Ryan scores in Lacrosse!

I went to see Ryan's Providence Panthers team playing the Hough High Huskies tonight and was taping a close-up of Ryan when he snagged the ball and threw it in for a goal! I even got the announcer giving him credit.  I start out focused on the wrong player (#10), but I find Ryan (#20) soon after:

Lacrosse was a popular team sport in the Americas long before the first explorers discovered the continent and may have developed as early as AD 1100.  It was documented by Jesuit priests, although the game has undergone many modifications since that time. Originally, each team consisted of anywhere from 100 to 1,000 men on a field that stretched from 500 meters to 3 kilometers long.  Part of a ceremonial ritual, these lacrosse games lasted from sunup to sundown for several days to give thanks to the master.

Lacrosse also played a significant role in the community and religious life of tribes across the continent.  Lacrosse was characterized by deep spiritual involvement, befitting the spirit of combat in which it was undertaken. Those who took part did so in the role of warriors, with the goal of bringing glory and honor to themselves and their tribes. The game was said to be played “for the Creator” or was referred to as “The Creator’s Game.”

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