5 Reasons Why Lacrosse is the Fastest Growing Sport in America

“It’s a virus in a good way. Once you pick up a stick, you’re with it for life.” – David Gross, Commissioner of Major League Lacrosse

 

Lacrosse is at the top of the list of fastest growing sports in America, but why? As one of the oldest sports in the country, why now has it started to expand so rapidly?

 

5 Reasons Why Lacrosse is the Fastest Growing Sport in America:

 

1. Four-Year Colleges are Starting to Catch On

A more literal #throwbackthursday this week. #TBT

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Over 70 four-year colleges started varsity lacrosse teams within the last 2 years, and 50 more are slated to start by the 2019 season.

 

2. The Feeder System is Growing

State Semi Final Game Day. #LeaveNoDoubt

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Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport at the High School level for over a decade, but the fast five years have been huge. No other High School sport topped the 10% mark for growth in the past five years.

 

3. Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

#WallBallWednesday with @willmanny1 at Zion National Park 🏔 #TLNnation

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“It’s fun to practice, just have a catch, to throw against a wall by yourself. Any body size can play. You don’t have to be 7-feet tall to play the game, we’ll find a place for you on the field. It’s perfect.” – David Gross, Commissioner of MLL

 

4. Moving West

Trophy on the line today at #PeterBartonLS #DENvMARQ set for 2:30p on Fox Sports 2 in the BIG EAST Final

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While traditionally the sport has been popular in the northeast, the rest of the country is seeing large spikes in growth. Denver was the first Men’s Division I Lacrosse team not within the Eastern timezone, and since then many other schools in the midwest and west coast have installed varsity programs.

 

5. Growing Professionally 

Don't wish for it, work for it #motivationmonday

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Although the professional level is growing much less rapidly than the lower levels of lacrosse, the MLL has plans to expand to 16 teams within the next 10 years.

 

Source: http://www.boston.com/sponsored/2016/04/12/lax-attack-lacrosse-continues-explode-across-sports-landscape/QEN7fY443eumKIbUfp2FpO/story.html

Blaze Fire John Tucker After 10 Games

The Atlanta Blaze fired Head Coach and General Manager John Tucker on Thursday after less than one season at the helm. Tucker’s departure comes after the Blaze lost its third consecutive game to the Denver Outlaws on Saturday to move to 3-7, good for eighth place in the MLL.

Associate Head Coach Dave Huntley will assume the head coach role for the rest of the season, starting with a game on Thursday against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Spencer Ford, Director of Player Personnel, will take over the General Manager position in relief of Tucker.

“We appreciate the contributions that John Tucker made to the Blaze and wish him the very best going forward,” said Peter Trematerra in the team’s press release.

Tucker joined the Blaze as it began its inaugural MLL season, following two seasons as head coach of the Boston Cannons, where he won the MLL Brine Coach of the Year award in 2015. He also served as head coach of Los Angeles Riptide from 2006 to 2008 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks for 2009 and 2010.

Tucker made multiple coaching stops in the NLL, including with the Philadelphia Wings (now New England Black Wolves), where he replaced Huntley in 2010.

He also spent time in the high school ranks, as well, leading the Gilman School and Loyola Blakefield to four combined Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships.

Tucker played at Johns Hopkins, winning the 1984 NCAA championship. He also won three gold medals with Team USA in 1986, 1990 and 1994. He starred with the Wings, leading them to titles in 1989 and 1990.

Bernhardt Named Princeton Defensive Coordinator

Jesse Bernhardt has been a Major League Lacrosse champion, a World Championships runner-up and a coach and player at the NCAA Final Four. He now brings that winning experience to the Princeton men’s lacrosse coaching staff.

Bernhardt, who most recently has helped the Rutgers program back into the national spotlight while coaching defense and face-offs, will become the Princeton defensive coordinator under head coach Matt Madalon.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to part of Princeton lacrosse, ” Bernhardt said. “I want to thank Matt and Mollie [Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux] for the opportunity to be at an instituation such as this one. I’m looking forward to getting started and meeting the guys and helping to bring stability to the program.”

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About Time Women’s Lacrosse!

Week 7: The 411 w/ Halle Majorana.

This week I caught up with one of my former high school teammates and current lacrosse superstar Halle Majorana. Halle graduated from Syracuse University this past year. She was an offensive powerhouse in the ACC this year and was selected to the IWLCA All-American Team, the ACC All-American Team, and was an ACC All-Tournament Team selection. She finished this season with 45 goals and 34 assists, making her ranked fifth nationally in points. Halle currently plays for the Long Island Sound.

What was your first thought when you heard about the league and when did you decide you wanted to get involved?

When I first heard about the pro league I was very excited. I wasn’t ready to finish my career and to hear that I wouldn’t have to end it right away was amazing. The pro league is the change we need for women’s sports and it’s awesome to see them trying to turn the game professionally like they did with the guys game.

What was the transition like between playing for Syracuse, one of the best collegiate teams in the country, to playing for the Long Island Sound, ranked number one professionally?

The pro level is being played at such a fast pace so it definitely took a little bit of time to get used to the 90 second shot clock, but after a couple plays I really started getting used to it and really enjoyed playing at the quicker pace.

WOMENS LACROSSEFavorite pregame meal.

Does Iced Coffee count?

Favorite pump-up song.

All the Way Up

Favorite new rule.

Moving on the whistle!

 

 

What is it like playing with and against some of the lacrosse legends you grew up watching like Katrina Dowd?

It’s amazing getting to play against people that I grew up idolizing. Lining up on attack alongside Katrina Dowd is just insane. It’s crazy to think I grew up watching her play in college, idolizing her every move, and now get to play with her. I’m so lucky with where the game of lacrosse has taken me and the friendships it has given me along the way!

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Week 6: The Inside Scoop.

This week I had the pleasure to interview some of the professional players themselves on their drive down to Virginia. Colleen Magarity and Kasey Mock of the Boston Storm gave me the inside scoop on the UWLX!

Do you have any go to pregame rituals/meals?

When I was in college we always had pregame meals as a team, but now in the professional league it’s not as structured because people are traveling from all over. Oatmeal is my game day morning meal! And chugging water! Always!!

-Colleen

Do you have any pump up songs?

We’ve been listening to some great pump up songs on our drive down. Justin Beiber is always pretty great and Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling is one of my current favorites. I always listen to music before my games. We have to pick goal songs, which is kind of high pressure, and I chose Fortunate Son by Creedance Clearwater Revival.

-Colleen

I went with Missy Eliiot’s Gossip Folk even though it’s pretty rare that you’ll hear it since I’m a defender.

-Kasey

 

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MLL All-Star Game 2016 Recap

The MLL 2016 All-Star Game was anticipated to be a thriller, and it definitely held up to the expectations.  It all began with the release of two absolutely star-studded rosters.

ROLLING THUNDER

Head Coach Bear Davis

Attackmen Rob Pannell, Marcus Holman, Kieran McArdle, Eric Law

Midfielders Jeremy Sieverts, Kyle Denhoff, Peter Baum, Tom Schreiber, Ned Crotty, Matt Abbott, Drew Snider

Faceoff/Midfield Chris Mattes, Greg Puskuldjian

Defensemen Scott Ratliff, Jackson Place, Joel White,  Michael Ehrhardt

Goalies Tyler Fiorito, Brain Phipps

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Atlanta Blaze Extinguished?

Yesterday, the Atlanta Blaze announced that MLL leading scorer Kevin Rice is out for the remainder of the 2016 season due to a knee injury during practice just hours before the MLL All Star Game.

Over the course of 9 games, Rice amassed 58 points and 37 goals to lead the league.  As for assists, he was tied at 29 with Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards and Joe Walters of the Chesapeake Bayhawks.  In addition, Rice takes credit for over one quarter of the first-year franchise’s 218 points.  Clearly, sidelining Rice will be a major loss for the Blaze, especially with playoffs rapidly approaching next month.

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Little Giants: Lax Edition

Imagine playing on the biggest stage the game has to offer, with free gear thrown your way, and ESPN announcers calling your name after making a HUGE play. For some U13 players this fantasy became a reality at the 2nd Annual Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse (WSYL).

That’s right, a swarm of teenage lax bros, and lax gals now, were treated to an amazing weekend of lacrosse by the Denver Outlaws and the founder of the MLL, Jake Steinfeld.

The teams that attended the event were selected by a blue ribbon panel of youth lacrosse coaches. The chosen teams then competed in regional qualifiers for the chance to play in Sports Authority Fields at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

“Creating the pinnacle of youth lacrosse as we did for the professional game is another dream come true. Bringing great partners and friends like The Coca-Cola Company, Warrior, MET-Rx, Wheels Up, the Denver Outlaws organization and ESPN will make this the greatest youth lacrosse experience on the planet.”

Jake Steinfeld, Co-Founder of the MLL

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Down Under: Opportunities with the ALA

After one month of international play, Dan and Paul have been lighting up the stage with multiple points per game and leading Williamstown Lacrosse Club to a 3-0 start. After their third game, other American imports joined together with Dan and Paul and played a little USA vs. Australia matchup. Joined by Dan and Paul was Harvard defensemen Jack Breit who caught media attention this year after blasting a hole through the Yale goalie’s stick and scoring.

Many great players like Jack jump at the opportunity to play abroad and I think everyone should look into it. Dan and Paul have been working in a restaurant and a warehouse during the day and having practices and hanging out with their teammates in the club house at night. The two are staying with separate families that are a part of the Williamstown Lacrosse Club and have been more than enjoying their time with them.
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                                                   Dan Murray (4) Paul Werner (2)

I think more lacrosse players should look into this AMAZING opportunity to experience an entire different realm of lacrosse and culture. CLICK CONTINUE READING to learn more about this opportunity and how they got started!

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Chanenchuk Seals Hounds Rally Past Blaze in OT

The Charlotte Hounds on Friday night fought back from a five-goal halftime deficit to beat the Atlanta Blaze 15-14 in overtime at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The win was the third-straight for Charlotte, and moved the Hounds to 6-3 on the season and into second place in the standings. Mike Chanenchuk was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game after scoring the equalizer with 11.6 seconds remaining in regulation, as well as the game winner 43 seconds into OT. He finished the night with six goals and two assists. Meanwhile, the Blaze was lead by Kevin Rice with five points on three goals and two assists.

Brendan Fowler won the game’s opening faceoff for the Hounds, setting up a quick goal by rookie Ryan Brown. Blaze attackman Randy Staats, who missed last week’s game against the Hounds, scored one minute later, the first of a four-goal run for the home team over a three-minute span. Joey Sankey stopped the momentum with a shot off a great spin move, pulling the Hounds back within two. But Rice scored with four minutes left in the quarter and Adam Ghitelman made seven-straight saves to keep the Blaze ahead 5-2 after one.

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Dear NCAA Lacrosse: Please Bring Back The Dive Shot

Paul Carcaterra spits fire about bringing back to dive shot to NCAA lacrosse after former Denver Pioneer turned Outlaw Wes Berg makes the play of the game…

Paul Carcaterra on the Dive Shot:

“Sweet. That’s a goal.

That is a SportsCenter Top 10 nominee for Wesley Berg.

Yeah, this is beautiful.

For the Pioneers, that might get wiped out. For Major League Lacrosse it’s a goal and a highlight.

This is what I would love to see the college game adopt, because I really haven’t seen too many players get injured with the dive.

Berg here loses his angle. This is just a fantastic move. And if the ball crosses the plane, who cares what happens? The plays dead. It’s a goal.

Who Cares if he lands in the crease? I wish the NCAA would adopt this rule. The dive is magic. Look at that! That is a thing of beauty.

Wesley Berg, a dominant right-handed player, loses his angle, and out of desperation, just dunks it with his left.”