Guest Blogger - Swarm Lax for Beginners
Written by: Ty Merrow, Georgia Swarm
Published: April 3, 2018
It’s called the “fastest game on two feet,” and there’s only one of it in the South.
The 2017 National Lacrosse League (NLL) World Champion Georgia Swarm is the South’s premiere professional indoor lacrosse team. Playing at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena, the Swarm features some of the best lacrosse players in the world.
You may have seen us on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays a few times over the past three years. You probably heard about the talented musical acts we have play during and after our games. But until you’ve seen us in action, you can’t truly understand what you’re missing.
All it takes is one game, and you’re hooked.
Lacrosse is the cultural sport of Native Americans. Played with a stick and a ball, the object is for players to find a way to shoot the small lacrosse ball into the opponent’s net, scoring the most to leave the arena with a win.
There are 19 players that dress during a game for a team. One goalie stands in front of the net for a team, and five players take to the floor to scrap for the ball and hopefully net it or prevent the opponent from doing anything positive with the ball.
Like hockey, the goaltenders’ job is to stop any shot looking to bury the white ball into the black mesh of the goal. They don a crazy amount of pads, and they’re all necessary to stop the best lacrosse players in the world from scoring.
You’ll hear people liken box lacrosse to hockey and basketball, and it does carry over many of the elements of both. Teams utilize pick-n-rolls, screens and tough, quick defense to upset opponents and score highlight reel goals.
And man, can they score. It’s really something you have to see in person to understand. It seems like a netminder takes up the entire opening of a goal, and then five guys are in your face trying to prevent you from scoring. But NLL players are the best in the world for a reason. The shots they thread through the tiniest of gaps are incredible.
As if the play on the floor wasn’t enough to entice you, the Swarm jam-packs entertainment into every home game. The Swarm draws in musical acts – like Ludacris, 2 Chainz and Scotty McCreery – to do halftime and postgame performances.
The Swarm has had numerous giveaways, highlighted most recently by the insanely fun Diamond Drop, where three hundred ladies tried to grab a parachute falling from the catwalk of the Infinite Energy Arena in hopes of securing the one that would get them a three carat diamond necklace worth $7,500.
Music blares during the entire game, complimenting the action perfectly. Whenever Georgia scores, fans leap up and do the Swarm Goal Dance in excitement. The games are a blast from the first faceoff to the final buzzer.
It doesn’t matter what words I use to describe a Swarm game. Seeing is understanding and believing. And I truly believe that all it takes is one game for you to become hooked on Atlanta’s best kept sporting secret.
The Swarm’s season is halfway over, but there are still two home games left at The Hive.
Georgia takes on the Toronto Rock on Sunday, April 8 at 4:05 p.m. The final home game of the 2017-18 season is against the Vancouver Stealth on Saturday, April 28 at 7:05 p.m.
You can get tickets for any game at GeorgiaSwarm.com/Tickets or by calling 844-4-GASWARM.
See you at The Hive.