Although it may only be January, Sparta Girls’ Lacrosse Coach Kate Brennan has her players putting in work with pre-season in full swing. Brennan, who has been coaching at Sparta for 14 years, is proud to lead the Lady Spartans, who are currently ranked 25th in all of New Jersey. Holding such a good standing requires a lot of long hours on the field and in the weight room.
“I wouldn't say we need to improve, but we need to continue to grow," Brennan remarks. “Our players need determination to continue growth and get better to work better as a team."
The girls engage in weekly weight room practices, and some participate in the optional Monday night fitness class lead by former Sparta lacrosse goalie Becky Leonard at Black Bear Fitness. When asked who she felt Sparta’s biggest rivals would be this season, Brennan felt Morris Central was an appropriate prediction. “They have a strong program, and I respect both their players and coaches. They play on a grass field like we do.”
This years’ Freshman Team mostly consists of girls who have never picked up a stick before entering high school. Brennan comments that they are “ the nicest Freshman class” she has ever met, and is very excited for them to “be around a team who loves each other as much as our team does”.
The season may not even have officially begun yet, but it is already evident that the Lady Spartans are preparing for a successful season under Kate Brennan's lead!