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Hampton Raulerson goes to scoop a loose ball during the VSU men's club lacrosse team's inaugural game on Saturday, Feb. 11 against Georgia Souther University. VSU lost 7-6.

The VSU men’s club lacrosse team picked up one of the most unlikely   players this season and he wants to quickly make an impact on a team searching for their first ever win.

Hampton Raulerson may look a bit different than the other players on the team because he was born missing his left arm from the elbow down.

Raulerson, a sophomore political science major, is not letting this stand in the way of his goal of raising the VSU lacrosse team to new heights in the next few years.

The lacrosse team was founded in 2010 and played its first two games against well-known opponents in The Savannah Art of College and Design and Georgia Tech.

Hampton is one of the five new players this season making up the young nucleus of this team along with the four new players to join last season.

“Lacrosse as a whole is a relatively new idea to South Georgia and many people who come out to play have had no experience playing,” Brandon Corley, team captain and cofounder, said.

Corley goes on to say that although Hampton’s situation does limit him, he has picked up the sport as fast as any of the new players and has already proven he can mix it up with any of the other players out there.

The team is currently 0-5 this season after losing to Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Palm Beach Atlantic, Florida Atlantic, and Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic.

The team is positive that they are ready for an upswing despite the fact they have yet to win a game.

“We’ll change that in March,” Mike McGuire, a junior communications and public relations major and team cofounder, said.

They showed a lot of promise recently in their game against Georgia Southern on Feb. 11. Although they lost 7-6, it was a huge improvement over last year where they lost 24-4.

The team will get its next chance for victory when they face Stetson University and Morehouse University on March 25 at home on the fields by the tennis courts.

The 18-year-old Raulerson plans on having as much impact as anyone with a competitive drive he has had from a young age.

“I played a little football in middle school and I did Brazilian Jujitsu for a year and a half,” Raulerson said.

Raulerson brings a lot of drive and confidence to the field that is evident to his teammates.

“He brings dedication more than anything,” Corley said. “His situation has not stopped him one bit from picking the game up. He is always there and willing to do what is needed to get the job done.”

VSU lacrosse is looking to be on the fast track to a long successful run with a full team and coach hopefully within the next five years. Some players, especially Raulerson, do not want to wait that long.

“Hopefully when I’m a senior we are really boomin’,” Raulerson said.

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