HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team hosted a free youth clinic for players from the North Haven Youth Lacrosse program on Friday, April 2. Over 40 girls from the North Haven program were in attendance at the clinic and were coached by the Bobcats. The youth players worked on individual stick skills, ground balls, dodging, defense, and shooting, and wrapped up with scrimmages.
"Anytime we get the opportunity to give back to the sport by working with the next generation of lacrosse players, it's a win-win for us," head coach Danie Caro explained. "Not only did the North Haven youth players get to work with college athletes who are great role models for them, our current players were reminded of how fun lacrosse can be when every new skill you learn is exciting. They really enjoyed getting to share their knowledge and interact with the younger players."
The women's lacrosse team conducted the clinic as part of the Athletic Department's Positive Play Program which incorporates service to the community into the overall athletics experience.
Junior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who helped coordinate the clinic and planned the instructional program, said, "We always enjoy hosting these youth clinics. These younger girls are the future of women's lacrosse and we love getting them excited about the sport."
Matuszczak is one of the team's representatives on the student-athlete council, and has been one of the team's leaders in Positive Play initiatives.
"Positive Play events bring our team together in a non-competitive setting and makes us really aware of the good we can contribute to the community," Matuszczak added.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, April 7, when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y., to take on the Wagner Seahawks. The teams are set to begin play at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac is currently 5-0 this season in Northeast Conference play and sits atop the league standings.