Welcome to Capital District Lax – the source for lacrosse news and information for New York’s Capital District!! This site and our associated social media accounts launched in late 2015 with the dual mission to both help grow the game, and celebrate the rich history of the game in the region. Given the prominence of the college programs in the area, and the great lacrosse talent produced by local high schools and clubs, many of our articles have a regional focus. However, our enthusiasm extends to all aspects of the game, and we will gladly discuss and report on all lacrosse topics of interest.
While it may come as a surprise to new fans, the Capital District’s history with the game is extensive, important, and in many ways unparalleled. Among the examples of the region’s notable lacrosse history, the Mohawk Lacrosse Club (MLC), formed in Troy, New York in 1868 (and still in successful operation) is recognized as the first lacrosse club formed in the United States.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute not only played played in an exhibition tournament at the London Olympics in 1948 in front of a crowd of 60,000 at Wembley Stadium with the Queen in attendance, but in 1952 was also recognized as the game’s National Champion by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).
The region has been the home to three Tewaarton Award winners – Mike Leveille of Delmar, an Albany Academy grad, received the award in 2008 following his senior season at Syracuse; while Miles and Lyle Thompson were co-winners following their 2014 seasons at UAlbany; and Lyle Thompson of course winning the award again solo in 2015.
Whether you are a long time player, coach, or fan; or are new to the game, we hope you enjoy the content that we offer.
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