With the fall semester quickly coming to an end, our University of Louisiana at Lafayette club sports have been preparing for their spring seasons.
Lacrosse President Carson Cook has had to jump significant hurdles in order to allow this season to come to fruition.
As their team practices got the thumbs up to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 13, it has been full steam ahead to prepare adequately for this spring season despite unusual circumstances.
In the spring 2020 season, the season was put to a halt quickly due to COVID-19 after seven games.
The Ragin’ Cajuns lacrosse team is in the Division II Lone Star Alliance Conference of the MCLA.
With first-year Head Coach Ross Jacobs taking over, the expectations are high for this year’s squad.
As the 2021 season approaches, Cook is fully prepared for an entire season with 11 games in total, ranging in opponents from Ole Miss, to Louisiana Tech, to Georgia Southern, among many others.
The coronavirus has affected virtually every school activity since March, but we have seen significant advances in the last three months in order to make life feel a little more “normal” again.
The biggest disadvantage of being a club sport is the lack of testing and funding throughout this difficult time. Though they have received the OK to practice, it is not as beneficial as in the past due to COVID-19 guidelines.
“We must obey the university’s guidelines of noncontact practicing, masks on throughout practice when within six feet of a player, and the use of individual bottles as a result of not being able to use community bottles,” Cook said.
Cook also discussed the use of hand sanitizer throughout practice along with Clorox wipes to disinfect the team gear.
The lacrosse team is preparing for their season opener against Louisiana Tech in Ruston on the third weekend of February. A specific time and date is still in the works.
Cook is entering his fourth and final year with the club as the starting goalie and is focused on ending his senior year right.
“Right now, our goal is to win the conference. We believe in our team and feel as though we have the tools in order to achieve our goal of winning the conference this season,” Cook said.
The last time our UL Lafayette lacrosse team won their conference was in the spring of 2017. This year, the roster is set to make another run as they did in the 2017 season.
The lacrosse team has been participating in volunteer work with the St. Thomas More and Acadiana Hurricanes lacrosse programs. In this volunteer work, the Louisiana team helps develop the skills of the younger generation to prepare them for the next level.
“Helping our younger generation with their development on the field has been some of the most fun I have had with this team in my four years here,” Cook said.
With the team finally getting into the swing of practice, schedules being confirmed, and the season opener approaching, it gives them a sense of normal again.
The lacrosse team kicks off their season in mid-February against Louisiana Tech in Ruston.