As campers advance throughout their Camp Starlight careers, there are lots of rites and privileges to which they look forward. In addition to annual traditions, however, there are those “once in a camp lifetime” opportunities that happen when campers are at the right age at the right time. The Camp Starlight boys’ 8th and 9th grade lacrosse team now has the bragging rights of saying that they were a part of the first match ever to be played on Camp Starlight’s new Elite Field.
The lacrosse program here at Camp Starlight has exploded in popularity over the past several years, with boys and girls demonstrating equal enthusiasm for the sport. It became obvious during the summer of 2013 that one lacrosse field could no longer accommodate campers’ love of lacrosse. Elite Field will be the new home of the Boys Lacrosse program at Camp Starlight, while Varsity Field (the existing field) will remain home to the Girls Lacrosse program. Elite Field, along with the adjacent (and also new) flag football field, also significantly expands the Camp Starlight campus.
As for the game, the 8th and 9th grade boys were amazing hosts for the inaugural match, which took place against Camp Wayne. The July 4th holiday may have been over, but the boys of Camp Starlight had some fireworks for Camp Wayne. Wayne took an early lead, but goals from Ethan E. kept the match close. A time out was all it took to really get the sparks going and turn things around. Camp Starlight was up 13-7 at the half, thanks to hat tricks by FOUR different players—Owen B., Josh B. (also 2 assists), Griffin S. (also 1 assist), and Spencer G. During the second half of the game, Ethan E. (also 1 assist) and Sam S. both put two goals in the back of the cage. Jake M. was a force with which to be reckoned in the cage with an incredible 11 saves and plenty of assistance from his defensive team of Jordan K., Justin S., and Sam S., which effectively shut down the Wayne offense. The final score of 19-9 not only helped Starlight advance closer to the Wayne County Championship, but was an exhilarating initiation of the brand new Elite Field.