Safety over style is evidently the new credo around Mid-Atlantic lacrosse fields and we're all for that.
The Bullis (Potomac, Md.)
girls lacrosse team sported rugby-style helmets in their season opener Tuesday night during a 14-13 win over Paul VI (Va.).
The Bulldogs are considered one of the first girls' lacrosse teams to ever wear the highly protective gear.
It's for good reason.
Last season, according to Phillylacrosse.com
, nine players from the Bullis team sustained concussions.
That was enough to convince the team and coaching staff to make the switch. The helmets didn't deter the Bulldogs Tuesday, especially senior co-captain Molly Morris, who scored eight goals according to the website.
"(The helmets) didn't effect us," said Morris, who scored the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining.
Bullis coach Kathleen Lloyd said there was more limitations when the players were introduced to goggles as opposed to helmets.
"I don't think there is any lack of mobility," she told the website.
Paul VI's girls didn't wear helmets, but their coach Carrie Conques said she'll consider it in the future. Especially due to the fact that two of her players missed the game with - you guessed it - concussions.