I am not a Buckeyes fan. I am not really a Big 10 fan, although I like Maryland in part because I have friends that played lacrosse there and I still think of them as being in the ACC. So why am I rooting for Ohio State? Because I am a lacrosse fan and it would be good for the growth of the sport!
Although the Big 10 is really coming into its own in lacrosse, the mid-west still remains mired in traditional sports with lacrosse still viewed as a snooty prep school sport by most. Although we have seen impressive success with programs like Penn State, Michigan, and Ohio State, it is still incredible how little support these teams garner from their student body and alumni.
I understand that Maryland has suffered a national championship drought since 1975. I know how hungry their fans are for that elusive win, and I sympathize. On the other hand, their women’s program just won yet another national championship to add to their pile of national championships (13).
Even if Maryland loses tomorrow, interest in the sport of lacrosse is going nowhere in that state. The state of Maryland has been a hotbed of lacrosse since before even I was a kid. It is part of the very fiber of their culture.
Ohio, on the other hand, is…not like that. A national championship for Urban Meyer’s state would hopefully bring Ohio State Lacrosse head coach Nick Myer into main stream Ohio sports conversation. Hopefully that will translate into the growth of the sport in an area pulsing with athletes that would make great lacrosse players.
Sorry Terps, I love you, but have to go with the Buckeyes on this one.
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.