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July 5, 2016 — Leading competitive indicators, Part 1

Over the weekend, the 2016 Under Armour All-America girls’ lacrosse game was played at Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.

And, for the first time in the 11-year history of the event, the girls’ game was televised on ESPNU.

Had you tuned in, you might have expected that the all-star lineup of players from the South team, which included five players from the nation’s finest girls’ lacrosse conference (the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland) and three from the country’s best team, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) to come out on top.

But the North featured 13 players from the state of New York, the 2016 TopOfTheCircle.com Region of the Year. North kept on keeping the South at bay in the second half in a 13-11 victory.

Of course, as this site has argued this year, the level of competition in New York for girls’ high school lacrosse is at a completely different level from just about every other region in the country. That excellence has transferred to higher levels of the sport, and a plurality of players from the initial draft of UWLX players came from New York.

What’s great about the game this year is that you had representation not only from Maryland and New York, but New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and British Columbia.

Yep, the All-America game had a Canadian in it.

Changing times.

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