Volume 91, Issue 19

Tuesday, September 30, 1997

legal matters


Who's bad manners

Re: Lacrosse bad manners, Sept. 26

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the letter concerning the behavior of the men's and women's lacrosse teams. I have one question for Mr. Thibodeau: do you really believe we enjoy being sandwiched between the varsity soccer, field hockey team, as well as three intramural three-pitch games? With every crack of the bat our entire team is forced to scatter for fear of a fly ball, or a line drive directed at us. As for the "entire empty soccer field worth of space," the men's varsity soccer team was practicing on that field and they deservedly have priority. We were asked politely by their coach to refrain from using their space and we gladly obliged.

Apparently you chose to hide your "obvious anger" because we were never asked to move nor did we feel any reason to. I seem to remember at least two fly balls interrupting our practice, on the other hand, not once did a stray lacrosse ball veer into what I assume was a very "intense" softball game.

While we're on the subject of "blatantly rude" and "arrogant acts," I would like to make note of the fact that our practice was again interrupted when the three-pitch games ended; players felt the need to saunter directly through the middle of our drills, commenting on the idea of "chick lacrosse." The male softball players didn't seem to mind us practicing beside them when they were critiquing the female physique as we did our warm-up run. Who the hell do we think we are? We are 40 men and women who love a game, so much so that we choose to ignore the inconveniences associated with not having varsity status and wear the Western name with pride. We are 40 men and women who practice five days a week, every week, on what little field space we have, to prove that we are a worthwhile sport and deserve a place on campus. An ounce of understanding would be appreciated.

Monica Brown
Western Women's Lacrosse Team

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