When people say that lacrosse is gaining in popularity in Northern California, among other places, they’re not joking. In 2003, the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association had 90 teams and 24 clubs as members. Now just six years later, there are 350 teams from 56 clubs with upwards of 7,000 athletes playing the sport. Locally, the Folsom Cordova Lacrosse Association currently has about 100 players in the organization that just started two years ago. In 2007 the association fielded three teams, a varsity and junior varsity boys’ team and an under-15 boys’ team. Last year they added an under-15 girls’ team and an under-13 boys’ team and this year they hope to add a varsity girls’ team, as well as a under-11 team. Folsom resident Karoline Platt, who served as president of the Folsom Cordova Lacrosse Association for the two years, has recently accepted a position as the Director of Boys Lacrosse for the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association, a position that has forced her to resign as the Folsom Cordova president. What is a loss to the local program is a big gain to lacrosse in the Sacramento Valley. Traditionally, Bay Area lacrosse programs have reaped the benefits of having established teams and programs. With the growth of lacrosse in the Sacramento Valley, Platt hopes to continue to help promote lacrosse in this area and even things out, so to speak. “It’s a big deal for two reasons,” Platt said. “First, I’m a woman directing the boys’ lacrosse, but more importantly, because I’m from the Sacramento Valley, I hope to bridge the gap between Bay Area lacrosse and here. I’m all about promoting all lacrosse clubs everywhere.” Platt said that the Folsom Cordova organization will succeed just fine without her. “They’re on the right path and they will succeed,” Platt said. “The roads are paved and are in place and they’ve got strong people on the board.” For more information on the Folsom Cordova Lacrosse Association, visit folsomcordovalax.org.