- - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Is it really true that “Marylanders think of their state as the spiritual homeland of lacrosse”? (“The Mohawks who made Maryland’s lacrosse sticks,” Web, May 13). While I certainly would not wish to take away from the fine tradition of high-level lacrosse played in Maryland since around the turn of the 20th century, anyone who thinks the state is the “spiritual homeland” of the game really knows absolutely nothing about lacrosse.

The Canadian and upstate-New-York origins of lacrosse, so named by a Jesuit missionary to Canada in the 17th century, predate the sport in Maryland by over half a millennium. Lacrosse has been a distinct part of the non-American-Indian sports culture of upstate New York and Canada since the early-to-mid 19th century.

Maryland can claim many things, including both the men’s and women’s National Lacrosse Championships last year, but being the spiritual homeland of lacrosse is certainly not one of them.

JAY ANDRE

Oak Hill, Va.


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