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Growing the Game: Wausau Wolfpack looking to push lacrosse into the Northwoods

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 04/15/2021 9:30PM, Last Updated 04/15/2021 10:37PM
Wausau - The roots of lacrosse run deep and that's no different for the Wausau Wolfpack.

"I started playing in third grade," said senior attacker Max Speichinger. "My dad got me into it, he played in boarding school out east when he was my age, so he got me into it."

"It started in 2005 and I wasn't a fan of baseball at the time, so I went out for spring lacrosse," said Head Coach Travis Brown. "A bunch of hockey guys and I went out and the rest is history."

While lacrosse stands on it's own, it takes pieces from other sports.

"Football is the ultimate team sport with 11 players on the field. But, lacrosse has 10 players on the field. So, it's really similar in that aspect of you really can't do it alone," explained senior midfielder Sam Moses. "From basketball, the defense is really similar. So, I take those aspects from different sports and apply them to lacrosse."

When different sports are brought together it creates the game of lacrosse; or as it's known, "The Fastest Game on Two Feet". Now, the Wolfpack are hoping to see the sport continue to rise in popularity. 

"We're always looking to get more guys out and develop the program and grow the program a little more," said Brown. "But, I think definitely strength in numbers is the key in this sport."

"In high school, I've seen a lot of people switch from either baseball or track, they've been coming out and playing lacrosse as they get older," said Speichinger. "It's pretty cool, this sport is awesome."

"Definitely didn't just pick it up, it definitely took time," said Moses. "But, I'm definitely glad I did."

Wausau's first game of the 2021 season is set for April 26. 
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