How new is lacrosse on the local high school scene? So new that one of the brightest stars on a top-10 girls’ team is still unsure of the rules. Well, some of them, at least.
Armstrong junior attacker Amy Master has been playing lacrosse since the eighth grade and became a member of the varsity team a year later. She was a key member of the Falcons’ state tournament consolation champions last year, yet she readily admits that many of the laws of lacrosse baffle her.
“The first time I even heard of lacrosse was when my sister started playing,” Master said. “I didn’t know anything about it then. I still don’t understand all of the rules.”
That hasn’t stopped Master from excelling in her sport. She’s expected to be one of Armstrong’s key offensive cogs, dangerous enough to warrant attention from opponents and take the heat off of star attacker Mari Verbeten.
Staff writer Jim Paulsen talked with Master about her expectations for the upcoming season, including a satisfying superstition.
Q What other sports do you play?
A I play tennis and I’ve Alpine skied.
Q Do you have a favorite?
A Lacrosse is my favorite. It’s really fun and it keeps you in shape. And all the girls are so nice.
Q It’s also more of a true team sport than tennis and skiing.
A That’s exactly it. You can rely on your team members. That makes it more fun.
Q So, which rule still gives you the most trouble?
A The biggest one is knowing when to stop when the refs blow the whistle. There are so many calls, it gets kind of annoying. But it’s supposed to be a non-contact sport and they’re trying to keep us safe.
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