On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Lake Houston Lightning Lacrosse (LHLL) hosted their first ever inaugural Fall Brawl event at Atascocita Community Church, seeing a positive response from the community as hundreds gathered to watch talented young female lacrosse players from various organizations display their skills through a variety of scrimmages and practices.

Head Coach Mike Thompson explained the purpose of the event. “This field is where we usually practice and we were generously allowed to schedule this event to test the waters for the upcoming season; we wanted to get as many players on the field as possible to demonstrate their skills and the public to see the expansion that is taking place,” he said.

Thompson gave insight with regard to the recent growth that was experienced by the LHLL.

Thompson said, “Our program has experienced tremendous growth over the last couple of months. We have doubled our size and we plan to compete in the spring against a variety of teams.”

The program’s expansion has seen the team gaining additional members. “We now have 38 girls spread across our four teams, including four high school players. We hope to gain additional players to form a high school team, however, if we are unable to, arrangements have been made to allow our players to play with Kingwood Lacrosse,” said Thompson.

The LHLL has recently become a member of the Greater Houston Girls Youth Association and will be allowed to compete competitively against fellow teams shortly.

The LHLL is scheduled to play eight games against GHGYLA opponents in the upcoming spring season: “We are looking forward to playing teams outside of the Atascocita area; we will be playing teams from around the Houston area (Spring Branch, Kingwood, League City, etc.),” Thompson said.

The Fall Brawl hosted other organizations as well, including Kingwood Lacrosse. Among those in attendance was Sean Flannigan, girls program coordinator for Kingwood Youth Lacrosse, who spoke positively of the event as well as the progress being made by LHLL.

“We are tremendously excited to witness the growth that is taking place with our local partner, the LLHL. We had several scrimmages in between our teams this year and we are excited to play the LLHL teams this upcoming spring,” said Flannigan.

“It is tremendous what Mike Thompson has been able to accomplish with this lacrosse program; he was extremely efficient in spreading the word about this opportunity for young players and it is amazing to finally be able to have a local GHGYLA partner close by,” he added.

The LHLL, thanks to excellent leadership and dedicated players, will march on to its first competitive season. Thompson encourages anyone interested in the program to visit atascolax.com or to directly contact him at 832-995-8620.

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