Q&A with the coaches: LAX Coach Meghan Toomey

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When did you start playing lacrosse?

I started playing lacrosse when I was in 1st grade.

Why do you love lacrosse?

I played all sports growing up, and lacrosse is what pulls my heart strings the most. Lacrosse has been a part of my life forever, and I could not imagine life without it. It is is so fast paced, which makes it fun to watch and play. I just love team sports! There is nothing better than being a part of a team.

Did you play in high school and college?

I played in high school (St. Mary’s Annapolis HS) and college (Salisbury University).

Where have you coached?

I took my first coaching job when I moved to LA, about a year and a half ago, in Santa Monica with the Santa Monica Dragons. Since then I have tried to get involved with as many organizations as possible to help grow the sport in Los Angeles. Last year I was the Assistant Varsity Coach at Palisades Charter High School. I also coach with City Lacrosse…and have been doing so for about a year now.

How has the team been this year?

The team is very young, energetic and has the potential to be great! We play with a lot of heart and hustle and never give up until the final whistle. We had a very small senior class this year, so I look forward to having a lot of experienced veteran players next year.

What are your goals for the future?

To continue to grow the program and get more girls interested in the game of lacrosse at Marlborough. Lacrosse is a great crossover sports for all athletes, especially soccer, basketball and field hockey players. I look forward to watching the junior class step into the leadership role next season. If our players continue to stay committed, there is no doubt in my mind that we will come back even stronger next year.

What are the challenges that stand in your way as you try to reach your goals with the team?

Right now I think our main challenge is time management. Girls at Marlborough are involved in so many extra-curricular activities. While we are so proud of all that the girls do we hope that some day we can make lacrosse just as important as those other activities they may be missing practices and games for. Towards the end of the season, I started to notice a switch. Athletics are important, too!

How is coaching Marlborough Varsity different from coaching other teams in the LA area?

Most girls who play at Marlborough started playing lacrosse for the first time as freshmen. We spent a lot of time on refining the basics and stayed away from too much technical stuff. However, this past season we threw a couple advanced offensive play options at the girls, and they learned it with ease. We have a very intelligent group, and with more practice time next year, we plan to dive in on some more offensive play sets, different types of defense, and a few ride set ups. We are very excited for the new field. πWhen did you start playing lacrosse?

I started playing lacrosse when I was in 1st grade.

Why do you love lacrosse? 

I played all sports growing up, and lacrosse is what pulls my heart strings the most. Lacrosse has been a part of my life forever, and I could not imagine life without it. It is is so fast paced, which makes it fun to watch and play. I just love team sports! There is nothing better than being a part of a team.

Did you play in high school and college?

 I played in high school (St. Mary’s Annapolis HS) and college (Salisbury University).

Where have you coached? 

I took my first coaching job when I moved to LA, about a year and a half ago, in Santa Monica with the Santa Monica Dragons. Since then I have tried to get involved with as many organizations as possible to help grow the sport in Los Angeles. Last year I was the Assistant Varsity Coach at Palisades Charter High School. I also coach with City Lacrosse…and have been doing so for about a year now.

How has the team been this year?

The team is very young, energetic and has the potential to be great! We play with a lot of heart and hustle and never give up until the final whistle. We had a very small senior class this year, so I look forward to having a lot of experienced veteran players next year.

What are your goals for the future?

To continue to grow the program and get more girls interested in the game of lacrosse at Marlborough. Lacrosse is a great crossover sports for all athletes, especially soccer, basketball and field hockey players. I look forward to watching the junior class step into the leadership role next season. If our players continue to stay committed, there is no doubt in my mind that we will come back even stronger next year.

What are the challenges that stand in your way as you try to reach your goals with the team? 

Right now I think our main challenge is time management. Girls at Marlborough are involved in so many extra-curricular activities. While we are so proud of all that the girls do we hope that some day we can make lacrosse just as important as those other activities they may be missing practices and games for. Towards the end of the season, I started to notice a switch. Athletics are important, too! 

How is coaching Marlborough Varsity different from coaching other teams in the LA area? 

Most girls who play at Marlborough started playing lacrosse for the first time as freshmen. We spent a lot of time on refining the basics and stayed away from too much technical stuff. However, this past season we threw a couple advanced offensive play options at the girls, and they learned it with ease. We have a very intelligent group, and with more practice time next year, we plan to dive in on some more offensive play sets, different types of defense, and a few ride set ups. We are very excited for the new field. π