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April 21, 2019 — Lessons from the mid-table

Yesterday’s Final Third presentation showed just how much teams which are either unranked or are in the middle of their conference standings will work at the end of the season in order to gain the attention of NCAA selectors — and, quite possibly, future opposition.

But if there’s one thing to stress, especially in The Possession Clock Era of women’s lacrosse, it’s that no lead is safe nowadays.

The biggest lead overcome in any girls’ or women’s lacrosse game that I remember was in the 2007 NCAA Division I semifinal when Duke held a 13-4 lead with 20 minutes remaining. Virginia won, setting a standard for comebacks which should be the all-time greatest, given the pressure of a national tournament and how good Duke teams were in the 2000s.

Yesterday, the University of New Haven had a 9-4 lead in the opening minute of the second half, but just 14 minutes later, the score was even at 10-10. In the Division I game we had yesterday, Virginia Tech had a 10-7 lead on commonwealth rival Virginia with under 20 minutes to go, but the Hoos scored the last six goals in a 13-10 win. Tellingly, Virginia scored five of the six goals in the comeback in the final 10 minutes, showing an unusual ability to come through under pressure.

Sound familiar?