Category: Origins

1982 Team Canada Women’s Field Lacrosse Part 1

Women’s field lacrosse in Canada had very humble beginnings. There were two small programs operating out of British Columbia and Ontario. The women who played in these programs were mainly versed in box lacrosse. One day, a huge opportunity presented itself. Brine had stepped up to sponsor the first Women’s World Lacrosse Championship.

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CLA 150 Anniversary Program – 2017

The 150th Anniversary of Lacrosse Celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime event — a festival of activities that will help honour and celebrate the history and cultural significance of Canada’s national summer sport, lacrosse.
The event will be an educational, interactive, and celebratory one, through which the
Canadian Lacrosse Foundation (CLF) will highlight lacrosse’s significance in nation-building and its spiritual significance to the First Nations.

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Lacrosse National Game

Canada has spawned its share of imaginary, home-spun tales during its 132 years of life, myths such as Ogopogo, Sasquatch and balanced government budgets. But there was another fallacy that hoodwinked even the most knowledgeable historians and scholars: Lacrosse was the National Game of Canada by an Act of Parliament passed in the year of Confederation.

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Lally Trophy

.Why not, then, establish an annual series between Canada and the U.S. under the auspices of the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association? CLA president Joe Lally (1363 – 1956), a true-blue lacrosse nut from Cornwall and brother of Lally stick factory founder Frank Lally, donated a trophy of an.original bronze base-relief of lacrosse players in action, mounted upon an ebony background.

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Forgotten beginnings 1882-1886

The first formal, ‘organised’ lacrosse game played in British Columbia (between teams representing two different cities) occurred on Saturday, August 28, 1886. Played at Beacon Hill Park between the Vancouver and Victoria clubs, the visiting mainlanders won by the score of 3-1 – or three “games” to one, in the old-style nomenclature used at the time.

However, while this particular match has gone into the history books as the first lacrosse game played in the province, the game’s roots in British Columbia actually go back by four years to 1882.

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