BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Lake Shore girls lacrosse team is well on their way to an undefeated season. They currently boast the best record the school has ever had for the program at 12-0.
A large portion of girls who play for the Eagles come from the Seneca Nation Indian reservation in Irving. The kids who grow up on the Nation can choose to attend Lake Shore, Silver Creek or Gowanda but, the Eagles are the only program that carries varsity lacrosse. As a result, some girls travel over an hour just to attend a school where they can play the sport they love.
“Our bus ride is an hour long, some kids wake up at 5. I wake up at 5:20,” said Lake Shore sophomore and University of Albany verbal commit Ivy Santana.
But, the dedication has paid off. Many of the girls are set to play college lacrosse at some the country’s top programs like Syracuse, Albany and Limestone College.
“A bunch of kids don’t go to college on the reservation and we are going to college to play lacrosse. We are the role models they are looking up to so, we have to go to school, get good grades and make sure we are doing good on and off the field,” Santana added.
The undefeated record and college commitments are two things for the girls to be proud of, but so is making their families proud.
“It is all we can do because our families have given us so much,” sophomore Jalyn Jimerson and Syracuse University verbal commit said. “They have given us the game so the least we can do is make history for them.”