WAUSAU - When you think spring sports, baseball and softball jump to mind right away.
But thanks to efforts in central Wisconsin, that's not the case anymore.
Enter the Wausau Wolfpack lacrosse team.
"I honestly think that it's a great sport," says senior attacker William Ambord. "Give it a try. It's something new and I think it's really fun."
"The lacrosse family started in 2005," says Head Coach Travis Brown. "It's grown so much. We now have a youth program. We call it the fastest growing sport in America, so the Wolfpack family, it's becoming a known sport."
It's more than just that.
Most of the Wolfpack athletes come from other sports, such as hockey or football.
Now, it's tough for some to think of any other sport first.
"For me, it's definitely number one," says Ambord. "I really liked football when I played it, but lacrosse definitely takes the cake."
"With our youth program, it's becoming the sport for some of these kids," says Brown. "With our freshman crew coming up, when you talk to them, they live lacrosse, which is really cool to see."
It is still a new sport for some athletes, but the learning curve isn't as steep as you might think.
"The first two, three weeks is all fundamentals," says Brown. "Catching and throwing, passing, and we break down the skill to its bare minimum to what hand is up top, or how we cradle keeping the ball in the stick."
"It was very easy to me," says senior goaltender Ethan Edwards. "Just the hand-eye coordination of hockey, it was really easy to transfer that to lacrosse with catching and passing. It was a pretty easy transition and I learned really quickly."
It all works to develop game-time moments into some unforgettable memories.
"When it's just you and the shooter, and you make a great save and your teammates just start cheering you on really loud, that's my favorite part," says Edwards. "Keeps you going."
"My favorite part is when you string passes together into a great play," says Ambord. "It's always about teamwork for me, making sure that I can make great feeds to my teammates or help them get goals. And obviously I like to score too. That's pretty fun."
There aren't many things that can bring two rival schools like Wausau East and West together, but lacrosse seems to be one of them.
"Everybody's really nice, so that's always great to have on a team, but also, it's just a really fun sport I think," says Ambord.
"Don't be afraid to try new things," says Edwards. "It might seem really complicated at first, but once you learn the fundamentals, it's really easy and it's a great sport to play. It's really fun, and you'll get hooked on it super easy."