Lacrosse is coming back to Columbus, Ohio in 2012. Named the Ohio Machine for the spirit, history, and future of the state, the team will play in the Major League Lacrosse.
Currently in the MLL are the Boston Cannons, the Long Island Lizards, the Denver Outlaws, the Hamilton Nationals, the Rochester Rattlers, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks. There is also supposed to be a team in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012 called the Hounds.
The MLL has an interesting history, starting play in 2001 (and the groundwork/inspiration begin in the Summer of 1998.) Through a partnership between Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld, President and Owner of Warrior Lacrosse Dave Morrow, and Chairman of Bay Shore Enterprises Tim Robertson, the league was formed in 1999.
The first international team landed in Toronto in 2009 and moved to Hamilton, Ontario shortly after. Denver’s team was born in 2006, and the Bayhawks called Baltimore and Washington home before moving to Chesapeake.
Lacrosse is receiving more and more attention as the years go by. If we take a look, high school lacrosse programs are starting to pop up by the dozens. The University of Detroit Mercy has added both Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse to their varsity programs. Wright State has a club lacrosse team who try to recruit every fall and spring. There’s tons of other programs out there.
While the Machine don’t know where they will play yet, a possible good venue is the Columbus Crew Stadium. I’m not sure if Ohio State’s fields are being considered, since it’s closer to downtown.
With a new lacrosse team coming to Ohio, hopefully the boom continues to grow in the state. It is a interesting sport to watch with some rich history. We’ll see how well it goes in 2012.
Sources of information from the Major League Lacrosse website.
Until next time,