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April 15, 2018 — Road lessons

A pair of prominent girls’ lacrosse teams have been embarking on multi-game road trips this weekend.

Winnetka New Trier (Ill.), the Illinois state champions in 2015 and perennial powerhouse in greater Chicagoland, played three games in the San Francisco Bay Area, while Vaughn Hill Academy (Calif.) has been on a three-game swing in Maryland against three of the tougher IAAM Flight “A” sides.

Both touring teams are learning lessons about travel, preparation, and management of both individual health and team dynamics, as well as what it takes to win in an unfamiliar environment.

New Trier started off its road trip with a 14-11 win over San Francisco St. Ignatius (Calif.), then won a 14-8 decision over Concord Carondelet (Calif.) in a match when the Trevians had to play a quarter of the game down at least one player because of an accumulation of yellow cards.

The Carondelet game was one of two games New Trier played yesterday, as the afternoon match was against CIF North Coast champion Novato (Calif.). Novato roared out to a 12-1 halftime lead on the way to a 20-6 victory.

Hill Academy, one of only a handful of superprep girls’ lacrosse teams in North America, started its road trip with a 12-7 loss to Brooklandville Maryvale Prep (Md.), then lost 12-10 today to Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) in a game moved to early morning to avoid torrential rainstorms projected for the mid-Atlantic.

We don’t know whether Hill will be able to get in tomorrow’s match against Ellicott City Glenelg Country School (Md.) tomorrow, given the fact that at least an inch and a half of rain is projected to fall. But we know Hill has played some of its fall lacrosse tournament matches in snowy conditions, so I don’t think rain will play a factor here unless the rain completely overwhelms the multi-use turf pitch on the Glenelg Country School campus.

But then it goes to show you that part of the educational system should perhaps involve meteorology.


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