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Dallas Rattlers Lacrosse Game, July 7, 2018

When: 
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 2:30pm
Slideshow type: 
Travel

TIAA members saw a Major League Lacrosse game for the first time and really enjoyed this new experience.   The Dallas team just moved here from Rochester, NY, are part of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) organization, play in the air-conditioned STAR stadium in Frisco, average almost 4,000 attendees/game and will play 14 games this year. They celebrated military appreciation day and everyone was given dog tags to wear.  The fast-paced game started with a face-off (that should be called a nose-to-nose-off) and only stopped for two, 30-second TV breaks in each of the four quarters plus a half-time respite -- all player substitutions are done on the run and penalties mean the team plays a man short for the designated time.   It was great (AND tiring) to watch these young men carry sticks with scoops on it run, carry, pass, catch, and shoot a hard, orange rubber ball for 60 minutes. After the 14-9 win over the Charlette Hounds (the fifth home win of the season), the Dallas Rattlers announced they were the first team to clinch a spot in the MLL playoffs.  We headed back to TI about 6:00 pm on that high note.