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March 20, 2015 — A legend returns to a slightly unfamiliar sideline

With the start of the high-school girls’ lacrosse season underway in many parts of the United States, your Founder has been scanning dozens of previews looking for trends, returning players, and coaching changes.

One such coaching change is a sort of homecoming as well as the appearance of no less than one of the towering figures of a sport.

This spring, Beth Anders will be in the girls’ lacrosse coaching box of Virginia Beach Cape Henry Collegiate (Va.).

Yep, that Beth Anders. The one who held the Olympic record for field hockey career scoring for a quarter century. The one who won more NCAA Division I titles as a coach than anyone else.

But as it turns out, while Anders was winning all-America honors for all four years for the Ursinus field hockey team, she also was starring for the Bears on the lacrosse pitch, making the All-America team four straight years.

In addition, Anders was in the U.S. women’s lacrosse national team pool from 1969 to 1976 before quitting to concentrate solely on field hockey.

But now, Anders is coming back to the sport of lacrosse to help out as an assistant to Brooke Hummel.

To try to explain this in terms of other athletic endeavors is nearly impossible. Perhaps it’s as if Jackie Joyner-Kersee decided to become a basketball coach in the greater St. Louis area. Or if Jim Brown suddenly showed up on the sideline of a boys’ lacrosse team near his home in California to be an assistant.

But now it’s happening in Virginia Beach, and the Dolphins will now have a tremendous resource as they attempt to improve their lot amongst the strong independent-school programs in Virginia.

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