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This season’s spring trip was supposed to be important for Matt Larsen.
The first-year Glenbrook South boys lacrosse coach looked forward to his team’s spring break trip as a way to grow closer as a team and to get to know some unfamiliar faces.
But because of concerns related to COVID-19, the school was forced to cancel South’s boys and girls lacrosse and baseball teams’ trips over the break.
While Larsen understands the decision and completely agrees with it, he did lament on the lost opportunity.
“It’s disappointing because you want to get your team to get together at the beginning of the season and get that bond,” Larsen said. “You’re losing that team bonding that you wanted.”
The Titans boys lacrosse program was set to travel to Missouri and stay near Lindenwood University on a trip set to start on Wednesday, March 25. South players and coaches were set to watch a Lindenwood men’s lacrosse game and do an escape room. The Titans were set to also take a tour of Lindenwood and watch a men’s lacrosse practice.
One of the biggest benefits Larsen will miss for his team is playing against some strong competition. South was set to play numerous teams and finish off with a St. Louis team that has won five straight state championships.
“We were confident and talked about how much this team was getting along,” Larsen said. “Something like this that could’ve made us stronger heading into a tough schedule against the North Shore, it was tough to swallow but we’re trying to stay as a team during this really weird time.”
The girls lacrosse program was set to travel to San Diego for its usual trip down to southern California, which has become a favorite for many players throughout the years. South players and coaches were set to play different teams in San Diego, but it was the other experiences that make the trip memorable.
South always has a dinner with a team it competes against, which is followed by a dance-off. They also visit some colleges in the area and have the cool experience of going to Torrey Pines State Park, where they run along cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and then hike down to do some yoga down on the beach. They also visit Coronado Island off the coast of San Diego.
While the players and parents understood the decision to cancel, it’s still a lost opportunity for many players.
“For those who have never been on the trip, it’s something they’re going to lose out on and not necessarily ever have that memory,” girls lacrosse head coach Annie Lesch said.
Both teams are working to try and active while play is suspended. Each coach has had some contact with players and have relayed some workouts to keep in shape so when the season does start, they can be ready to go.
But for the players who didn’t get an opportunity to go, it’s a lost opportunity.
“It’s a special trip that we get to do,” Lesch said, “and we’re obviously disappointed that this year it doesn't get to happen.”
The Glenbrook South girls lacrosse team had to cancel its spring break trip to San Diego amid COVID-19 concerns. 22nd Century Media File Photo