The Kentucky Stickhorses, an indoor professional lacrosse team, is currently dominating in their first official season, accomplishing a 3-0 start in the North American Lacrosse League.
Though I know pretty much nothing about lacrosse, I’ve watched the sport grow in popularity over the last decade and figured it was finally time to jump in on the action.
Last weekend, I went to Freedom Hall, my third favorite venue behind the Yum! Center and Churchill Downs, to catch the Stickhorses compete against the Chicago Outlaws.
When I arrived, I found a spot close to the field, sat down with a Bud Light and chatted with a friend.
I quickly discovered, despite my lack of knowledge of lacrosse, I was easily entertained by all the event had to offer, from the fast-paced action of the sport, to the off-field entertainment dispersed throughout the game.
For those of you who have never seen a lacrosse game, from what I gathered, I’d say it’s a mix of field hockey, ice hockey and a hint of baseball.
Each team has 10 players on the field who throw a tiny ball from stick to stick until a player is close enough to the goal to toss the ball past the goalie.
Just like hockey, the game can become aggressive and every once in awhile a small fight will break out, but is usually settled before any real damage is done.
At the end of the game Sunday, the Stickhorses prevailed 12-7, as David Mitchell led in scoring with 5 points on four goals and one assist.
Aside from the game, the Stickhorses’ DJ kept the crowd going, playing song requests – including “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” which was my song choice – and “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa, the perfect anthem for the Stickhorses, whose team colors are none other than black and yellow.
Following the game, the fans also had the chance to rush the field, hang with their favorite players and take pictures or ask for autographs.
If you haven’t seen the team play, there’s only three more chances to witness them in action this season. Whether you have a clue as to what is going on in the sport or are just looking for a good time with friends, family and fans of lacrosse, the Stickhorses provide a great way to spend a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon watching the next pro team to take over the Derby City.
937 Phillips Lane
$10, $15 and $20.
Luxury suites are available on a per game basis and include 22 tickets for $750 per game or $3,750 for the season.
March 2, 7 p.m.: Boston at Kentucky
March 16, 7 p.m.: LeHigh Valley at Kentucky
April 7, 7 p.m.: Boston at Kentucky
For tickets and information, visit www.kentuckystickhorses.com or call 1.800.231.8085.
Contact writer Ashley Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org , 502.498.2051.
Photos by ASHLEY ANDERSON | The Voice-Tribune