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Spring 2022

8th Grade Coordinators:

Justin McManus (mcmanusjk@gmail.com

Chris Furst (chris.furst@gmail.com)

7th Grade Coordinators

Nick Russo (nicholas.s.russo@gmail.com) 

Alicia Ruggiero (ruggiero.alicia@gmail.com)

Program Details: 

The 7th/8th Grade Girls Lacrosse Program is anticipated to start practices the week of March 7 and will conclude on June 5 with the Fishawack Festival hosted by the 7th grade class for the Cougar Lacrosse Club community. 

8th Grade practices will generally be Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

7th Grade practices will generally be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  

Practices will be at Haas turf or Side Haas Grass, starting at 5:45pm and running to 7:15/7:30pm (March and early April), until the days get longer (mid-April thru June), and we will then move back practices to 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 

We will have two teams for both 8th graders and 7th graders - Select and Travel. Tryouts for Select teams are optional - completely up to your daughters. All teams will play a balance of games and tournaments. The dates and details for the 7 and 8 Select Team tryouts will be shared closer to March. We will have the CHS Girls Lacrosse coaching staff available to evaluate your daughters to provide an objective tryout process. 

Games vs other towns and weekend tournaments start the week of April 1st, and will be 12 v 12 including goalies with modified and/or full checking, depending on team and opponent. Games will be both on weekends and weekdays and the full schedule will be shared in advance of season. Generally speaking there will be very light commitments over Spring Break (April 9 to April 18) and Memorial Day (May 26-30). 

There will be weekend game/play day commitments for teams targeting the following dates:

  • Sunday March 27 Moorestown Play Day

  • Saturday April 2 Ridgewood Play Day

  • Saturday April 23 New Canaan-Chester Mendham Play Day

  • Saturday April 30 Summit 50th Play Day

  • Sunday May 1 Jersey Girls Challenge (TBD)

  • Saturday May 14 Moorestown Lax Festival (TBD)

  • Sunday May 15 Jersey Jamboree (TBD)

  • Saturday May 21 Darien-Wilton Play Day 7th Grade

  • Sunday May 22  Rumson Fair Haven Play Day 

  • Saturday June 4 Romp in the Swamp Tournament (TBD)

  • Sunday June 5 Fishawack (Required for All Players)

Sunday June 5th Chatham Fishawack Festival that all girls are encouraged and expected to attend.  There will be games for each grade, including the 8th grade girls vs Coaches game. 

7th Grade Hosting of Fishawack: All 7th grade players and parents are needed to volunteer to continue the Fishawack tradition. Please look for grade level emails from Lise Anderson or contact her at with how you can help make this a successful event for the class of 2027.

Uniforms -Information will be communicated closer to March. The program will have pinnies and shorts for the game uniform this year.

Coaches - Parent Volunteers...please strongly consider getting involved if not already, and if involved then please stay involved. Please email grade level leads directly with your interest and availability.  You do get coaching gear with your commitment.

(PLEASE NOTE - do not get your daughter's ears pierced prior to the season, but wait until after the season has ended. No jewelry is allowed for safety purposes.)