Travis Cuvelier has always been a major sports fan and lover of lacrosse.
He has played lacrosse for most of his life, watching the college and professional teams on T.V. whenever he has the chance. Now as he is getting older, Travis Cuvelier has become even more interested in lacrosse at the college level.
Top 10 Colleges For Men’s Lacrosse
Men’s lacrosse gets the short end of the coverage stick compared to the top 4 sports in basketball, football, baseball, and hockey. However, it is not new to the country, having been around since the founding of the new world. Travis Cuvelier believes that its rising popularity in high school and college should give it more recognition, but, in a time of big money, high contact, and nationalization of the sports psyche, the sport has never risen to the top. But, if you attend any of these colleges, consider this sport because of how successful it has been there and the impressive athleticism shown. Here are 5 universities Travis Cuvelier has noted to be big on men’s lacrosse, plus another 5 that should be also considered for similar reasons.
- Syracuse (Syracuse, NY)
The Northern New York university leads in national titles – 10 in all – first in 1983 to most recently in 2009. They have gotten the luck of two coaches that have led the team to their titles – first Roy Simmons Jr., and now John Desko. The team has been around since 1916 and plays in their all-in-one venue: the 50,000 seated Carrier Dome.
- John Hopkins (Baltimore, MD)
They highly touted school for solid education won 35 titles in the pre-NCAA era (1891-1970) and 9 in the current NCAA era – first in 1974 and recently in 2007. Every year, they are a threat to win the championship. It may lack the size as other schools, but their style of play and legacy of dominance strikes pride into their program.
- Denver (Denver, CO)
Currently the #1 team in the nation and winner of the national title in 2015, Denver may not have the history as the two teams above, but they have risen to prominence the last decade. Led by former Princeton coach, Bill Tierney, the school, geographically displaced by being in the West coast (almost every team is on the East coast), has now become the top dogs of the sport and will remain so in the near future.
- North Carolina/Duke (Chapel Hill/Durham, NC)
They have to be on the same list because if their long in state rivalry in all sports. They have a combined 9 NCAA titles. Starting with North Carolina: they are the defending champions and have 6 of those titles, first winning in 1981. In the case of Duke, their rise has been recently the last decade, but they have been around since 1930’s. The school’s combination of success on the field and in the classroom has made it a very lucrative school for lacrosse players to go to.
- University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)
The school founded by Thomas Jefferson have won five times, winning the second annual NCAA championship in 1972 and most recently in 2011. The beautiful campus is already one to take in (it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site), but their constant achievement is also of pride in that they can rub elbows with the other top schools.
The other 5 listed are of honorable mention to consider for just about the same reasons have spoken above.
- Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)
- University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
- Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
- Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
- Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN)