Lacrosse is a fast-paced and extremely physical sport
. While the rules might be confusing to the first-time spectator
, the flow of play is easy to pick up.
Professional indoor lacrosse has been around since the '80s (the rules of indoor lacrosse are slightly different than the rules for outdoor lacrosse). The National Lacrosse League (NLL) currently has 9 franchises (with 2 expansion teams to be added for the 2001-2002 season).
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), a professional outdoor lacrosse league, will start play in summer 2001, with 6 teams.
NCAA men's lacrosse is extremely popular at a number of schools on the east coast. While there are teams nationwide, college lacrosse is still largely an East Coast sport. The NCAA men's lacrosse tournament is currently 12 teams, with the top 4 seeds getting a bye into the second round.
NCAA lacrosse has traditionally been dominated by a small group of schools, with only 7 schools winning the championship in its 31 years (interestingly, all 7 have won multiple titles)
Below's a list of NCAA Division I men's lacrosse champions:
1974 Johns Hopkins
1978 Johns Hopkins
1979 Johns Hopkins
1980 Johns Hopkins
1981 North Carolina
1982 North Carolina
1984 Johns Hopkins
1985 Johns Hopkins
1986 North Carolina
1987 Johns Hopkins
1991 North Carolina
*** Syracuse was forced to vacate the title by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions