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Take 5 With Kyle Harrison: Best Places To Lax

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Welcome to the 4th edition of ‘Take 5 With Kyle Harrison’. Each week we dish Kyle a new topic, challenging him to pick his Top 5. This week: Best Places To Lax

Well, for starters, there are GREAT places all over the world to play lacrosse. I’ve been fortunate enough to do a little traveling thus far in my life, and I’ve been able to see a few of them! So, this week for the Top Five I’m going to go with my five favorite places I’ve ever played lacrosse.

#1 Homewood Field

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Sorry guys, I know I’m biased, but as far as I’m concerned there’s no better place in the world to play this sport than Homewood Field (I’m sure a ‘Cuse guy would say the dome, etc). Growing up in Baltimore, knowing all of the great players and games that have taken place on that field, it was an honor to get to walk on it everyday to practice! I’m also very proud that my senior class never lost a game on Homewood field in 4 years. As I said, I know I’m biased, but there’s no better place in the world to play this sport than Homewood field.
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#2 Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational (Honolulu)

The Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational is one of the great fall traditions our sport has! Clearly Hawaii is an amazing place to visit without getting your lax on, but to be able to play a game on a field with the Ocean on your right and Diamond Head (mountain) on your left is absolutely incredible. I’ve been 3 times and the weather is usually perfect, the games are a lot of fun, and it’s just an all around great time.
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#3 Roppongi, Japan

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I went over to Japan with my teammates my freshmen year of college and it was INCREDIBLE! For starters, the way we were treated by the lacrosse crowd was AMAZING! They definitely treated us like we were a whole lot cooler than we actually were. From taking pictures to wanting our bracelets, shoes, shirts, shoe laces and anything else you can think of! Definitely an amazing experience! We played the Japanese and had about 5K at the game! The energy in that stadium was out of control and it will forever be one of my favorite lacrosse experiences.
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#4 Ocean City, MD

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Another great tradition our sport has every summer, the Ocean City Tourney is a GREAT atmosphere to play in. I’ll be the first to say, the fields are kinda wack… but with that being said, everyone in our sport comes together for a tournament at the beach, has a great time and plays the sport at a high level. It’s a family-friendly environment where kids get to interact with their college and pro hero’s and that’s something that not too many other sports have. I’ve played at this tournament at least 8 or 9 times and have had a blast every single time.
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#5 The Dome (‘Cuse)

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I know, I’m not a NY kid, nor did I have any interest in going to Syracuse being a Baltimore boy, but you can’t beat the energy and hostility in that place on a Friday or Saturday night! I used to absolutely LOVE going up to the The Dome for a game against Cuse. All the history that has taken place in there and all the great players who have roamed that field makes it a special place. Add on the fact that the entire crowd hates everything about you and lets you know it all game long and you’ve got a GREAT venue to play in! The energy in there on game night rivals Homewood Field and definitely makes The Dome one of my favorite places to play.
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About the author: A Tewaaraton winner now playing for the MLL’s Denver OutlawsKyle Harrison has been a star in college and the pro’s.  He is one of the few lacrosse players embracing social media and giving fans a way to connect with him online daily.

Tune in next week – same time, same place – for another round of Take 5 With KH18. In the meantime, follow Kyle on Twitter and check out his Yardbarker blog!

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20 Comments

  • Homewood is definitely an awesome place to lax. I had the opportunity to be on a team that played there and to me it was kinda like the Rose Bowl of lacrosse, I remember just being in complete awe during warmups

  • pretty solid Fing list! well done, Kyle. as usual!
    ever been out to Vail? how does that compare? what about Placid?
    Where would Denver rank on your list?
    I have so many questions and so little time.
    Even played at the South Beach bump and grind? heard the fields aren't exactly pro caliber but the “action” is intense.

  • Yup, played in vail before…didn't hate it by any means, but I actually didn't love it as much as everyone else seems to. Ha, I don't mess with Placid at all…As for D-town, it's definitely growing on me! Being hurt all last season, I only got to play a game or two there, but I'd imagine that once I get going there next season it will quickly move up the list. Been to South Beach a few times, but have never played in the tournament. The few times I've been there, it's been entirely too hot for me, so I'm not a huge SB fan either, but it does have fun night life.

  • My 5:

    5a/5b. Bias aside: West Linn HS (alma mader) and OES High School BEFORE they turfed their grass fields. OES had the most well kept field of any sport in the state. No football for them so it was all for lax and soccer.

    4. BYU's field. As much as the outcome sucked, playing at the foot of the Rockies was pretty cool.

    3. Sonoma State….wait I got mixed up and accidentally threw in the #1 field most likely to give your entire team an exotic disease from the foul smelling mud bowl they call a field.

    2. Oosterbaan fieldhouse (Michigan) – just a great venue for a game. If only they could get ball from getting lost in the blinding white roof

    1. Tahoe. – nuff said.

  • C'mon now boys, I gotta represent a little bit. Y'all know that the state can't grow without a little help from its friends. Ain't no issue hear but pride, baby, pride.

  • My 5:

    5a/5b. Bias aside: West Linn HS (alma mader) and OES High School BEFORE they turfed their grass fields. OES had the most well kept field of any sport in the state. No football for them so it was all for lax and soccer.

    4. BYU's field. As much as the outcome sucked, playing at the foot of the Rockies was pretty cool.

    3. Sonoma State….wait I got mixed up and accidentally threw in the #1 field most likely to give your entire team an exotic disease from the foul smelling mud bowl they call a field.

    2. Oosterbaan fieldhouse (Michigan) – just a great venue for a game. If only they could get ball from getting lost in the blinding white roof

    1. Tahoe. – nuff said.

  • C'mon now boys, I gotta represent a little bit. Y'all know that the state can't grow without a little help from its friends. Ain't no issue hear but pride, baby, pride.

  • The shape of the head creates a pocket with a release point a little more than halfway from the top so the release is actually pretty quick despite the longer throat. 

  • Brine introduced the offset head with the Edge, Warrior introduce the curved head, before the Edge, with the Cobra.

    Other than that, great review, I really hadn’t heard too much about the m80 and I’d been curious to see a well thought out opinion on it.

  • You have the NFHS version of the M80, not the X version. It’s way too narrow in the throat to be the same as the X version that I’ve strung up.

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