Lacrosse is as big as it's ever been - from Buffalo to Tokyo, people are picking up sticks and joining the revolution. So what better time to see where it matters most? We scoured the globe for the 10 best lacrosse towns (yes, we're using that term liberally; some of these are more like regions), hoping to find places with a unique blend of great lax culture, successful teams and an ever-growing enthusiasm for the game. Rounding out the list, here are towns 6-10.
No. 6: New York Metro Area — 89.5 points
The Game 92 points overall
Pro Rating: 76
College Rating: 92
High School Rating: 96
Youth Rating: 94
Potential/Upside Rating: 84
Though Princeton, Army and DIII’s Stevens Tech and Wesleyan fall under the region’s umbrella, the college game is superseded by high-level prep programs in every surrounding state, from Delbarton (N.J.) to Yorktown (N.Y.) to Darien (Conn.). For college coaches on the recruiting path, this is the best place — there’s a ton to choose from, whether you want a polished lacrosse player or a strong athlete.
Pro lacrosse has always had trouble here, and though the area’s remaining pro team, the NLL’s Titans, is still around, it’s Madison Square Garden experiment failed.
The Life — 91 points overall
Lacrosse Scene Rating: 90
Marquee Event Rating: 90
The ’burbs are where the skill is, as the kids of Wall Street heavy hitters (many of whom used to play lacrosse) populate the still-growing youth programs. New Big Apple programs like CityLax have cropped up in recent years, though. Manhattan, as well as Brooklyn and Hoboken, is attractive to many former college stars, some of whom keep their game sharp (if they’re not in MLL) in the ultra-competitive summer Gotham Lacrosse League, which plays at Columbia University and features Wall Street’s top players. While others play for the 119-year old N.Y. Athletic Club’s lacrosse squad, which won this year’s American Lacrosse League championship.
Marquee events: NCAA Quarterfinals, Inside Lacrosse Big City Classic (’09-’10), Murphy Cup, Daniel Hand Tournament
From Here: Ric Beardsley, Brian Carcaterra, Roy Colsey, Mike Culver, Ned Crotty, Mike Pressler, Pat McCabe
Lives Here: Brian Carcaterra*, Roy Colsey*, Kyle Sweeney, Jon Hess*, Dom Fin*, Ryan Boyle, Matt Alrich, Jesse Hubbard, Chris Passavia
*=From here AND lives here