April 20, 2011

Women's Lacrosse Reads To Pre-School Children

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team travelled to the Alphabet Academy in Hamden on Monday to read to pre-school students as part of the Athletic Department's Positive Play program. In addition to reading with the children, the team demonstrated use of their lacrosse equipment and had a healthy lunch while on the Alphabet Academy campus.

"It was very fun to see some of our college students interacting with three and four year olds," assistant coach Brittany Hauser said. "The way their eyes lit up when they got to hold a lacrosse stick, or the giggles that snuck out while listening to the student-athletes read Dr. Seuss stories were so precious. It really made our players appreciate the difference they can make in the lives of others by sharing their time and knowledge with them."

Senior Kelley McDonough, junior Jennifer Skipper, sophomores Sarah Allen, Kiera Carey, Lianne Toomey, and freshmen Michaela Tinsley, Kayla Fu, Emily Samuelman, Kearney Sneath, Allie Hoffler, Ari Anderson, and Melissa Warheit, all took part reading various Dr. Seuss stories, The Rainbow Fish, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

"I thought it was very rewarding to be able to do something educational and fun with the children," McDonough said. "When we're in season we sometimes get so caught up in what's happening on the field, we forget about everything else. So it was nice to be reminded of how much fun something as simple as reading a story with a child can be."

The women's lacrosse team is currently in first place in the Northeast Conference, with two games remaining. With wins over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday, April 21, and Monmouth on Saturday, April 23, the Bobcats can wrap up the number one seed for the NEC Championship, along with the right to host the Tournament.