In yesterday's post about America's regional sports, a lot of commenters asked why I didn't include lacrosse. Well simply put, it just isn't that regional anymore. While it has a historical reputation as a niche sport—wealthy, Northeastern/mid-Atlantic, and "preppy-as-balls"—its geographic range, at least, is now all but boundless.
In 2005-06, lacrosse was a regional sport. There were 317 programs spread across 26 states, but 84 percent of those programs were in New England or the mid-Atlantic states, and 61 percent of those programs were in New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. This distribution is pretty similar to what field hockey looks like today.