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March 1, 2018 — Border War II

The U.S. women’s field hockey team now knows what it must work on in order to be able to compete with the Argentinas and Hollands of world hockey.

Especially given the fact that it suffered two defeats in four matches against an in-form Canadian side which had not beaten their neighbors to the south in 18 years.

Now, I understand that the American side has been tinkering and experimenting with the lineup in order to try to give experience to the members of the player pool.

The thing is, the U.S. has more than $20 million of resources backing the team, plus nearly 80 NCAA teams acting as a de facto feeder league. And in the last 10 years or so, there have not been as many top Canadian U-19 players coming to the U.S. to play in the NCAA.

Where have they been going? To the ragamuffin U Sports league, which has a mere 10 teams?

Apparently, whatever the Maple Leafs have been doing, it is working.