Brebeuf Jesuit Athletic Director Ted Hampton and Head Girls Lacrosse Coach Nick Estey are excited to announce the Girls Lacrosse program will be expanding its reach as it adds a national travel component to its schedule starting with the 2019 spring season. The Braves will travel to Washington, D.C. from March 8-10 and open their season against Virginia and D.C. area school teams, as well as have an educational experience during their time in the nation’s capital.
The Braves will kick off opening weekend with two games against Sidwell Friends School of the Independent School League (ISL), followed by Bishop O’Connell of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). Between games, the Braves will enjoy a women’s collegiate game experience seeing one of the top local Universities play. The weekend will wrap up on Sunday, March 10 with a full day in Washington, D.C. that will include the National Mall, U.S. Capital, White House, and Holocaust Memorial.
Coach Estey on the impact this trip could have on the program moving forward:
“It’s a two-fold opportunity for our student athletes; I have always challenged the players to think bigger, on the field and off, and I chose to do the same in regards to our schedule. In speaking with Athletic Director Ted Hampton, I told him I thought this is the next step as a program. This has been a few years in the making; and a great opportunity for our program and school. I give Mr. Hampton all the credit, he never said no; he was fully supportive of the idea, we just had to figure out how to do it. This is a continuation of our program’s overall goal to offer our student athletes an unmatched experience. That is part of what going to Brebeuf Jesuit is about, gaining experiences you won’t find anywhere else.”
“While we’ve always taken on an ambitious schedule every year, including trips to neighboring states, this was the next step forward for us. No other school in Indiana with girls’ lacrosse is doing this. For our student athletes, this is a big opportunity to play skilled teams, gain an educational experience in the nation’s capital, and grow as a program overall. We are directly mirroring what a collegiate program is doing with their teams. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
“I am very excited for what this trip will do for our team and our program not only this year, but for future years to come. This shows our athletic department and our girls lacrosse program that we’re committed to our student-athletes and their growth overall, not just on the field. It’s easy to show up to practice, win a few games, and say that is good enough. We have never been satisfied with the status quo for our athletes or our program. Our kids are excited for this opportunity, the coaches are excited, the parents are excited, and who doesn’t want to get on a plane with your teammates, and spend a weekend playing lacrosse and having fun in a different city?”
The Braves are coming off their best season overall in 2018, finishing with a record of 19-8 and its fourth trip to Championship weekend since 2012. The 2018 team saw multiple All-State, All-Region, All-Tournament, and All-Conference awards for the talented group. The trend continues for the 2019 squad with another ambitious schedule, including a full slate of in-state games, and teams from five states and the District of Columbia.