By Kimberly Paschal | Sports Editor

Megan Zummo wrapped up her collegiate lacrosse career. (Courtesy of Joseph Zummo)

Megan Zummo wrapped up her collegiate lacrosse career. (Courtesy of Joseph Zummo)

Megan Zummo, a senior midfielder, just wrapped up her last season on the lacrosse team. As a native from Dublin, Calif., Zummo began playing lacrosse eight years ago during her first year of high school. Zummo played for Bearlax, the local lacrosse club in the East Bay, where she attended tournaments across the country. She was recruited by Saint Mary’s after attending a large recruiting camp called Western Winners. After that camp, she attended a few Saint Mary’s summer camps and was eventually offered a partial scholarship the summer before her senior year. Accepting the offer to attend Saint Mary’s was just the beginning for Zummo.

A typical offseason day for the women’s lacrosse team starts with a two-hour practice at 6:30 a.m. and consists mostly of conditioning.  Zummo and her teammates then attend their classes. As a Division I athlete, Zummo ensures she stays healthy by carrying around snacks. For about three days a week, Zummo and her teammates attend an hour long weightlifting session and then return to the library or their rooms to take a nap or do homework. As a college student, sleep is important, but as an athlete, Zummo must ensure she gets plenty of sleep so she is alert and rested for her classes, practice, and games.

With her busy schedule, Zummo has learned a lot of time management skills. When she isn’t at lacrosse practice or studying for accounting exams, Zummo enjoys reading or binge watching shows on Netflix, but she enjoys hanging out with friends the most. With a pretty competitive group of friends, Zummo and her squad enjoy going to the Rec Center, playing basketball, going to the pool or exploring the Bay Area by shopping and trying new foods.

In her last season of lacrosse, Zummo and her teammates learned the women’s lacrosse program will be reclassified as a club sport.  “I hope the girls involved find more success in their new conference compared to my four years,” said Zummo. As Zummo herself referenced, the women’s lacrosse team experienced many struggles when it came to winning, especially after winning just one game this past season. “With the resources we were given through the athletic department, we weren’t able to compete against the other teams in our conference,” said Zummo. “Losing to the degree we did wasn’t what anyone signed up for.” Zummo hopes the women’s lacrosse program is able to receive more resources through Campus Recreation. With the increasing success of the men’s and women’s rugby programs, it should be interesting to see how the women’s lacrosse transitions to being managed by Campus Recreation.

Megan Zummo also hopes that women’s lacrosse as a sport gains more popularity. She wants people to know that there are many misconceptions about women’s lacrosse. One of the biggest myths about women’s lacrosse is that it is not the same game as men’s lacrosse. “The men’s game has different rules, equipment, field lines, and strategies. They also have padding so they can hit, similar to football,” said Zummo. She went on to say that even though the women do not have padding, their game is still very physical, and she and her teammates have the bruises to show it.

Women’s sports in general do not receive the amount of coverage they deserve. “Women’s lacrosse continues to grow on the West Coast and gets the publicity it deserves,” she said. For five out of their nine away games, the women’s lacrosse team traveled to the East Coast, most likely because lacrosse is extremely popular on the East Coast. ESPN has the “Top 10 Plays” segment, and the majority of the plays are from men’s sports. Nevertheless, Zummo enjoyed the attention she sees women’s lacrosse starting to get, especially on ESPNW. Like many female athletes and supporters of women’s sports, Zummo believes increased attention is long overdue. “The sports media can do more [and] we shouldn’t have to make crazy ridiculous plays to get some highlights or more live coverage,” she explained.

Although Zummo will not be playing lacrosse as much as she did at Saint Mary’s, she hopes to be involved with her alumni group from the Bearlax Club. After graduation, Zummo will be working for a public accounting firm called Moss Adams LLP in San Francisco.

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