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Folsom lacrosse club keeps growing

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Since 2005, the Folsom Lacrosse Association has continued to grow and grab more attention from area youth. Folsom’s club team kicked off its spring 2011 campaign on six different levels this past weekend. Originally formed as the Folsom/Cordova Lacrosse club, Folsom would eventually branch out and expand in the lower levels of the association. As of this season, the FLA features high school boys’ varsity and JV teams (United), boys’ under-15 (Hawks), U-13 (Falcons) and boys U-11 (Cardinals) and girls’ varsity (Ravens) teams, which were both added this year. Parker Ferguson, varsity boys’ coach enters his second season with the club and likes what he’s seen with his team’s development. “This organization has grown so much just in the two years that I’ve been here,” said Ferguson, who was an all-conference defensemen at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in his home state of North Carolina. “Our guys are starting to get that want and urge to learn to play more, picking up certain technical aspects of the game. They’re getting more towards the east-coast style of play with a lot of finesse and ball movement.” Although lacrosse isn’t highly regarded as a “mainstream” sport, the idea for the expansion to the youth levels was to garner interest for the game at an early age, according to FLA Vice President Lollie Hernandez. “The competition is ultimately geared towards high school, but in order to feed into the high school level, we needed to develop youth programs,” said Hernandez, who also doubles as a team manager for the varsity squads. “We wanted the younger kids to know that lacrosse exists and it’s really a fun sport to play.” Folsom is one of dozens of club teams within the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association, which governs teams ranging from Santa Cruz to Redding and just about everywhere in between. The United play their home games at John Kemp Park in the East boys’ high school division “Overall the NCJLA at club level is very competitive but we like to set our goals high,” says Ferguson. “What I preach this year is commitment and effort. You don’t have to be a great athlete, but if you want to raise your lacrosse IQ and you’re putting in the effort, that goes way further than talent.” For more info about the Folsom United and other FLA teams, visit folsomlacrosse.org.