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April 7, 2018 — The way lacrosse used to be

Took in a couple of collegiate lacrosse games over the Roku the last couple of days while recuperating.

And my big impression, after Penn State’s 22-13 win over Virginia yesterday, and Boston College’s 18-8 win over Duke, was about how much the attack is now overtaking defense in the new free-movement era of women’s lacrosse.

It seemed as though the defenses had absolutely no answer for the prepared and committed attack units, especially when running at the opposition at top speed.

Indeed, watching the Penn State game, my mind was cast back to an afternoon almost 30 years ago in Princeton, N.J. in a clearing next to a small Roman Catholic school.

The occasion was a girls’ lacrosse game between Princeton Junction West Windsor-Plainsboro (N.J.) and the host, Princeton Stuart Country Day (N.J.).

The pattern of the game could have been printed on a shampoo bottle; win the draw, run to goal, score, repeat. The final score was 24 to 16. I think that’s still the biggest combined score I’ve ever witnessed.

Somehow, when free movement becomes the supreme law of the land, I think we’re going to get even more scoring.