Don’t scoff. For the second straight season, Dallas, Tex., is the site of a Patriot League showdown between Navy and Holy Cross.
The teams will play in Texas Stadium, home of the NFL’s Cowboys, as part of the 2008 Patriot Cup on Saturday. The No. 6 Midshipmen (5-1) and Holy Cross (3-2) will play at 1 p.m., and No. 18 Army (2-2) and Rutgers (1-2) will tangle at 4 p.m.
"Our administration doesn’t like to lose home games, but it’s a great event," Navy coach Richie Meade said, noting that proceeds from the games will benefit Wounded Warrior, a non-profit organization aiding soldiers injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations. "It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to play in a big venue in the state of Texas, which is becoming a legitimate state for lacrosse."
Holy Cross coach Adam Pascal agreed, adding, "It’s an opportunity to play in front of a different audience. It gets us some exposure, and I thought the kids would love the chance to play in Texas Stadium."
Midshipmen senior attackman Gregory Clement, who hails from Dallas, said lacrosse is being well-received by Texas locals.
"The last time I saw, there were 60 lacrosse programs in Texas, and that was a few years ago," he said. "I’m sure it’s more than that now. Kids are quitting football to play lacrosse. Sure, it’s not as big as football, but it’s growing."