Key varsity debut traces roots to a petition drive Boys lacrosse: Process to begin lacrosse for boys and girls began four years ago and now includes feeder programs in several communities.

1998 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Previews

March 19, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

It's a shame former Francis Scott Key student Mike Corsini isn't still in school to realize fully the evolution of his dream.

Corsini began the process some four years ago that this spring is boys varsity lacrosse at Key, the last Carroll County public high school to implement the sport.

"He liked the sport and got up a petition for interested students to sign," coach John Baugher was recalling the other day. "He knew if he was going to get a program started, he needed a coach, and he asked me to help.

"We had 15 students -- 10 boys and five girls -- and it was an after-school club. We basically tossed the ball around and got a feel for the sport.

"The following year, we had 27 boys and were 6-2 playing a schedule in the Western Maryland Lacrosse Conference [a club program]. Last year, we had 44 boys for varsity and JV schedules in a 12-team league."

In the formative years, coaches and players spread the word via conversations, posters, and going to other games and talking with parents.

Last year, a free clinic was conducted in New Windsor for middle school students, and the team went through several practices at the New Windsor Middle School.

The sport, for girls and boys, is growing in the county. In Key's area, the beginning was the founding of the Northwest Lacrosse Club to create programs.

Through the help of sponsors in Taneytown, New Windsor, and the Union Bridge Recreation Council, Junior Eagles teams for boys and girls are playing now.

For Key's club team, improvement came quickly, then leveled off. "The idea of 'varsity' status, however, has helped us recruit some new players," Baugher said.

The coach, a Randallstown native, is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and Salisbury State, where he played football and lacrosse. In his seventh year as a teacher, his coaching work before lacrosse was with the school's tennis team.

"It was good experience for learning how to run a program," he said, "finding out there was more to it than just coaching."

Along the way, he has found the other county lacrosse coaches most supportive of his efforts.

"It is neat to associate with them, to help promote the sport, and to raise the level of expectation in the county," Baugher said.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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