Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Lacrosse is a booming sport that is slowly becoming more popular across the country.
Even though the sport has only recently started to develop a widespread following, it has a lot of American history behind it. Lacrosse was originally a sport where the Native Americans used wooden balls and netted sticks with the goal of simply throwing and catching a ball. Fast forward a few hundred years and it has become one of the fastest growing sports in America.
According to World Lacrosse News and Information, last year 1.6 million people participated in the sport, a 37.3% rise from the year before. Lacrosse is most popular in the northeastern regions and is slowly spreading throughout the south.
Considering the game has been around for so long, some find it quite surprising lacrosse has not yet been granted into the Olympics. It is also extremely popular in Canada and European countries.
However, there is hope that lacrosse will soon be a sport in the Olympics.
US Lacrosse Magazine said, “History was made on Nov. 30, 2018, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board voted to provisionally recognize the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).” This is an especially big deal, putting them another step closer to joining the summer Olympics.
As far as LRHS goes, it has only been three years since lacrosse started and already coaches Samantha Stoltz and Jason Morales have decided it is time for a junior varsity (JV) team.
“It’s so cool to see how much we’ve grown over the past couple of years. I remember being a freshman and there being just enough people to have a team and now we are getting a JV team”, said junior Erika Lyvers.