According to J.R. Grubert, who plays and serves as the teamâ€™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.
â€œWe have helmets that are provided for us,â€ Grubert said. â€œBut everything else is us. Whether itâ€™s uniforms, nets, balls, whatever.â€
Though the difficulties of raising money could be detrimental, Grubert cited the positives in being on the team and growing close with his teammates.
â€œWe do it because we love playing,â€ Grubert said. â€œWeâ€™re all so close to one another. Weâ€™re all brothers.â€
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.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t hinder who we are as a team,â€ Morrison said. â€œWe still come out here, practice and play, and try to improve as a team.â€
The difficulties in funding the program would be more significant if not for the teamâ€™s annual casino night, an event for Grubert and Morrison honor as a success.
â€œLast year alone we made around $25,000 profit,â€ Grubert said. â€œItâ€™s a great party with your typical casino table games and a bar open to those who are 21 and over.â€
Morrison sees it as an opportunity to both raise money for his program, as well as promote the game of lacrosse to outsiders.
â€œItâ€™s a fun time,â€ Morrison said. â€œThe team works hard to sell tickets and get people there. The support weâ€™re getting is great.â€
Rachel Hausman, a lacrosse supporter and CSUF graduate, attended the past two casino nights.
â€œItâ€™s like Vegas in Fullerton,â€ Hausman said. â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun with the games and dancing.â€
As the program continues their uphill climb, Grubert remains positive due in large part to his teammates and their overall love for lacrosse.
â€œWeâ€™re proud to represent CSUF,â€ Grubert said.