Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Northern Game Has a 20-Year Florida History, Too

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Northern Game Has a 20-Year Florida History, Too

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If you are the slightest bit familiar with lacrosse, you know

it's a Northeastern game. Kids in Florida never grew up playing

lacrosse like kids from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

But according to P.J. Kupris, lacrosse has been a popular sport

in the Jacksonville area for 20 years.

Kupris says Jacksonville lacrosse teams have been active in the

Florida Lacrosse League. The sport is growing so much so that

both the University of North Florida and The Bolles School have

established lacrosse clubs that compete with other teams

throughout the state.

Although it is commonly associated with field hockey, lacrosse

is quite different. The ball the teams play with is usually kept

off the ground and passed through the air down a football field

in an attempt to score on the opponent's goal.

There are generally two levels in which lacrosse is played; the

"club" level, in which clubs from major cities are represented;

and the "college" level, in which clubs from schools such as

Florida, Florida State and Embry Riddle compete against each

other. Other high schools and colleges in the South have

lacrosse clubs or teams that regularly compete.

Kupris, 30, has been playing lacrosse for 15 years. A New

Jersey native, he says the sport keeps him in good shape while

allowing him to meet new people and see Florida by traveling to

matches.

"Lacrosse is one of those things where I had a good experience

with it growing up. I wanted to be able to give something back

to the sport," Kupris said.

The Florida Lacrosse League is comprised of 20 teams. The team

Kupris plays on is made up of 35 players ranging in age from 22

to 50, from Palm Coast to St. Simons Island. One of the things

Kupris likes about this team is that it plays on an "elite"

level, meaning these players have been playing the sport for

some time. …

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