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A Brief History of Lacrosse


Lacrosse, considered to be America's first sport, was born of the North American Iroquois Indian, christened by the French, adapted and raised by the Canadians.  Contrary to popular belief, lacrosse is Canada’s National Sport, not hockey.   Modern lacrosse has been embraced by athletes and enthusiasts of the United States and the British Commonwealth for nearly 150 years.





Some of the earlier northeast colleges were essentially the first to participate in a collegiate lacrosse league.  Lacrosse was first introduced in upstate New York in the 1860s and in Baltimore, Maryland area 30 years later.  The rest of the country is now catching up to these two areas long considered lacrosse “hotbeds”.

There are approximately 90 NCAA Division I, 50 NCAA Division II, and 180 NCAA Division III men and women lacrosse programs.  In addition, there are nearly 200 additional highly competitive collegiate club programs.


For the past 15 years, lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport in the country by a wide margin.


A professional indoor “Box” league (NILL) and an outdoor “Field” lacrosse league (MLL) exist with teams throughout the United States and Canada.










Lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse - big or small.  The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not just brawn.  This allows players of all sizes and speeds to successfully participate in the game.