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BULLETIN: June 22, 2013 — Argentina 1, USA 0

In the end, Katie O’Donnell missed her deflection, while Rosario Luchetti made hers.

Luchetti, the veteran Argentina attacking midfielder, scored three minutes from time in the opening round of pool play in the FIH World League semifinals to give the Albicelestes a 1-0 win over the United States. On the play, dragflicker Noel Barrionuevo sent a low ball to the penalty spot where a waiting Luchetti was able to free her stick to deflect the ball into the mesh past a logged Jackie Kintzer, who had an outstanding match for the U.S. side.

The U.S., with 12 players returning from last year’s Olympics, held the Argentina side in check for most of the game and played enough enterprising hockey to create chances, none more glorious than when Rachel Dawson’s deflected shot fell at O’Donnell’s feet with about 20 minutes to go. But O’Donnell, handed the captain’s armband for this match, scuffed the chance over the end line.

And the captaincy, for this match at least, is a story in and of itself. Central defender Lauren Crandall, who has been the U.S. captain for most of the last four years, was held out of this match. Instead, the rebuilt U.S. defense included former winger Caroline Nichols on the left, and Jamie (Whitten) Montgomery on the right. While the defense was masterful in hanging on against a skilled (albeit aging) Argentina side, the defense made some poor decisions with the ball in the final 15 minutes in the second half, something which needs to be addressed in upcoming pool matches.

The fortunate aspect about the format of this tournament is that the pool play games (Italy and China are next) only serve to determine seeding for the quarterfinal round of World League Round 2. Nobody gets knocked out of this tournament even with three opening losses.

That being said, the four quarterfinal matches, to be held June 27, are, in essence, the tipping point for not only the World League finals later this year, but for the 2014 FIH World Cup. The teams that win the quarterfinals don’t have to wait for continental qualifying in order to figure out who is going to make it into the World Cup on world ranking; there are no last-chance qualifiers for the World Cup like in the last cycle.

As host of the 2013 World League final in Rosario, Argentina, the Albicelestes will be through to the next round no matter what happens to them. The United States needs to finish in the top half of the knockout round in order to qualify for Rosario and, likely, a World Cup place for 2014.

June 22, 2013 — A new twist

One of the aspects of the arrest and conviction of former U.S. international Todd Broxmeyer is the fact that one of Broxmeyer’s four positions at the time of his rape arrest in 2007 was as a volunteer assistant coach with Newark Valley (N.Y.).

After his arrest, the superintendent of the Newark Valley School District put out a press release indicating that Broxmeyer’s hiring had been contingent on a fingerprint check, which is a standard lower than most background checks mandated by most school districts.

A few months after the arrest, the school district terminated Newark Valley head coach Lyndsey Wilcox, who was living with Broxmeyer at the time.

But Wilcox now has a million-dollar lawsuit against the school district, one which has taken about six years to come to trial.

Late this week, after numerous continuations, a mistrial was declared in the proceedings over evidence presented in the case.

in response, Wilcox’s lawyer Ronald Benjamin, held a news conference Friday.

“The school district’s attorney made a motion for mistrial because they saw their case was going down in flames,” Benjamin told assembled electronic media. “She’s been out of work for six years. She hasn’t been able to teach; she had her reputation ruined, and she had an impeccable reputation.”

Wilcox, in point of fact, had a short stint as head field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach at Wells College. For her part, she was tight-lipped at the news conference, unwilling to give out information that could hurt her cause when a new trial begins Sept. 3 in the 6th Judicial District of Tioga County.

“I’m just really upset and completely disappointed, and I’m just not ready to talk about anything at this time,” Wilcox said. “I just have waited six years to be heard and so, as you can imagine, it’s disappointing.”