March 26, 2023 — Has the nationwide energy shifted?
Within the final 20 or so years, you possibly can be assured to seek out the best possible women’ highschool lacrosse on a hall in west suburban Baltimore, as groups like Ellicott Metropolis Mount Hebron (Md.), Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), and Brooklandville St. Paul’s (Md.) have dominated their leagues and despatched quite a few gamers to championship-level groups.
However yesterday afternoon, Washington Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) edged out McDonogh 12-11 in additional time. The reverse fixture final 12 months noticed McDonogh profitable the sport by 16-4.
It’s just one information level. But it surely’s a unique lacrosse panorama now versus earlier than the pandemic. There are tons of extra faculties taking part in the game, and large development in non-traditional areas which have now develop into fertile recruiting grounds, reminiscent of Florida, Washington, and Arizona.
However what I additionally assume is that there’s a new technology of membership participant, with abilities and physicality which have been remarkable ten years in the past. Plenty of these athletes are taking part in lacrosse solely and are coaching themselves with sport-specific train packages to intensify wrist power for the draw and explosive first steps for the 8-meter free place.
One such participant can remodel a workforce; some groups have a number of of them. And a few are concentrating themselves in smaller faculties reminiscent of Visitation, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.), and Charlottesville St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.).
I’ve a sense we’ll be listening to much more from these faculties very quickly.