Utah Tech women’s lacrosse program looks to grow

Utah Tech women’s lacrosse team is an upcoming club on campus. They are pictured here at their late night practice to prepare for their upcoming season. Annie Sorensen | Sun News Daily

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What once was “long past due” is now one of the newest and fastest-growing clubs at Utah Tech University.

The Utah Tech women’s lacrosse program is paving the way for collegiate women’s lacrosse. 

Head coach Amy Erickson said, “I have lived here for about a year and a half, and I know there is a large women’s movement for lacrosse to be down here in general.”

Erickson was eager to have the opportunity to apply her 10-plus years of lacrosse experience to a college-level team. During the club’s new student expo, over 50 students signed up. 

Nakaela Peterson, a senior exercise science major from Las Vegas, said, “I was always interested in lacrosse, so at club rush when I saw the tables for women’s lacrosse, I decided to try it out and they were very welcoming.”

The team encourages anyone with a desire to play lacrosse to attend a practice and try it out despite their previous experience. The team’s Instagram provides a link to register.

“Right now we are trying to build a team, so, if people are interested, they are welcome to come,” Erickson said. “We don’t want anything to hold people back if they have an interest.” 

Although the team is self-funded, the team has extra sticks and gear available for those wanting to play. 

Assistant coach Lyndsay Callahan said: “The more the girls, whether they have played before or never played before at all, will be embraced with open arms. We will equip them with the gear and skills they need to help us with our mission along with theirs with the school.”

The Utah Tech women’s lacrosse team is looking forward to growing over the next few years in hopes to build an actual Division II team in addition to building camaraderie throughout the team and the university.

Currently, the team is looking forward to competing against Southern Utah University, Weber State University and Utah Valley University March 30 at SUU.

“This is the start of what will be a very promising future for both the school and the team,” Callahan said.