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Filling The Void: A Nail Biter In Baltimore

The 2004 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship between Navy and Syracuse. It’s a soggy, down to the wire battle for bragging rights and the title.

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Filling The Void: A Nail Biter In Baltimore

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We’re several weeks into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going. From those in the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves. Whether you’re delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.

Today: Syracuse vs. Navy – 2004 Men’s NCAA Lacrosse Championship

Sometimes referred to as “the fastest sport on two feet”, lacrosse is a sport that originated among Native Americans. It’s got a little bit of everything. There are shades of hockey, basketball, soccer, and football. It requires endurance, hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and physicality – all of which were on fine display during this Championship matchup.

Drama From The Start

The post-season tournament featured 16 teams in a single-elimination format. Navy entered as the 2nd ranked team, while Syracuse was the 4 seed. Their Championship pedigrees were starkly different, however. Syracuse was looking to secure their 9th NCAA title since 1983. This was their 5th trip to the title game in the last 6 years. Navy, on the other hand, had only made the final once since the NCAA Tournament began in 1971. They finished as a runner-up in 1975, losing to Maryland. This game marked their second shot at securing their first NCAA Championship. They did have a couple of other things in their favor – the game was being played on Memorial Day at Baltimore’s M&T Stadium – roughly 30 miles from the Naval Academy.

Enjoyment, Even for the Casual Fan

I played lacrosse for precisely ONE WEEK growing up. My high school offered a summer camp and I went. I knew absolutely nothing about the game, but wanted to give it a shot. I certainly don’t remember the rules of play, or much else about it – but I definitely had a lot of fun during that week. Even if you’re not an avid fan of the sport, this game is worth a watch. It’s a prime example of top-notch competition played with the highest of stakes on the line.

See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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