Top 13 Best College Lacrosse Players of All Time

Lacrosse is one of the most underrated sports as it is not popular in many countries. Today we will be looking at the top 13 best college lacrosse players of all time.

Lacrosse is a sport where each team player uses a lacrosse stick and a lacrosse ball to score goals and win the game.

Without any further ado, let’s get right into it.

Top 13 Best College Lacrosse Players of All Time

13. Mark Millon

Mark Millon is a retired American Lacrosse player who played for the popular Rochester Rattlers team.

Millon attended the University of Massachusetts, where he played collegiate lacrosse and was one of its best.

Mark Million
Mark Millon with the trophy

He is widely regarded as one of the best players in Lacrosse history for his Shooting power.

He was in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game in 2001, and in 2005, he won the Major League Lacrosse MVP Award.

12. Thomas Sears

One of the best goalies in the history of the National Lacrosse League is Thomas Sears.

Moreover, he was one of the most dominant goalies of his time.

Sears won two national championships in his career, and he was also the three-time All-American at North Carolina.

Thomas won the C. Markland Kelly Award in 1981 and 1982 for being the nation’s outstanding goalie.

Sears won various awards and honors, and one of the greatest honors was done when North Carolina retired the number “27” jersey in 2003.

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11. Kyle Harrison

Next on the list is an outstanding American Lacrosse player, Kyle Harrison. He is one of the best college lacrosse players of all time.

Harrison played for the Redwoods Lacrosse Club, but he started his career at Johns Hopkins University, the team’s vice-captain.

His team won the 2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship without facing any defeats throughout the season.

Moreover, they won 16 games and did not lose any.

That season, Harrison also won the 2005 Tewaaraton Men’s Player of the Year Award.

He is a one-time PLL All-Star and seven-time MLL All-Star player.

10. Jason Coffman

Next on our list is Jason Coffman, widely known in the Lacrosse scene for his ability to play quickly and make quick decisions.

Coffman ended his career at Sailsbury, where he was the all-time highest scorer for the club. He had scored 451 goals for the team.

Coffman won the national championship twice, and alongside that achievement, he had tons of personal awards.

Coffman was in the first all-American team for four consecutive years.

9. Jim Thorpe

Coming at number nine on our list is Jim Thorpe, who was considered the best athlete of the 20th century.

After his win in 1912, Pentathlon and Decathlon, he was named the best athlete of the century.

Thorpe is the kind of person who didn’t stick to one sport but tries his hands at everything he wanted to.

Even though he played multiple sports, we cannot take away the achievements that he gathered in the sports of Lacrosse.

He only played Lacrosse during his high school and college days, becoming one of its legends.

8. Oren Lyons

Coming at number eight on our list is Oren Lyons, known as the Faith keeper of the Wolf Clan. 

Lyons is considered one of the best college lacrosse players of all time due to his time at Syracuse University, where he conquered almost every match.

Oren played for the New York Lacrosse Club, and later on, in his career, he was chosen as the co-captain of the All-American team.

Oren won the SU’s Laurie Cox Award and the Orange Key Award in his junior years.

7. John Grant Senior

Next on our list is another living legend in Lacrosse, John Grant Senior. Moreover, John is considered one of the best college lacrosse players of all time.

He is one of the few players who has been part of the National Lacrosse League, Major League Lacrosse, and Ontario Lacrosse Association.

Before his rise to fame, John used to play for the Philidhepia Wings and Ontario Association.

One of Grant’s biggest career highlights was when he was named in the All-American team for three consecutive years.

He was also the Most Valuable Player in the MSL in 2000.

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6. Jimmy lewis

Coming on number six on our list is another All-American Lacrosse player, Jimmy Lewis.

Lewis is known for his career with the Navy, where he performed extraordinarily every season and led his team to the national championships every year.

Moreover, Lewis also won the national championships with the team and was named as greatest living lacrosse player by the Baltimore Sun.

Jimmy Lewis
Jimmy Lewis

Lewis scored 169 points in his career for the Navy, which puts him on the fifth for the highest scorer for the Navy team.

Furthermore, Jimmy also won the Jack Turnbull Award for three consecutive years in 1964, 1965, and 1966.

5. Dave Pietramala

Coming at number five on our list is the current defensive coordinator of the Syracuse University Men’s Lacrosse team, Dave Pietramala.

Pietramala is one of the living legends of the Lacrosse world as he has achieved various awards and honors in his career.

Dave was popular for his defensive capabilities. He was one of the best defensive lacrosse players of all time.

Dave won the national championships in 1987, and in the following years of 1988 and 1989, he was awarded the best defensemen of the year award.

He formerly also coached the Johns Hopkins University Men’s Lacrosse team.

4. Michael Powell

Michael Powell is a retired American lacrosse player who is popularly known for his time at Syracuse University.

He is a four-time all-American player who also competed for powerhouses like Baltimore Bay and Boston cannons.

Powell also had the opportunity to represent the United States in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2002 and 2006.

Furthermore, he has won the Jack Turnbull award six times.

Powell is also the recipient of the Tewaarton trophy, which only two people have been awarded except for him.

3. Paul Rabil

Coming at number three on the list is Paul Rabil, who played for the Cannons Lacrosse club.

In his career, Rabil also played for Boston Cannons and New York Lizards.

Rabin was drafted as the first pick by the Cannons in 2008, and in the same year, Rabil played in the all-star games.

In the 2009 season, Paul claimed the award for the Most valuable player in the league and the best offensive player.

He followed up this feat again in 2011 by winning both MVP and best offensive player awards in the same year.

With all these achievements, Rabil is one of the best college lacrosse players of all time.

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2. Brodie Merrill

Coming at number two on the list of best college lacrosse players of all time is Brodie Merrill.

Merrill currently plays in the Canadian Lacrosse League, and he plays for the San Diego Seals in the league.

In the premier lacrosse league, he competes for the Boston Cannons.

Brodie is the recipient of the 2005 rookie of the year award, and he did it again for the next two years.

Merrill is one of the best defensive lacrosse players of all time, and he has been one since the start of his career.

He won four consecutive best defensive players in the league award in Toronto’s National inaugural season.

1. Gary Gait

And finally, on the top of our list as the greatest lacrosse player of all time is Gary Gait.

Currently, Gait is the Head Coach of the Syracuse University Men’s Lacrosse team.

Gait competed in both the Major lacrosse league and the national lacrosse league during his career. He also represented Canada on the National level.

Gary Gait
Gary Gait representing Canada

Gary is a four-time all-American player for the Syracuse Orange men’s national team.

Besides those, Gait was also the NCAA champion for three consecutive years from 1988 to 1990.

Gait won various awards in his long career, but probably the most honorable one was the Leuitinant Raymond Enners Awards. He won it twice in his career.

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