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West Bloomfield

April 3, 2014

West Bloomfield High girls lacrosse under new leadership

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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West Bloomfield High’s Audrey Shaw makes a break during a recent practice. The Lakers are battling in the OAA White this season.

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s been less than a year since Megan Callahan was on the field in a lacrosse match.

Last spring, she was an All-Conference midfielder for the University of Detroit Mercy.

Now, she’s brought her experience and knowledge of the game to West Bloomfield High as the new girls lacrosse coach.

“I joke about it all the time. I want to play, but now that I coach, I see everything that I should have been doing when I was playing,” Callahan said. “So I actually like coaching more than playing. You see the sport differently.”

The Lakers were 0-2 at press time, falling to Salem High 19-5 March 31 at home and Farmington High 17-14 April 2 at home.

Callahan noted that a lot was learned from the first game and some confidence was gained from it.

“I was nervous, because we hadn’t had many practices outside, so this was the second time the girls were on a full field,” Callahan said. “It was kind of nerve-racking. We are still trying to learn everyone’s positions, but it was definitely something we needed because now we see what we have to work on for the rest of the season. We’re going to improve from there.”

The coach said the biggest obstacles were conditioning and “field sense.” Both issues can be attributed to being forced to practice in a gym for most of the preseason.

“In the gym, we were practicing everything 10 times smaller,” Callahan said.

On the flipside, the coach noted that the Lakers scored more goals against Salem than they did last season, which was a 14-2 defeat. They also played Farmington much closer, last season they fell 20-7.

West Bloomfield, now its third year of existence, is a relatively new program. It hasn’t won a game yet, which Callahan said is a major goal for the team.

In order to do it, Callahan wants her offense to have lots of ball movement and take advantage of openings by the opposing defense.

“It’s a team sport. It’s not really an individual sport where someone can just drive in and score all the goals. We want balanced attackers,” she said.

Defensively, she’s also looking for a team effort, where the players rotate well and keep the opposing offense from getting free looks.

As for taking over a program that hasn’t won yet, Callahan said she’s not worried.

“I knew we could only go up from here,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, I was nervous from the beginning, but I know I could only help this team by bringing the game I know to these girls.”

Catch the Lakers against Lake Orion High in an Oakland Activities Association White Division match April 16 at Lake Orion.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.