French Jesuit missionaries working in the St. Lawrence Valley in the 1630s were the first Europeans to see lacrosse being played by the Native American Indians. One of them, Jean de Brébeuf, wrote about the game being played by the Huron Indians in 1636 and it was he who the named the game “lacrosse”.
Although lacrosse is the newest sport at Marist, it is one of the oldest in North America. It’s also one of the fasted growing with more than 500,000 players worldwide, many of them at the interscholastic level. The Marist lacrosse program began in 2004 with the creation of the boys varsity team. The Junior varsity team were added in 2007 shortly there after the boys middle school program began.