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There’s nothing more beautiful than a perfectly executed fast break. It all starts with a big time goalie play where he drops to a split and makes an off hip save on the doorstep.  He immediately jumps to his feet and finds a streaking defenseman charging up field. The defenseman only has the ball in his stick for two steps and then sends a pass just beyond the mid stripe that finds a goal-bound middie perfectly in stride headed for the cage.  The three attackmen are focused and waiting in a perfect “L” formation ready to find the twine.  The middie hits the point man who immediately zips a diagonal pass to the lefty attackman.  The lefty attackman, with his soft hands, uses a swift quick-stick that puts a cross crease pass right on the money into the stick of the finish man. The righty puts the ball in the back of the net, the crowd goes wild and the whole team celebrates the entire effort.

It’s this exact moment we describe that has played over and over in our pre game dreams, bus trips home from school and early morning shooting sessions. Great lacrosse is a magnificent spectacle filled with athleticism and incredible creativity.  It is no doubt an art from.

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We can find art all over the sport of lacrosse. From intricately strung sticks that could easily find their place hanging on a gallery wall to the best players in the world putting on a performance upon the game’s biggest stages.

These photos were taken on several trips to lacrosse fields across the U.S. and are a symbol of hard work and determination.  For those that have spent countless hours honing their shooting skills can attest – there is nothing like the feeling of ripping a corner.  Whenever we see a beat up backyard lacrosse goal set against a sprawling countryside it brings us right back to where we started and where we first feel in love with the game.

So for those dreamers out there that see behind-the-back goals, quick-stick no-look passes and  perfectly executed fast breaks in your minds — These are for you.

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