Pop Culture Lacrosse References

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"Chewy" in Crooked Arrows.

Editor’s Note: Ryan Connors is back on LAS with a post on pop culture references than cover lacrosse.  Years ago they were few and far between, and American Pie was a revolution, but today, lacrosse is everywhere.  The game is growing, and with that comes the requisite pop culture invasion.


I was going for a run the other night and while listening to my iPod, Sam Adams, the rapper, came up on shuffle.  Adams is from the Cambridge, Mass and he went to college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for two years.  It was while he was at Hobart where he recorded his first single, I Hate College (remix).  Now, you may be wondering, “What does this kid have to do with lacrosse?”, and I will tell you.  In the song I Hate College, Adams sings, “I felt lost saw some herbs all wearin’ Lacoste, couple dudes in pinnies musta played lacrosse”.  And that inspired me to write this article about all the pop culture references that deal with lacrosse.

Everyone can agree that Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, and the larger media is even starting to pick up on this.  The movie Crooked Arrows has finished filming and is now in the post production stage.  This will be the first major motion picture that has a plot truly built around the sport of lacrosse.

Sean Parker; Facebook, Napster, Lacrosse?  In 2010, David Fincher’s film The Social Network was released.  The movie is about the creation of Facebook.  There is a particular scene in the movie where Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg) are talking about Napster.  Sean Parker explains that he created Napster to impress the girlfriend of the varsity lacrosse captain, so that he could win her over.  I checked the validity of that story and couldn’t find how true it was, but nonetheless, even if Arron Sorkin made that part up, it is pretty cool that he chose to use lacrosse.

From a major motion picture all the way to a TV mini series, I found lacrosse references.  The main character, Sterling Archer, from the hit TV show Archer is a lacrosse fanatic.  Archer is the top agent at a secret US spy agency.  He went to a very private and prestigious prep school and was a Lacrosse All Star there.  In years past, prep schools and lacrosse were synonymous with one another.  Throughout the two seasons there have been a number of references to the sport of lacrosse, including when Archer becomes captain of a group of rebel pirates and establishes an intramural lacrosse league.

This past summer MTV even produced a new series called Teen Wolf.  The premise of the series was about a young kid in high school who gets bitten and eventually turns into a werewolf.  The big sports team that the main character is trying out for is the lacrosse team.  Traditionally, the hero goes out for the football or basketball team to impress the girl, but this time it’s the lacrosse team.  I thought this was awesome at first, but once I watched an episode and saw just how poorly they represented the sport of lacrosse I was upset.  MTV and that show did nothing for the sport of lacrosse.  No justice was served.

My final reference is both the most famous and probably the most classic lacrosse movie reference, American Pie.  The 1999 comedy is about a group of Seniors in their final months of high school.  What’s the sport that they all play?  Yep… you guessed it; lacrosse.   A very old school version of early 90’s lacrosse that is, but classic nonetheless.  Chris Klein and Sean William Scott are both stars on the team, and the movie includes some good lacrosse scenes.  Whenever movies and lacrosse are in the same topic American Pie always comes up.

I’d also like to point out that the goalie in the movie is a Mercyhurst alum.  Sorry, had to get that plug in there.  But now you have some extra trivia to impress your friends with.

I found another musical lacrosse reference, but I am not going to share it with you.  Instead, I’m going to challenge you to find it and tell me what song it is, and what the lyric is.  I’ll give you a hint:  There are two performers and one of them is from Canada.  Leave a comment or tweet me @connors36with your guesses.  Good Luck!!!

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"Chewy" in Crooked Arrows.

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  • What about
    Hoodie Allen- Words of Wisdom                  
    “Got flow like bros, that try to play le crosse, no my name is stuck in all your throats like a le cough”
    around the 1:30 mark in the song.

  • The American Pie lacrosse reference has truth behind it.  Several of the writer’s friends and his little brother played at East Grand Rapids HS (blue team) in Michigan in the early 90s.  I was a defender on the state championship team referenced who played against Forest Hills HS (green team).  The real game was not held at Michigan State though, it was at Cranbrook HS, and there was no music contest the same day.

    The writer came back to EGR for their 20 year reunion last summer, my brother was two years ahead in his class.  Several of the character traits were represented in classmates also there . . . Stifler, Jim, Oz, Finch & Kevin.

  • Another pop-culture reference is Dr. House from the TV series House.  Not only is Season 1 Episode 2 about a HS Lacrosse player but it also references that Dr. House played Lacrosse back in the day.

  • i don’t agree with your anger about MTV’s Teen Wolf. You have to remember that the show isn’t about lacrosse, its about the character being a werewolf. I believe that we have to take what we can get. Personally I was excited to see that the main characters played lacrosse. they could have chosen anything, like basketball like the original movie. But lacrosse works well for the plot. I found the fact that they included the sport to be very flattering. Isn’t it great to see that it’s getting such great attention in something so mainstream? It’s crazy because I’ve read about people who have joined just because the show hyped it up so much. 
    (if it was a movie solely about a guy and his struggles with lacrosse, then that’s another story)

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