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Vol. 41 No. 1 January 2017 THE LAX BRO PHASE


WASN’T THE SUBCULTURE AT LEAST PART OF WHAT DREW MANY OF US TO THE SPORT IN THE FIRST PLACE?


Lacrosse Twitter is a curious place. Like most social media echo chambers, it includes a fairly insular group of talking heads seeking self-affi rmation. We perceive ourselves as defenders of the sport’s image. So when former Penn State lacrosse player Chris Hogan set a New England Patriots postseason record with 180 receiving yards in the AFC championship game, Lacrosse Twitter was all too eager to celebrate that one of its own had made it. Hogan, after all, still is one of us. He supports Thompson Brothers Lacrosse and the Headstrong Foundation. He even dropped a “Penn State lacrosse” reference on “Sunday Night Football.” The mainstream sports media likewise latched onto the Hogan lacrosse hoopla. But then the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” aired a “lax bro” segment in which host Kyle Brandt poked fun at some tired stereotypes — with references to pinnies, pastels and party boys. Lacrosse Twitter responded with outrage, prompting a half-apologetic Brandt to revisit the subject a couple days later on GMFB. Wasn’t the subculture at least part of what drew many of us to the sport in the fi rst place? We were skateboarding with sticks. We can’t disown that now.


Look, I’m from Long Island. And the presumptions people make about me based on that alone are plenty. They’re right, to a degree. I do love bagels and Billy Joel, I’ve never had a better slice of pizza, I did consider anything north of “The City” to be upstate, I am the littlest bit Italian and I went to dozens of Sweet 16 parties. I grew out of that, just as lacrosse has grown out of its lax bro phase. But let’s not be so thin- skinned. Actions speak louder than tweets.


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WHY I PLAY


KNOW THE RULES


We all have different stories and different backgrounds. And we may play for different reasons. But lacrosse brings us together. It’s not about who you are or where you came from. It’s about the game we love. Lacrosse is for everyone. Watch the “Why I Play” video at youtube.com/uslacrosse.


— MATT DASILVA, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF mdasilva15


4 US LACROSSE MAGAZINE March 2017


With new NFHS and US Lacrosse rules taking effect this spring, we all could use a primer. US Lacrosse produced 10 rules interpretation videos that will help not only offi cials on the fi eld, but also coaches, players and parents — especially with age- specifi c rules at the 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U levels. Watch the videos online at youtube.com/uslacrosse.


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR


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