by KAREN LAGRANGE COX
The Acadiana Lacrosse Hurricanes’ Spring season is from January to the end of April each year, with the high school playoffs and championship played at the end of April into May. They practice and play their home games at the Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park in Broussard.
“Lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America given to us by the Native Americans”, explained Acadiana Lacrosse Youth Director/14U Head Coach Casey McDonald. He continued, “The games of football, basketball, hockey and soccer all fall under Lacrosse”.
The game is played using a lacrosse ball (solid rubber) which is handled by the lacrosse stick. The stick has loose netting at the end of it which allows for the ball to be caught, cradled, passed or shot.
Formed back in the late 2000s as Lafayette Lions Lacrosse the program grew and evolved into Acadiana Lacrosse to provide the association with a community based name.
The Acadiana Lacrosse 14U team won the championship for the 2022 Bayou Bash (14U Division). The Championship was played at Chappapeela Sports Complex in Hammond, Louisiana and hosted by the Northshore Spartans. The High School team has recently experienced deep runs into the state playoffs while sending 2 players to the NCAA Division II level with a 3rd, Senior Goalie Brendan Mitchell (Southside HS ’23), set to head to Quincy University after this season.
Collin Thibodeaux, goalie on the 14U team, said he has been playing the game for the Hurricanes since the age of seven. He continues to play stating he is “good at it” and “I hope it helps me achieve my goal of playing in college while I also focus on my academics”.
Their coed teams are broken into the following age groups:
- Kindergarten thru 4th grade/10U; introduction and has no physical contact during game
- Grades 5 – 6/12U wear full pads
- Grades 7 – 8/14U wear full pads and is made up of two full teams
- Grades 9 – 12 wear full pads. Many of these players come from Southside High School in Youngsville.
The 12U, 14U and high school teams currently travel for away games to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Northshore, & Shreveport.
Scholarship opportunities are available for players who are economically disadvantaged. Equipment loan-outs are also available.
Acadiana Lacrosse is open to any Acadiana area youth or high school student interested in playing the game. To register for Acadiana Lacrosse, visit the Registration Link.
Interested families are welcome to attend any practice(s) for free to see everything for themselves.