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Lacrosse, the Fastest Growing Sport in Texas

Updated on June 9, 2016
The StickStar Texas All-Star game showcases many young talents who have committed to NCAA D1 lacrosse programs
The StickStar Texas All-Star game showcases many young talents who have committed to NCAA D1 lacrosse programs | Source

If you would of asked someone in Texas back in 2002 what lacrosse was, you would probably get a clever response such as, "is that the game they play with the fishing nets?" or a clueless response like, "I have no clue what lacrosse is". Luckily it is now 2016 and things have changed. High school lacrosse has taken off in the past few year thanks to the amount of kids picking up sticks in the state and thanks to companies like Stick Star. High school isn't the only level where the sport is growing rapidly. Now, most large Universities in Texas have club teams that are competing in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) in the Lone Star Alliance (LSA) conference. Some of the programs that are really excelling at the high school level in Dallas include The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas Jesuit, Highland Park, and South Lake Carrol. In Austin, Westlake is the easy favorite to rule the city. Houston also has it fair share of decent programs, highlighted by the Woodlands. San Antonio is still up and coming, but there is definitely some talent coming out of programs like Texas Military Institute and Reagan. At the collegiate level, the State has been dominated by the University of Texas, but is slowly being taken over by schools such as Texas State and Southern Methodist.

Texas State beats UT 12-7 in 2015

LSA Results last 5 Years

Year
LSA Conference Champion
2016
SMU
2015
Texas State
2014
University of Texas
2013
University of Texas
2012
University of Texas
The LSA has been dominated by UT in the past, but teams like Texas State and SMU are on the rise.

Another reason the sport is growing so rapidly in the state is thanks to companies like Stick Star Lacrosse. Stick Star is lacrosse is not only an apparel company, but holds combines, training events, and the home of Texas' best select travel teams. Dallas Select and Texas United are to highly coveted High School travel teams, that have not only been successful in Texas, but all over the country. Stick Star also hold and annual Texas All-Star game that takes place after the high school season comes to an end. This years All-Star game hosted many future NCAA athletes, some even going to the D1 level such as High Point, Johns Hopkins, UNC, Ohio State, Denver, Duke, and Bellarmine.

Highland Park Senior committed to Syracuse goes behind the back to score a goal in the Stick Star Texas All-Star game.
Highland Park Senior committed to Syracuse goes behind the back to score a goal in the Stick Star Texas All-Star game. | Source

So if you are moving on down south to Texas and think your lacrosse career is over, think again. It is just beginning!

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