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March 17, 2019 — A cannonball the size of a bus

As is usual this time of year, a number of girls’ high-school lacrosse teams have been playing games in Florida, taking advantage of good weather and the rapidly-improving culture of the game in the deep South.

A number of interstate games involving Florida and Georgia teams have been taking place, some with more implications than others. One game yesterday, however, was a loud warning shot over the bow of the ship representing the U.S. girls’ lacrosse community.

Yesterday morning, last year’s No. 1 team in the Top 10, Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) was defeated by the No. 1 team in the 2019 preseason Top 10, Delray American Heritage (Fla.).

The score: 20-10.

This is not a misprint.

American Heritage, featuring junior Caitlyn Wurzburger, has been running roughshod over its opponents in the young 2019 season. The Stallions are 8-0, and have wins over Bradenton IMG Academy (Fla.), Lassiter (Ga.), and now, a win over NDP. The team has averaged 16 goals per game, and has yielded an average of only about four per game.

Tomorrow, the Stallions face the ultimate test: an Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) side from the strongest league in the country which has won 200 out of its last 201 games. In addition, the Eagles have been spurred by a close win in their opener against Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) which was only decided in the final minute of play.

We’ll have more on this tomorrow.