Lacrosse made its debut in Italy in the spring of 2001. Key people who helped introduce the sport to Italy include Robert Corna and Mike Eckert. They made it possible for the sport to find a home base at the American Overseas School of Rome, which also served as the venue for the first lacrosse practices. A year after lacrosse was introduced, Italy held its first lacrosse games in the spring of 2002, with team from Austria and Czech Republic coming to Italy to compete. Generous donations from patrons made it possible for Italy to put up a men’s team and a youth boy’s team for ages 9-17.