About 12 minutes into the first semifinal match of the United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) League, lightning and monsoon rains enveloped Baltimore and much of the East Coast. It forced a halt to the action, and after a nearly three-hour wait, the decision was made to play the semifinals and final tomorrow.
The teams which did not play last night, the host Baltimore Ride and the Boston Storm, will begin at 9 a.m., while the Philadelphia Force and top-seed Long Island Sound will replay their semifinal in its entirety beginning at 10:30 a.m. It’s the kind of scheduling you might have seen in the early days of the AIAW, when a five-round tournament was squeezed into four days.
Tomorrow’s 1 p.m. final will feature advantages and disadvantages for whichever team makes it. The Ride-Storm winner will have a rest advantage over the winner of the Force and the Sound, especially given the fact that the Force and the Sound will have to play 72 minutes rather than 60 in order to get into the title match. Then again, the Force and Sound will still be warmed up for the final; the Ride-Storm survivor may have a difficult time getting warmed back up for the second game.
But these are the fittest female lacrosse players on the planet, and that fitness will be tested to the limit in the Maryland heat tomorrow.