The Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is happy to announce they will be hosting the Tufts University women’s lacrosse team for an international friendly against the women’s national team at St. George’s College, Emmet Park Pavilion, on Tuesday, June 7 at 4 PM.
“Hosting a highly competitive NCAA program like Tufts is going to be a special opportunity for the young women on our team,” says JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson. “Additionally, it’s going to help inspire and fuel the competitive spirit of all the young athletes, male and female, that have started to play lacrosse in Jamaica.”
The Tufts University women’s team is coming off a season that saw them finished ranked #10 in the country in NCAA DIII women’s lacrosse and will pose a very difficult match-up for the Jamaica.
“This game will be about more than just playing against a talented team from the USA, it will help advance the future of women’s lacrosse in Jamaica,” said Jamaican tri-captain, Shantelle Salmon, an Integrated Marketing Communication student at the University of the West Indies. “We are looking forward to the game, the new friendships, the cultural exchange… all of it.”
Led by their Head Coach, Courtney Farrell, a former standout player at Cornell University (Cornell ’08), the Tufts team will also be leading clinics to grow the game, serving local communities during their stay in Jamaica, which has been organized by the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps, a sports charity program of Fields of Growth International in the USA.
More about lacrosse in Jamaica:
Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. A cluster of schools in downtown Kingston have started forming organized teams; St. George’s College, Kingston College, Holy Trinity, Wolmers Boys, Alpha Academy and St. Hugh’s. The JLA hopes to grow the sport to additional schools next year, and will be running a summer camp at STGC. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and hopes to participate in World Championship events in the future. For more information on the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, you can visit www.jamaicalacrosse.org. For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit www.filacrosse.com