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BULLETIN: May 19, 2017 — Faced with the evidence, Iowa capitulates

This evening, it was announced that the University of Iowa’s athletic department would be making payments of $6.5 million to both former women’s athletic administrator Jane Meyer and former field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, as well as the legal team that won an antidiscriminaton case against Meyer.

It’s a major victory in labor law, one which, frankly, the university and athletic director Gary Barta brought on themselves through entitlement and hubris. Indeed, the attorney general’s office for the entire state of Iowa took it upon themselves to try to bail out the athletic department on, frankly, its power and influence rather than due process.

Despite this victory in court, there are a couple of things that haven’t happened. One, Tracey Greisbaum isn’t getting her job back, according to Jill Zwagerman, part of the legal team. And, apparently, neither is Meyer.

“I don’t know that it would have been a good atmosphere to go back, with Mr. Barta still being there in charge and the way he testified against Jane and Tracey on the stand,” Zwagerman told The Des Moines Register.

In addition, Barta is still — for the moment — employed by the University of Iowa.

But he’s now a person who, because of a management style enumerated and exposed in a court of law, is little better than damaged goods in the eyes of higher educational management.

How long he lasts depends on the university’s realization of that fact.



May 19, 2017 — Friday Statwatch for games played through May 17

Greetings, and we’re opening up the Statwatch window, allowing you a look at national girls’ lacrosse statistics as we interpret them and see what is going on.

As players from cold-weather areas are catching up to competitors in other states, we’re seeing some great seasons from players all across the country. Let’s give a call this week to Jill Girardi, a senior from Watertown (N.Y.). This past week, she crossed the 400-point plateau in this her fifth varsity season, and she has just kept on scoring as Watertown is advancing on a berth in the Class B sectionals.

What you see below are compiled from, amongst others,, NJ Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The Providence Journal, The Albany Times-Union, Long Island Newsday, The Worcester Telegram, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch,, the Denver Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, MSG Varsity, the Ann-Arbor News, and The Washington Post.

To make lists like these better in the future, I encouraging you to convince your team, your school, league, or state governing body to adopt the easy-to-use platform, and we encourage you to get your fellow teams to enter their information there as well as whichever is your local news site, so that we can aim for as complete a statistical picture of the country as possible. Indeed, this past week, the Florida High School Athletic Association agreed to terms with MaxPreps, so that’s an important cog on board.

151 Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.)
119 Camryn Rogers, Somerville (N.J.)
111 Jordan Shugrue, Laurel St. Vincent Pallotti (Md.)
111 Zoe Belodeau, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
107 Elizabeth Murphy, Centreville (Va.)
106 Kaitlin Mead, Sparta (N.J.)
105 Abigail Daigle, Millville (N.J.)
104 Ryann Doyle, Seymour (Tenn.)
103 Mary Markwordt, Roswell Blessed Trinity (Ga.)
102 Tess Meurling, Apex (N.C.)
102 Hennessey Evans, Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills (Calif.)
101 Kiersen Foust, Greensboro Southeast Guilford (N.C.)
100 Hailey Carroll, Fulton (N.Y.)

92 Victoria Tucci, North Brunswick (N.J.)
82 Sydney Hogan, Branford (Conn.)
81 Madison Dunk, Durham (N.C.) Academy
80 Lea Cox, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
73 Allison Hunter, Cape May Court House Middle Township (N.J.)
70 Reilly Casey, Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.)
68 KateReagan Costello, Gulf Breeze (Fla.)
68 Sydney Roderick, Adams South Jefferson (N.Y.)
68 Madeline Hooks, Santa Ana Mater Dei (Calif.)
67 Allie Level, Novato (Calif.)

460 Bridget Ruskey, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.)
385 Jamie Ortega, Newfield Middle Country Central (N.Y.)
365 Danielle Van Calcar, Ramapo (N.J.)
347 Paige Petty, Bernards (N.J.)
329 Ally Mastroianni, Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.)
313 Zoe Belodeau, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
312 Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.)
305 Abigail Daigle, Millville (N.J.)
301 Lindsay Gerrato, Berkeley Heights Governor Livingston (N.J.)
263 Jillian Girardi, Watertown (N.Y.)
258 Jenna Herlihy, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.)

250 Peyton Hornung, Fort Myers Canterbury (Fla.)
239 Gabrielle Fornia, Medford Lenape (N.J.)

293 Allison Hunter, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.)

587 Bridget Ruskey, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.)
555 Jamie Ortega, Newfield Middle Country Central (N.Y.)
552 Danielle Van Calcar, Ramapo (N.J.)
528 Ally Mastroianni, Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.)
524 Zoe Belodeau, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
509 Allison Hunter, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.)
462 Gabrielle Fornia, Medford Lenape (N.J.)
419 Paige Petty, Bernards (N.J.)
414 Jillian Girardi, Watertown (N.Y.)
381 Jenna Herlihy, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.)
374 Abigail Daigle, Millville (N.J.)
371 Lindsay Gerrato, Berkeley Heights Governor Livingston (N.J.)
362 Braelie Kempney, Carthage (N.Y.)

177 Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.)

745 Kathy Jenkins, Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.)
531 Deanna Knobloch, Moorestown (N.J.)

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Thanks for dropping in, and we’ll see you in seven days.