Pennsylvania Ranks As A Top State For Lacrosse
The sport of lacrosse has made significant growth strides in America over the past few years. There has also been a significant evolution to the professional Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), coinciding with the fact that the sport will be in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Pennsylvania was recently named a state where lacrosse is most popular.
In anticipation of the upcoming 2024 season, StrawPoll currently has a ranking that details the ten states where lacrosse is most popular in America. What’s unique about StrawPoll’s information is they engage with public opinion, suggesting the public weigh in on the subject at hand. So here, lacrosse enthusiasts offer their voices on the increased love of the game.
Furthermore, this sport is increasingly popular among youth athletes. In fact, the Professional Box Lacrosse Association says, “While many sports need you to be super tall or built like a linebacker, lacrosse is for anyone who can hold a stick.” They also highlight how lacrosse is inexpensive to play. In addition, the availability of options and the fact that games are filled with high-scoring action add to the appeal.
Pennsylvania Ranks As The 4th Most Popular Lacrosse State
Coming in right behind Massachusetts and ahead of Virginia, Pennsylvania has a lot of great lacrosse opportunities. The state is filled with club programs like the Roughriders. On the collegiate level, the Pennsylvania Division One teams were all over the top 25 rankings last season. For the men, Penn State, Penn, and Villanova were all in the top 25. Penn and Drexel University finished #13 and #25, respectively, for the women.
As for the professional programs, the PLL announced back in November that the Waterdogs Club will be the Philadelphia area home team. Now, local lax lovers will have a team and logo to support at the highest rank.
To build excitement for the 2024 season, the PLL will hold their Championship Series tournament starting February 14. The Waterdogs will play opening night vs. the Utah Archers.