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July 3, 2019 — Arrogant, or just good?

Over the last two decades of running this site, I have witnessed some of the best field hockey lacrosse teams and individuals who have ever played the game both at the scholastic and collegiate levels.

Where do I start? The names of certain teams — Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), the University of Maryland, Moorestown (N.J.), the University of North Carolina, Emmaus (Pa.), Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), Old Dominion University, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.), The College of New Jersey, Watertown (Mass.), and Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.) — strike fear into the hearts of opponents everywhere.

And the players — from Kat Sharkey, Kelsey Kolojejchick, Austyn Cuneo, Meredith Sholder, Haley Schleicher, Rachel Dawson, Lexi Smith, Jill Witmer, and Mackenzie Allessie to Jen Adams, Sheehan Stanwick, Dana Dobbie, Taylor Cummings, Zoe Stukenberg, Kali Hartshorn, Megan Bosica, Carly Reed, Sophia Turchetta, Corinne Wessels, and Caitlyn Wurzburger — are all the stuff of legend in their respective sports.

All of these teams and individuals have come through during a time of increasingly intense scrutiny and withering criticism not of their own making, but by sometimes anonymous critics on both Internet message boards and on social media.

And so it was that, leading into yesterday’s U.S. women’s soccer match, the American team wasn’t just undefeated, it was labeled as being “arrogant.”

Leave it to writer Maggie Ryan, a former member of several high-flying San Diego Serra (Calif.) field hockey teams, to lend perspective to the double-standard good women’s athletic teams face.