Seekonk High School Lacrosse Goes Varsity
The boys and girls lacrosse teams at Seekonk H.S. have finally been granted varsity status. After spending the 2019 season as a Club team and playing a mostly JV schedule, the team sat out the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 shutdown. The South Coast Conference has now made it official that Seekonk has qualified to play at the Varsity level for the 2021 season. Seekonk Athletic Director John Moran recently relayed the news to Boys’ Head Coach Zachary Giorgis. “It was certainly great news,” said Giorgis, “considering everything that is going on with sports this Fall. We missed a whole season of play last Spring, so we will certainly be eager to get back on the field and get to work.”
The sport of lacrosse was introduced to Seekonk at the youth recreational level in the summer of 2015 by Seekonk Youth Lacrosse Association founder's Dawn Loomis and her husband Rocky Loomis. SYLA participates in the Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League every Spring.
Once the youth level was established, SYLA helped to establish a program at Hurley Middle School in 2018. “We felt this was an essential stepping-stone to eventually offer a Varsity program at the high school level. We wanted both the youth and middle school programs to serve as feeder programs, so we could have a base of athletes who knew the game when they arrived at high school,” Loomis said. When the Seekonk School Committee green-lighted a Club program in 2018, the wheels were set in motion. The Seekonk H.S. Lacrosse Parent’s Association was quickly started to help fund the the Club team until they reached varsity status.
“A lot of work has gone into this and we couldn’t be happier,” she said. “Countless parents and coaches have supported our vision along the way, as well as the Seekonk Recreation Department and administrators at the Middle and High Schools. I want to give special praise to our other original Board members that have been with us since our inception in 2015: Chris McNamara, Gary Tracey and Eric McKnight. Three other original board members that served vital roles in the beginning phases and believed in what we were doing were Sue Faria, Jillian Donnelly and Shannon Swist. Without all of their trust in us, lacrosse would not be the burgeoning sport that it is in Seekonk. Lacrosse is such a great sport and we just hope that it is here to stay in Seekonk.”