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Lacrosse at HBCUs and the Lacrosse Day 2012 (Tournament @Hampton)


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Many people never would imagine HBCUs and mens lacrosse in the same breath. Only few know about the story of the Morgan State teams in the late 1970s. They were the first HBCU to field a varsity lacrosse team. Their shining moment happened when they beat #1 Washington & Lee in a regular season game. Unfortunately, the team folded later in the 1980s due to lack of funding. The program was started back up as a club team in the mid 2000s. This sparked the start of a club team for Howard to play them in the NCLL and create an annual rivalry. Also as of this season, Hampton and Morehouse will join the elite group of HBCU lax squads. The link to the video below explains some details of the upcoming tournament I will be attending at Hampton University, the second link is the story from ESPN about the program's success before folding, and the last link tells you more about the programs history in general. I know this is a lot to read but I just wanted everyone one on the boards to see how the game has been integrating currently and how far its been since Jim Brown. :grin:

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Way back when I created the HBCU Project over in the Concepts forum, I briefly catalouged the story of the Morgan State lacrosse team, and more specifically, the "Ten Bears" story. This is awesome that it's progressed this far...hopefully it will continue to grow and spread.

(As an aside, Morgan State's story should really get out into the minds of more people. It's an essential piece of not just Black History, but history period.)

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