On Saturday, March 11, more than 6,000 lacrosse fans descended on LeBard stadium at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa for the annual Pacific Coast Shootout (PCS). Since its inception in 2014, the annual event’s has been to “bring big time college lacrosse to the West Coast.” Each year, the event hosts a regular season match-up between high-profile, NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse teams. The PCS has featured Notre Dame, Maryland, North Carolina, University of Denver, Virginia, and Cornell.
The 2017 game featured a match-up between the #11 Virginia Cavaliers and the Cornell Big Red. UVA was able to win the high-scoring affair 19-18 in overtime. The stands were filled with youth lacrosse players from all across Southern California. High school teams traveled from as far away as Utah and Texas to attend the event and out-of-state games against Southern California teams.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., especially when it comes to non-traditional locations like California. Events like the PCS and strong local communities will help the continued growth of the sport into the future.