Editor’s note: Welcome to another installment of “Spotted,” where we shine a light on lacrosse spotted in unexpected places, such as on TV, in a movie, or even in real life. Be sure to drop us a line if you spot the beautiful sport of lacrosse in a place you didn’t expect.
It has been a while since we’ve had a Spotted and there have been multiple new sightings! All of these are unique ones we have never had in a previous edition either. One is related to a video game, another is great publicity for a team; and the last one is from out of the blue. Definitely all worth checking out and interesting for different reasons.
The 1st Annual USA Luge Run of the Balls, interesting title for an event I must say. None the less it is great for two reasons, it helps raise funds for lacrosse players and teams in the area as well as having lots and lots of lacrosse balls rolling down a luge track. On March 25th in Lake Placid, the balls were dropped down the Olympic track and raced for the bottom. The first five balls to finish and the last one all received varying cash prizes from $100-$500. Hopefully this event continues to happen every year and allows more and more kids to play the game of lacrosse! Also, shout out to Tri-Lakes Lacrosse for donating all of the lacrosse balls for the event. There is a video the event taking place here if you want to watch, the actual race begins around the 53rd minute mark.
To me this next sighting is a bit of a stretch but it works. In the video game Halo there is a game mode called Grifball where the objective is to get a ball (or bomb) and score by reaching the other teams zone. It is 4 on 4 and neither team has a goalie. When you grab the ball your Master Chief Spartan speeds up a little and receives an extra shield. This is how you know if you have the ball and are able to score a point. You can kill the other team with hammer (dpole) or sword (shorty) which can be seen as a stick. Although it is a little bit of a stretch to relating it to lacrosse, I see how someone can make the relation.
This is my favorite Spotted out of the three in this edition. A women’s lacrosse team being announced for winning the DII National Championship during an NCAA basketball game. There isn’t much better publicity than that if you ask me. Adelphi University was brought out during the halftime of a Iowa Hawkeyes versus Villanova Wildcats March Madness game. First of all, congratulations to Adelphi for winning and second of all, it’s sweet to see lacrosse get another moment in the light. Hopefully one day other sports are being announced during the lacrosse championship halftimes.