WATERBURY – There have been many different games played on the Municipal Stadium turf, ranging from football and soccer to baseball and softball.
An unusually cold and windy Wednesday afternoon hosted the first lacrosse game ever played on the turf of Ray Snyder Sr. Field.
The Holy Cross boys hosted Watertown in a Western Connecticut lacrosse game. The Warriors won, 15-7, but it was more than just a routine game.
“It’s good. It’s great for the kids. If we can get more people to see lacrosse and introduce it to more kids in the city, that’s always a good thing,” the co said. -Holy Cross coach Neil Sullivan “They watch a game, they can be excited and want to play.”
Watertown coach Mike Kenny certainly agrees with that view.
“I’ve been in the (Watertown) program for nine years. Our youth program has done a great job, and you’ve seen the program at Holy Cross has grown a lot as well,” Kenny said. “I think it will only help, and I’m happy they were able to have it as their home ground this year.”
Sullivan said the turf is much better than the grass surface on campus. Having the game at the Municipal meant more lines were added to a field that already has football, soccer, baseball and softball lines.
The butt lines were marked in blue, which made it a bit difficult to see in the blue painted end areas.
“There are so many lines, but they put the cones on them, so we figured it out,” Sullivan said.
Holy Cross sporting director Mike Giampetruzzi said it was good to bring another sport to the municipal stadium.
The Crusaders will play their games at the Municipal for the remainder of this season.
“John Kollar (city parks supervisor) and the parks department allowing us to play lacrosse here is a good thing for the city and a good thing for us,” Giampetruzzi said. “We are delighted to be here.”
Bruno Colella, Joe LaChance and Mason Smutney each scored four goals to lead Watertown (8-1).
Declan McGrath, David SantaMaria and Anthony Ruggia scored two goals each to beat Holy Cross (3-3).