History of Youth, Middle School, and High School Lacrosse in Polk County
Lacrosse was introduced to Polk County in 2006 by Coach Chris Sussingham at All Saints' Academy, running clinics and scrimmages. In 2007 Coach Michael Craig led ASA during their first season in league play. In 2008 Coach Sussingham returned to ASA and was selected as Coach of the Year by the West Florida Lacrosse League. In 2009 Coach Sussingham lead the Saints to an undefeated season and won the West Florida Lacrosse-B Championship. At ASA Coach Sussingham also started both the Youth and MS programs. In 2011 Coach Sussingham took the ASA Varsity from a Club sport to full Florida High School Athletic Association status.
In 2010 Coach Sussingham started and ran Polk County Youth Lacrosse. Coach Brian Davis joined Coach Sussingham and helped grow the program to significant success. In the Fall of 2011 Coach Sussingham left ASA and started the Lakeland Lacrosse Program and again worked with Coach Davis. The program fielded it's first Youth, MS, and HS teams.
2011 - Lakeland Lacrosse is established and the first ever clinics and practices for youth lacrosse players are conducted. Both the Middle School and Youth teams compete in games toward the end of the Spring season.
2012 - Our Middle School and Youth Teams compete in their first organized games with the Gulf Coast Chapter of the US Lacrosse Association. Our Middle School team improved all season long and captured the divisional runner-up spot at the end of the season tournament.
2013 - We expand to 3 teams. In keeping with the new US Lacrosse guidelines we field U-13, and U-15 teams. We also field our first ever high school club team.
* U-13 had a great spring and improved all season long. A highlight of the season was a Sudden Victory win over rival South Tampa.
* U-15 Coach Davis lead the team to an undefeated season and they brought home the end of the season championship at Fish Hawk Invitational. That summer was also the first time we fielded a travel team that competed in the Rippin' At The Ranch tournament in Sarasota and was the Bronze medalist at the Sunshine State Games in Wesley Chapel.
* Our High School team also made great strides and had some key wins over established programs in the spring. They were also very competitive in the two tournaments, coming away with victories in both events.
2014 - Lakeland Lacrosse again fielded three teams (U-13, U-15, HS). Coach Sussingham's HS team capped off their regular season with an exciting 2OT win over local rival Summerlin Academy. Another HS team also joined the Lakeland Lacrosse family. This one from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. In the Fall of 2014 Lakeland Lacrosse also started the area's first Box Lacrosse program.