Lacrosse moves fast at the pro level. Really fast. Not to mention most of the players are like a foot taller than me on average. Nevertheless, I had the opportunity to get field-side at a recent home game with The Philadelphia Wings and had a really great time.
This was my first professional indoor lacrosse event. I was invited to the game on a media pass by a good friend who works with the team. I wasn’t sure what the photographic opportunities would be, but I grabbed a Canon 50d, a 70-200mm f2.8L, and rolled out the door. When I got there, it was clear that I wasn’t going to be the only photographer: they have “official” photographers, media photographers, newspaper photographers, student photographers, and me, who fell into the “I have a friend who can get me in” photographers.
One thing that amazed me was how fast these guys are passing the ball and actually catching it. That ball looks pretty small to me, and trying to catch it with a net that is smaller than my sneaker looked like a pretty insurmountable task. Of course, that’s why I’m not a pro lacrosse player…
I got some great images at the event. I was able to actually take pictures from the field during the opening ceremony, was situated between the Wings bench and the opposing team bench for a good portion of the event, and got to meet some of the photographers who are down there every game. I hope to get down there more next year. In the meantime, I leave you with some images from the event. Enjoy!