Even though lacrosse can seem like the biggest deal around for white kids (some of whom are barbarians) between the ages of 11 and 20 in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States and the most comprehensive source of Native American cultural appropriation in sports outside of Dan Snyder’s office, it doesn’t have much of a national profile in sports media, especially at the pro level.
And although Major League Lacrosse doesn’t have a major TV deal (not yet, anyway), it can still produce stunning highlights like the one above. The Boston Cannons were down two points to the Rochester Rattlers with time running out, and Brodie Merrill (proud owner of an extremely good lacrosse name) was stuck behind his own goal. So, in the proud tradition of hopeless desperation, he heaved a shot the length of the field, which somehow snuck in past the keeper in that tiny net to force overtime.
The Cannons would go on to win, 15-14, and though it’s still early in the MLL season, I think it’s safe to say we’ve seen the best the sport has to offer this year, unless they start chucking in shots from the stands. Until that becomes legal, that’ll do, lacrosse. That’ll do.