Once you've been very close to any game for a long time, you develop an ability to rise above the playing field and witness it from a different level. The spirit of anticipation, that understanding of what is going to happen on the field just before it does, is the fruit of a trained eye and consummate professional. Great coaches, great players, great officials – all have that gift.
Signals and fouls galore
When lacrosse is played at the higher levels, it is a wonder to watch. In one dimension, "with the ball" movement results in a choreography that rivals Lincoln Center. In another dimension, "away from the ball" movement is propelled by the fuel of pure imagination.
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