Titan Lacrosse

With Cal State Fullerton lacrosse becoming one of the more popular sports on campus, more information is beginning to emerge regarding the stability of the team.

According to J.R. Grubert, who plays and serves as the team’s marketing coordinator, the team has a yearly operating budget of around $60,000. Much of that is funded from the players themselves, who pay team fees.

“We have helmets that are provided for us,” Grubert said. “But everything else is us. Whether it’s uniforms, nets, balls, whatever.”

Though the difficulties of raising money could be detrimental, Grubert cited the positives in being on the team and growing close with his teammates.

“We do it because we love playing,” Grubert said. “We’re all so close to one another. We’re all brothers.”

Thanks to the generosity of families who have sons playing, the program stays strong both on and off the field. Unfortunately, not everything that is needed to play lacrosse at the highest level is available.

The team supplies a wish list on their team website (csuflacrosse.com) of items that are needed to continually improve the program. Some items including team bags, a goalie throat protector, practice nets and more.

The team, because they are a club sport, also has to reserve practice time on campus recreation fields north of Titan Gym.

Titan Head Coach Kyle Morrison said some items are just too big of a cost, but that the program is always working to get the necessary equipment.

“It doesn’t hinder who we are as a team,” Morrison said. “We still come out here, practice and play, and try to improve as a team.”

The difficulties in funding the program would be more significant if not for the team’s annual casino night, an event for Grubert and Morrison honor as a success.

“Last year alone we made around $25,000 profit,” Grubert said. “It’s a great party with your typical casino table games and a bar open to those who are 21 and over.”

Morrison sees it as an opportunity to both raise money for his program, as well as promote the game of lacrosse to outsiders.

“It’s a fun time,” Morrison said. “The team works hard to sell tickets and get people there. The support we’re getting is great.”

Rachel Hausman, a lacrosse supporter and CSUF graduate, attended the past two casino nights.

“It’s like Vegas in Fullerton,” Hausman said. “It’s a lot of fun with the games and dancing.”

As the program continues their uphill climb, Grubert remains positive due in large part to his teammates and their overall love for lacrosse.

“We’re proud to represent CSUF,” Grubert said.

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