Lacrosse! Just Like Hockey…

…but without all that pesky ‘excitement’ and stuff. I’ve watched for years and always kind of enjoyed it, but never really knew why I didn’t enjoy it more until I shot the Air Force v Richmond NCAA Tournament play in game on Wednesday night at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons won 13-5 in a game that had intensity, skill and showcased great athletes, but was boring as dirt.

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Your Air Force Falcons!

The college lacrosse game is get the ball, pass, pass, run a bit, get whacked with a stick, run, pass, pass, run, run, shoot, miss, get the ball back (or not), pass, run, whacked, pass, run, SCORE! (or not). The transition from offense to defense is entertaining, but once a team is settled in the offensive zone, it’s bland and fairly predicable. Just not my cup of tea.

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
My net on a stick is bigger than your net on a stick. Just saying.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Air Force was just too tough for an over matched Richmond team.

Air Force takes on Duke today at 315pm in the round of 16 on ESPNU. I’ll watch it because it’s Air Force and there’s nothing else on (Dammit! The Tour of California is on NBCSN at the same time, so the clicker will get a workout).

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Did you know that lacrosse is the national sport of Canada, eh?
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Air Force scores! Air Force is happy! Richmond is sad.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Every time the Falcons scored the thousands, and thousands of subs on the sideline would break into a mosh pit celebration (because they were bored).

I really do fell bad ragging on the sport like this. Really. But, damn, it’s just not that exciting of a sport.

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Looks pretty cool in photos. Not as cool live.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
#42 & #33 bought tickets for a pair of sweet seats to watch this Air Force goal.
Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Running, whacking and shooting! All at the same time!

So, anywho, GO AIR FORCE! Beat Duke! (not going to happen, but they have had a great season and this is an awesome accomplishment for them).

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
By the way, Richmond’s team name is the Spiders, and that’s so not cool.

Here the crowd shot from the game:

Air Force rolls Richmond 13-5 in the 2014 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play in game at Falcon Stadium
Attendance was 1225. That’s a great crowd for lacrosse!
Really, it is. It just looks sad in a 50,000 seat stadium.
Click to embiggen.