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June 1, 2017 — … and absences

Last week, while the NCAA Division I championship was being held, the U.S. women’s national team was beating Canada in an exhibition at Yale University, and the first matchday was being contested in the second season of United Women’s Lacrosse at Attleboro (Mass.).

And, as you might expect during a World Cup year, “ne’er the twain shall meet.” None of the 18 players selected (and alternate Alyssa Murray) for the United States last January are on any of the four rosters of the UWLX, but that is seemingly not keeping fans from coming to the games. There is plenty of talent on all four rosters — some you may have heard of, others you may not.

Of course, the defending champion Long Island Sound did themselves a lot of good in picking up Sammi Jo Tracy and Nadine Hadnagy in the draft. They are going to be key in keeping up the momentum from a 14-6 opening win over a good Baltimore Ride.

The team which is going to be the one to watch, however, is Boston. In their 13-12 win over Philadelphia, they showed that they are a team which is greater than the sum of their parts. One major rookie presence will be that of Mary Weeks, late of Boston College. Now that she is no longer an NCAA student-athlete, she will be available for play.

The league’s movable feast stops at New Canaan (Conn.) this coming weekend before diverging the following weekend with games in Amherst, Mass. and Bel Air, Md. I believe these split weekends are the true test of how far the league has gotten.