Lacrosse Scores for Uganda

    Eggy Plastaras winds up for her shot.

    Jan. 14, 2014

    After a long day of class, an afternoon of conditioning, and a grueling practice at McAlister Field, the athletes of Trojan Lacrosse lined up to take one more shot on net before the sun went down. Clocked by a radar gun borrowed from the Baseball team, this shot promised bragging rights for the athlete who could hurl a ball at the highest velocity. But the contest also promised something else: hope for the Ugandan National Lacrosse Team.

    The lighthearted fastest shot competition was a one of many nationwide hosted by Field of Growth, a non-profit aimed at spreading the sport while serving communities. Through the event, college teams from coast-to-coast raised money that will send Africa's first team to the 2014 World Lacrosse Games in Denver. For every $10 generated by the athletes, they could take one high speed shot on net.

    USC Assistant Coach Hilary Bowen spearheaded the campaign after visiting Uganda a few years ago with Field of Growth. She taught lacrosse at The Hopeful School, a facility for children that collegiate lacrosse athletes helped build.

    "Our players are very excited about this effort," said Bowen. "Helping another group fulfill their dream is always fun."

    Sophomore Caroline Cordrey proved the star of the day, launching the fastest shot at 68 MPH while also raising the most money, an impressive $500 for the cause.

    "The biggest thing for all of us is that we want to see lacrosse grow and become a major sport throughout the world," said Cordrey of her fundraising efforts. "We want to see it in the Olympics someday, so hopefully this helps get it into other countries."

    As a whole, the team raised $1,540 for the cause, the second highest amount for any university.

    The athletes will showcase their speedy shots this spring during a full schedule of competitions, beginning with their season opener on February 28th against Marist College at McAlister Field.