The game of lacrosse was invented by Native Americans living in the mid-atlantic region of the United States and was discovered as Europeans came to the United States. It's exact start date is unknown.
Europeans playing lacrosse
The first account of Europeans playing lacrosse came from English speaking Canadians began playing the game and creating clubs
Distinction of playing styles
Anthropologists are able to find the differences between Great Lakes, Southeastern, and Iroquoian playing styles
1870 - 1879
Canadians begin to take the game to Europe and create clubs all over the world. This action cuts Native Americans out of the game completely for the time being.
First college lacrosse game
The first game took place in NY state between NYU and Manhattan College because of the proximity of the teams
Ban of lacrosse in Native communities
Lacrosse is banned in Native communities after a lead weight is attached to the head of a stick to injure other players.
First use of plastic
This might seem like a small event but the first use of plastic in lacrosse changed many aspects about the game including physicality and shooting style. It also made the game more accessible and cheaper.
Creation of Iroquois Club
This club marked the first time ever in which Native Americans could compete in worldwide lacrosse competitions.
First Stick Program
This is a grant created by the US lacrosse foundation to give small communities with less access to lacrosse the opportunity to play the game for free. This has helped to spread the game of lacrosse out of its traditional area.
My involvement in Lacrosse
In 2019 I was able to play lacrosse for the first time on the first team ever at Tallwood High School. It was a terrible season for our record because we went 0-9 however over the course of the season I became physically stronger and in better shape due to the constant conditioning and playing.