Women’s lacrosse fights the elements


The Castleton women’s lacrosse team took on Keene State on April 21 as the town of Castleton was getting pilled on with snow. 

The game finished early with 12 minutes left in the second half so the game would count and would not have to be rescheduled for a later date. 

Castleton fell 16-4 in this snow surged game.

“The lacrosse game against Keene State two weeks ago was the harshest weather I’ve ever played a lacrosse game in. It was not pleasant at the time, but looking back, it was fun to be out there,” said junior midfielder Ryanne Mix.

The masks that are worn during the game due to COVID protocol weren’t just used for COVID, that day, but also to keep players’ faces warm during the game, Mix said.

“When the game started, I couldn’t feel my hands for the first 15 minutes and for most of the second half,” said Mix.

In the first half of the game, a yellow lacrosse ball was being used, but due to the difficulty players were having seeing it, they switched to a more visible orange ball in the second half .

“The strings on my stick froze during the game, which made it difficult to pass, catch, and cradle. I remember scooping the ball and my pocket would be filled with snow as well. I would have to throw the ball into the air to get all the snow out my pocket,” Mix said.

During the game, girls were also falling all over the place due to the snow and not having traction because they were using turf shoes. 

“We have to get out onto the field an hour before the game to warm up. I wore my winter coat the entire warm-up and was still shivering. It took me about three hours after the game to finally feel warm again,” said Mix. 

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