By Kendra McDonald
Fitchburg State University offers a great way to stay active with a number of different intramural sports, but they’re missing one of the oldest sports around – lacrosse.
Although Fitchburg State does have a Division III women’s varsity lacrosse team, there is no men’s varsity lacrosse, and some women cannot find the time to dedicate themselves to a college sport. For students with a busy schedule who still wish to enjoy playing a sport occasionally, intramurals work out well. “You can come and go as you please,” said Drew Guay, the director of recreational and intramural programming. “We want people to have fun.”
When signing up for intramurals, there is a one-time fee of $5 per sport and all the equipment is provided. However, one of the reasons Fitchburg State does not offer intramural lacrosse is because they do not have the budget to supply the necessary equipment, such as sticks, goggles, and helmets, Guay said.
But why can’t students bring their own equipment? “It’s a safety thing,” Guay said. He explained that if one student brought her own goggles and they were just a cheap pair, she could get seriously injured. “Knowing that Fitchburg State provided safe equipment is what we’re concerned about,” said Guay.
Fitchburg State does, however, offer a Lacrosse Club on campus; Guay is the club’s advisor. The main difference between a club sport and an intramural sport, Guay explained, is that club teams play against other colleges and universities, whereas intramural teams simply play against fellow students. Club sports, in most cases, hold some sort of practices for the members.
Intramural sports at FSU are co-recreational, with both genders playing on the same team, often integrating rules from both the men’s and the women’s game. “We want to stay away from strictly men’s and women’s,” said Guay.
But in some instances, females do not feel at ease when playing with males. Fortunately, Guay said, he has seen the number of female participants in intramural sports spike up. He says the teams are about 15 to 18 percent female, and he credits the female supervisors working the games with drawing women in by making them feel more comfortable.
As much as Guay would love to broaden the horizons of intramural sports at Fitchburg State University, his real question is, “Can we find the interest?” He hopes so. He feels that intramural sports are a vital thing to offer at colleges and says he would like to “keep the competitive edge of that of a varsity sport” in future intramural activities on campus.