Mack Marceau, a sophomore studying public health, has played lacrosse for more than seven years; so when he came to BYU-Idaho, he knew he wanted to share his love of the sport with other students.
“There’s not any lacrosse for fall and winter, so I wanted to do a tournament,” Marceau said.” I wanted to get the word out; I wanted to have it more proactive here during those times of the year.”
Marceau said he planned a box lacrosse tournament in the I-Center for Nov. 18, but due to low participation, issues with reserving space and other small problems, the tournament was canceled. Box lacrosse is an indoor version of lacrosse that is played indoors and is a faster-paced game.
Marceau said he received permission from the I-Center to reserve it for the tournament, but there were complications that interfered with the tournament.
One reason was the new curtains that had been set up. They were supposed to be hung up after the tournament, but because the school realized there were not enough participants signed up, the I-Center hung up the curtains and canceled the reservations.
“You always need more participants,” said Kevin Redd, the competitive lacrosse advisor in Student Activities. “With lacrosse being as physically demanding as it is, we have some injuries, and the physicality of running deters few people from it.”
There were also complications with advertising as Marceau said he did not get his advertisements approved in time and said it can be hard to get the word out when students are always being bombarded with so many other fliers and advertisements.
Lacrosse at BYU-I is usually only offered in the spring semester as a competitive sport. Redd said between the last three years, there have only been about 120 participants in competitive lacrosse, but ideally there should be about 200 participants to make 12 evenly and comfortably distributed teams (10 players from each team are on the field).
Redd said many of the players in the competitive league are new to the sport due to lacrosse being such a growing sport in the West Coast. According to Viking magazine, there are zero Division I lacrosse teams in any of the Westernmost states compared to 53/63 of the Division I lacrosse teams in the United States being in the Easternmost states.
“Sometimes people get really lost in schoolwork and it can bring people down, so it’s really fun to get out there and be social and be active,” Marceau said. “Learning new sports is always great and lacrosse is fun to learn.”