“You wish you could play like a girl” is a favorite saying of seven year old Lauren Peavey – a goalie in box lacrosse who has no problem with mixing it up with the boys! The Southern Marin Lacrosse Club does not have a team for Under 9 girls so Lauren plays in the boys league. She was in goal for the league championship game, which they won (7-6).
An article in the Marin Independent Journal highlights the tiny goaltender, how she got started and why she plays:
Starting out as an outdoor field lacrosse player at age 5, Peavey found the more fast-paced and physical box lacrosse more enticing after watching her brother Joshua play at practices.
“I picked it because it looked kind of fun,” Peavey said. “I used to play field lacrosse, but I don't play anymore because I like box a little bit better.”
Box lacrosse is essentially an indoor version of field lacrosse with a few tweaks. There's a smaller, box-shaped arena with fewer players (six players per side), smaller nets and goalie creases leading to a quicker-paced game.
According to her parents (who emailed me with the link to the article) Lauren practices one to two days a week and plays lacrosse in fall and winter.
Way to go Lauren! You are an inspiration to girls everywhere for your positive attitude and for finding a way to follow your sports dream.