Williamsburg Warriors Lacrosse Club player Mattie Wilding, a Berkeley Middle eighth-grader, spends more time than she would like trying to explain to her classmates that lacrosse and field hockey aren't the same.
The differences are obvious to those involved in either sport. But the similarities, including the objective of getting a ball into a goal with a stick (albeit very different sticks) signify the problem in the area girls lacrosse has endured.
But that perception seems to be evolving, judging by the growth of the Williamsburg Warriors program. The Warriors' girls team was founded in 2007, a few years behind the start of the boys program.
"It's been a...