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2004 Varsity
2004 VARSITY
THE MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE TEAMS

Marian High School is a Catholic, college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The mission of Marian High School is to ensure, within a Christian environment, an excellent education built on strong academic curriculum, which will enable young women to value human diversity and live responsible lives of leadership and action based on gospel values.

As an extension of the academic program of Marian High School, the athletic program strives to contribute to the development of mature, competent, and caring Christian women through participation in organized sports. Athletics provide opportunities for the development of discipline, self control, confidence, perseverance, teamwork, and leadership skills.



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2004 JV

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BRUMBY EVOLUTION

The Oakland Press
Your Community Sports
August 17, 2000
Bloomfield Birmingham Edition

Girls lacrosse team makes transformation to state champs By SHAWN KEMP Special to The Oakland Press

BIRMINGHAM - Starting anything from a birthday cake to a small business from scratch takes careful concentration, great dedication, and strong willpower.
    One mother displayed such willpower as she set out to help her daughter play lacrosse and ended up creating the team that went from a scrimmage squad to the 2000 Division B high school girls state lacrosse championship team.
    The metamorphosis took 18 months but it's the kind of stuff of which dreams are made. Through hard work and determination, along with some thorough parents, the job became complete with bonus results.
    Nancy Gaer founded and organized the Brumby Lacrosse Club in 1999. The group is comprised of girls who attended Birmingham Marian High School. Gaer's daughter, Ashley, attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and played lacrosse in middle school for Sacred Heart. Upon choosing a high school, Ashley picked Marian based on its size and academics, losing her chance to play lacrosse in high school since Marian didn't have a team.
    Nancy attended an athletic board meeting for Marian and proposed the idea of having a lacrosse team for the school.
    "The board said, if you want it, you have to get it," said Wally Gaer, Nancy's husband.
    Before serious negotiations could begin, Nancy researched girls in sports and why they should play sports, attending coaches and athletic board meetings in addition to reading books on the topic.
    "I knew there was no way I could tell the school to support (the idea), unless I knew why it was so good for (the girls)," said Nancy.
    Within two months, Nancy had recruited Susan Holland, a former player for Sacred Heart, to coach the girls, and had gotten Bloomfield Sports Shop to supply team uniforms. Gaer also compromised with Brother Rice lacrosse coach Rob Ambrose to share Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School's playing fields. Meanwhile, she recruited girls to form a team.
    "We were only allowed one 8 1/2 by 11 little poster paper on this little bulletin strip in the hall the girls take to get to lunch," said Nancy about how she advertised the team. "It read, 'Are you interested in lacrosse? Call..., and then it had my home phone number and the information for the meeting on it."
    Because Gaer's team could not be affiliated with Marian, she had to hold the informational meeting at her house, about 35 girls and 70 parents met, along with Nancy and Holland, and the team was formed.
    The meeting was also where the team came up with unique name Brumby. Since the team was not allowed any ties with the Marian Mustangs, Holland proposed the name Brumby, an Australian mustang, and the name was adopted.
    During Brumby's first year as a club team, 34 girls met two or three times a week for eight weeks and they scrimmaged other Division B teams, since they were not allowed into the division. The entire first season, as well as the 2000 season, was fully funded by the parents of the athletes.
    Brumby's interest in the 1999 season carried into the 2000 season. Consequently, the team was divided into varsity and junior varsity teams. Two graduates of Michigan State University and former players for Brother Rice, Matt Burry and Jamie Francek, relieved Holland of a surplus of players and coached 20 girls on the JV team to an undefeated season.
    Holland and the varsity team were not undefeated, but surpassed their goal to make it to the semifinals and ended up facing defending state champion Grosse Pointe North in the Division B state champion game.
    "We were down 3-0, and I was doing a color commentary on the game," said Nancy about the state championship game.
    "I was trying to say nice things about Grosse Pointe North, when all of a sudden we woke up. We just knew it was going to happen." Brumby took the lead and didn't look back as it won the game 6-5.
    Marian saw the dedication and potential in Brumby, and it will adopt the team in the 2001 season as an official high school team.
    Through just one woman's wish for a lacrosse team for her daughter, a team developed that will fulfill the playing lives of many athletes to come.
    "The night of the banquet, I had to keep thinking that some people dream and others do it," said Nancy. "We didn't want to take no for an answer, and when I saw the girls and what they were doing, I couldn't give up then."
    And the determined girls from the Brumby Lacrosse club have followed suit.


Tuesday, May 2
MUSTANGS RUN PAST CHARGERS

Bloomfield Marian 8, Flint Powers 6

At Bloomfield, Jessica Stanley had four goals and two assists, Molly Henry had two goals and one assist and Erin DeVor made 27 saves in goal for Marian (5-2-1). Sarah Smith and Lauren Garapini each had two goals for Powers.


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