Lacrosse is gaining interest in Tucson and nationally, offering football players a full-contact spring sport.
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Lacrosse is gaining interest in Tucson and nationally, offering football players a full-contact spring sport. Three high schools have varsity lacrosse club teams through the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League, and two junior varsity teams are starting up.
The Salpointe Catholic lacrosse program will begin its third season in March at the same time as baseball and other spring sports. Lacrosse isn’t an official high school sport in Arizona, but some schools plan to push for it in a couple of years, said team administrator Mel Greenberg.
The Salpointe team was undefeated in its first year. Last year, it made it to the semifinals before losing to Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep. Sabino won the state contest last year and took second place the year before. Catalina Foothills also has a club team, and JV teams are forming at Ironwood Ridge and in the Marana area.
Nationwide, lacrosse participation was up 14 percent from a year ago, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Startup costs for players can be prohibitive. “I’m from back east and I’m very familiar with the sport and it’s kind of good that it’s been growing this way. It’s a really fun sport to play. The issue is that to really play the sport, you need the equipment. …
You’re looking at $300 to $600 to get outfitted,” said Diego Morales, who runs The Shop, a soccer — and now lacrosse — store near Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street.
In football, most schools provide equipment for players. Coach Dean Greenberg at Salpointe, and others, have been donating equipment to help launch programs. For more information on joining a lacrosse club team, visit azlax.com.