Lacrosse has traditionally been regarded as an exclusive sport, mostly played in the Northeast region of the U.S. But in the past decade, the sport has caught on across the country.
Lacrosse has begun a rapid expansion, and many Division 1 schools have begun adding the sport to their spring schedules, even though the process of becoming a D1 sport is not easy.
The Ole Miss Men’s Lacrosse Club has become a new force on campus over the past few years. For years, it was regarded as yet another campus recreation club team, but these men are now being seen in a new light.
In the past year, the the team hired a coach and has worked to remove the idea that they are only competing at a club level. They practice, compete and behave as a varsity team. With this comes a new level of competition and expectations.
“We are trying to build ourselves as a nationally relevant team, as well as grow the game in the state of Mississippi,” said team captain, Murf Butler.
The lacrosse team competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, which allows the team to compete against SEC and ACC schools.
As the sport of lacrosse continues to grow, so will the competition. With Ole Miss competing against nationally ranked teams, such as Georgia Tech, the Ole Miss team will continue to compete at a higher and higher level.
Matt McBryan, team treasurer, said this season wasn’t what they’d hoped for after a successful 2016 season.
“But going forward, we’re beginning to implement some things we believe will have us back on track towards earning (Ole Miss Men’s Lacrosse Club) a spot in the playoffs next spring,” he said.
As the 2017 season came to a close, new coach, Trey Medlock told the team after a 18-19 loss against Texas A&M: “I’m not going anywhere until we right the ship and are on the winning side of these close games.”