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Aug. 17, 2017 — Has the war for pro women’s lacrosse gone nuclear?topofthecircle

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:13:43 +0000

Today, in addition to announcing five pretty high-profile coaches for the inaugural Women’s Professional Lacrosse League season next year, the league announced an inaugural kickoff weekend in late September during the fall-ball season. The location? U.S. Lacrosse’s new headquarters in Sparks, Md. “We are very supportive of the opportunities WPLL will be offering elite women’s […](image)


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Aug. 16, 2017 — The war on ice goes internationaltopofthecircle

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:39:48 +0000

The last we checked with the two stalemated pro women’s ice hockey leagues in the United States, there were still four Canadian teams in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the four U.S. franchises in the National Women’s Hockey League, and the city of Boston playing out as the battleground between the two, as the only […](image)


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Aug. 15, 2017 — Towards the “Golden Hit”?topofthecircle

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:52:21 +0000

OK, so the FIH, NCAA, and the National Federation have made dozens of rules changes over the last two decades which have sped up the game, made it safer, and cleared up complications for some parents. Not all, since one sometimes has to bring up the subtleties of the rules governing the second shot on […](image)


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Aug. 14, 2017 — A little expansion, here and theretopofthecircle

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:03:50 +0000

Last year, a major story in the world of scholastic field hockey was the fact that one of the nation’s fastest growing areas — Loudoun County in northern Virginia — had added 14 varsity field hockey programs amongst its 15 high schools. The presence of these teams necessitated a doubling of the size of the […](image)


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Aug. 13, 2017 — How to fix women’s field hockey in the United Statestopofthecircle

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:15:20 +0000

This afternoon, it took a pair of second-half goals for the U.S. women’s field hockey team to take the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup with a 2-1 win over Canada. The third-place finish at Spooky Nook was the worst showing for the American women in a continental qualifying tournament since 1991, when the […](image)


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Aug. 12, 2017 — How to fix men’s field hockey in the United Statestopofthecircle

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 01:29:39 +0000

This evening at Spooky Nook, the U.S. men’s field hockey team won the bronze medal in the Pan American Hockey Federation’s Pan American Cup with a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. You might say, given the fact that the States are the third-ranked team amongst the Pan American teams in this competition, that the […](image)


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BULLETIN: Aug. 11, 2017 — Chile 4, USA 3topofthecircle

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:45:13 +0000

Denise Krimerman, unlike a number of Chilean field hockey players of recent vintage, has taken the usual road to the national team. She prepped for her national team career playing in Chile while attending Universidad del Desarrollo in Concepcion. Krimerman has also has scored a number of important goals in her life, including game-winners in […](image)


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BULLETIN: Aug. 10, 2017 — USA 1, Canada 1 (Canada wins 4-3 in penalty shootout)topofthecircle

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:06:55 +0000

Any time teams on opposite sides of the 49th parallel meet on the field of athletic competition, especially in a game requiring the use of a stick, the battle lines sharpen a bit, the motivation more intense. And, for a U.S. men’s field hockey team which was chasing a World Cup berth next year, it […](image)


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BULLETIN: Aug. 9, 2017 — USA 9, Brazil 0topofthecircle

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 01:50:42 +0000

A couple of days ago, this space pointed out the number of runaway scores that have occurred thus far in this year’s Pan American Cup. This evening at Spooky Nook, the U.S. women’s field hockey team found itself in a rare occasion: needing a runaway score in order to avoid tournament co-favorite Argentina in the […](image)


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Aug. 9, 2017 — An all-out war?topofthecircle

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:45:24 +0000

The last few days have seen a flurry of press releases from the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL), giving out details here and there about the league’s mission and front office, as well as a growing list of superstar players who originally played with a competitor league, United Women’s Lacrosse (UWLX). If that didn’t out […](image)


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