By Taylor Hudson /// Staff Writer
Incoming first-years, generally worry about what friends they will make, how hard their classes will be and what the Bon is serving that day. The main concern for Noah Heartnett (’18) was lacrosse, and the fact that Lewis & Clark does not have a men’s club team for his favorite sport.
“Once I got here, I realized we didn’t have a club team and I immediately looked into starting one,” Heartnett said.
The athlete from New Hampshire has enjoyed the sport for seven years now, coming from a successful Portsmouth High School team. Making second team all-state, Heartnett’s team held their line strong and received recognition for having the best defense in their league. Now, Heartnett is using his passion for the sport he loves most to try and bring a program to his school.
The team is still in the works. Only five students have emailed and confirmed their interest, leaving a minimum of five crucial spots still to be filled before a team can be officially formed.
“A friend and I have been setting up posters to try and spread the word about forming a team on campus, but it mostly has been verbal passing at this point,” Heartnett said.
This word of mouth eventually reached a student who was on the old Men’s Lacrosse team, before it dissolved two years ago. He contacted Heartnett offering him any help that he could. He gave Heart names of people who could help get the club going, but more importantly access to the clubhouse where extra is stored.
Lacrosse gear includes pricey pads, helmets and lacrosse sticks. Fortunately, the clubhouse had a few extra sticks and helmets, but in order for a team to step on the field they all will need this gear. The issue of funding for new supplies makes the goal of forming an official club team that much more important.
No official practices have been scheduled, however Heartnett and a few other students have been passing around near the reflection pool, hoping for people to stop and ask if they can join in and help spread word about the interest in forming a team.
Heartnett strives to have a team formed by the end of fall, so that they can start practicing and come prepared for the spring season after Winter Break.
“Lacrosse is a really fun sport to play,” he said. “Even if you have never played before, try picking up a stick and tossing around because it is so much fun.”
If interested, contact Noah Heartnett by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.