Last year the Morgantown boys lacrosse team took home the West Virginia state championship and now the players are showing they are as good off the field, as they are on it.
With speed, strength and quickness, on the field the Mohigans are one of the top programs in the state. But their good does not stop there. On Saturday, the team spent their morning giving back.
"I was raised big on the Boy Scouts, band, and in sports," said head coach Thomas Moore. "We pushed the community service in a lot of those programs when I was growing up, and I thought it was a really good thing. A lot of these boys don't have that opportunity to go out and help the community."
In order to fix that, Coach Moore took his players to the Scott's Run Settlement House in Monongalia County.
For several hours the guys worked around the food pantry, helping landscape and clean up.
"It was absolutely awesome," said Tiana Lasporgara of Scott's Run Settlement House. "They did such a good job, they came in like a tornado and did everything really well and got it done."
While the work around Scott's Run taught the players to give back to the community, Moore said their work could translate to good things on the field.
Players said the teamwork and leadership skills they used during the service should carry over on the turf of Pony Lewis Field.
"It taught the guys that you need to finish what you started. Work from the bottom all the way to the top, help other people, help your teammate. Everyone needs to work together," said lacrosse player JP Campbell.
"We definitely learned how to work as a team to get a common goal done, that's what we do on the field anyway, but we learned more and I definitely bonded more with some of the guys a lot more today by helping out and doing stuff," said lacrosse player Mitchell Power.