BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Hand claps and cheers filled the stands Sunday afternoon for the first lacrosse game of the season for Ocean Springs. It's a growing sport in the South and the Coast is jumping on board.
Young athletes from Ocean Springs who joined the team say the fast-paced nature of the sport is what attracted them to play.
"It's one of the fastest sports on two feet. It's non-stop, some good hits, some great plays," said midfielder Tyler Miles.
Like every sport, defense is number one.
"I just like to get out there," said defender Kaffrey Jacobs.
"It's a good adrenaline rush to score and play defense, getting a solid hit, stopping a goal. I mean, everyone can score, but you have to be pretty good to stop one."
The team has already started off their season with positive thoughts and hope for nonstop wins.
The head coach for the high school aged team, Jeff Twiggs, makes sure to remind his players that it's not only about winning.
"It's not about winning. It's about getting these boys to be a part of a team," said Twiggs.
"Get them to learn that when you work hard and set goals, you can achieve them and what that means in your life."
Twiggs also makes an effort to promote character and motivation for his players.
"It's that motivation of, not just me, but for the team, and together we can succeed. And if they learn that, throughout sports, throughout life, they're going to be okay."