Lacrosse at Stowe has quickly evolved over recent years becoming a huge attraction for any lacrosse enthusiasts, whether they be seeking an international career in the game or simply enjoying participating at their own level. We provide for all and believe the coaching structure helps players of all ability to achieve their maximum potential. As a result our fixture list has developed into an extremely competitive program, playing some of the best girls schools and Universities alike. Often they are much larger schools than us and do require some travel, but the results are extremely encouraging. We field 3 senior teams and 5 junior teams at U15 and U14 level. Although Lent is our key term, all age groups have the ability to play throughout the Michaelmas term, developing skill sets and allowing for our strong performances at every age group at the National Schools competition played at Surrey Sports Park in February. Most of our talent is ‘home grown’ and we produce highly talented lacrosse players at every level. All our teams have two members of staff coaching them during the week. We currently have a wealth of knowledge and talent in our coaching staff that includes former international players and coaches, all headed up by Miss Kaitlan Biondi, former Senior England Assistant Coach and the Head Coach of Sweden in the 2013 World Cup.
For our top teams all of our fixtures are highly competitive against some of the best girls schools and Universities in the country. Although there is no league for lacrosse, we make sure to put out a tough schedule for every age group and enter every age group in the Rathbones National Schools lacrosse tournament. In 2015, the Senior 1st XII won their division in the tournament.
As an extension to this, we now regularly have a number of girls representing their country at International level. We also have a number of past Stoics competing on International senior squads, all training for the 2017 Women’s World Cup in Guildford, Surrey. We help provide the girls with the opportunity to trial for club teams outside of school, help girls through the county and regional selections and then some on to World Cup selection. We had 10 selected for the U15 county team and 8 in the U19 county team in 2015. In 2015 we have 7 girls in the South East U19 regional squad, more than any other school in our region. In the summer of 2015 we had nine past and present Stoics selected to play at the U19 World Cup and Festival, representing England, Wales and Scotland.
Internally we also run the Stowe Sport Performance Programme.
Lacrosse as a Passion
Some of our best results come from our lower teams. From A to C we run full fixture lists and celebrate performance, commitment and importantly passion and enjoyment. Lacrosse is a game that brings out the best in the individual behaving as a team player. We coach to develop the mind, to overcome obstacles and to make decisions, as an extension of our entire academic and pastoral programme.
Master in charge: Mrs Kaitlan Griffin