Dunivan: Centaurus girls lacrosse heading to Sunshine State

Going on Spring Break trips for out-of-state competition is not a new concept, even for the Centaurus girls lacrosse team. But Warriors coach Genny Horning is hopeful that a Florida excursion next week proves beneficial for the team on and off the field.

Thursday, Centaurus faces a tough battle in-state against Cherry Creek, the storied lacrosse program in Colorado. After that, the team is going to head to Clearwater, Florida, to play a pair of games against Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Flint Hill (Oakton, Virginia). They also will scrimmage a third team.

I’ve been told multiple times over the years that East Coast lacrosse is just different, maybe because it was embraced much earlier on and therefore more established as a mainstream sport that girls may start playing in elementary school … maybe even earlier.

In that regard, the competition should be great.

“It’ll be great for us to have that East Coast competition this year,” Horning said, adding the team has done trips to California, Arizona and Florida in the past. “We’re trying to follow the competition, so we made a really big push this year to go to Florida and get some really high quality competition with those teams.”

Horning also said the trip gives the girls a real good chance to focus on lacrosse while spending a ton of time together. One could see before Tuesday’s game against Chaparral that there is pretty good comaraderie amongst the girls, but doing team dinners and various activities can never hurt.

Horning said there will be time for fun, but a lot of time will be spent on the lacrosse field practicing.

“We have so many girls from so many different schools, and so the bonding, the practices, the competition, it really kind of shifts our season,” she said. “It’s a pretty intense week, with a lot of practices, and lot of games, a lot of film. A lot of food — they eat a lot.

“I’m looking to kind of build on what we’ve already gotten started.”