Coral Springs Lacrosse program thrives on travel

Not all city-run athletic programs get to travel outside their cities to compete, but the Coral Springs Chiefs Youth Lacrosse does.

The club, which recently opened its spring season, offers players a chance to take their talents on the road around South Florida for about half of the season’s games. When the league plays at home, games take place at North Community Park.

Regardless of where the approximately 200 Chiefs’ players bring their game, league president Anthony LoFurno continues to enjoy the hybrid athleticism lacrosse evokes from its players.

“Lacrosse is probably the fastest game on two feet, and is a great combination of basketball, hockey and soccer all rolled into one exciting sport,” LoFurno said. “Its fast-paced, non-stop action gives the players an incredible opportunity to combine a whole bunch of different skills out there.”

For this season, the boys’ age brackets are under-7, under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15; and the girls’ are under-7/under-9 combined, under-11, under-13 and under-15.

This season’s schedules are set to conclude in the early part of May, but before then the Chiefs players will have showcased their talents against some of its area rivals in Parkland, Davie, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Miami.

“We’ve really got a great core of committed families in our Chiefs group,” LoFurno said about this year’s elevated registration statistics. “Many of the kids like coming back, have friends and siblings who’ve begun to show an interest in lacrosse, plus we offer such a vast age group that it’s become rather attractive to a lot of players.”

Coral Springs resident Jen MacKenzie’s son falls into that category of returning players.

“This is his fifth year and I love to see how well he interacts with his teammates,” MacKenzie, who’s son, Gabe, plays on the under-11 Chiefs team, said. “It’s nice to see when they encourage each other and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the skills he’s learned over the years on travel lacrosse teams to be applied to this Chiefs season.”

Gabe MacKenzie, along with some of his teammates, also play for travel lacrosse programs that compliment his playing time with the Chiefs.

According to LoFurno, it is a win-win situation when the Chiefs members play for other leagues.

“I think it brings a more competitive game to the recreational [Chiefs] players as well as gives more playing time [to them],” LoFurno said. “… More than anything though we like to see all of our kids have the chance to improve from their baseline at the beginning of the season as players, teammates and as people through commitment and responsibility.”

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