Fresh-back from summer holidays, in Barcelona and watching this rejuvenated Browns team in the NCAA semi-finals in Youtube–I’m ecstatic after an exciting 10-goal 1st quarter with the Maryland Terrapins. The Brown “bears” play with a spark & life which I love about lax— they play with an attitude with a chip on their shoulder, bullies in and fights a tough, gritty game. Hold up a second… Brown university IS IN the semi-finals? yeah, first time in 20-odd years. Its style is evident from the 1st second, where the faceoff-man wins the draw and tried to stuff a goal right down the throat of the Maryland goalie.
It’s a style I prefer above all, it’s simple— push the ball & pressure, and generate offense from the defensive side of the field. When you get the ball, push it with an opportunistic flare, simple and direct.
A sunny day on a grass field, good crowd, a classic match-up of run & gun team vs. poised & controlled team.This Brown team harks back to the exciting Syracuse teams of the 90’s or the Cavaliers (Virginia) of early 2000’s. I love seeing this, I feel the college game has gotten too generic in their tempo (being settled and premeditated) in recent years where the up-starts like Brown State with its frenetic style would get other teams to take notice. Well, it’s the end of the 2nd quarter and we have 18 collective goals, I’m going to sit back and enjoy this game. By the way, other notable mentions on this game:
- At the start of the broadcast, my idol Jim Brown ’s interview is featured sharing why he thinks lacrosse is the ultimate complete game, breaking it down. It’s juxtaposed with visuals of the physicality of the in-game action of the modern game along with a flashback look of Native-Americans centuries ago. Kudos, it was well-produced
- There’s stud attack man for Maryland named “Rambo”, seriously, it’s his real name—so i had to smile when i hear the commentators utter things like “and there’s Rambo getting booked a nasty slash! 1 minute penalty…”
- A star Brown player is in the game playing with a broken foot (strapped up) and looks threatening, he’s already scored a goal sparking a 3-goal run for his team. I heard he’s due for surgery straight after the weekend. How do you even walk with a broken foot, let alone play a game!???
If you have a buddy tell you “lacrosse? sound interesting, what’s it like?” then be sure to direct him to this video and get introduced to lacrosse the proper way. Let’s see how the remaining half of the match unfolds, check ya later =)