High School Lacrosse in Utah existing at all is pretty amazing, especially when you consider the state our sport was in just 15 years ago. I remember being a middle and high school student whose parents might have to pull up stakes and move to another City for new work opportunities. We only ended up living in Portland, ME and a bunch of different towns outside of Boston, MA, but New York City, California and a number of other places were brought up as potentialities. I was never excited about the prospect of having to start over with friends, school, etc but I could deal with all that.
The thing I was worried about most was losing the opportunity to play lacrosse.
If I were a kid today, I wouldn’t have to worry about that to nearly the same extent, because lacrosse is everywhere. California is sending kids to big time D1 schools where they are starring (Roy Lang at Cornell is a good example), Florida has kids playing at every level of college lacrosse and will be the host state to FIVE NCAA Division 2 teams in 2012. Texas has DIII teams popping up left and right and Utah and BYU (in Utah) have been storming the MCLA.
The best thing about BYU and Utah (and to a certain extent Texas and FL) is that they’re competing with some homegrown talent on their team. These are kids who grew up playing lacrosse in Utah in high school, and maybe even middle school. And to someone like myself, who was afraid to move to another part of the country because there might not be any lacrosse, this is the best thing that could ever happen to our sport. There are now 42 varsity HS programs in Utah alone! That’s growth.
Growing the Game at all levels! Creating homegrown talent! I love it all.
Victoria Harris of All American Shots sent over some shots from a recent West Jordan (1-6) vs. Mountain View (3-3) game and I just have to say, I like all the colored mesh, shooting strings and heads. These guys are clearly having some fun with the game!