Club status for CSM women's lax
By TED BLACK firstname.lastname@example.org
March 15, 2017
While the CSM men's lacrosse team has already embarked on its varsity season, the Hawks women opted to play at the club level this spring due to a smaller, less experienced roster.
First-year head coach Doug Otten has only one sophomore on the roster with prior playing experience, Katlyn Permenter (a Northern High School graduate from Owings) and a bevy of freshmen, including daughter Rylee Otten, a La Plata High School graduate from La Plata.
"I think with so many younger players, especially so many that are new to the sport, it was best that we become a club team this spring," Otten said. "We have some girls that had never played the sport prior to this season and Katlyn was our only returning player."
Otten noted that freshman Kayla Bobo (a Huntingtown High School from Chesapeake Beach) was instrumental in recruiting players onto the current squad, including Amy Chaffee (a Huntingtown High School graduate from Prince Frederick), Kayla Getgen (a La Plata High School graduate from Charlotte Hall), Akilah Stroman, a St. Mary's Ryken High School graduate from White Plains who played two seasons of basketball at CSM, and goalkeeper Carrie Lovejoy, 40, a Newburg resident and the team's oldest freshman player.
"When it was obvious that we were going to be short on players, I started posting announcements on social media trying to get girls here to come and play for the team," Bobo said. "I'm glad that we have a team and we can play a club schedule. A lot of the girls are new to lacrosse, but they come to practice ready to learn about the game."