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Jan. 12, 2017 — The value of a good scorekeeper

In October, the championship of the Ontario University Athletics women’s lacrosse tournament was held at McMaster University in Hamilton.

The two teams making the final were the University of Western Ontario and Trent University. When the final whistle blew, both teams figure they had won the game by the identical score of 11 to 10. Seems that somehow, during the first half, one of Western’s goals went on the scoreboard for Trent.

Neither the official scorer, nor the student scorers, nor the table umpire, nor the game officials (who usually take down the scores in a black book holding their penalty cards) caught the mistake.

As is usual in Canada, the controversy went into a period of inquest. An appeal by Trent led to a recent decision by Ontario University Athletics to, in essence, “split the baby.” While Trent keeps the OUA title and the championship banner, the Western Ontario players get the winner’s medals.

Can you imagine anything like this happening in the NCAA? Not with all the eyes fixed on every move made by coaches, assistant coaches, and even the fourth official.


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