With the 2017 MLL All-Star Game coming to Sacramento, CA, we looked to gain perspective on how lacrosse has grown in the Golden State since Major League Lacrosse last had teams there in 2008. 

John Christmas was an All-Star in MLL during his career after starring at the University of Virginia. A Pennsylvania native, Christmas moved to Northern California after his playing days and started teaching lacrosse through clinics. He found a wealth of talent in the Bay Area and has assisted several players in earning Division I scholarships. Christmas currently coaches the varsity boys program at local power De La Salle High School in Concord.