“The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the conference the Rebels hope to play in, only has six teams competing currently; Denver, California, Stanford, Oregon, UC Davis and St. Mary’s.”
Only in Las Vegas can a group of 12 to 13 girls run around on a field beating each other up. That is because UNLV is now home to the only college women’s lacrosse team in Nevada.
“That is why we are not that well known yet. No one in Nevada knows what lacrosse is,” said Molli Morgan, team president.
Women’s lacrosse team is not well known because it is only a club sport in its second year of existence. During their debut season in 2007 the team only had a commitment from about seven girls. Without a full commitment the girls were forced to only practice and scrimmage against each other.
“It was hard to get enough girls fully committed,” Morgan said. “We barely had enough to keep us from being recognized as a club sport.”
It looks as if the team may be in the same scenario this year as well.
“We had our first meeting a couple days ago and it went really well,” Morgan said. “We had a commitment from around 13 to 14 girls which is good, but we still are not able to compete.”
Thirteen players are required to be on the pitch at all times for a lacrosse game. The UNLV men’s team, by comparison, has 18 members on their team.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the conference the Rebels hope to play in, only has six teams competing currently; Denver, California, Stanford, Oregon, UC Davis and St. Mary’s.
In order for Morgan and the others to compete they need to let other schools know that UNLV is serious about lacrosse. The only way to do that is by traveling to other schools and trying to set up scrimmage games.
“We had a good turn out, but unfortunately no one even knows that we exist,” Morgan said. “It is going to take us a few years of building up our program until we are going to be recognized. ”
For Morgan, who is very anxious to get out there and rub shoulders with another team, a few years may not be fast enough.
She said, “I am a senior, but I switched majors so I have one more year to play. I am just out there enjoying what we have and making great friends along the way.”
All practices are held at the intramural fields located on Harmon Avenue across from the baseball and softball fields.