Tripleheader starts season for the Grand Valley girls
The Grand Valley girls lacrosse team will begin its season with a trial by fire.
The Lightning is hosting three teams today at Canyon View Park in a jamboree style tournament to kick off its inaugural Colorado High School Activities Association mandated season.
“It is great to start the season off having a jamboree,” Lightning coach Robin Stevens said. “It will be good to see what all the other teams look like.”
Grand Valley begins play against Durango at 9 a.m., then faces Battle Mountain at noon before closing out the day with Eagle Valley at 3 p.m.
This is the second year the girls have had a lacrosse program and in the first three weeks of practice, both coaches and players have noticed the different environment around the practices. Grand Junction High School’s Morgan Jueschke is one of the captains and said the outlook is more determined than in the past.
“This year we are taking it a lot more serious,” Jueschke said. “Club was serious, but there wasn’t as much pressure. Now we are representing the Grand Valley and it is a lot more
The real test for the team will be today, when it sees three of its Mountain League foes in one day. Jen Piburn of Fruita Monument is another captain and said the Lightning is looking to use today’s games as a gauge of how much it has improved.
“All the teams that are here, we played last year and we didn’t do well against them,” Piburn said. “It will be good to see where we are at.”
Stevens said she has both the varsity and junior varsity playing today to evaluate the players in a game situation. Rachel Romero is in her second year with the program and said she expects some of the players to be on edge for today’s games.
“Some of the new girls are nervous because they haven’t played in a game setting,” Romero said. “But this is a time for us to come out and show our stuff.”
For Stevens, the key for the first weekend will be what team executes the basics of the game better.
“It is going to come down to what team is running, catching and shooting the best,” Stevens said. “It is going to be whose individual abilities show.”