Mr. Mason Confirms No Lacrosse Team for Leyden in the Next Couple of Years


With new construction, students have been speculating about new teams at Leyden.

Mr. Richard Mason, the assistant principal of athletics and wellness, was not shocked to hear about interest in new sports. One of those he’s heard students talk about is lacrosse.

 “Lacrosse is a really popular and growing sport in the United States,” Mason stated. Schools in Illinois are emerging with Lacrosse teams like Downers Grove, Glenbard East, and Maine South. However, there are some problems with this new construction, East Leyden has “less space for the outside programs,” Mason explained. This would cause a problem for any new team with limited space for outside practices because of sports like football and soccer. 

Still, Mason acknowledged the interest: “It has been on our radar as an athletic program,” but he maintained there is no “formal plan for lacrosse in the next couple of years.” 

Senior Ethan Stabinski, who plays lacrosse, believes it would be great for Leyden. “The bonds you make are amazing,” he said. He hopes students in the upcoming years get to have those experiences.  While the sport may not be coming, interested students might look to develop a club, with a teacher or counselor as a sponsor.