Baltimore is home to the Ravens, the Orioles and the Major League Indoor Soccer’s Baltimore Blast, but the city’s heart belongs to Maryland’s official team sport - lacrosse.
Known as the oldest sport in North America, lacrosse was played by Native American tribes for centuries before it became popular on college campuses throughout the Great Lakes region and along the East Coast in the late 1800s. The University of Maryland fielded its first team in 1910. In fact, when lacrosse made its Olympic debut in 1928, it was Johns Hopkins University’s team that represented the United States.
Popularity of Lacrosse in Baltimore
No other region in the United States has embraced and fostered lacrosse like the greater Baltimore area. Five of the nation’s top ranked men’s collegiate teams - The University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, the US Naval Academy, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Loyola University - are located in Maryland. Also women’s lacrosse was virtually invented here, as the Bryn Mawr School fielded the first women’s team in the nation. With such depth and breadth of lacrosse programs in the area, powerhouse players from the region’s high school and prep school teams are hotly recruited by colleges and universities throughout the country.
Baltimore - the Home of US Lacrosse
Baltimore is also the proud home of US Lacrosse, the sport’s governing body, and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, situated adjacent to Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field. In addition the city is home to the sport’s only major publication, the ESPN-affiliated Inside Lacrosse, as well as major equipment manufacturers and distributors. In short, Baltimore is lacrosse heaven, and we welcome you to it!