Photo By Ally Gaultney
Seniors Anna Pruitt and Jamie Traner position themselves for a pass as their teammates attempt to get the ball. Senior Stephanie Powell defends the goal.

By Stephanie Powell

Returning girls lacrosse players worried about running the mile under 10 minutes at the first practice. Besides the squats, lunges, push-ups, sit-ups, minute long planks, and wall sits that are part of their daily “LAX” lives, the lacrosse girls have a lot on their plate. That is, now that they’re 100% Dunwoody High made.

The Dunwoody Girls Lacrosse (DGL) team has come a long way from being a club sport in 2010. The team made it through a winless first season before becoming part of the 2011 DHS spring sports program. DGL club founder Cody Pearson and LAX parents dedicated time to bring the team where it is now.

Every season is different. Different girls. Different coaches. Different fields. Different warm-ups. Different goals. The team practices after school until 6:30 p.m. every day at North Peachtree Baptist Church. Practices involve drills and game methods.

Between the games and long hours of practice, the team bonds away from the field. The team shows “Wildcat pride” by holding car wash fundraisers, selling movie tickets to the Dunwoody community, selling candy bars, and participating in sponsor events.

They also have team sleepovers, at least one per season, where they make or order food, play games, do each others’ hair, watch movies, and talk about upcoming games. They get along like a family and that really helps on the field and forms personal friendships.

DHS sponsor and coach Adrienne Rowe says, “This year, the team is more unified, more trusting.” Her goals for the girls lacrosse players: “to build skills, to have fun. Lacrosse doesn’t have to be difficult all the time. They can do it. I want the team to be a cohesive unit, build confidence, and shoot for a win, to put DGL on the map.”

She adds, “I am very excited to be back in the world of lacrosse and be able to coach.” Rowe started playing lacrosse as a third grader in Connecticut. She continued through her senior year. “I’m excited to see what everyone is capable of. We have some really skilled players and I’ve seen a ton of improvement already.”

As for the boys team, that’s another story. For more information about the DGL team, including game and fundraising schedules, check out their website: www.dunwoodygirlslacrosse.org.

Stephanie Powell is a senior member of the girls lacrosse team. She has been on the team since it was a club sport.

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