Dallas Sharks, Shiner Sharks

The SWLA plays every spring with teams based in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Consisting of former NCAA, and MCLA players from across the country,  the SWLA is talented and competitive and growing. If you are interested in learning more click the links below. 

Dallas Lacrosse

Quick Info

Preseason starts March 2
Fields located at Prestonwood Christian Academy
Free Agents are welcome, we will help find you a team
Games are on Sunday afternoon
No practices
Jerseys are purchased through your team.
Dues $140 for the spring season.

Austin lacrosse

Quick Info

Preseason starts March 2
Fields located in Westlake
Free Agents are welcome, we will help find you a team
No practices
Jerseys are purchased through your team.
Dues $130 for the spring season.

History

It is pretty well accepted that Lacrosse was introduced to the state of Texas when John Hopkins played Navy in the Houston Astrodome in April of 1971. Making contact at that game were Dave Gruber, a graduate student at Texas A&M, and Bob Korba of Dallas, both of whom had played lacrosse in the East, – and both of whom were in the process of developing lacrosse clubs in their respective areas.  Several weeks later, the newly formed clubs were to scrimmage on the A&M drill field. Thus was the start of organized lacrosse in the state of Texas. 

Dave Gruber was a promoter. He came to Texas A&M as a graduate student in the fall of 1970.  Within weeks, through ads in the Battalion – but mainly by personal contact – he recruited a number of interested students and   began to teach them the fundamentals of lacrosse on an empty lot behind Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in College Station. The next spring they were able to move the program to the A & M drill field. They asked for and were granted “club sport” status in the A & M recreational sports program.   

The Dallas Lacrosse Club developed as a mix of college students and young business men from the East, most with previous lacrosse experience. When Bob Korba moved to Austin several years later, Russ Groce and Don Newberry, spearheaded the program.

Vintage Historic texas Tech Lacrosse
Don Newbury Texas Mens Lacrosse

Don Newbury Memorial Trophy

Every season the SWLA plays for the Don Newbury Memorial Trophy.
Don was a decorated WWII veteran but is best known as Grandfather of Lacrosse in Texas. He started his lacrosse career as a goalie at Penn State in the 1940’s. After his graduation he enlisted in the army and led M Company of the U.S. 3rd Battalion, 115th Regiment, 29th Infantry division at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion. He received a Bronze Star and twice received the Purple Heart.

After the warn spent civilian life as an accomplished salesman, working in radio. He continued to play lacrosse until he ultimately retired at age 60 in 1979, at the request of his wife. Sports Illustrated listed him as the oldest active lacrosse player at the time. He spent his retirement focusing on the sports growth in the state, and is considered the godfather of Dallas lacrosse. 

Words cannot describe the passion he had for lacrosse; and one cannot begin to count the number of lives he touched along the way.