We interrupt the hockey season with some professional box lacrosse featuring the Syracuse Stingers. The Stingers had many of the players from the Onondaga Redhawks team I have photographed over the last two years. The game was an exhibition to gauge interest in bringing back a pro team to Syracuse. The last team played back in 2000.
The game was played in the Onondaga County War Memorial the night after a Syracuse Crunch hockey game. The ice was covered with a green colored turf and I took advantage of a hole in the glass to get clear shots of the fast and high flying action of box lacrosse.
The NYC Lax All-Stars were a mix of players from Central New York and Long Island which were no match for the well prepared Stingers team who scored fast and often.
The game featured what makes box lacrosse the fastest game on two legs: speed, skill, and hard hitting action.
After the game, the players shook hands and posed for photos. Time will tell if the game helped to sell the game for a possible franchise in a pro league. With Central New York being a hot bed for box and field lacrosse, the future looks good for one.