On Tuesday, the Union Grove Lady Wolverines will compete in their inaugural lacrosse game against Grady at Wolverine Stadium.
“I’m really pumped up and excited for the girls,” Union Grove girls’ lacrosse coach Channelle Desamours said. “I kind of helped out a little bit with the club team so I know a lot of the girls and know how much they were looking forward to it coming to the school.”
Desamours said half of the team’s roster is familiar with the sport and has club experience such as junior midfielder Samantha Peacock, sophomore midfielder Kaitlin Jones and junior defender Taylor Fugagli.
“It’s definitely very exciting because we get to be the people who started something,” Jones said.
“I’m glad that we get to be a part of something that will hopefully in the future be a sport at every school in the county and we can be competitive.”
The Lady Wolverines are scheduled to play five home games this season and eight on the road, which includes a five-game road trip.
“I think one of our challenges will be our inexperience as a whole,” Desamours said. “We will be going against a lot of teams that have had programs for years. They have feeder schools and kids who have had sticks in their hands since they were 5 years old. We’re definitely going to be the underdogs.”
But Desamours, who played at Agnes Scott College in Decatur which had the first college varsity team in the state, believes this will not solely produce terrible results.
“Going in as an underdog is a good thing sometimes with others underestimating us,” she said. “I think we only have room to be better than people expect us to be.”
As far as expectations, Desamours just wants the team to be united and passionate.
“I want people to at least be able to see a team that will walk on the field looking like a team and see girls who have some fight,” she said.