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Feb. 22, 2015 — Snowball 1, lacrosse 0

Over the last three weeks, lacrosse media has been especially vitriolic about the fact that important non-league lacrosse matches — especially on the women’s side — are being played in February under sometimes blizzard-like conditions.

The organizers of the non-league game between No. 2 North Carolina and No. 1 Maryland saw that there was a snowstorm coming yesterday and thought moving the start time a mere half-hour (from noon to 11:30 a.m.) would make a difference.

The game was halted in less than a half-hour, moving the contest to today.

While the outcome (a 13-11 Maryland win) is something to keep in mind for the rest of the season if the two sides meet in the NCAA Tournament, there is, frankly, one question that lacrosse supporters should keep in mind: “Was this game really necessary?”

Yes, it is good that these two former ACC rivals meet on the field of play. And yes, it is likely that these two teams will take the lessons learned from this match to make the adjustments to play other opponents this season.

But at what cost to the life and limb of the participants and the spectators? It snowed nine inches in College Park the day before and it took a lot to prepare The Lacrosse & Field Hockey Complex (yep, we’re calling it that) for the showdown.

I was hoping that the story of last year’s Seton Hill University bus crash, one which saw three die on an ice-slickened roadway near Pittsburgh, would prompt universities to review their scheduling for what should be a “spring” sport.

And I think it’s time that the lords of NCAA lacrosse — for both genders — to abandon the Memorial Day holiday to end its season and to move both Final Fours to June, and to shorten the tournament calendar by going to a Sunday/Wednesday format.


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