Archive for April 6, 2011
Today’s Game of the Day
Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) at Lake Forest (Ill.)
Oak Park-River Forest got their heads handed to them in the first game of the season, a 20-9 loss to Winnetka New Trier (Ill.). The Huskies have to be wary, however, of Lake Forest, which beat them 9-4 a year ago.
Today is the second of four straight days in which the national Game of the Day could easily have been in the game of field hockey.
These are rivalry games, ones in which it doesn’t matter what year it is, or how good or how bad one or the other team is, but a victory can save an entire season.
In the multi-sport world of high-school athletics, it’s possible for students to have to gear up multiple times in one school year to fight a battle against the same school for the same stakes — a divisional lead, an undefeated season, or purely for pride.
Even though, in today’s example, these two respected lacrosse programs have been subsumed by New Trier, Willamette Loyola Academy (Ill.), and Glenbrook (Ill.) South over the last few years, there is still carryover from the field hockey season when it comes to the Huskies and Scouts.
There’s much less carryover from the collegiate ranks than there used to be, however. Even though many of the same teams in field hockey and lacrosse vie for national championships (Princeton, Maryland, North Carolina), rare is the time that somebody like a Lisa Rebane, a Lillie Lingo, or a Meghan Kelly are on both teams.