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Feb. 24, 2017 — To assemble a collegiate schedule

Tomorrow, a No. 1 and a No. 2 in women’s college lacrosse meet up in a pivotal match that could set the tone for the entire season.

A pivotal match in February.

The last quarter-century has seen lacrosse go from an 11- or 12-game season with matches chiefly being held in April and May to a schedule of games played at one-week intervals so that the 18-game season begins in many places where there are feet of snow on the ground.

Wait. Eighteen? Isn’t the NCAA maximum number of games 17?

Well, read up on this story from The Syracuse Post-Standard about how teams have found a loophole in the scheduling rules and are now adding games through the use of doubleheaders.

But what I’d like to see is more of either the Friday/Sunday scheduling that collegiate field hockey has adopted, or more midweek games.

Seriously. With global climate change being the way it is, I can’t see the reason why the U.S. collegiate women’s lacrosse schedule can’t begin in mid-March and finish off its conference tournaments by the first weekend of May, allowing for the Division I tournament to be played over three weekends leading into Memorial Day Weekend for the final.


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