On November 17, grade 10 Riverside student athletes Christina Sato, Alex Sato, Amy Vegh, Natalie Gane, Alyssa Wahl, Molly Shmidtt, Quinn Malcolm, Katelyn Walker, Daniella Stroup and Taya Schubert all ventured down to Orlando, Florida as part of Team BC Lacrosse to take part in the President’s Cup, a Field Lacrosse tournament.
The tournament showcases the top high school players from North America to over 200 university lacrosse coaches in search of finding the top athletes to add to their teams, and also gives the girls an opportunity to explore playing lacrosse at an American university if they wish to do so. Before the tournament the girls sacrifice their Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings every weekend to train in preparation for the tournament. At the tournament, the girls played five games over the span of three days. The tournament took place at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which hosts various National events and training fields for many professional sport teams. The team’s stats for the weekend went three wins one loss and one tie.
One of the big “take-aways” for the trip, according to Walker is that playing with your best friends and classmates is one of a kind experience. In between the games, the girls had no time for rest. They got the chance to visit the unbelievable campus of the University of Florida and got to spend a day as a student athlete would and enjoyed all the perks of being a “Gator.” To end off the trip, the team visited Universal Studios for thrill seeking rides and unreal simulations. Overall the trip went off without a hitch, even though the trip was a long haul, taking over seven hours of traveling. “The atmosphere of being with your closest friends in so many unbelievable environments was something unforgettable and made the trip really worth it,” said Chris Sato. The team will also be traveling to Palm Springs, California at the end of January to take part in Sand Storm, another recruiting tournament. The Eddy wishes the girls the best of luck.