This evening, the ancestral center of American lacrosse, Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University, will see even more history.
For it is this weekend that the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX) League will come to a conclusion with a doubleheader featuring top-seeded Long Island Sound against a red-hot Philadelphia Force team at 5:30 p.m., with the host Baltimore Ride taking on the Boston Storm at 7:30 p.m.
The four teams come in with a pretty equal chance of winning, especially given what happened during the last match weekend, which saw Philadelphia win both of its games: its first two victories of the year. If the Force were to do the same this weekend, it would win the championship, which would be an outstanding achievement.
I think, however, the key to this championship weekend is going to be defense. Long Island is going to have an advantage in this regard because it selected Team USA goalie Devon Wills with its first pick in the UWLX draft.
Wills led the league in goals-against average (10.04), and her backup Kelsey Gregerson was not far behind (11.00), which tells me the Long Island defense is a very good unit. And believe me, it takes good defense and goaltending to win championships.