Girls Lacrosse Welcomes Returning and New Players, New Coach

Girls lacrosse welcomes a new coach, new players, and returning players this season.

Amanda Ortiz, Reporter

Lacrosse is a sport originated from Native American tribes. As a matter of fact, the person who invented basketball was a lacrosse player!

Women’s lacrosse has been at Taft for over five years now, meaning current seniors have been playing for all four years. However, a few players will not be returning this year to play out their senior season. Many had concerns about COVID-19.

The returning players this year include Taft’s 2021 All-Star player, Morgan Najm. With so many of last season’s key players gone, such as Bianca Hochleutner and Sasha Spain, she hopes other players will step up to the occasion, “I’m glad some of the new players have previous experience.”

This year, we welcome a new coach named Sam Johnson. Coach Johnson is a kindergarten through third grade Physical Education teacher at an elementary school. She played lacrosse throughout high school and college.

“I’m excited to help these girls improve their skills!” she said during an interview. “I’m so fortunate to have two assistant coaches to help out as well.” The two assistant coaches are two Taft lacrosse alumni, Sam Doyle and Jasmine Anderson.

All three coaches expressed that every girl is welcome to join the team and would be treated with respect and love no matter the experience levels they come with. Practices are 6 days a week, Monday through Friday from 6 A.M. to 8 A.M. and Saturdays from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M.