Currently, the number two men's lacrosse team in the country is in Charlottesville and the tenth-ranked women's team is in Harrisonburg, so why isn't lacrosse a high school sport in our area?
"We've been pushing; we've been trying to talk to our athletic directors, said MADLAX head coach Matt Snyder. "Some are supportive, but yet they want to see where the other athletic directors are and some athletic directors just don't want to do it."
MADLAX, also known as Massanutten District Lacrosse, is a high school club team that is made up of mostly players from Spotswood, who practice and play their home games at Elkton Middle School.
They play other non-VHSL clubs and occasionally other varsity teams around the state. According to laxpower.com, the Mad Dogs (7-1) are currently ranked eighth out of 36 club teams in Virginia.
"If the sport got more well-known across the schools and more kids played we could definitely make it a school sport," said offensive middie Zack Miller, who's also a running back for the Spotswood football team.
"A lot of people in this area don't know much if anything about the game of lacrosse, so you get them to come out to Buffalo Wild Wings or something to watch a game and they're like, 'Man this stuff is sweet,'" added long stick middle Tyler Johnson.
"It's got the best of all sports, soccer, football, basketball, hitting; it's fast-paced, never stops, always going," said Snyder.
Snyder says a possible reason why lacrosse isn't a varsity sport in our area is because of finances. The equipment needed can get expensive.
"We can do club fundings just like the school bands do," said Snyder. "We can do all those sorts of things to raise money. I just wish they would go after it."
And according to Snyder, some are in favor.
"Football coaches really like us," added Snyder. "I have star football players on my team. It gives them something to do in the spring time to get them in shape for football, but without the athletic directors, without the principals, without more family support, without more community support we're treading water right now."
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