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Western Club Lacrosse: “Team Sugar Free Girls Lacrosse” (Orange County, CA) Helps Spread The Word About Type 1 Diabetes At 2013 US Lacrosse U-15 West Championships On June 28-30


US Lacrosse West ChampionshipsSugar Free set out to represent Orange County and earn an automatic invitation to the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, July 23-25 in Orlando by reaching the semifinals of the West Championships.

Though the squad fell short, losing its next four games by an average of two goals each, its players and coaches spread the word about Type 1 Diabetes. For Eisenberg, a welcome, successful stop on his long ride.

Team Sugar Free, an Orange County, Calif.-based squad, used its nickname and JDRF-adorned uniforms to raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes at the US Lacrosse West Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, in San Jose June 28-30. Coach Brian Eisenberg and midfielder Lauren Gonzales have Type 1 Diabetes, in which the body does not produce insulin to process glucose and other sugars. Photo by ©Damon Tarver for Lacrosse Magazine.

Team Sugar Free, an Orange County, Calif.-based squad, used its nickname and JDRF-adorned uniforms to raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes at the US Lacrosse West Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, in San Jose June 28-30. Coach Brian Eisenberg and midfielder Lauren Gonzales have Type 1 Diabetes, in which the body does not produce insulin to process glucose and other sugars. Photo by ©Damon Tarver for Lacrosse Magazine.

Brian Eisenberg remembers the day his life changed. He was 6 years old, as excited as most Baltimore kids at that age are when they hop into the car for a family vacation to Ocean City, Md.

“It should’ve been a two-and-a-half- or three-hour drive. It ended up being four hours, because I couldn’t stop going to the bathroom,” Eisenberg, now 35, said Friday after coaching Sugar Free (Calif.) to a 7-4 win over BearLax 2018 Blue (Calif.) in the U15 girls division at the US Lacrosse West Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited. “When we got back from that trip, my parents took me to the doctor and they diagnosed it. It’s been a long ride.”

The diagnosis: Type 1 Diabetes, a disorder that has the body’s immune system attacking beta cells in the pancreas, according to JDRF.org. Those beta cells would normally produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move glucose from food into other cells in the body, which use glucose for energy. Without insulin, glucose remains in the blood stream, where it can damage the body’s organs.

You wouldn’t know it from the outside, watching Eisenberg draw up plays and give his players tips like any other coach. He wears an insulin pump, exercises as much as he can and lives, most of the time, on a moderated diet.

By Paul Krome

By Paul Krome

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Lacrosse Tournaments: BearLax 2016 Blue Girls Lacrosse Club Captures 2013 US Lacrosse U-15 West Championships In San Jose, CA With 10-4 Win Over BearLax 2017 Blue On June 28-30


BearLax Girls Lacrosse

Ashley Hill scored twice to help top-seeded BearLax 2016 Blue win the girls’ U15 championship with a 10-4 victory over third-seeded US Lacrosse West Girls ChampionshipsBearLax 2017 Blue (Calif.) in a matchup of teams from the Bay Area-based club program.

The elder BearLax led 4-2 at the break and ran off the first six goals of the second half. Ashley Ward scored twice in defeat for the 2017 team.

Caitlin McCarthy scored in the first half of BearLax 2016 Blue's (Calif.) 10-4 win over sister team BearLax 2017 Blue in the girls' U15 final at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center. Both squads advanced to the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, July 23-25 in Orlando. Photo by  ©Damon Tarver for Lacrosse Magazine.

Caitlin McCarthy scored in the first half of BearLax 2016 Blue’s (Calif.) 10-4 win over sister team BearLax 2017 Blue in the girls’ U15 final at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center. Both squads advanced to the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, July 23-25 in Orlando. Photo by
©Damon Tarver for Lacrosse Magazine.

“We scrimmage at practice sometimes, but it was fun to do it in an official environment,” said Theresa Sherry, director of BearLax. “It was pretty spirited, but at the end we had a whole club cheer, which was pretty special.”

Sherry and her teams have qualified for the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship in previous years, under the NorCal Elite Green name.

“We decided to take the BearLax name and keep that chemistry going instead of having two different groups,” Sherry said. “A lot of these kids have been to Florida before and were at the West Championships in Phoenix last year. They know the deal.”

Sherry’s squads beat two other teams in the semifinals that are bound for Orlando July 23-25. The 2016 team knocked off fourth-seeded Desert Heat Black (Ariz.), 9-2, while the 2017 team withstood a challenge from the second-seeded Pacific Falcons (Calif.), 8-5.

“This was a good warm-up, no pun intended,” Sherry said. “In the next few weeks, they’ll know how to prepare for the heat and the speed of play. There’s a lot of excitement around going [back to the national championship].”

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