Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A violent death fails to stop a lacrosse season

The apparent murder of University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love is what people where I live are talking about because Yeardley was from Baltimore. My heart goes out to the victim's family, the accused's family, Yeardley's roommate who discovered her dead.

I surfed over to the US Lacrosse Web site for the lacrosse news angle. Sure enough, there was one. Reportedly, both the UVA men's and women's lacrosse teams plan to continue playing despite losing teammates (one in jail, one to be buried soon). The men's team is No. 1 in the country. The women also are headed for the NCAA Tournament beginning May 15. I question whether they should and wonder how they could go on with their seasons. In these circumstances, how does a kid think about lacrosse?

Virginia's athletic director, Craig Littlepage, is one of steadiest hands in college sports. This would be a good time to show it by overruling the players, the coaches and the lacrosse boosters.

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