Girls Varsity Lacrosse gears up for the season with a new coach

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Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Lee

Junior Hannah Heifetz (11) charges on attack at a home game this season.

Caroline Kaye , Sports Writer

As RM Varsity Girls Lacrosse was gearing up for yet another successful spring season, they welcomed a new coach to the team.

Coach Sid Caesar comes with 14 years of past coaching experience and plenty of excitement. He has focused his career mainly on the game and strategy of girls lacrosse.

The sport is technique heavy and also requires lots of endurance and running. In order to prepare athletes for the season, captains ran pre-season workouts in the winter. They were held on the turf field and the track and primarily consisted of strength and endurance training.  

Coach Caesar also encourages his athletes to practice running on their own and even go out for the Cross Country team in the fall season or the Track and Field team in the winter season. “Running is a fundamental part of the sport,” Coach Caesar said.

Outside of coaching, Coach Caesar heads a sports association called American Gold Sports Alliance. It is aimed at encouraging student athletes in their chosen sport. He holds the same values in AGSA as he does in coaching. “[I am] fierce but fair,” Caesar said.  

Coach Caesar is planning on keeping this same mindset throughout the team’s training this year with one main goal.  “[My goals include] player improvement, team improvement [and to] put a lot of W’s on the board,” Coach Caesar said. He wants to first focus on team progression and then work on actual gameplay and strategy.

Junior girls lacrosse player Davanee Mcnairy is also focused on overall team progression. Despite tough competition in their future, she feels the team has a good chance to come out with some wins this season. “We have a really good team this year with good talent, and I really think we could go far,” Mcnairy said. 

Though, Coach Caesar is looking beyond just this season, taking his plans for the future of RM lacrosse one step further. “[We are] looking to Julius West to encourage incoming athletes,” Coach Caesar said. The team is holding a ‘Julius West Night’ at Richard Montgomery catered towards young lacrosse players from Julius West who may be interested in playing for the Girls Varsity team. 

Aside from looking ahead, it is important for the team to reflect on the past. Last year, the girls lost in the first round of the playoffs. “Ultimately the goal is we make it farther than last year and we will get there by working hard on and off the field,” Mcnairy said. 

The team has already played 3 games. They have competed against Quince Orchard HS, Bethesda Chevy Chase HS, and most recently Walter Johnson HS. Their current record stands at 0-3, but they are not at a loss for motivation. With continued hard work and practice, the team hopes to turn their season around and begin moving in the right direction.