Per National Federation of State High School Association (NFSHSA) data for Illinois schools, 937 boys and 456 girls participated in 2010-11, the first year of calculated results. After a slight dip the following three years, participation began to soar. By 2015-16, over 2,700 boys and 1,700 girls participated. In 2017-18, 3,787 boys and 3,029 girls play.
Uhri wants to continue to see the sport grow in the Midwest and beyond.
“Lacrosse is primarily an East coast sport,” Uhri said. “To me, it’s just so important...For as long as I’ve been in Illinois, we started to grow the game here. That’s extremely important to me. I want to see it go to the West coast. I want to see it everywhere.”
Kane County Chronicle Boys Lacrosse Team
Vincent Balara, St. Charles North, senior, attack
Max Connelly, St. Charles East, junior, midfield
Jack Cunningham, St. Charles North, junior, midfield
Calvin Eberhart, St. Charles East, junior, defense
Angelo Galle, Marmion, sophomore, attack/goalie
Kyle TwoBulls, St. Charles North, sophomore, goalie
Josh Uhri, St. Charles North, junior, attack