ST. GEORGE – In less than a year, Meg Ingalls has become a skilled lacrosse player, earning the opportunity to represent New Brunswick at the Aug. 6-21 Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont.
“I actually haven’t been playing that long. I started in October,” she said. “I’ve really gotten into it.”
Lacrosse had never crossed Ingalls’ mind until her high school soccer coach mentioned the sport.
“At that point, I had never even held the lacrosse stick, but I thought ‘why not?’” she said.
It’s no surprise she excelled in the entirely new sport. Ingalls has an extensive background as a multi-sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball and soccer, which she plays in school with Team NB women’s soccer player and St. George local Drew Frost.
Ingalls played on Team NB’s women’s basketball team last summer.
“I was supposed to again this year, but I chose lacrosse,” she said.
For the majority of the year, if you asked Ingalls which sport is her favourite, she’d answer basketball. However, at the moment, lacrosse has taken the top position.
Between the two- to four-hour practices each week, training weekends consisting of multiple two-hour floor times, and team bonding, lacrosse takes up most of her mind.
Not only is it consuming her time, but Ingalls says the coaches and her teammates have made the experience for her.
“I really like our coaches. We’ve really bonded with them,” she said. “It’s a really great group of girls playing.
“I had never thought about lacrosse … it’s something very different.”
Though the sport was new to her, she says the offense is similar to basketball. Basketball is the familiar sport in her family, both her parents playing at some point in their lives. Now, Ingalls, the first in her family to play, has introduced them to lacrosse.
“My parents are watching, and they don’t know what’s going on,” she said. Regardless, they continue to support her.
The upcoming Canada Summer Games is the biggest tournament she has played in yet.
“I’m very excited. I’m a little nervous, but more excited,” she said, adding she’s hopeful that if the team plays their best, they’ll have a chance at coming home from the tournament victorious.
Both men’s and women’s box lacrosse are making their return to the Canada Summer Games for the first time since they were last featured in 1985.
Ingalls plans to continue playing the sports she loves in her senior year of high school. She had considered pursuing basketball at the post-secondary level, however that was before lacrosse presented itself as a possibility.
“Now with lacrosse, I’m wondering what I could continue to do,” she said.