In the fall of 2000, due to the efforts of a large group of Glen Ridge parents and the support of Athletic Director Lou Calderone, it was announced that Glen Ridge High School would be fielding its first ever boy's lacrosse team. Carl Houser, a Glen Ridge native, and experienced assistant coach at nearby Seton Hall Prep was hired as the first head coach. He has been leading the program ever since, compiling a Varsity record of 145 wins and 80 losses.
The spring of 2001 saw Glen Ridge High School's first ever boys lacrosse team. As is the norm for new programs, the Ridgers competed at the Junior Varsity level, compiling a record of 8 wins and 10 losses versus the likes of Chatham, Mountain Lakes, and Kinnelon, with a roster mainly comprised of freshman and sophomores.
In 2002, Glen Ridge moved to the Varsity level, entering the Kimber Conference in the "C" Division where they would compete against teams such as Ridge, Madison, and Nutley. GR was very competitive in every game, but ended up with a record of 5 wins and 10 losses. All in all, the first season was very successful and serves as the foundation for Glen Ridge High School's boy's lacrosse program.
The 2003 season saw a huge influx of players and the talent level jumped dramatically. That year, lead by a very strong junior class, Glen Ridge posted a school record of 16 wins and 3 losses, earning 2nd place in the Kimber Conference. 2003 also saw another important milestone in the growth of the program, as GR earned a spot in the NJSIAA state Tournament for the first time, even winning the first round game with East Brunswick High School, only to be eliminated by a very strong Moorestown team.
Glen Ridge finally put itself on the map in 2004, by winning the Kimber Conference with a perfect conference record, and finishing with an overall record of 15-3. That year, junior Alex Lopes '05 lead all scorers in the state of New Jersey with 126 points and a state record 94 assists. In the '04 state tournament, GR matched up with rival Montclair Kimberly Academy. The Ridgers dispatched the Cougars 12-5 in the first round, only to be knocked off by Madison High School a few days later.
The 2005 season is highlighted by the biggest win in the short history of the program. The Ridgers defeated neighboring Montclair High School in the Essex County Semifinals by a score of 7-3. The Mounties have a long successful history in New Jersey High School lacrosse and were a heavy favorite to win the Essex County Tournament, but the Ridgers played a nearly perfect game and proved that they had arrived. The game goes down in history as one of the biggest wins in school history. The 2005 season also saw the first Ridger lacrosse player to receive a Division 1 scholarship. After scoring a team record 310 points for his career, Alex Lopes '05 chose to attend St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
The 2006 season was a roller coaster ride highlighted by a big upset win in early April over #10 Kinnelon 9-8. Goaltender Jack Davis '06 was outstanding and GR's shooters were almost perfect scoring on 9 of 14 shots. The Ridgers qualified for the state tournament for the forth consecutive year and avenged a mid-season loss to AL Johnson High School of Clark in the first round. 2006 also lead to Jack Davis '06 becoming the first Ridger All-American. Jack also received scholarship to play at Georgetown University.
In 2007, Kyle Mulligan '07 received Academic All-American honors and become the third Ridger lacrosse player in three years go on to play at a Division 1 lacrosse school (The University of Pennsylvania). The game of the year was a hard fought battle, a 10-9 win over rival Montclair Kimberly Academy in the Essex County Quarterfinals.
The Ridgers kept the state tournament streak alive in 2008 by qualifying for the sixth straight year. GR advanced with a big win over Rumson Fair-Haven High School by a score of 14-3. The Ridgers then fell to #3 Chatham High School in the second round.
In Glen Ridge's twelve years as a Varsity program, the Ridgers have qualified for the state tournament 11 times. 7 Ridgers have been named All-American, 1 Academic All-American, 21 Ridgers have earned All-State recognition, and dozens of Ridgers have earned All-Conference honors. For a complete list of accolades, click here.
The Glen Ridge Lacrosse program benefits greatly from the efforts and leadership of the Glen Ridge Athletic Association. Without their tireless work, GR Lax would not be the same.