Sierra Nevada College’s newly launched women’s lacrosse team is wrapping its first year. Currently a provisional member of the Western Women’s Lacrosse League, the team has laid the groundwork for full member team status next fall.
As lacrosse expands in the western states, this year’s inaugural team is comprised of many first-time players. Women’s Coach Nora Fallon-Oben commented, “These women have completely exceeded my expectations as first year players. Many have strong backgrounds in other sports and are tremendous athletes.” Next season, the team will bring back 11 returners and a strong incoming class of recruits.
Members of the women’s team follow the SNC tradition of high grade point averages for athletes with a cumulative team GPA of 3.16, well above the league minimum of 2.0. Coach Fallon-Oben commented that her players work hard at practice, in the classroom, and in their other extracurricular activities. “We have players on our team who wear many hats at SNC, as Resident Assistants, leaders in Student Government, and leaders in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership program. They stay involved and they stay on top of their grades.”
Not only did the team build the sport in its first year at SNC, but their involvement has extended to the community. On April 22, the team will volunteer for the day with the local North Tahoe High School girls’ lacrosse team, assisting in a clinic for high school girls. Coach Fallon-Oben terms the SNC players “wonderful role models for aspiring high school players.”
SNC’s women’s lacrosse finishes out its season with games against the number 2 team in Division 2, the University Nevada, Reno, on Saturday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. and a double header Homecoming game against Humboldt State on Sunday, April 13th at Squaw Valley Park at 10:00 a.m.