Lacrosse is one of the most entertaining sports to watch and many around the country have dubbed it “the fastest sport on two feet.”
The game is wildly popular in the Northeast, where it is home to some of the best prep and college teams in the country. However, in South Texas, its popularity remains lower than most.
But at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the school is building a club team from scratch.
The lacrosse program is new and started with very low numbers. So low, some of the players had no idea the team existed when they arrived on campus.
“I didn’t even know there was a team when I first got here,” sophomore Cannon Brackett said.
The team practices at Haas Middle School every Tuesday and Thursday.
Why Haas? Because the team does not have any facilities of their own.
“We don’t have facilities, we don’t have anything it is fully self-funded by the players,” A&M-CC lacrosse coach Jackson Timian said. “They have a ton of ownership which is unique.”
And because of its status as a club sport, funding from the university is minimal at best.
“They do fundraising on their own and then we have dues for them to we have to pay the league to be a part of the MCLA, we have to put our own ref dues and then all the uniforms and travel,” Timian said.
While most major Divsion I programs around the country all have highly experienced players, this Islanders team is a mix of both. And the Islanders’ experienced players have taken it upon themselves to be the squad’s leaders.
“A couple of new guys will ask me questions like ‘what can I work on to get better’ and I’ll usually show them a video or show them what I would do,” Brackett said.
The Islanders played their first game against Baylor on Feb. 10.