Photos by Jarrod McCabe
Last season, two opponents showed up to face Wentworth’s women’s lacrosse club team short of the required 11 players. We had to lend them people from our team,” says Jessica Houghton, BSA ’15. “At that point, I wished we were varsity.”
This fall, that wish became reality: women’s lacrosse has been elevated to full varsity status, set to compete against eight other NCAA Division III teams for the championship in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. To prepare, the athletics department beefed up the team’s budget to cover more intensive coaching and practices, food and travel for away games, referees for home games, and better gear—official kilts, jerseys, and matching sticks.
For the players, there will be a new focus on stepping up their game and earning respect from the Wentworth community—maybe even building a fan base. “We’re going to look official, we’re going to sound official, and we’re really excited,” says team co-captain Megan Ferro, BFPM ’13, who helped launch the club team her freshman year. “It’s a cool feeling to know that when anyone looks back on women’s lacrosse, we’re going to be the first team they see.” —KIMBERLY THORPE