History of Field Lacrosse:
The roots of the sport of Lacrosse are traceable to the Iroquois tribes located in
southwest Quebec, eastern Ontario and northern New York state. It was in the mid
1800's that Montreal townspeople became interested in this activity, and the first games
of lacrosse were played between the townsfolk and the natives. By the late 1850's
and early 1860's lacrosse had its foothold in the sporting society of the time and the
first non-native clubs were being formed. Through the late 1800's lacrosse grew at a
phenomenal rate until, by the turn of the century, it was the premiere sport in Canada.
Lacrosse is still known as Canada's national summer sport due to its early
Field Lacrosse declined in popularity throughout the early 1900's to the point where is
was basically replaced by Box Lacrosse by the 1930's. It wasn't until the late
1960's and early 1970's that field lacrosse once more came to the notice of Canadian
lacrosse players. The re-establishment of the sport of field lacrosse has been a
slow process but one which grows significantly each year.