That's what a number of sportscasters in the Philadelphia area call the First Union Center where Philadelphia's major league hockey, basketball, and hockey teams play.
As part of a fundraiser sponsored by the Philadelphia Wings, the Daniel Boone lacrosse players and the Boyertown High School varsity lacrosse team squared off against each other at midfield in an indoor lacrosse game at the First Union Center, and play a lacrosse game by indoor standards for one hour. It was the second time that Daniel Boone (not affiliated with the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School) played at the First Union Center. "I liken it to the movie Hoosiers when their coach takes his team and goes to play in the big city," says Kurt Small, the Daniel Boone coach.
He adds, "What are the chances these kids will get to play in this big giant
Now in its third year, his team plays lacrosse on a club level as opposed to a school varsity level. Although some of the teams they play like Boyertown are varsity sports teams, the Daniel Boone club draws its players from Daniel Boone High School and St. Pius X.
As Coach Small puts it, "We're not in a league as such but we play a minimum of ten games a season. All our games are away."
One of the requisites for entry into a league is a home field. "We have no home field," says Small. "We regularly practice on the practice football field at Daniel Boone High School."
Since most of his team comes from Daniel Boone, practicing at the high school is a good strategy. "We keep the kids on campus as much as possible," says the coach. "Other kids get to see us, too."
Small says that lacrosse involves more players than any other spring sport.
"With the exception of pitchers, you play your best players in baseball," he says. "In lacrosse there's a constant rotation of players. Eighteen players get plenty of playing time."
At the First Union Center game, Boyertown and Daniel Boone played according to indoor lacrosse rules, with six players on a side. Boone gave it their best shot but Boyertown nosed them out
Small hopes that his Daniel Boone club can soon reach varsity status. For information on the Daniel Boone Lacrosse Association (9th grade to 12th grade) call 610-385-1099. For information for eighth grade and belowcall Pottstown Lacrosse Association for Youth at 610-323-0706.