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Brookfield lacrosse teams gain steam

Aug. 4, 2010

The Brookfield Lacrosse Association wrapped up its season in June with more than 140 students participating on the youth and boys and girls high school teams.

"Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and that growth is also evident right here," said Barb Krouwer, president of Brookfield Lacrosse. "Because of the local growth we are also seeing colleges in the area expand their sports programs to include lacrosse."

Brookfield closed its second year with three youth teams for fourth- through eighth-grade boys. The seventh-/eighth-grade boys team was undefeated in conference games and the fourth- through sixth-grade teams placed third and eighth. This year the state featured all-star youth games at the state tournament, with the top five players from each team in the state participating.

New girls league

Because of the growth of girls high school lacrosse in the area, the new Milwaukee League debuted with 11 teams. Arrowhead, Brookfield, Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc, University School of Milwaukee and Waukesha were all part of the new league. Wisconsin now has two girls leagues; the other is in the Madison area.

"Although this was the fourth year for the girls teams, there had not been enough teams locally to form our own league," said Greg Barlow, director of the girls high school program. "Because of the new girls league, they participated in the girls state playoff games, where our varsity team took third place."

Katie Cimbalnik was named most valuable player for varsity offense; Rachel Hershberger, MVP varsity defense; Erica Engstrand, MVP JV offense; and Anna Gruman, MVP JV defense and most improved player.

Grace Barlow (midfield) won all-conference honors and all-conference honorable mention went to Morgan Hollowell (attack), Katie Cimbalnik (midfield), Rachel Hershberger (midfield) and Macz Norton (defense). Two Brookfield players also were chosen for the state all-conference team: Barlow (second-team midfield) and Hollowell (honorable mention attack).

Boys rebuild

As the boys high school team closed its fifth year of lacrosse, Krouwer, also director of the boys high school program, reflected on the year.

"With half of the team consisting of new players, it was a rebuilding year and the team pulled together and was a strong competitor," she said. "We were concerned about replacing the many seniors that graduated, and the new players really stepped up and did an awesome job."

Top honors

Brookfield honored its top varsity players with the following awards: Clayton Hollowell (attack), August Thiede (defense), Andrew Krouwer (middie), Ben Secora (long stick middie), Beau Burr (goalie) and Richard Benthien (most improved rookie).

Five players were named all-conference: Hollowell (attack) and Thiede (defense), both first team; Krouwer (middie) and Burr (goalie), second team; and Tommy Porkka (attack), honorable mention.

Two players were named all-state: Hollowell (attack), first team; and Thiede (defense), honorable mention.

Brookfield Lacrosse will host free clinics and a player/parent information night. The dates and further information will be posted at brookfieldlacrosse.org.

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