National Lacrosse League (1974-1975)
Born: 1974 – NLL founding franchise.
Died: February 1976 – The NLL ceases operations.
Arena: The Capital Centre (17,500)
The Maryland Arrows were an indoor (box) lacrosse team that was active for both seasons of the short-lived National Lacrosse League (1974-1975.) The NLL went out of business in February 1976 before a third season could be staged. The Arrows were reportedly ready and willing to continue on, but there weren’t enough viable teams and the Arrows faded into history with the rest of the league.
While they lasted the Arrows featured one of the greatest lacrosse players of the era in Paul Suggate. Suggate easily led the NLL in scoring in 1974 with a ridiculous 115 goals and 124 assists in only 40 games. That was over 50 points ahead of the league’s second leading scorer. In 1975 he finished 2nd to Doug Hayes of the Long Island Tomahawks and was overall the greatest scorer in the National Lacrosse League’s brief history.
Americans of the 1970′s weren’t all that familiar with box lacrosse and the NLL wasn’t shy about marketing the sport’s hockey-style s“violence to get them through the turnstiles. The Arrows’ radio commercials featured a voiceover endorsement from Attila the Hun. The team’s mascot was a Neanderthal goon named Crunch Crosscheck (see logo above right). A fight-filled June 1975 game against the Philadelphia Wings at the Capital Centre in Landover included a wild bench-clearing brawl and the spectacle of Wings’ players Carm Collins, Larry Lloyd and Zeny Lipinski allegedly beating a group of Arrows fans with their lacrosse sticks. 13 Arrows and 12 Wings players were later fined by Commissioner Gerry Patterson and Collins, Lloyd and Lipinsky were charged with assault and battery by the local state’s attorney.
==Arrows Matches on Fun While It Lasted==
|1974||8/8/1974||@ Montreal Quebecois||L 14-12||Program|
|1974||8/18/1974||vs. Rochester Griffins||W 12-9||Program|
|1975||4/12/1975||@ Philadelphia Wings||??||Program|
“Attila Gives His Approval“, Joe Jares, Sports Illustrated, June 3, 1974
“Two Ways To Stick It To ‘em” Larry Keith, Sports Illustrated, July 7, 1975