Ragin Cajun Lacrosse
The UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajun Lacrosse team was founded in the fall of 2010 by Byrnes Tatford and a group of about 15 UL-Lafayette students looking to compete with other schools in the region. Practices began that fall and the first ever Ragin’ Cajun lacrosse team began taking shape.
The Cajuns joined the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) and became a member of the Lone Star Alliance conference (LSA). The MCLA is the largest lacrosse league in the world with over 200 teams. The MCLA consists of 10 conferences and holds conference as well as national tournaments to determine a national champion.
After the Cajuns received acceptance into the league and conference as a Division II team, the Cajuns began scheduling games with other LSA teams such as LSU, Tulane, Sam Houston State, and Rice.
The spring 2011 inaugural season was most certainly a learning experience as the Cajuns went 1-7 on the year finishing second to last place in the LSA. The first ever program win came on March 26, 2011 with a 16-14 win over Stephen F. Austin. After a humbling first season, the Cajuns looked to build upon their first season by recruiting local talent.
With the influx of Acadiana area players, the Cajuns’ second season panned out to be much more successful as the Cajuns went 9-6 on the season, 6-2 in conference play, and finished the season as the 2012 LSA Division II Runners-up.
The Cajuns decided to move up into the MCLA Division I. Due to the move up to tougher competition, the 2013 season turned out to be tough, with the team finishing 3-7.
The 2014 season saw the Cajuns with a new coaching staff, led by Cliff White. The 2014 squad was much improved, competing in every game. The team finished 6-8, culminating in a LSA playoff loss the defending champs, The University of Texas Longhorns 16-6.
The 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons saw your Cajuns take the LSA Division 2 crown against our rivals the UT-Dallas Comets. In 2016-17 the Cajuns got to compete at the National Tournament in Los Angeles. We lost to the eventual national champions in our first game, but it was a tremendous experience for everyone involved!
In the 2017-18 and 18-19 seasons the Cajuns fell short of our championship goals, but those shortcomings will set us up for the 2019-20 season! We have a strong recruiting class comprised of All-State players from Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas. The Cajuns will be gunning for that championship this year!