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BULLETIN: June 21, 2016 — United States is pushed to the edge of their Champions’ Trophy cliff

The U.S. women’s field hockey team is almost surely out of contention for the gold medal at the FIH Champions’ Trophy, thanks to this afternoon’s 4-1 loss to Holland.

After three matchdays, the States have just one point from three games, and in order to make the title match, would need to win its final two fixtures against New Zealand and Great Britain, while Argentina would have to lose its final two contests against Holland and New Zealand, with the margin of all four of the games totaling 10 or more.

The United States is still very much in the running for the bronze-medal match, a win in which could qualify the Stars and Stripes to the 2018 Champions Trophy through placement or world ranking, the Olympics notwithstanding.

2016 CHAMPIONS TROPHY
(after Matchday Three)

Holland 3-0-0, 9 pts, +9 GD
Argentina 2-0-1, 7, +4
Australia 1-1-1, 4, +1
New Zealand 1-2-0, 3, -5
Team GB 0-2-1, 1, -3
USA 0-2-1, 1, -6

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June 21, 2016 — Region of the Year, 2016

The Region of the Year is awarded to a defined area of the American girls’ scholastic lacrosse map. It can be a league, a city, a geographic region, a county, a section defined by a state governing body, or an entire state.

About five years ago, there was a weekend tournament in which four teams from New York came to Brooklandville St. Paul’s School For Girls (Md.) to compete against four teams representing the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.

In the eight games, four went the way of the Maryland teams and four were won by the New York teams. The latter encompassed upstate (West Genesee), Nassau County (Garden City), Suffolk County (Hauppauge), and the North Shore Catholic High Schools Girls’ Athletic Association (St. Anthony’s).

In 2016, New York ramped it up significantly. In April, teams representing New York played in the annual Gains for Brains tournament, a series of nine matches held at Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.). Of the seven games featuring cross-border rivals, New York won five of them.

And if there wasn’t any doubt that the 2016 Region of the Year should be the state of New York, think of this: of the 40 players chosen in the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) draft eight weeks ago, 14 came from New York public schools, which was more than any other group of players.

Hence, the Empire State is a fine choice for this site’s inaugural Region of the Year.