Whitman lacrosse hosts tournament of 12 area teams

Elsbeth Otto

With dozens of pizzas, temperatures in the 80s and a sound system blasting hits from the ’60s and ’70s, it was difficult not to have fun at the lacrosse tournament hosted by Whitman’s women’s lacrosse team this past weekend.

Add in the Whitman women’s lacrosse team’s fun-loving attitude and it was a blast.

“I think all the teams had a really good time.   Everything went really smoothly,” said junior lacrosse player Sophia Sady.

Twelve teams totaling several hundred players made the trek to Walla Walla from across the Northwest for the annual Whitman tournament.   Games lasted all day Saturday and late into the afternoon on Sunday.

“It was one of the biggest tournaments [this year] because a lot of the other tournaments have been canceled because of weather,” said Sady.

The tournament serves as an opportunity for teams to come together for a weekend and play a variety of teams.   There is no specific winner of the tournament; instead, it serves to get in several games of league play.

The Whitman women played three games over the course of the weekend and were happy with their exciting win over Lewis and Clark and solid play against a strong University of Oregon club team.

“We held them to only four goals in the first half which was really great,” said Sady of the Oregon game.

Thus far the season has been a lot of fun and has seen a lot of young energy and talent with only four returning upperclassmen.

“We have a lot of girls who’ve never played before and they’re already really good,” said Sady.

“We’re playing really well and we’re competing with the big schools.   We also have the biggest team yet.”

Women’s lacrosse emphasizes the whole team and each player gets equal playing time, regardless of ability.

The team has one remaining tournament for the season in Boise, but in the meantime they continue to wear exciting costumes and just have a good time playing lacrosse.

“Even though we want to do well and we want to win,” said Sady, “the score doesn’t really matter as long as we’re having fun, and I think everyone’s on the same level with that.”