Los Angeles is more than 800 miles away from the nearest professional lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws, one of three Major League Lacrosse teams outside the East Coast.
There are no NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse teams in California. The state had 9,684 high school boys play lacrosse in the 2018 season, compared to 53,262 soccer players, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. USC is the only Division I team in the Southland to field a women’s team.
But Paul Rabil, an MLL All-Star, chose L.A. as the headquarters for a project he never expected to attempt — Premier Lacrosse League, whose launch was announced last month
“We felt like...