High school lacrosse in Kansas has exploded over the past few years. The Lacrosse Association of Kansas City (LAKC) had 210 players in 2010 and they have almost reached the 700 mark today.
The newly formed Lawrence lacrosse team has had up to 28 players this season. Their head coach Britt Mitchell thinks that’s great since the program started a year ago.
“We’re going to explode. There are so many kids here in Lawrence that want something to do. With Baseball here and how it’s so competitive, there are a lot of kids who get left out who want to play baseball and in the spring have nothing to do,” said Mitchell.
Part of the growth in Lawrence may be because of baseball, but LAKC President Gordon Harton thinks it’s because of another reason. There is a lot of hype around last year’s college lacrosse national champions that may be to thank.
“We have seen growth come to the Midwest as teams such as The University of Denver won the National Championship last year, which actually helped promote lacrosse here,” Harton said.
Harton also thinks that another contributor to recent growth is the amount of local player who have gone on to play college lacrosse. He said that wasn’t around back when they first started in 2000.
Currently lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States. The last participation report by US Lacrosse in 2014 says that there are 22 states that have sanctioned lacrosse as a high school sport. This number has grown since 2000 and will continue to grow.