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Lacrosse in Maryland
From toddlers to colleges and all the way up to the pros, Marylanders love lacrosse, our official State Team Sport, and we’re not alone. This fast-paced, hard-hitting sport was invented by American Indians centuries ago, and many tribes continue to play to this day. Lacrosse may be the oldest team sport in the world, but it’s also the country’s fastest growing, and Maryland is the cradle of the game. The game’s popularity is exploding with teams popping up in every state and more than 30 countries, and Maryland is at the heart of it all. The Lacrosse Museum and Hall of Fame and the headquarters of USLacrosse, the sports official governing body, are in the Baltimore area as is STX, one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of lacrosse equipment.
Check out Lacrosse Stars at the Lacrosse Museum and Hall of Fame
The Lacrosse Museum and Hall of Fame is located in Sparks, at the US Lacrosse Headquarters. Check out the museum with relics, memorabilia, vintage equipment and an engaging history of the game. Walk the Hall of Fame featuring legendary players like the Gate brothers, Gary and Paul, who revolutionized the game with their “Lacrosse Slam Dunk,” and Jim Brown. Brown, also an NFL Hall of Famer, is considered by many to be the best-ever in both Lacrosse and Football.
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After the museum, hit Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field in Baltimore for a game. The Blue Jays are nine-time NCAA champions, but Hopkins is hardly the state’s only lacrosse powerhouse. Along with Hopkins, the University of Maryland, Towson University, Loyola College and the Naval Academy have combined to win 12 championships and made more finals appearances than any other state! Annapolis is also home to the Chesapeake Bayhawks, five-time champions of the Major League Lacrosse league. Bayhawks games are super-fast and crazy fun with the best players on the planet squaring off.
Grab Your “Lax” Stick and Get in the Game
If you’ve had enough watching and are ready to play, club teams are huge in Maryland, and for kids up and coming in the game, some of the best clinics and camps anywhere are right here. In Maryland, they say kids are born with a lacrosse stick in their hand, but for boys and girls wanting to kick it up a notch and learn from the best players and college coaches, Maryland is where it’s at.
Northern Burlington’s Guy Hendrickson voted as N.J.’s top boys lacrosse junior
Northern Burlington’s Guy Hendrickson was voted as New Jersey’s top boys lacrosse junior, collecting more than 1,000 votes.
Hendrickson has been an impact player for Northern Burlington, winning 225 faceoffs and picking up 270 ground balls so far this spring. The junior also has 36 goals for the Greyhounds.
When the season began four weeks ago, we barely knew most of the young men listed below unless they happened to play another sport earlier this academic year.
After all, they were only freshmen the last time a lacrosse season had been conducted. Most of those who did play varsity, did so with limited exposure and responsibility. Many here played only JV.
These juniors may have started the season in relative anonymity, but they sure have made their acquaintances with the world outside their own programs since then.
In the second of a four-part series, NJ Advance Media highlights the top juniors and asks you, the fans, to vote for which players you think are the best. Scroll down to see the top juniors and then cast your vote at the bottom. The poll closes on Tuesday, May 25.
Connor Albertson, Gill St. Bernard’s, Def. (Air Force commit)
Will Anderson, Ridgewood, Mid. (Stony Brook commit)
Michael Amoruso, Don Bosco Prep, LSM, (Hobart commit)
Jude Avelino, Summit, Def.
Louis Azara, Hopewell Valley, Mid.
Chris Bacich, Northern Highlands, Mid.
Mason Bellinger, Paramus, Goal
Ryan Bilello, Manasquan, Def. (Colgate commit)
Christian Bockelmann, Rumson-Fair Haven, Att. (Yale commit)
Aidan Bolger, West Milford, Att.
Ryan Boyd, Chatham, Goal
Carson Brown, Hun, Def. (Johns Hopkins commit)
Joe Bryson, Rancocas Valley, Mid/FOGO
Brian Buono, Northern Highlands, Att.
Wall’s Matt Dollive (7) shoots the ball against Southern in a game earlier this spring. Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Pasquale Capozzoli, Caldwell, Goal
Mason Carfello, Don Bosco Prep, Att.
Luke Ceneri, Clifton, Mid/FOGO
Ryan Christensen, Old Bridge, Att.
Nathan Committee, Southern, Def. (Bellarmine commit)
Dylan Connors, West Milford, Mid.
Will Consoli, Glen Rock, Mid. (Providence commit)
Connor Coughlin, West Essex, Goal
Danny Dolce, Boonton, Att.
Matt Dollive, Wall, Mid/Att. (Army commit)
Robby Donnelly, Phillipsburg, Att.
Will Doran, Princeton, Att.
Ridgewood’s John Dunphey (2) celebrates after scoring a goal against Don Bosco Prep earlier this season.Tom Horak | For NJ Advance Media
Michael Drago, West Essex, Mid/FOGO
Matt Duarte, Cedar Grove, Goal
John Dunphey, Ridgewood, Mid. (Princeton commit)
Brooks English, Lawrenceville, Mid. (Brown commit)
Luke Engelke, Pingry, Mid/FOGO (Duke commit)
Kyle Feltmann, Northern Highlands, Att.
Owen Finetto, Demarest, Mid. (Providence commit)
Rocco Garcia, West Essex, Att.
Connor Gerlach, Don Bosco Prep, LSM (Albany commit)
Ryan Gess, Ridgewood, Def.
Will Giarrusso, Seton Hall Prep, Mid/FOGO
Drew Golden, Westwood, Goal
Connor Gorman, Don Bosco Prep, Att. (Marquette commit)
Pope John’s Connor Herraiz (29) looks to get past West Morris’ Brayden Fuller (34) earlier this season. Tom Horak | For NJ Advance Media
Tommy Hausmann, Glen Ridge, Def.
Erik Helgeson, Ridge, Mid/FOGO
Guy Hendrickson, Northern Burlington, Mid/FOGO
Connor Herraiz, Pope John, Att.
Andrew Heubeck, Hun, Att. (Colgate commit)
Trevor Hillier, West Morris, Mid.
Ryan Johnson, Delbarton, Mid.
Harrison Josloff, Pingry
Eric Jung, Tenafly, Goal
Harry Kauffman, Bernards, Att.
Connor Kehm, Don Bosco Prep, Def/LSM (Boston U commit)
Mike Kelly, Ramapo, Goal
Lenape Valley’s Jack LaVere (2) shoots and scores against Sparta during the H/W/S quarterfinal boys lacrosse game at Sparta High School on 5/18/21.Tom Horak | For NJ Advance Media
Jack Kenyon, Caldwell, Def.
Aiden Kirk, Point Pleasant Boro
Mikey Kloepfer, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Att.
Jack Kolbe, Robbinsville, Att. (Merrimack commit)
Nico Kross, St. Joseph (Mont.), LSM/Def. (Wagner commit)
Brady Kurdyla, Bridgewater-Raritan, Att. (Rutgers commit)
Jack LaBanca, Pope John, Mid/FOGO
Colin LaForty, Ridgewood, Goal
Max LaTorre, Delbarton, Def/LSM (Loyola commit)
Jack LaVere, Lenape Valley, Att.
Dylan LeBlanc, Manasquan, Def. (Loyola commit)
David Link, Delbarton, Att. (Villanova commit)
Ryan McLaughlin (6) of Mountain Lakes tries to get past Todd Ewell (3) of Northern Highlands earlier this spring.Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media
Matt Loeloff, Summit, Mid.
Zachary Maksimiak, Pompton Lakes, Att.
Teddy Manitta, Chatham, Att.
Koleton Marquis, Don Bosco Prep, Mid. (Johns Hopkins commit)
Scott Marvin, Morristown, Mid/FOGO
Freddie McAneney, Shawnee
Aidan McLaughlin, Warren Hills, Mid.
Ryan McLaughlin, Mountain Lakes, LSM/Def. (UPenn commit)
Joe Meidling, Notre Dame, Mid/FOGO (Towson commit)
Konrad Miklaszewski, Montclair, LSM (Yale commit)
Tyler Mininno, Lawrenceville, Def. (Harvard commit)
Finn Morgan, Haddonfield, Mid. (Delaware commit)
Pingry’s Ryan Palmer (28) and Harrison Josloff (33) celebrate a goal against St. Augustine back in April.Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Max Morosoff, Vernon, Att.
Nick Muller, Bergen Catholic, Att.
Peter Murray, Caldwell, Att. (Marist commit)
Brett Nabb, Middle Township
Will O’Connell, Summit, Goal
Lucas Osborne, Lawrenceville, Mid. (Yale commit)
Ryan Palmer, Pingry, Mid. (Rutgers commit)
Sean Pappas, Lenape, LSM
Nick Paterno, Bernards, Goal
Max Pauwels, Manasquan, Mid/FOGO (Quinnipiac commit)
Matt Pergola, Nutley, Att.
Nick Pingor, Johnson, Goal
Aidan Peters, St. Augustine, Goal
Dominic Pira, Bergen Catholic, Goal (LeMoyne commit)
Seton Hall Prep’s Matt Wrede (24) is fired up after a goal scored by Seton Hall Prep’s Will Rose (32) against Delbarton earlier this season.
Jake Pryor, Montclair Kimberley, Goal
Ben Roberts, Tenafly, Att/Mid. (UMass-Lowell commit)
Ben Root, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Def.
Will Rose, Seton Hall Prep, Def. (Colgate commit)
Collin Rovere, Wayne Valley, Mid. (Hobart commit)
Jon Ruff, Westwood, Att.
Dane Sabarese, Delran, Goal
Dylan Sachs, Montclair Kimberley, Def.
Marcello Santoro, Lakeland, Mid/FOGO
Charlie Sarlund, New Providence, Att.
Conor St. Amant, Summit, Def.
Charlie Schmitt, Montclair, Goal
Seamus Schofield, Delran, Mid/FOGO (Hobart commit)
Summit’s Dylan Sebastian (1) makes a cut on Konrad Miklaszewski of Montclair back in April.Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media
Jake Searing, Allentown, Att.
Dylan Sebastian, Summit, Att. (Hofstra commit)
Jack Sharma, Delbarton, Def.
Sean Shelko, Lenape
Cade Schuckman, Mountain Lakes, Mid.
Ryan Sininsky, Southern, Att/Mid (NJIT commit)
Tyler Sininsky, Southern, Goal (NJIT commit)
,Kenny Sinofsky, Ridge, Goal
Jonathan Slusser, Edison, Att.
Elijah Smith, Dayton, Att.
Alex Stanuikynas, Delran, Att.
Matthew Stella, Warren Hills, Mid/FOGO
Brandon Stuart, Don Bosco Prep, Mid. (Stony Brook commit)
Ramapo defender Robbie Travers (19) stick checks Steffan Swedlund of Randolph (44) in a game earlier this spring.Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media
Ben Tausner, Dwight-Englewood, Def.
Ben Thomas, St. Augustine, LSM/Def. (Colgate commit)
Reid Tietjen, Mountain Lakes, Att.
Robbie Travers, Ramapo, Def. (UMass commit)
Bobby Turso, Ridgewood, Mid/FOGO (Mount St. Mary’s commit)
Luke Vaccaro, Bergen Catholic, Def. (Stony Brook commit)
Matthew Vanaman, St. Augustine, Att. (Robert Morris commit)
Hunter Van Zant, Boonton, Mid/FOGO
Eric Webb, Westfield, Def/LSM (Providence commit)
David Whelan, Seton Hall Prep, Def. (Bucknell commit)
Ellis Wilson, Gill St. Bernard’s, Goal (Hobart commit)
Matt Wrede, Seton Hall Prep, Att ( North Carolina commit)
Chase Young, Holy Cross, Att.
JAZ Zanelli, Seton Hall Prep, Goal (Bucknell commit)
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Can You Play Lacrosse in the Rain? (The Do’s and Don’ts) – Lacrosse Pack
Lacrosse is an outdoor sport and sometimes the weather is not as agreeable as one would hope for game day. Some popular sports, like baseball, cancel their games due to heavy rain, whereas other sports, like football, simply play through it. New players often wonder where lacrosse fits onto this playability spectrum.
Lacrosse can be played in the rain, as long as there is no imminent threat of lightning in the area and the field conditions do not present any severe injury risks. Since rain doesn’t nullify any element of lacrosse games, play continues in spite of the weather.
The prospect of playing lacrosse in the rain may not be ideal, but it certainly beats having to forgo the game completely. There are several ways that lacrosse is built to withstand the effects of the rain, all of which will be discussed in greater detail below. Read until the end to learn some effective tips on how to best deal with the rain from a player’s perspective.
Why Lacrosse Can Be Played in the Rain
So what separates lacrosse from sports like baseball and tennis that cannot play in rainy conditions?
The truth is that it doesn’t come down to just one factor. There’s a multitude of components that allows lacrosse games to continue in spite of the rain.
Injury Risk Doesn’t Increase Significantly when Playing in the Rain
The most important thing to consider when analyzing a sport’s playability in harsh weather conditions is the prospect of injury. If there’s a much higher likelihood of injury, it’s probably not a smart idea to continue play.
Fortunately, the presence of rain has little impact on the likelihood of injury. There are no additional high injury risk situations associated with rainy conditions in lacrosse. With other popular sports, this is not the case.
Take baseball for example. The landscape of the infield dirt drastically changes when wet, so much so that players are much more likely to turn their ankle. The infield dirt is very much a high traffic area and players need to have solid footing to be able to run freely and shuffle quickly. Due to the additional injury risk presented by the infield dirt, this is one of the major reasons why baseball games are cancelled in the presence of rain.
For the most part, lacrosse games don’t face this issue. The majority of lacrosse games are conducted on turf football fields. In the presence of rain, players are still able to make sharp cuts and run at full speed with the help of their cleats. Since it isn’t much more likely for players to experience a lower leg injury in the rain, lacrosse games persist.
Lacrosse Equipment is Designed to Stand Up to Weather Abuse
In addition, the playing equipment for lacrosse is made to perform under harsh weather conditions. Players need not worry about their gear failing them just because the rain is pouring down.
Protective Equipment is Weatherproof – For one, all of the protective equipment in lacrosse is still able to do its job in spite of the rain. Moisture does not detract from the equipment’s ability to protect the player from defensive checks and errant shots.
For example, raindrops just bead off of the surface of a lacrosse helmet, having no effect on its impact resistance. Although lacrosse shoulder pads, arm pads, and gloves may absorb some moisture due to its porous foam technology, they’re capable of withstanding heavy impacts.
If a few raindrops rendered lacrosse protective equipment ineffective, I’m sure these equipment manufactures would’ve been out of business by now.
Lacrosse Heads & Shafts are Waterproof – Furthermore, the main parts of the lacrosse stick—the head and the shaft—are waterproof.
Lacrosse heads are primarily made of plastic and lacrosse shafts are primarily made of metal or carbon fiber. Raindrops have no way of weakening the sturdiness of these materials because they have no way of infusing into the material!
The surface of the shaft may feel slicker, but this is a problem that can easily be overcome.
Modern Stringing Materials are Much More Durable – The biggest equipment vulnerability are the strings holding the lacrosse stick netting together in one piece. Obviously, these strings lack the tensile strength of metal or carbon fiber, but they’re still able to hold their own in the rain.
As lacrosse stringing manufacturers have continually evolved and streamlined their methods, these strings have increasingly become more durable. In the early days of lacrosse, replacing strings was a common practice, as threads would fray and snap with regular use. Now, lacrosse pockets have been known to last multiple seasons without breaking, even when faced with the challenge of rain games.
Shooting Accurately in the Rain is Difficult, But Not Impossible
As you probably know, the object of lacrosse is to score more goals than the opposing team. To score goals, players need to be able to shoot with precision and accuracy.
Rainy conditions definitely favor the defense more than the offense since shooting with precision is more of a challenge. The additional slickness on the ball due to the excess moisture causes the ball to release from the pocket faster than normal. The added slickness on the pocket only makes this problem worse.
The earlier release of the ball results in players throwing higher than normal. As a result, shooters have a hard time fitting the ball through tight windows left open on the goal. More shots end up sailing out of bounds or flying into the goalie’s stick.
Nonetheless, offensive players still find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. Although the frequency of scoring may go down, lacrosse teams can still achieve their overall objective of scoring more goals than the other team. As long as this objective remains possible, the game may continue as planned.
Rain Complicates Fundamental Lacrosse Maneuvers, But Fails to Render Them Impossible
Along with shooting, all other fundamental lacrosse movements are still possible to do as well. All the essentials, including cradling, passing, catching, dodging, and checking, are still feasible in the midst of the rain.
This is mainly because well strung lacrosse sticks are still perfectly functional when wet. Lacrosse sticks that are already borderline illegal may face some issues, but the majority of sticks are able to withstand the rain.
This is not to say that performing these lacrosse maneuvers will be easy. Rain does complicate matters since it makes everything so slick, but skilled players can overcome this problem with ease. Adapting to the weather is just another part of the game.
Since every necessary lacrosse skill can still be performed in spite of the rain, there’s no reason for officials to stop the game when the rain showers start to drop.
Example of Lacrosse Being Played in the Rain
If for whatever reason you’re still not convinced lacrosse can be played in the rain, I provided a clip of Brown University versus the Boston Cannons in a heavily contested rain matchup. The downpour was so strong that they actually titled the video about it!
As you can see, the game isn’t always pretty, but the most talented players still find a way to get the job done. At the end of the day, the rain is a welcome challenge for these players. I believe I can speak for these players when I say that they would much rather brave the rain than forfeit the match entirely.
How to Decide Whether It’s Safe to Play in the Rain: The Do’s and Don’ts
Safety is of the utmost concern to the lacrosse players, coaches, and officials involved in a game. There are a couple things that teams and referees must take into account before finalizing their decision on whether or not it’s safe to carry on with the game under rainy conditions.
The Threat or Presence of Lightning
If there has been warning of lightning in the area, then this is a scenario where the game must be delayed immediately. Not only are players playing in the middle of a flat field with no other tall objects around, they’re carrying long metal sticks high in the air! Obviously, this is something we want to avoid when lightning is nearby.
Swampy Field Conditions
Swampy field conditions is another situation where a lacrosse game should be delayed.
These conditions typically occur when a lacrosse game is held on a grass field. In heavy rain, the grass field turns into a muddy sludge, making it awfully difficult for players to gain proper footing. Not to mention that it also ruins the netting on lacrosse sticks. Mud and strings do not bode well together.
Turf fields can also turn swampy in particularly heavy rains. If the field is doused in puddles, it may be enough for referees to delay the game or call it off completely. Playing lacrosse in puddles is not fun for anyone, so it makes sense to just wait out the storm and reschedule for another day.
Aside from the presence of lightning or swampy field conditions, it’s up to the officials to announce the ultimate decision. The officials will almost always allow a game to continue in a light drizzle. However, if there’s some other problem that has arisen, such as tornado-like wind conditions that has accompanied the rain, they have final say as to whether or not the game should continue.
How Often are Lacrosse Games Played in the Rain?
The answer to this question really depends on where you’re playing lacrosse. If you play lacrosse somewhere in the Southwest, for example, you’re not going to have many rain games. There simply aren’t that many opportunities for them to happen.
Having played lacrosse for years in the midwest, I can tell you that rain games were a rather common occurrence. During my high school season, I could always count on there being a few rain games scattered throughout the season. Since high school lacrosse is played during the spring season, March and April always brought a couple of rain showers.
Believe it or not, I even had my fair share of snow games! And yes, lacrosse can be played in the snow.
If you’re in an area where there’s snow aplenty, click over to my article Can You Play Lacrosse in the Snow? to learn some helpful tips on how to play at peak performance during snow games.
Should You Practice Lacrosse in the Rain?
Since lacrosse games do occasionally carry on in the rain, some players wonder whether it’s worth practicing in the rain as well. Personally, I hold the belief that you should prepare for whatever happens in the game, including the weather.
In my case, the rain was a crucial factor playing in the midwest. I was well aware that there would be a few games every season that would take place in the rain, so I made sure to suit up and prepare for these conditions on my own time.
Like it or not, the rain does have a strong significant impact on your passing and shooting accuracy. These skills are imperative to player performance, especially if you’re an offensive player. If you’re unable to perform these basic skills in the rain, you’ll be rendered completely ineffective on the field.
You might think it’s crazy, but I highly recommend that you take the time to hone in your stick skills under rainy conditions. This way, it won’t be a total shock when the downpour hits in the middle of a game. Not many players are willing to go to these extreme lengths, so you’ll be that much better for having put in the time.
As a side note, practice with a backup stick if you do choose to do this. Although lacrosse pockets can get wet, overexposure to water can slowly deform your pocket over time, so be wary of this.
Tips on How to Play Lacrosse in the Rain
Ultimately, practice makes perfect when dealing with the rain. However, there are a couple of neat tricks that you can use to help you perform at your best.
Stow Your Lacrosse Stick Away from the Rain Before the Game
Since you’re used to playing with a dry lacrosse stick more than anything else, it’s best to keep it stowed away during pre-game warm ups. Instead of warming up with your gamer, play with your backup stick at first. Once your stick gets wet, it’ll be awhile before it gets dry again.
The reason for doing this is that the downpour may subside by the time the game time rolls around. Everyone around you will have pockets that are soaked with water, while you’ll be the only one to come out of the affair unscathed.
Aim Slightly Lower than Your Intended Target
As mentioned earlier, lacrosse sticks have a natural tendency to throw higher in rainier conditions due to the slickness on the ball and the pocket.
To counteract this effect, you need to aim slightly lower than you normally do to throw the ball right where you want it to go. This may take a bit of an adjustment period, so it’s in your best interest to get a solid warm-up in prior to the game to resolve these issues.
Other times, the ball may be throwing a tad lower than normal due to the pocket bagging out to a lower depth. In this situation, you’re going to want to aim a touch higher than you normally would to throw the ball right.
If your stick is throwing wildly inaccurate, you may even have to adjust the length of the bottom string to fix these throwing issues. Remember that tightening the bottom string makes the stick throw higher, whereas loosening the bottom string makes the stick throw lower.
Close the Distance Between Passes Whenever Possible
Since the rain will likely make your throws slightly less consistent, it’s good to get in the habit of shortening up the passes while you’re in game.
The longer the pass is, the harder it will be to deliver it there. Instead of attempting to throw a pass across the length of the field, try to use your legs to move closer to your teammate before you actually throw the pass. This way, throwing an accurate pass won’t be that daunting of a task.
It may seem like a petty thing to do, but trust me, it has saved me from a lot of potential turnovers in game. The less unforced turnovers that you commit, the better.
Best Lacrosse Mesh for Playing in the Rain
To close off, my final tip for you is to consider investing in a high performance mesh to string into your pocket.
Although standard mesh is a viable option, it doesn’t quite have that consistency when faced with adverse weather conditions. Originally, I was hesitant to jump onto the high performance mesh bandwagon because I thought it was just a ploy to sell mesh at a higher price. After personally experimenting with high performance mesh, however, I found that these mesh products are worth every penny.
I’ve tried out the high performance mesh from both StringKing and East Coast Dyes. Each are a noticeable step up from standard mesh, but I personally prefer the East Coast Dyes Hero Mesh above all the others. After playing with this mesh in the rain or snow, my throws remained very consistent. I didn’t even have to adjust my throwing motion all that much, if at all.
So if you haven’t already, give high performance mesh a try. It’ll up your rain game without you having to put any extra work on your end.
How Popular Is Lacrosse In The USA And Worldwide? (Very!)
French-European settlers would come to the US and adopt a traditional Native American sport. They would then name this game “La Crosse”, translating to be a game called ‘the stick’. Today, as English speakers have adopted the phrase, it is pronounced as one word and in an Anglicized manner.
Then, in 1867, one of the most important parts to the history of lacrosse was formed: the rules. These rules would allow children and schools to play a standardized game which could also be used to entice new students into enrolling.
Asking lacrosse enthusiasts in a modern world, you’ll always be told the popularity of lacrosse in the USA and worldwide is immense. As the game has ballooned into becoming a sport supported by over 4-million fans across the globe, it is hard to argue.
Keeping to the comparison of other US-associated sports such as football and basketball, it may appear to be a small number of fans. But, here at the Hobby Kraze, we just want to remind you what the definition of ‘popular’ could mean to a global sport. For this reason, we’re going to look at the popularity of lacrosse in the USA and worldwide within different categories and scenarios.
Global Levels of Popularity by Media Participation
Lacrosse ranks 76th among the most popular sports in terms of participation on a global scale. Of course, there are many more sports ahead of lacrosse in this perspective. However, this ranking is only generated by the level of media coverage on a sport. Which simply means that TV channels, social media avenues, sports websites and radio stations don’t dedicate as much space and time to lacrosse as other sports.
This does not mean that the fan-base is not immense. For example, there are individuals who dedicate their lives as fans to more than one sport. It must also be noted that this ranking system is not official and is subject to change at regular intervals. Unsurprisingly, the first sports ranking higher than the popularity of lacrosse in the USA and worldwide include football and basketball.
Perceived Popularity Throughout the United States
According to studies, the popularity of lacrosse in the USA has a growth rate faster than other popular sports such as; swimming, bowling, soccer, ice hockey, and more.
As it stands now, lacrosse is most popular around the East Coast of the US. However, trends of this fantastically incorporative game are spreading among the West Coast and Middle States. Over the last ten years, lacrosse as a sport in schools and colleges across the US has seen a growth rate of 80%. And, it currently houses a whopping 28% growth rate with over 36-thousand lacrosse players sporting at a college level, alone.
How the Popularity Compares Within Educational Institutions
The popularity of lacrosse in the USA and worldwide has seen such a considerable increase that high-school level lacrosse players have skyrocketed. In 2009, around 1980 schools across the US has lacrosse registered as an organized team sport. Yet, by 2014, this number had risen to 2,535 as lacrosse would gain a strong foothold among the younger generations (with some aspiring athletes beginning their career as young as 3-years-old).
This ability to include very young children into the game is a testament to just how open lacrosse is for different players. Since becoming such a popular sporting outlet for the young crowd, it makes sense to see many US college institutions making way for new lacrosse teams. Doing so, colleges are able to market their curriculum to a wider group of individuals who grew up with other sports such as lacrosse.
And, with the popularity of lacrosse in the USA and worldwide seeing such exponential growth, there’s no better time to hop on the band wagon and take-up your newest hobby.
Men’s College Lacrosse
In 1971, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) would sponsor the first lacrosse championship with teams from Maryland and Cornell. Today, there are around 32 US schools and colleges who are active participants in national lacrosse tournaments. Alongside this, there are approximately 184 men’s club teams who also contribute their weight into the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. And, a further 14 teams holding the flag for the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association. Showing the popularity of lacrosse in the USA and worldwide to be considerable.
Women’s College Lacrosse
As we move onto the women’s side of the lacrosse sport, there are some differences that would set it aside in terms of popularity. However, this gap between the men’s sport and women’s sport is only separated by a year’s time-gap, meaning the popularity of lacrosse in the US and worldwide for women is fast catching-up. While the NCAA didn’t sponsor a women’s lacrosse tournament until 1982, the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association already has over 260 participating college clubs.
Looking at the Popularity of Lacrosse in the USA and Worldwide by Growth
It can be hard for the team here at The Hobby Kraze to provide definitive growth statistics for the popularity of lacrosse. This is because sport popularity is far from stable and can be recorded in far too unreliable many ways such as the media coverage ranking mentioned above.
However, we can look at the choice statistics among children as we’ve also discovered that the popularity of lacrosse in the USA and worldwide is on the rise among younger faces.
Some statistics have shown that school children will often choose lacrosse instead of other sports like football and basketball. In fact, this registration difference has grown 47% for the boy’s division and 43% for the girl’s division making it the fastest growing sport in the US today.
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Pete has been coaching youth sports for over 30 years, starting at age 16. He’s watched athletics change from seasonal activities to a year round, highly competitive business model, putting youth athletes in a position to compete for “elite” status. Pete believes young athletes should be experiencing a variety of sports, activities, and extracurriculars to develop well rounded, physically healthy young men.
Pete has also seen the growing push for the individual ahead of the team, even in team sports – and this is something he is committed to change. Lacrosse is a team sport, and every player on the field has their job to do and brings a value to the game. Involved in lacrosse in Cranston for the last eleven years, Pete is a founding member and President of the Cranston Lacrosse Club and a two time youth state champion coach. He has spent five seasons as the Men’s Varsity Head Coach at Providence Country Day School, winning a 2018 division title with an undefeated record. He has served on the Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League Board for the last ten years, spending nine on the executive board and one term as President. His commitment to youth lacrosse in the state of RI is unparalleled.
Partnering with the United States Marine Corps, Pete is the Regional Head Coach of their Lacrosse “Built to Lead” program, and has spent three years guiding young men into becoming strong leaders. He is a certified US Lacrosse Coach and is an Accredited Interscholastic Coach with the National Federation of High Schools. He holds the following NFHS Certifications:
*Fundamentals of Coaching
*RI State Coaching Component
*Coaching Boy’s Lacrosse
*Concussions in Sports
*Sudden Cardiac Arrest
*Heat Illness Prevention
*Strength and Conditioning
*Engaging Effectively With Parents
*Teaching and Modeling Behavior
*Hazing and Inappropriate Behaviors
*Hazing Prevention for Students
*Protecting Students From Abuse
*Understanding Vaping and E-Cigarettes
*Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs
*After School Security
Northwestern lacrosse ends season with Final Four loss to Syracuse
TOWSON, Md. — After a tumultuous battle inside the draw circle, graduate student attacker Lindsey McKone found the ball and fired a shot that flew into the net to give Northwestern an early first half 1-0 lead.
It would mark the Wildcats’ only lead in the Final Four game.
No. 2 NU (15-1, 13-0 Big Ten) fell to No. 3 Syracuse (17-3, 8-2 ACC) 21-13 Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium in its first loss of the season, losing at claiming an eighth national championship.
“It’s obviously not the outcome we were looking for, but I’m super proud of our team,” said junior attacker Izzy Scane, who was the team’s leading scorer Friday. “Sometimes things don’t pan out how you’re hoping they would, but I think we did a lot and all grew as a program collectively.”
Following McKone’s goal in the first minute, NU continued its momentum with another draw control to bring the ball to their offensive zone. However, the pace halted when senior attacker Lauren Gilbert received a yellow card for a dangerous shot. Within minutes, senior midfielder Jill Girardi was issued a penalty, shrinking the squad by two players.
The early deficit allowed Orange junior attacker Meaghan Tyrell to score a goal on a free position attempt. Tyrell ended up being a key contributor to Syracuse’s offense on Friday, scoring 5 goals and making 3 assists.
Once the Orange scored, they went on a run that NU could hardly stop. Outshot by Syracuse 41-30, NU’s offense — which leads the nation in goals per game — appeared flustered and trailed by seven goals multiple times during the game.
At the beginning of the second half, the Cats tried to fight back and cut the lead down to only five goals. But, their quick run was short lived, as the team would scramble to stop a high scoring Orange offense that went on to score another goal.
With fourteen minutes remaining, NU’s offense kicked into high gear by going on a four goal run to trim Syracuse’s lead to three. However, the Orange responded with three goals of their own.
Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller was critical of the team’s fouls and poor shot placement in both halves.
“Syracuse stepped up and did an amazing job today,” Amonte Hiller said. “They were ready, and that’s why they won the game.”
Scane said she was optimistic about next season, since the team is young. The Cats will lose McKone and graduate student attacker Sammy Mueller, but Gilbert and Girardi could claim their fifth year of eligibility for one more season.
Only a junior, Scane hopes to win a championship next season and set new program records similar to her successful 2021 season. The Tewaaraton finalist ended the season with 98 goals which led to NU’s 15-1 record.
“We’re losing a couple of amazing players and we’re definitely going to feel the loss, just personnel-wise,” Scane said. “But, we do have a pretty young team and I think next year we’ll be back swinging.”
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— Rapid Recap: No. 3 Syracuse 21, No. 2 Northwestern 13
— Lacrosse: No. 2 Northwestern to face No. 3 Syracuse in NCAA semifinals
Shoreline Lacrosse – South Eastern Connecticut Lacrosse Program
Shoreline Lacrosse LLC was started in 2009 with the mission to utilize our coaching staffs’ experience playing lacrosse at the collegiate and professional level to come back and grow the level of lacrosse in the state of Connecticut.
We began by offering boys and girls camps in Southeastern Connecticut. Since then Shoreline Lacrosse has expanded from Southeastern CT throughout the state and now offers year round CT-Shoreline Sharks Club Lacrosse Program, a wide range of Hybrid Skills-Focused Clinics, and our Town League Consulting Platform.
- Our mission is to guide our athletes and their families through the ever changing lacrosse world by building an unbreakable culture that teaches our players the importance of believing in themselves, their team, setting their goals high, and once they reach their goals to reset them even higher
- We develop our athletes on a progression based platform teaching every member of Shoreline Lacrosse the core concepts and fundamentals of being a successful athlete on the field and individual off the field. We use a developmental based program to maximize our youngest athletes’ skills through the use of fundamental focused skills clinics, position specific training, and playing on our “Year- Round” CT-Shoreline Sharks club lacrosse team. Once our athletes enter high school we offer more advanced skills clinics and a chance to compete on our CT-Shoreline Sharks HS Showcase Teams which is a recruiting focused team offering an experience to help guide you through the college recruiting process. At this point in your lacrosse career we will serve as not only a guide to our players future in college lacrosse but as a reference for our player’s parents to help guide them to be two steps ahead of the ever-changing lacrosse recruiting world!
We are here to put our lacrosse players on the MAP and give back to our regions current youth and high school lacrosse players! Believe you are the best!90,000 Lacrosse is … What is Lacrosse?
Lacrosse (fr. la crosse – “stick”) – a team game in which two teams try to hit the opponent’s goal with a rubber ball, using their feet and a projectile, which is a cross between a stick and a racket.
History of appearanceBall players. Lithograph of the first half of the 19th century. Winnipeg Shamrocks Team, 1904 Olympic Champions
The game was invented by the American Indians, who used it to train warriors and peacefully resolve conflicts between tribes.According to archaeological research, the prototype of lacrosse was known in the territory of modern Canada as early as the beginning of the fifteenth century. Teams at that time often consisted of several hundred people, and the length of the field for the game ranged from several hundred meters to several kilometers.
European settlers first got acquainted with this game in the 17th century, and by the beginning of the 19th century it began to gain popularity among the French population of Canada. The first official lacrosse match took place in Canada in 1867.
Lacrosse was included in the program of the Summer Olympic Games twice – in 1904 and 1908.
Game variantsField layout for male lacrosse Lacrosse in a box
Currently there are several varieties of lacrosse, differing in field size, number of players and rules. There are four main varieties: lacrosse in the field ( eng. ) ( on the grass or just lacrosse ), “lacrosse in a box” ( eng. ), intercross ( eng.), polocross ( eng.). Since 1967, the men’s world championships in lacrosse on the grass ( eng. ) have been held, in which teams from various countries, as well as the Iroquois Indian tribe (since 1990), take part.
There are more than three dozen national lacrosse associations in the world, most of them are located in Europe and created in the last decade of the 20th century, but the leading countries are the USA and Canada, in the eastern regions of which lacrosse is very popular.
Lacrosse in Canada
In Canada, the game is the national summer sport. The Canadian Lacrosse Association was founded in 1867 and is the oldest in the world. Each year, there is an indoor lacrosse championship for adults and youth, in two divisions each, as well as a three-division outdoor lacrosse championship.
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- Mann Cup Senior “A” – held since 1901, the trophy is made of pure gold and costs about 25 thousand dollars  .
- Presidents Cup Senior “B”
- Minto Cup Junior “A”
- Founders Cup Junior “B”
- Open lacrosse
- Ross Cup Senior Division I (since 1984)
- Victory Trophy Senior Division II (since 1985)
- Baggataway Cup University
In the United States, along with the national lacrosse association, there is the Iroquois Nationals, which represent Indian tribes in international lacrosse competitions.
Lacrosse in other countries
Small communities of lacrosse have long existed in England and Australia. Since the 1990s, other national lacrosse associations began to appear, which now exist in two dozen European countries, in New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, etc. All of them are united in an international federation, with the exception of independent associations in India and China.
In Russia, this sport has barely begun to develop. There are two teams: “St.Petersburg Slayers “and” Moscow Rebels “, there is no national organization. The first official match in Russia took place on November 13, 2009 in St. Petersburg. Exactly one year later, another match took place in Moscow  .
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Sedan Buick LaCrosse approached the premium segment – DRIVE
The width of the Buick LaCrosse sedan has increased by 10 mm (up to 1859), and the height has decreased by 40 mm (up to 1460). The use of more high-strength grades of steel allowed the engineers to reduce the curb weight by 136 kg.
In the United States, Lincoln cars are more prestigious than Buick models. That is why, for example, Lincoln does not consider the Buick LaCrosse to be the main rival of the MKZ sedan. But in Buick, on the contrary, they see them as direct competitors. Especially now that the next-generation LaCrosse debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show.The Americans changed its appearance and seriously altered the interior, and under the outer panels hides a modernized platform with a new power unit.
Since 2004, 564,168 Buick LaCrosse sedans have been sold in the United States. The best result of 92 669 cars was recorded in 2005.
After a change of generations, Buick LaCrosse looks more harmonious and more expensive than its predecessor, and details such as side mirrors on one leg or waves running along the sidewalls do not last long, but still catch the eye. The interior has changed even more strikingly. If earlier LaCrosse copied the Opel Insignia model inside, now it claims to be original. And how gracefully the center console flows into the tunnel between the front seats. It is a pity that Insignia was not without – the dashboard with a virtual speedometer was borrowed from her.
The list of equipment includes automatic braking systems in front of obstacles and pedestrians, monitoring blind spots and keeping the car in the lane.Active noise canceling technology is available from the basic version.
Lacrosse is based on the P2XX platform, which is an evolution of the Epsilon II cart. The body length has increased by 15 mm (up to 5017), and the wheelbase has added all 65 mm (2905). This promises royal comfort for second-row passengers. Base cars and all-wheel-drive versions have McPherson struts in front, but on versions with front-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels, a HiPer Strut suspension with separate steering knuckles is installed. At the back there is a completely new five-lever. Electronically controlled dampers with Touring and Sport modes are available as an option.
The heights of the passenger compartment at the front and rear are 975 and 943 mm, and for the feet of the front and rear riders, 1067 and 1014 mm are reserved.
The model of the third generation, unlike its predecessor, has not two engines in the line, but one. It is an upgraded six-cylinder unit with direct fuel injection, intake phase shifters, half-cylinder cut-off system, composite intake manifold and stop / start system.”Six” 3.6 produces 305 hp. and 363 N • m against 304 and 358, respectively. And instead of a six-speed “automatic” appeared an eight-band with an electronic shift lever.
Active shutters are hidden behind the radiator grill, closing at high speed to improve aerodynamics.
Not only a solid appearance and a pleasant interior, but also the level of equipment play a premium role. LaCrosse has ten airbags, heated, ventilated and massage front seats, a multimedia system with navigation, Bose audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and Wi-Fi hotspot, a rear view camera and head-up display.Plus there is a wireless phone charging system, heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control. Another would be to install LED instead of xenon headlights … Although we have something. After all, the Buick LaCrosse will only be sold in North America and China.
The Buick LaCrosse name was first heard at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show. At the exhibition, the Americans presented the concept of the same name. Extravagant design by Dave Lyons. The body length reached an impressive 5194 mm, width – 1952, and height – 1416.The distance between the axles LaCrosse could compete with the executive sedans – 3090 mm. The engine was also matched. A V-shaped atmospheric “figure eight” 4.2 was installed under the huge hood reclining to the side, developing 265 forces and 385 N • m. True, all the power through the four-band “automatic” was supplied to the front wheels. But this beautiful concept had hinged doors, and the rear panel was retracted into the bowels of the roof by voice command, turning the LaCrosse into a pickup truck.
The first production LaCrosse entered the Ontario plant in September 2004 and retired the American Century and Regal models.The car was built on an extended version of the W-body platform with McPherson struts at the front and independent trapezoidal suspension at the rear. Body length – 5032 mm, wheelbase – 2807 mm. The pre-reform modifications for the North American market were equipped exclusively with atmospheric V-shaped “sixes” 3.6 (240 hp, 305 N • m) and 3.8 (200 forces and 312 N • m), working in tandem with a four-band “automatic”.
Production of the “first” Lacrosse was completed in December 2008.In five years, 259,356 sedans were assembled.
The first generation restyled LaCrosse was offered to buyers in the summer of 2007. The front end has been redesigned with a larger grille, and the equipment list has expanded. But the main thing is that a “charged” version of LaCrosse Super has appeared. It was distinguished by original bumpers, fake slots on the fenders, original design of the front fog lamps and a spoiler on the trunk lid. The front wheels were driven by a V8 engine 5.3 with half-cylinder deactivation technology. The recoil of 300 forces and 438 N • m was enough for the sedan to gain 97 km / h in 5.7 s and develop up to 240 km / h.
Since 2012, the 2.4 motor has only been supplied in combination with a 20-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery (eAssist version).
Buick LaCrosse of the second generation is more popular – 340 338 units. But it is also produced longer – production started in the summer of 2009, and it will end, presumably, at the end of this or the beginning of next year.The basis of the car is an elongated modification of the Epsilon II platform, which LaCrosse shared with the Opel Insignia and Saab 9-5 models. Outwardly, the large and heavy Buick (five meters long with a wheelbase of 2.84 m, curb weight – from 1.7 tons) was original, but the Americans almost completely borrowed the interior from the same Insignia. V8 engines were not installed on the model anymore, but the gamut expanded due to the 2.4 four-cylinder unit (182 hp and 233 N • m in the American specification), which made up the company for the V6 3 engines.0 (255 forces, 294 N • m) and V6 3.6 (280-303 forces, 351-358 Newton meters). For all modifications, an uncontested six-speed “automatic” was offered, but all-wheel drive was available as an option on cars with V6.
A complex of new security systems based on a radar and a camera warns about the appearance of vehicles in blind spots, about leaving the lane, as well as about the possibility of a collision (together with the function of preparing for it). The driver’s seat has a built-in warning system that vibrates to indicate the direction of danger in the event of an accident.
In March 2013, an updated model debuted at the New York Auto Show. Restyling touched on optics, radiator grille, bumpers, wheels, and in the interior appeared a front panel from the modernized Insignia, new door panels and seats. The choice was a hybrid version 2.4 eAssist or versions with a V6 3.6 with front or all-wheel drive. The 2014 Lacrosse is home to the next generation of Buick’s IntelliLink natural-speech infotainment system, a scattering of electronic safety assistants and adaptive cruise control.The Kansas facility will cease production of the second generation Lacrosse in the coming months..