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Northrige High School boys lacrosse is heading into its second spring season. (Truth Photo By Steve Krah)

Northridge High School head boys lacrosse coach Gregg Eash (right) gives instructions to his team during a practice SaturdayMarch 1, at the Elkhart Sports Center. (Truth Photo By Steve Krah)

Middlebury Raider Lacrosse coach Gregg Eash talks to a player during practice at the Elkhart Sports Center Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Middlebury Lacrosse more than doubles in size in just second year
Posted on March 5, 2014 at 5:17 p.m.

Fans of the sport call it "the fastest game on two feet."

Middlebury Lacrosse has certainly grown at a fast rate.

In just its second year, the club funded solely by club fees and donations and not by Middlebury Community Schools has gone from 37 boys in grades 6-12 to nearly 100 players in grades 2-12.

The high school program swelled from 20 players in 2013, when the Raiders went 5-10 at the varsity level, to 46 as the 2014 squad gets ready for a slate that begins later this month.

The sport has began to attract soccer and football players looking for a competitive spring activitiy.

The opener was scheduled for March 15 against Penn, but it is more likely that the team will play its first matches March 29 in Bloomington against Bloomington North, Bloomington South and Evansville Central.

There are 20 players in grades 7-8 and more than 30 in the lower grades.

More are welcome.

"We hope to grow the program," says high school head coach Gregg Eash.

Eash is assisted at the high school level by David Cushwa, Kent Eby and Austin Salsberry. Cushwa, a former high school and college player, is charged with the Raiders' defense.

David Williams is in charge of grades 7-8, Brent Miller grades 5-6 and Cushwa grades 2-4. Trai Hilson, a top player on the 2013 high school team, is a middle school assistant.

With 30 new high school players, the focus has been on fundamentals.

"We are working on getting them up to speed without holding back the kids from last year," says Eash.

To enhance his own knowledge of the game, Eash has watched numerous YouTube videos and has observed practices of top collegiate programs Notre Dame, Duke and North Carolina.

At a recent practice inside the Elkhart Sports Center, Middlebury Lacrosse players worked passing and shooting drills employed by the big boys of the sport.

A member of the Indiana High School Lacrosse Association at the high school level, the team is known as Northridge and consists only of Northridge High School students.

IHSLA rules require all players to do baseline concussion testing. Dr. David Reser has coordinated that effort and parent volunteers have administered tests for Northridge players.

Younger Middlebury Lacrosse players are drawn from Elkhart and LaGrange counties and are affiliated with the Northern Indiana Lacrosse Association. Other members include teams also tied to Penn, Mishawaka, LaPorte and South Bend Catholic schools.

To learn more about Middlebury Lacrosse, visit the club's Facebook page or contact Gregg Eash at middleburylax@gmail.com.