BY: MATT MERKLE
Lacrosse has exploded into the fastest-growing sport of this decade. More clubs and teams crop up every year. The visible effects hit home at Franciscan University of Steubenville as it begins the inaugural year of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Both teams are getting ready to gear up for next semester’s season.
Franciscan’s lacrosse program offers a unique opportunity for new and current student-athletes to become involved and participate in our Catholic ministry. The popularity of lacrosse gives Franciscan the ability to reach a greater number of incoming students and provide them with the knowledge and charity that it takes to partake in Franciscan Athletics. Ministry is the main priority for men’s lacrosse head coach Peter Rosachi.
When asked, on a scale of one to ten, how excited he is to be the head of the men’s lacrosse team, Rosachi answered “fifteen”.
Rosachi has coached lacrosse for over a decade in New York. He acknowledged that this inaugural year is exciting for his new players as three of his future opponents are also new to NCAA Division III lacrosse.
Rosachi has two children currently attending Franciscan and one that graduated last year. He has seen first-hand the growth that his children experienced here and is more than excited to be able to magnify that positive influence through the lacrosse team. He understands his unique opportunity to be a catalyst of Christ’s light that Franciscan Athletics has been able to accomplish year after year.
Women’s lacrosse coach Maura Conant showed her excitement and joy to set an athletic standard that Franciscan will be proud of for years. She especially emphasized how team sports, such as lacrosse, bring student athletes confidence in unique ways.
“Student-athletes learn so much about themselves and life in sports,” Conant said. “They overcome self-doubt; especially in women. They end up doing things they never thought were possible. My players master trust and communication”.
When asked what she thought the most exciting part of the inaugural season is, she answered, “When building a new team from the bottom, it creates a great place for new players. They have the opportunity, in the inaugural year, to set the tone for future athletes.”
The teams are currently practicing in preparation for their season which starts in February. If any student is interested in playing lacrosse for the school, they should contact the athletic department for more information.