b'MAAKKIINNGGMMEEMMOORRIIEESSMT HIISSIISSHHOOMMEETHDani Geraci and Kelly Lombardi met through their daughters and bonded over a love of sports. City to SuburbsBuyingSelling RelocationsFirst Time BuyersIattemptedtojoinanestablishedDani Geraci played lacrosse at Brandeis league. The problem with establishedUniversity.leagues is they tend to attract people thatare24yearsold,theyjustgotshould go for it, and Lombardi respond-out of college, they actually played oned with enthusiasm. I was like, Okay. division teams. Theyre good, she ad- Lets do it. Lets start it ourselves! Lom- Susan Blodgett, ABRLuke Blodgett Ginny Spiegel mitted. When youve been 10 yearsbardi said. Broker / Sales Associate Sales Associate Sales AssociateoutofityoustillknowwhatyouGeracidesignedthewebsiteand973-214-4636860-942-2207973-219-8865 aredoing,butyoudontquitehaveasurveyforpotentialnewmembers.Susan.BlodgettLuke.BlodgettVirginia.Spiegel @cbmoves.com@cbrealty.com @cbmoves.comThen, what began as a ral-lying cry on social media,SERVICE KNOWLEDGE EXPERTISE quickly grew into a com- @WeKnowNJRealEstate munityofwomenthat145 Maplewood AveMaplewood, NJ 973-378-8300had grown tired of stand-ing on the sidelines too.Women such as Jessica Bateman, who showed upScan forat a recent practice with aMore Events!stick, mouth guard, and her15-month-oldbaby: Kelly Lombardi with her parents after a high school fieldShe had grown up play- peaboinglacrosse,andeven hockey game. She also played lacrosse and basketball. played Division 3 athlet- brysonics at Stevens. When she the speed, the stamina, the sticks havesaw Geraci and Lombardis post, sheTwo Performances!already evolved. So this go-around,saT, seP 10I knew I wasnt interested in joiningaT 7Pm & 9:30Pmsomething established. Tickets: $59-$79Then last spring, Lombardi began exploring the idea of joining a lacrosse league in earnest. I did some search-ing, she says, but they were in areas likePrincetonorNewYorkCity. Geraci and Lombardi put their headsRyanmaRiaGeoRGedavidKatHleen togetherandstarteddiscussingtheHamiltonBamfoRdPoRteR JR.BRoza edwaRdspossibility of starting a league them- frI, sUn, & Runnin& tRioTHU, seP 22 seP 9 seP 11 PaRdneRsHavanaaT 7:30Pmselves, batting around the idea as theyaT 8Pm aT 7:30Pm THU, seP 15saT, seP 17Tickets: $28-$38watched from the sidelines while theirTickets: $28-$35 Tickets: $30-$45 aT 7:30Pm aT 8Pmkidsplayed.Thispastfall,theyfeltTickets: $35-$49 Tickets: $30-$48ready to organize one in earnest.Buy Tickets Today!soPacnow.org I reached out to Kelly in the fall,(973) 313-2787said Geraci, And I was like, Life does south orange performing arts Center not just happen. I have to create whatJessica Bateman played lacrosse at Ste- one sopaC Way, south orange, nJ 07079I want. She told Lombardi that theyvens Institute of Technology.feature story /15'