learners and have the athletic ability to try and put forth the effort.”

However the club is not excluding people who just want to play casually or to try a new sport.

“It’s open to everybody,” Ortiz said. “You just have to be willing to know how to learn and put in the work.”

Lacrosse is an expensive sport. This is why fundraising will be a huge issue the club will talk about. They have already discussed many ideas but nothing is official until they await the SGA’s decision.

“It’ll be exciting,” Broadway said.

The team is not co-ed because the rules on contact are different in men’s and women’s teams.

“We’re really hoping someone likes the idea and makes a women’s lacrosse team,” Ortiz said. “I think it’ll be fun to have a men’s and women’s lacrosse team.”

The team hopes to play in the Lonestar Alliance Conference and play against school such as University of Tulsa, Tarleton State University and Texas Tech University.

Ortiz said the team might get some scrimmages in the spring and start the following year. However, it all depends on the when the SGA announces their decision.

 

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