CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Women’s Lacrosse team is advancing to the national championship round for the first time since the program was created, and it is looking to the community for support.
The team, a club organization through Dixon Recreation Center, has existed since the mid-1990s, and has never advanced to the regional round before this past weekend.
“I started crying when the whistle went off,” said Shelbi Tooley, the team’s president. “It’s not a feeling I can describe. Everyone was crying and excited and jumping up and down and going crazy on the field.”
In three weeks, the team leaves for Virginia, where it will compete against 15 other teams for a national title.
“Lacrosse is an up and coming sport right now in the Northwest, and it’s so exciting for girls to be able to play a sport like this and be able to get into a new sport that’s dominantly on the East Coast,” Tooley said. “We knew last year when we lost in regionals that we wanted to win this year. So we’ve been working for a year. Every day at practice and at every game to get closer to this goal.”
The trip will cost the team $20,000 – something players will have to come up with themselves.
“Since we’re not a Division-1 team, we have to raise all the money ourselves,” Tooley said. “We’re expecting to make half so we only have to pay out-of-pocket half.”
The team is sending out letters asking for donations, collecting cans, and selling Yankee Candles online. Forty percent of Yankee Candle proceeds will go to the fundraiser when shoppers use the code 990064004 for OSU Women’s Lacrosse by clicking here.
“Anything that can help us get to our goal,” Tooley said. “Every little penny helps for us.”
Donors can also write checks to the OSU Women’s Lacrosse Team and deliver or mail them to Dixon Recreation Center at 425 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331.
More information is available on the team’s Facebook page.