The teams will continue regular-season play until early May when the playoffs being. The WVSLA state championship will be on May 18 at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium at University High in Morgantown.
Calls to the WVSSAC regarding the possibility of including lacrosse among the sanctioned high school sports in West Virginia were not returned. When asked if the sport gaining that designation is something he would like to see, White jumped at the chance to answer the question.
"You better believe it," he said. "Our principal and our athletic director are completely 100 percent behind us. Mr. [George] Aulenbacher [GW's principal] has been incredible and so has [athletic director] Shawn Wheeler."
Capital coach Phil Wright said the sport faces obstacles in its path to wider recognition but he remains hopeful lacrosse will someday be just another sport for athletes in the Kanawha Valley.
"It takes time, I recognize that," he said. "I think lacrosse may be where soccer was decades ago in this state. You're fighting for field time and recognition. I'm sure soccer had to deal with a lot of these same issues that we're dealing with now. I'm very optimistic. It's grown tremendously just in the last few years."
Wright, who grew up playing the sport in Massachusetts and was an assistant at GW until taking over at Capital to coach his son, said playing the sport under the WVSSAC banner is still a ways off but the steps being taken are in the right direction.
"Ultimately I think it would be good for the sport," he said. "For some reason I think there are some schools that don't want to support it or deal with it if it's not SSAC sanctioned. What the SSAC sanctioning does more than anything is lend an air of legitimacy to the sport that some people might not otherwise attribute to it."
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.