Beron excited to be back on CR lacrosse sidelines

“It’s been great,” said senior attack Jessica Crawford of Caty Beron, whio returned to coach CR girls lacrosse this season. “I feel like she just believes in us a lot and she helps us to believe in ourselves. She knows her stuff.” Delaware State News/Marc Clery

CAMDEN — For almost as long as she can remember, Caty Beron has been around lacrosse.

So she clearly missed the sport after stepping down as Caesar Rodney High’s girls’ lacrosse coach in 2015.

Caty Beron

“Of course,” answered Beron. “Every day.”

Being back on the Riders’ sidelines this spring is like being home again for Beron, who was on CR’s first girls’ lacrosse team as a freshman in 1997.

And, after dealing with more than their share of injuries, the Riders are starting to put things together under their new, old coach. CR (5-4) takes a three-game winning streak into a busy stretch that includes three games in the next four days.

The Riders play at Indian River today and at St. Thomas More on Wednesday in a pair of 4 p.m. contests before playing at Dover on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Hectic or not, Beron said she enjoys being back. She was previously CR’s head coach from 2008-15.

While Beron stayed involved at the youth level and as a volunteer, she took a break from head coaching after the second of her two children was born.

“I wanted to be involved this year,” said Beron, whose husband is CR athletic director Bob Beron. “I wasn’t looking for this but it was one of those opportunities. I wanted them (the players) to have someone there for them, to support them and have the program continue to work towards their goals.

“I always wanted to get back into it,” she added. “It’s a part of who I am.”

The Riders’ players say they like having a coach who has such a long history with the program. Former coach Debbie Windett started the program in ‘97.

“I think it’s really cool because she has a lot of background knowledge,” said senior defender Elizabeth Isaacs. “The fact that she did play here, she has so much passion for the team already. There’s a lot of heart that kind of bonds us all together.” Delaware State News/Marc Clery

“I think it’s really cool because she has a lot of background knowledge,” said senior defender Elizabeth Isaacs. “The fact that she did play here, she has so much passion for the team already. There’s a lot of heart that kind of bonds us all together.

“I think it’s really impressive that someone just said, we want a girls team, and they kind of just did it.”

“It’s nice having someone who spent so much energy and knows our program really well,” said Leah Brosius, another senior defender. “She’s had so much background in coaching here and playing here, it was just kind of nice having that reinforcement back into the program to help build us back up.”

Beron, whose maiden name is Bivins, comes from a lacrosse family.

Her dad, Mark Bivins, is a member of the Delaware Lacrosse Hall of Fame for his role in starting up youth lacrosse in the Camden area. Caty was inducted into the Wesley College Athletics Hall of Fame after her playing career ended in 2005.

“It’s been great,” said senior attack Jessica Crawford. “I feel like she just believes in us a lot and she helps us to believe in ourselves. She knows her stuff.”

Beron says girls’ lacrosse has changed a great deal just since she first started playing. She didn’t pick up a stick until she was in seventh grade because there simply weren’t opportunities for female players then.

“It’s nice having someone who spent so much energy and knows our program really well,” said Leah Brosius, another senior defender. “She’s had so much background in coaching here and playing here, it was just kind of nice having that reinforcement back into the program to help build us back up.” Caesar Rodney photo/Jason Minto

It was important for her to get back into full-time coaching even with a four-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter.

“There’s some days I miss being at home with my little ones,” said Beron. “But I want them to see this group of girls and how hard they work — and not just on the field. They’re just a group of great girls.

“They have positive attitudes, they have a balance between school and the field. You have to have that.”

For Beron, the best reward for this group would be earning a berth in the DIAA state tournament. The Riders, who have six regular-season games remaining, haven’t made the tourney since 2016.

It would feel like an especially big accomplishment this season considering all the injuries CR has played through — especially injuries to its senior class.

“It’s been a while since we’ve gone,” said Crawford. “I think a lot of people kind of brush us off. We’ve had a good record but nothing like where everyone’s like ‘Oh my gosh, CR.’ … It’s definitely a big thing to us that we want to prove that we are a team worth looking at.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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