Lacrosse Takes Over
KENNEWICK, Wash - Columbia Park East was taken over by kids with sticks this weekend! Lacrosse sticks that is. This Saturday and Sunday the Three Rivers Lacrosse club hosted the third annual 3 Rivers Lacrosse Shoot-out down by the Columbia River. High school and middle school teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho came together in a round-robin style tournament. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States, and it just now gaining popularity in the inland Northwest. Central Washington University just added a club lacrosse team, and the sport is extremely popular both in Portland and Seattle. Just recently, the City of Richland showed their support for lacrosse by giving money to build multi-purpose fields with lights at the Horn Rapids Complex that can be used for lacrosse.
Candace Kolbas, the President of 3 Rivers Lacrosse, says it's really a universal sport. "If you pay you play," says Kolbas. "It's not like a lot of the high school sanctioned sports where you'll find kids on the sidelines in clean uniforms at the end of the season." Lacrosse, much like soccer, is also great exercise. The average "lax" (slang for lacrosse) player runs about two and a half miles in a game. Coach Nick Guida says football players can really benefit from playing lacrosse. "We call it the spring contact sport. It's a great transition sport for football players because it promotes hand-eye coordination and keeps you in shape."
If you would like to learn more about 3 Rivers Lacrosse and see how you can get involved, simply check out their website at www.threeriverslacrosse.com