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HAMDEN, Conn. – Several members of the Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse team visited Conte Hills West Magnet School in New Haven this past Tuesday, April 9, to teach fourth graders about the sport of lacrosse. The students are studying local Native American tribes and have learned that the sport of lacrosse was originally played by many tribes throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
"This is the second year we've worked with the fourth graders at Conte Hills West, and it was fun to be back. The children are really inquisitive and asked great questions about the sport of lacrosse, and what it is like to be a student-athlete," explained head coach Danie Caro. "Not only did they learn about the sport, but they had the opportunity to play with a stick and a ball and for many of them, it was their first exposure to lacrosse."
The Bobcats also spoke to the 70 fourth grade students about the importance of academic achievement and the challenges of being a student-athlete in high school and college. According to Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.), "When I was in fourth grade, I wasn't really thinking about college. I think it's great that we are able to put the idea of college in their heads early so they have something to dream about and work towards."
The event at Conte Hills West was part of the athletic department's Positive Play program that provides all athletic teams with opportunities to get involved in various community service initiatives. Maroney took the lead on this event and coordinated her teammates' participation in the program. She was joined by juniors Emily Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.) and Kearney Sneath (Brandford, Conn.), sophomore Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.), and freshmen Maria Blois (Cheshire, Conn.), Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.), Dominique Compito (Jericho, N.Y.), Kathleen De Vito (Glastonbury, Conn.), Kaitlin Gaghan (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Sara McCullough (Brewster, Mass.).
"The kids were really into it, which makes it a lot of fun for everyone," said Samuelman. "I was excited to hear that by the end of our visit a few of them were seriously considering joining a team."
Gaghan added, "Today was a wonderful experience working with the fourth grade students. They were so excited to learn about lacrosse and the valuable lessons attained from playing a team sport. They were attentive and excited to learn about what it's like to be a student athlete. I hope they all have the opportunity to one day become a student athlete."
Quinnipiac returns action this weekend with a pair of crucial NEC match-ups against Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's. The Bobcats take on the Hawks on Friday, April 12 in West Long Branch, N.J. before heading to Emmitsburg, Md. for a showdown with the Mountaineers on Sunday.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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