Milford Schools to propose lacrosse funding
MILFORD — School administrators said they will propose taking over funding for high school lacrosse teams beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year.
The high school program will enter its second season this spring and will add boys varsity teams at each school. Joseph A. Foran High School had 43 players last year and Jonathan Law High School had about 30, said Sean McGinley, president of Milford Youth Lacrosse.
“It took more than 60 kids off the streets,” he said. “Instead, they are on the field for two or three hours.”
The youth league has about 250 members, from kindergartners to eighth- graders. It agreed to fund a majority of the program for two seasons. The rest of the revenue comes from a participation fee.
The entire program for both schools is expected to cost $75,000 to $90,000, said Schools Chief Operations Officer James L. Richetelli Jr. The amount would cover junior and varsity boys teams and the inaugural girls junior varsity teams at each school.
The proposed budget for the next fiscal year will be presented to the Board of Education in January for approval, Richetelli said.
Foran is expected to field both a varsity and junior varsity team, said Foran Athletic Director Anthony Vitelli. Law may only have a varsity team, depending on the number of participants, said Law Athletic Director Michael Hoggatt.
The current plan is to add girls varsity at each school for the 2014-2015 school year. It is possible the girl’s teams would represent both high schools.
“Right now, Milford Youth Lacrosse reported that they have a very strong league for girls,” Richetelli said.
Milford Youth Lacrosse has had its girls program for three years, McGinley said. “It’s growing faster than anything,” he said. “They are beating a lot of local towns.”
The youth league would likely be able to donate to help offset start-up costs for the girls teams, McGinley said.
Members of the league began talking about the possibility of high school teams about four years ago. There was a big push within the league about 18 months ago, he said.
It will likely take three to four years to see if lacrosse is sustainable at the high schools, Vitelli said. The chances ares high if the current pace continues, he said.