Lacrosse Reacts to Alex Buque Goalie Hit Gone Viral


The few times that the National Lacrosse League has seen footage of game play on national television or virally on the Internet, it hasn’t often been in appreciation of the play on the field. The NLL has once again reached that point, as the open field hit from Colorado Mammoth goaltender Alex Buque on Calgary transition Karsen Leung has been everywhere.

While the hit has gotten the NLL on the front page of, not all of the lacrosse world is thrilled at this representation of the league.

Many players, reporters, and people involved in the game have taken to social media to express their opinions on the publicity of the hit, and the legality of it.

“I felt it was a decision that had to be made to bring our team back.” Buque said in Lacrosse Magazine on Monday. “I did what I had to do. It’s not that I don’t like the guy. I wasn’t head-hunting or anything. I was just playing the game. Obviously, as you can see, it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. It was pretty clean. I was making a game-changing point. He’s a good scorer and I didn’t want to give him the opportunity to score. He got a pass and I laid on the hit. I was trying to change the game to help our team. I don’t see anything dirty about it.”

And lastly, from the Rochester Knighthawks backup goaltender.


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