After walking nearly 2 miles in 90 degree weather (near 100% humidity) over to the stadium (M&T Bank Stadium where the Baltimore Ravens play) we got to find some nice seats in a bit of shade to watch the first lacrosse game. NCAA Division III - and I've since learned to be in the Division III the student can NOT have any form of scholarship for athlete players. Div II allows for some types of financial aid, but NOT scholarships, and Div I gets to spend the big $$ for student athletes.
Well of course before the start of the game there had to be a singer out there with her own rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Good voice, country TWANG, and she just couldn't sing the regular notes and had to 'spice it up' - I like the good old-fashion song. I did especially enjoy the words and story behind the song. Being that we were within 2 miles or so of the actual Fort McHenry the song is about. The original poem by Francis Scott Key was initially entitled 'In Defense of Ft. McHenry'. So it had special meaning to me to be able to be here and remember those sacrifices for our country on this special Memorial Day weekend.
that fateful day back on September 20th, 1814 during the War of 1812
while on a family vacation to Washington DC a few years ago.
Then on to the games - the Div III teams played great Lacrosse, a real joy to watch and see what good teams and individuals can do. Salisbury defeated Cortland State, 15-9 We sat kind of high up in the stands and had a nice view to see how plays and slides moved across the field. Later we went down near the field for a closer look - it was much more like our High School games then.
The second game was a disappointing, boring defensive game nearly 50 shots on goal between both teams and a final score of 6 to 5. (the last score came as an accident when a pass missed it's intended target and sneaked into the goal with 1 second on the clock) Yes - I know that sounds exciting, but even that couldn't make that game better. Le Moyne, edging out Mercyhurst 6-5
Tomorrow will be the Division I title match between Duke and Johns Hopkins - it should be a great match.
I have photos to prove we were there - mine's a bit out of focus, but the sign behind me is in focus. Don't the boys look like they are having fun!!?
Lots of photographers down on the field - but this guy was right up behind me with a 6-shot- per-second camera - I turned around to look at who had the fast camera and this is what I saw...