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May 6, 2015 — Amongst the greats

Straight as the crow flies, Pikesville Beth Tfiloh (Md.) is only three miles from the first organized girls’ varsity lacrosse program in the United States, Baltimore Bryn Mawr (Md.). And it’s located only about two miles from perhaps the finest girls’ lacrosse program of all time, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.).

Beth Tfiloh plays in the same conference as both of these powerhouses, but don’t normally schedule them. The school belongs to the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland’s “C” Division. which includes a cornucopia of small private and parochial schools.

But let’s focus you in on this team. Of the 2,600 girls’ scholastic lacrosse programs in the United States, it’s one of only two from a Jewish school; the other is Bryn Mawr Barrack Hebrew Academy (Pa.).

Beth Tfiloh has done pretty well in the IAAM, though the team has never faced the level competition of the “A” Division. And the team has never won an IAAM postseason championship.

That might change this year. For the first time since 2012, the Warriors are the top seed from the Gold Division of the IAAM “C” Division, and they begin tournament play against Annapolis (Md.) Area Christian today.

It’s interesting to note that the last time Beth Tfiloh was the top seed coming out of the Gold Division, its tournament run ended with a breathtaking 21-20 loss to Laurel St. Vincent Palotti (Md.).

The Warriors, however, are stumbling into this tournament, having lost four out of their last five after winning seven straight earlier in the season.

Can they turn it around? We’ll see this afternoon.

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