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Feb. 9, 2021 — A glitch in the start of the women’s lacrosse season

You might not know it yet, but collegiate women’s lacrosse started last weekend with a Division II tilt between Lenoir-Rhyne and the University of Montevallo. For the record, Lenoir-Ryne beat Montevallo 12-10, but only after an hour’s delay for snow removal — an occupational hazard for a lacrosse game being played in February.

But another kind of obstacle is looming over lacrosse and other intercollegiate activities. The Coronavirus has already put a damper on this weekend’s schedule of games.

Yale University has already announced that it would not be competing in any spring sports. It has also been reported that Cornell has had a number of players “unenroll,” which means that even if the Big Red participates in women’s lacrosse this spring, it would be at a heavily reduced level of participation.

In addition, there have been clusters of positive tests at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which has put an indefinite pause on any and all campus activities, including intercollegiate sports.

There has also been a concentrated cluster of COVID-19 positives at Johns Hopkins University, which resulted in a two-day suspension of classes. But it has also resulted in the postponement of JHU’s season-opening women’s lacrosse game against Maryland.

Of course if this was on the men’s side, this would be enormous news, since the two schools have met 119 teams since 1895. The women’s series is much less of a rivalry since the teams have met only 19 times, with the Terps winning all 19 outings.

Look for a rescheduling before too long, as Johns Hopkins’ women play their lacrosse in the Big Ten. Hopefully, the Coronavirus cluster will be remediated so that the team can retake the field sooner rather than later.