Anthony Chase bought into the premise of the oft-misquoted line from the movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it they will come.” It doesn’t matter that Ray Kinsella actually heard a disembodied voice say “he” will come, not “they”; the line has become the mantra for many a dreamer who thinks that if people have a chance to see something wonderful, they will. In Chase’s case, it was box lacrosse. After the bulk of the teams originally set to comprise the North American Lacrosse League bolted to start a fall loop called the Professional Lacrosse League, Chase was left holding the banner of the NALL. His Kentucky Stickhorses were the only team in the league for the first season in 2012, playing half a dozen exhibition games against a variety of competition.
Now, the Stickhorses are one of four bona fide members of NALL and they have a fan following that is embracing the sport enthusiastically, judging from a story on regional online news source Wave3.com. Half the battle for building a fan base is getting the kids into the game, and seventh grader Ben Shugart sounds like he’s sold, saying “I enjoy football and basketball but this is like a whole new adrenaline rush, running up and down the field hitting people, scoring, hearing the guy go gooooooaaaaallllll……”Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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