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BULLETIN: Feb. 2, 2019 — USA 2, Argentina 2 (Argentina wins 3-1 in penalty shootout)

If you had to make “keys to the game,” for the United States’ FIH Pro League opener against Argentina, the list would have looked something like this:

  1. Let the young players create and make plays;
  2. First tackle, first foul, first goal;
  3. Get a point.

Consider all of them done.

The U.S. women’s national team, having been rebuilt after a 13th-place finish at last summer’s World Cup, went down to Cordoba, Argentina — during South American summertime, mind you — and came out with a point.

And there were opportunities for the points haul to have been two, as the States took a 2-0 lead into the interval with scores by Mackenzie Allessie (her second goal in three international caps) and Lauren Moyer.

The game also saw Kealsie Robles, late of Old Dominion, play splendidly in what was only her fourth international appearance at the senior level.

The road point keeps the United States off the bottom of the league table, albeit China, Team GB, and Germany have not yet played a match. But as crucial as the opener is for this new format for world play, the Americans may look at this match as the most noteworthy shootout loss in 99 years of international play, if this road point gets the States into the Pro League’s top four.

Feb. 2, 2019 — NCAA Division II preview

Florida Southern
West Chester

If it’s possible, the world of NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse has a favorite which may be even bigger than Boston College in Division I.

That’s because defending national champion LeMoyne returns almost all of its scoring, including 75-goal scorers Bryanna Fazio and Nicole Delany. Also returning is starting goalie Hanna George and defenders Jessica Dussing, Kasi Cabrey, and Olivia McEntee.

Hot on the Dolphins’ heels is Adelphi, which returns 85-goal scorer Kole Pollock and 58-goal scorer Lena Riportella. The Panthers seem set in the goal cage with Emma Lemanski, who had a tremendous freshman season a year ago.

Also on Long Island, watch out for LIU-Post, which is going to be transitioning to Division I as its campus combines with LIU-Brooklyn. Top scorers Alyssa Mallery and Brianna Feldman return, but I think the players to watch are the going to be the incoming freshman and the sophomores, who will have to shoulder a lot of the burden in the transition. Look especially for goalies Mackenzie O’Brien and Hailey Duchnowski, both first-year collegians, who will be facing a lot of shots in the next four years.

West Chester retains the services of 50-goal scorers Tatum Altman, Sami Barnet, and Maggie Stella. Barnett, Stella, and returning midfielder Drew McKinney vacuumed up 263 draw controls, so they could be a very dangerous outfit if the defense is able to hold.

Florida Southern, who has been thrilling the collective part of America deemed as “non-traditional” lacrosse territory, could make its fourth straight national title match this spring, but will have to do it without its three leading goal-scorers from a year ago. Dani Bursinger and Marina Jokozos are the co-returning leaders with 34 goals each, with Aubriana Benedetto chipping in with 30. Watch for senior Sam Keesey to lead a young defense.