Lacrosse is a contact team sport in which a team tries to win by shooting a small rubber ball into the opponent’s goal using a lacrosse stick. Here we countdown the Top 10 Greatest Lacrosse Players of All Time.
Top 10 Greatest Lacrosse Players of All Time
10. Jason Coffman
Legendary players Jason Coffman holds the number 1 spot in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time. He is one of the greatest College Lacrosse players of all time who has been All American four times; Jason had a great knack for scoring and has scored 451 points in college! He was also a great team player having created 202 assists.
9. Jim Thorpe
One of the greatest athletes who played multiple sports, Jim Thorpe, holds the 9th spot in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time. His ability to play a variety of sports and excel at each of them is unbelievable and still, there hasn’t been an athlete of his caliber. He only played Lacrosse in his high school but his records in high school itself along with the fact that he is such a legend are enough for him to feature on this list.
8. John Grant Senior
At number 8 in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time, we have John Grant. His son, John Grant Junior is regarded as one of the best Lacrosse players in the world right now especially for the mad one-handed techniques that he has learned from his dad John Grant Sr. Grant Sr is a has a legendary status in Canada and it was him who paved way for so many Canadians in the NCAA.
7. Paul Gait
At number 7 in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time, we have Paul Gait. He is often considered the best Lacrosse player of all time, though his personal achievements have been overshadowed by that of his brother Gary He helped his college win NCAA Championship three times and was himself selected as First Team All-Americans three times.
6. Dave Pietramala
At number 6 in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time, we have Dave Pietramala. He is often regarded as the best defenseman in the history of the game. Dave is also the only person to win NCAA both as player and coach and has been named both the player and coach of the year. He has also been inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
5. Michael Powell
At number 5, we have Michael Powell. He is one of the greatest college lacrosse players ever. And, if it had this been a list about top college lacrosse players, he might be at number 1. He has been named four times in first-team All-American at his Syracuse University team. Despite the fact that he gave up his lacrosse career for music, his skills on the field have granted him legendary status among the fans.
4. Oren Lyons
At number 4 in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time, we have Oren Lyons. He is one of the best goalies of the game. And in even 81, he would still give better performance in front of the nets than most of the rookies out there. Apart from being an All-American and his team being undefeated in his senior year, what makes his really special is how much he has done for the Native’s rights and recognition.
3. Jim Brown
At number 3, we have Jim Brown. He is known worldwide for his glory on the football field. And, he is rightly considered to be the greatest professional football player ever. But a lesser-known fact is Jim was a superb multi-sport athlete who also excelled at Lacrosse and Basketball. He was even named in first-team All-American in lacrosse and with 43 goals in 10 games. He held the second spot in the nation for scoring.
2. Gary Gait
At number 2 in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time, we have Gary Gait. He is one of the greatest Canadian lacrosse players ever having won three NCAA Championships, Lt. Raymond Enners Award, NLL Rookie of the Year, NLL MVP for straight five years, and three times MLL League winner. He also won the 2006 Lacrosse World Championship for his country Canada.
1. Jimmy Lewis
At number 1 spot in the list of top 10 greatest lacrosse players of all time, we have none other than Jimmy Lewis. He was three consecutive times All-American while playing for the Navy. He also won the USILA National Championship in each of these years. Baltimore Suns officially named him as the greatest living lacrosse player. He has also earned his place in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1981.