Rockyview Attack gearing up for inaugural season
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 06:00 am
The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) Senior Ladies Division is set to expand in the 2016-17 season as the Rockyview Attack joins the league.
The Attack will become the fifth team in the RMLL, becoming the second team to play out of southern Alberta – joining the Calgary Cougars, Red Deer Rage, Sherwood Park Titans and Beaumont Bandits.
“It’s really exciting being able to bring members of the original team back together on this team,” head coach Ken Crossley said.
“There are going to be a few struggles getting out of the gate, but we’ve seen there are girls turned away from other teams because rosters are full, but not big enough to make two teams.
“It’s taking the initiative and trying to create a place for ladies to play.”
The Attack will predominantly draw its players from Airdrie and its surrounding communities, but can bring in players from other communities via the annual RMLL senior draft prior to each season.
Coming into its inaugural season, the Attack will be a relatively young team. Crossley said this season will be important to establish a base for the program, and said a three-year plan is in place for the growth of the Attack in the RMLL.
With the team playing in Airdrie, it gives players from the junior ladies team – the Rockyview Silvertips – the opportunity to continue their careers in the sport and not have to relocate to Calgary or the rest of the league, Crossley said.
With a roster still in need of more bodies, Crossley said the team can be reached through the RMLL’s website at rockymountainlax.com. He added he has between 16 and 18 players committed to the team this season and would like to see the roster between 22 and 25 when the season starts April 22.
“The numbers are there, it’s just about getting them out,” Crossley said. “We’re still looking at recruiting.”
The idea of starting up a senior ladies team stemmed from the success and continuous growth of the junior Silvertips team, according to Crossley.
“Every sport has its ups and downs,” he said. “Lacrosse is definitely in its early years here in Rocky View (County) but now in the past couple of years, more people are jumping on board in girls programs. You are starting to see the numbers increase, especially into the older ages.”
The Attack is giving players of all calibers a chance to join the inaugural team.
Crossley added the team includes women that have played on provincial teams to girls that have never played the sport prior to this season.
“It can be a really aggressive sport, but if you have the right skills and are taught correctly, you can get your way around it and not get into too much trouble,” Crossley said. “If you want to get into the sport, we’d love to have you.”
The Attack kicks off its season April 22 when it plays host to the Cougars at Plainsmen Arena. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
“It’s a good way to jump into the league with both feet,” Crossley said. “We all know a bunch of the players on that team and a lot of them are friends.”