Game vs. BLC: Highlights | Photo Gallery
On our fifth day in Australia the team got the opportunity to spend a few hours at the iconic Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. After the park excursion the squad played its first of four games while on its Australian tour against the Brighton Lacrosse Club and enjoyed a post-game barbecue with the team.
The Cleland Wildlife Park was truly an experience of a lifetime as the team got the chance to not only see Australia's well known animals and inhabitants, but everyone was also able to feed and interact with them up close. Kangaroos, emus, koalas, wallabies, wombats and native birds were just a few of the species that the team intermingled with. Most of the animals were extremely friendly and had no qualms about approaching the team, whether it be out of curiosity or strictly for the food!
We were able to purchase bags food at the entrance of the park, and throughout the afternoon were afforded the chance to walk through the large enclosures and have the animals eat out of the palms of our hands. In addition, everyone was able to pet and take a personal photo with a koala.
"It was a really great experience and it was different seeing the animals walk right up to you. Having them eat out of my hand was one of the coolest things that have ever happened to me. The kangaroos were really friendly and seeing the joeys in their pouches was amazing and beautiful. I am incredibly grateful because this is a once in a lifetime experience and doing this with with my teammates - my best friends - is incredible." - Jamie Bumgardner, Junior
"I thought today was awesome. I had never seen a kangaroo before and the fact that I got to pet them and feed them was unbelievable. It was also really cool watching them box. I wanted to put one in my backpack and take it home with me." - Julia Lawson, Sophomore
Following the expedition in Cleland Wildlife Park the team headed to the field to compete against the Brighton Lacrosse Club Bombers. GW defeated BLC, 14-11, and senior Terasa Vassallo led the squad with four goals. Sophomore Olivia Boudreau chipped in two goals and added two assists, and junior Jamie Bumgardner recorded two assists and a goal in the victory.
At the completion of the game the teams gathered for a barbecue and social where they exchanged stories and got to know one another. Some members of the team got the chance to chat with Jen Adams - four-time NCAA national champion with Maryland, three-time national player of the year and current head coach of Loyola (Md.) - who refereed the afternoon contest.
Tomorrow we head to the cages for a cricket cultural lesson, followed by game number two against Glenelg at the Glenelg Lacrosse Club.