Beach Dogs Lacrosse in Baghdad
The U.S. Camp Victory Military Team, Victory's Hammers faced off against the U.S. Embassy Iraq Lacrosse Team, the Baghdad Rhinos In a two game series known as the 1st Annual Baga'Dowe Battle of Baghdad. Both games were held in heat over 100 degrees in the sand of Baghdad.
The Hammers defeated the Rhinos in the first game hosted at the US embassy and the Rhinos were able to tie the Hammers in the final minutes of the second game, allowing the Hammers to be named the series winners.
The bottom-line is that this was a great break for U.S. Diplomats, Government Civilians, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from the stress of a combat environment and their daily requirements. Lacrosse players from across the U.S. were able to find each other 7,000 miles away from home, bring the game to some folks who had never played before (more than half the military team had never picked up a stick before) and expand the culture of America's first game to a new ally (a few Iraqis watched).
This entire event would not have been possible without U.S. Lacrosse, who provided the series signs; Laxcity/BAGA'DOWE Sports, Maverick Lacrosse and Beachdogs Lacrosse Club, all of Rhode Island, who provided the goalie equipment, Uniforms and complete sticks (Maverik Shafts and Heads) for the entire military team; Gambrills Odenton Recreactional Council (GORC) with Old Mill High School, South River High School, and Rockfish Lacrosse Club, all of Maryland, who provided helmets for the entire military team; and Laxworld of Annapolis who provided both goals for the Camp Victory field.
This is truly a great representation of the loyalty and patriotism of the lacrosse community. All the great Americans who made this possible illustrate the best our sport has to offer.