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July 23, 2016 — A look back, a look ahead

Last weekend, the four teams in the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) circuit finished their league fixtures in the afternoon heat of central Virginia. In the opening doubleheader, the teams battled 93-degree heat and each other when it came to playoff positioning.

The Philadelphia Force, winless coming into last weekend, may have done the most good for its confidence last weekend, winning both of its matches over the top two seeds in next weekend’s league playoffs. The Force beat Long Island 13-9 and then topped Boston 9-8 on the final matchday. Hilary Bowen, late of Northwestern and the senior player in the league, led Philadelphia with six goals.

Baltimore, which made the biggest splash in being able to draft Tewaaraton Trophy winners Taylor Cummings and Katie Schwartzmann, was able to play well enough to have the league’s leading point-scorer in Dana Dobbie. But the Ride finished the regular season with a 3-5 record.

As well as league leaders Long Island (6-2) and Boston (5-3) have parlayed their stellar drafts into their status as having the two top seeds heading into next weekend’s playoffs, neither team can rest easy.

Indeed, you may not ever see the kind of lacrosse you’re going to see this coming weekend at the ancestral home of American lacrosse, Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Long Island plays Philadelphia in one semifinal, and Boston takes on Baltimore in the other. The championship game is Sunday, July 31 at 1 p.m.

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