Upstart Raiders

WEST LAFAYETTE (WLFI) — The Harrison Raiders Lacrosse Club travels all over the state to play their sport because they’re the only team in town.

It’s not a sanctioned sport. So the team has to pay for its own equipment and travel expenses. That means they do whatever is necessary to get on the field.

“We just kind of have to hop in cars and carpool two or so hours to games and stuff,” said freshman Sam Bartu.

Sam’s father, Jim, started the club last fall and is one of the team’s coaches.

“It also makes it special for me, I think, as far as community goes. Because it really is about community, you’re a grassroots team (in a) grassroots sport that’s growing,” said Jim.

Tom McKee decided to help out, after his son Michael joined the team.

“My son played football with Jim’s son. I’ve coached football and baseball before. So, I just said I’ll help out in anyway I can,” said Tom.

The team is made up mostly of freshman. There’s even a middle-schooler in the mix.

“I was really excited — really, really excited. I might not have been able to play because of my age, but since its a club I was able to,” said eighth-grader Colin Adey.

“It just seemed like a fun sport. You get to go run around and hit people basically. Shoot a ball at people. Sounds pretty fun,” said fellow teammate Brandon Brown.

The Raiders next match will be at Brownsburg on Saturday.

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