DURHAM, N.H. – Several members of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team took a break from their busy schedules on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and traveled down to Newtown, Conn. to participate in a youth lacrosse clinic to help heal a community that was stunned by last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
UNH head coach Sarah Albrecht and assistant coach Eileen Finn were joined at the clinic by Connecticut native players Meghan Bridges (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) and Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.). Bridges, a junior attacker, is from the area and attended Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The group of New Hampshire players and coaches were joined by members of the Boston College women's lacrosse team and offered instruction at the clinic for Newtown girls, which was organized shortly after the Loyola University men's lacrosse team put on a similar event during the first week of January.
"It was an honor to go down and help as much as we could, in the little way that we could, and have that interaction with those kids," said Albrecht, who enters her first season at the helm.
The clinic was made up of four one-hour sessions for kids ranging from second grade to high school as the Wildcats shared their knowledge of the game, offered instruction in fundamentals and team play, and came together with the Newtown lacrosse community.
"The kids were great. There was a lot of energy on both sides," said Albrecht. "They really had a willingness to learn and we were happy to be there."
The Wildcats open the 2013 season on Saturday, Feb. 16 when they visit Hofstra at 11 a.m.