Heavy Play, Rain Make Field Quagmire
Byline: Patrick Stevens, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
BALTIMORE - The biggest crowd in the 33-year history of the NCAA tournament saw perhaps the worst field conditions for a title game.
The M&T Bank Stadium field absorbed four straight days of rain and four other games were played on it over the weekend. The grounds crew replaced the sod inside the crease and at the faceoff X before yesterday's game, but the area in front of both goal creases was torn up and bounce shots were rendered ineffective.
When Virginia jumped to an early 5-0 lead en route to a 9-7 defeat of Johns Hopkins, it relied primarily on shots from grassy areas more than 10 yards from the goal …
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Publication information: Article title: Heavy Play, Rain Make Field Quagmire. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: May 27, 2003. Page number: C02. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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