Lacrosse fans

Fans pack into M&T Bank Stadium for the first game of the Division I semifinals in Baltimore in the 2007 NCAA men's lacrosse championships. (Doug Kapustin / The Baltimore Sun / May 26, 2007)

I've played or reported on lacrosse for much of my life, and some things have stuck with me.

Here are just a few things that I — and other lovers of the game — look forward to each week:

 

We love wall ball, hammering skills until hands blister.

Wind sprints that make lungs burn.

Reading scouting reports on the bulletin board.

 

We love the silent bus ride before battle.

Team meals with family.

Face paint.

 

Franklin Field, The Dome, Homewood Field, Klockner Stadium.

 

Slipping the jersey over shoulder pads.

The emotional pre-game speech.

Walking out of the tunnel two-by-two in line.

 

The Notre Dame bagpipes.

The smell of sausages and popcorn on a warm Saturday.

The energy and music in the air during warm-ups.