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June 24, 2021 — When a playoff is not a competition, revisited

Last evening saw the end of the inaugural two-level Colorado High School Athletic Association girls’ lacrosse championships. The record will show that Evergreen (Colo.) and Denver Colorado Academy (Colo.) won their respective titles in grand fashion.

Which is a funny way of saying that both games were runaways, meaning that the final minutes of the game saw the running clock because of the 10-goal rule.

When you look at the semifinals and finals of the 5A and 4A title matches, you see something that we pointed up five years ago when we looked at the evolution of scores in the Pennsylvania public-school field hockey tournaments over the years.

That trend is towards runaway scores. In the six games held in Colorado this week to play down to a single title-winner, five of them went to the running clock. Worse, the average winning margin of these six matches was 12.67 goals.

Yeah, I get the fact that the game has changed with lighter sticks and more accurate shooters. But the divisions between the haves and have-nots in girls’ lacrosse is also getting larger. But I think that perhaps the CHSAA should have waited a bit until splitting the pool of schools for the state tournament.

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