One Town, One Team Approach in Oxford

By Paul Ohanian
US Lacrosse

Courtesy of US Lacrosse.com

Three years ago, Maryland native Matt Schroeder moved to Oxford, Mississippi when his wife, Georgianna, accepted a faculty position at the University of Mississippi. For the first time in his life, he found himself in a place that was absent of any lacrosse.

Having grown up in Baltimore’s lacrosse culture, Schroeder starred as a high school player at Loyola Blakefield and was a two-year captain at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. He later coached men’s club lacrosse as a graduate student at Virginia Tech. 

He was now facing cold-turkey withdrawal.

That lacrosse void led Schroeder to accept a position as a teacher and varsity lacrosse coach at Briarcrest Christian School, located in Memphis. His 150-mile roundtrip daily commute provided plenty of time to start brainstorming about bringing lacrosse to Oxford.

“There are others like me who want to see lacrosse in Oxford,” Schroeder said. “We’ve just got to figure out how we’re going to do it.” 

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