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A Loyola lacrosse player ended up getting a whole freight full of the Pain Train Express during Saturday’s game between Loyola and Johns Hopkins. The results were grisly and stick-shattering, and you’ll want to see it over and over.
Halfway through the second quarter of the contest, Greyhounds freshman attack man Zach Herreweyers made the unfortunate, rookie decision of trying to lay down a cross check on Blue Jays senior midfielder John Ranagan, who was charging down the field with the ball and a heart full of Loyola hatred.
Even more unfortunate for Herreweyers, Ranagan is 6’3” and 218 pounds of get-out-of-the-way, and the demolition that ensued on the hit sent the Loyola attacker to the ground and broke his stick into pieces.
Here is a GIF of the monster truck that has given a whole new meaning to the term “hit stick,” because you can never get enough of this kind of thing.
The commentators calling the game went ballistic, yelling “Freight train on Charles Street,” alluding to the one-mile stretch of road that sits between the two universities. They also called Ranagan a “double-decker mega bus,” so there’s that for evidence of a big hit.
For those of you who aren’t avid lacrosse followers, there’s a bitterly lopsided rivalry between these two programs that stretches back quite a spell, beginning in 1939. Johns Hopkins has dominated the series handily for the most part, which has led to the series being named the “Charles Street Massacre.”
Indeed, this hit was a massacre on so many levels—from the humbling of Herreweyers‘ body to the gruesome casualty of his beloved shaft. Fortunately for Loyola, the silver lining of this embarrassment remains in the fact that they won the game, beating the Blue Jays for the first time since 1999.
Congratulations, Loyola. Now someone get Herreweyers over here a fresh stick and some dignity, because I think I heard that shatter, too.
The pain train comin’ through! Wooh wooh!: Dr__Carson
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