Lax bro: “A guy who plays lacrosse and fully embraces the culture,” according to Urban Dictionary.
There is a common misconception that these “bros” are extremely laid back due the popular Youtube video, “The Ultimate Lax Bro,” which helped conjure up stereotypes about lacrosse players.
However, these stereotypes could not be farther from the truth, as the VSU club lacrosse has been practicing hard, and has already played its first two games of the spring season.
On January 26th the team visited Point University in Jacksonville, Florida where the Blazers came away with an impressive 17-4 victory, but unfortunately was followed up by a tough 12-4 loss against Georgia Southern this past weekend.
The program is now in its third season after Junior Mike Mcguire founded it in 2010. The program, according to its Facebook page is welcome to anyone who is interested.
“We had a couple kids who we taught our first year when we had a program, and then they’ve come back the last two years, so they’ve just grown and have learned more and more and have gotten better and better.”
“We spend a good thirty minutes of each practice just catching and throwing, and cradling, especially for those who haven’t played before,” said freshman goalie, Joseph Willoughby.
As for the team’s competition, they play mostly teams from around the Southeast such as GCSU, Reinhardt University in Atlanta, North Georgia in Dahlonega, as well as several schools in Florida.
By far the most intriguing lacrosse event will be the “Battle of the Border Tournament” that will take place on February 23rd and will feature a total of six teams; three from Georgia and three from Florida.
VSU will be playing host to schools such as Florida Atlantic, Stetson, Flagler, Morehouse, and Georgia State in what is expected to be a day-long lacrosse showdown.
“It will be the biggest event of the year for us,” said Joseph.
“Hopefully for this tournament we’re going to do a lot more city advertisement… like go downtown and put some stuff up.”
The idea was proposed by Mcguire during the last coaches meeting he attended.
“I was up at the last coaches meeting and we were scheduling games, there were a couple of dates that interfered and people couldn’t play and they wanted to come check out Valdosta… So we started talking about some kind of tournament, so I started talking to some of the coaches I knew and some of the people who I knew would love get four games in in one day.”
“It’s a lot of lacrosse, you’re going to get really tired, but you’re going to get a lot of experience.”
The hope for the tournament is to be able to expand it further in future years.
“If all goes well and all the teams are satisfied, then we’ll definitely look to do it again next year.
“We have six teams now, so maybe next year we can get ten teams.”