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July 25, 2017 — The Oedipus effect at the World Games

Thursday, women’s lacrosse makes its debut at the World Games in Poland, with the United States, the current FIL World Cup champions, taking on the inexperienced host nation.

The result, frankly, shouldn’t be in doubt. In a field including runners-up Canada, fourth-place Australia, and a unified Great Britain team including members of the silver-winning England side, the organizers did the States a pretty big favor.

Why? Because the States have had not only a quick turnaround from the World Cup, but have to get readjusted to the rules package for this year’s World Games.

You see, a number of members of the U.S. team played last year in the United Women’s Lacrosse League, which had 10 players on the pitch at any one time. This year, a number of U.S. players who played in UWLX last year announced their intention to play in the new Women’s Professional Lacrosse League next summer.

As fate would have it, the rules of the World Games mandate 10 players on the pitch at any one time.

Kind of reminds you of Oedipus, who thought he was running away from his destiny only to find himself running headlong towards it.

Another thing we’ve noticed about the U.S. approach to the tournament is that they originally were only going to have one goalie on the roster, Gussie Johns. But, the U.S. staff added the veteran Devon Wills to the roster, in what will be her swansong to the sport before she becomes commissioner of the WPLL.

But don’t blink; the tournament is only four days long with the championship final at 8 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday.

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