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March 9, 2016 — Finding a market

Time was, the intersection between college and high-school athletics was one way, when colleges would host high-profile regular-season games or state championships.

But three years ago, there was a bit of an odd occurrence on the campus of what has become the country’s pre-eminent girls’ lacrosse team.

On the turf at Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown set up shop and played, and it was a bit of a homecoming for the Hoyas’ Corinne Atchison.

Something like that happened on Monday night, but on a smaller scale. Elizabethtown and Lynchburg, a pair of Division III universities, played a neutral-site game at Havre de Grace (Md.), on the south bank of the Susquehanna River. It was a game that reunite former Havre de Grace teammates Helen Boniface, and Katie and Carly Thompson.

It’s not an uncommon occurrence to run into a former high-school teammate on a college pitch. But it’s extremely rare when the site just happens to be your alma mater.

“It’s really crazy, the energy was the same as in high school,” said Boniface, who plays for Lynchburg. “The whole time I was up against Carly, I told her, ‘You know I’m nervous to play you.’ She said, ‘I’m nervous to play you.'”

But in a sign of respect after goals, the three players touched sticks if one of them scored. And, as it turned out, Boniface, a close defender, scored her first collegiate goal in the game, which Lynchburg won 9-6.

The game was scheduled as part of Lynchburg’s spring road trip north, which included a second match against Washington College. Melanie Rimel-Holloway, president of the local rec league, helped organize the event.

“I am very impressed with the number of people who have shown up. I’m very pleased with everything, I mean in how people are being so respectful of, look at the two college teams, why are they here?,” Rimel-Holloway tells The Aegis. “It’s kind of nice to hear people’s background; oh my gosh, these girls played in rec, then they played in high school and now they’re back here. Yeah, it’s a neat thing.”

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