Club Women

March 4, 2009

A-Town Throwdown Becomes a Snowdown

by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Rain threatened the University of Georgia's A-Town Throwdown before it ever began, but the US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates teams competing in the event certainly weren't ready for the six inches of snow that hit Georgia over the weekend of Feb. 28 - March 1.

The Central Florida - Colorado State game was delayed due to a thunderclap, but the teams played on as the snow continued to fall with Colorado State eventually winning 7-3.

"We used a small broom and sticks to move snow from the 8 meter, goal circle, and restraining line, as the 3" of snow covered every line on the field," wrote Central Florida head coach Tom Hopkins in an e-mail. "The game was very slow, ground balls would be scooped with a stick full of snow, cradling was first a shake of the stick to "sift" the snow from the ball and launch it to a player just trying to stand up.

"While I don't want to ever do it again, it was an experience we will never forget.  We would like the opportunity to play CSU under better conditions, but we have no regrets and hope to play them again in May. Thought you might want to hear about the most unusual game I have ever seen."

Host Georgia and Minnesota also battled through the elements - pouring rain. Georgia won the game 8-6, but Minnesota coach Janet Holdsworth was proud of the friendships developed even in a freezing cold game. The teams gathered for a post-game picture, with Georgia head coach Adam Weinstein sporting a Minnesota t-shirt for the picture.

Top-ranked Colorado had another big weekend at the A-Town Throwdown, going 5-0 with wins over Central Florida, Georgia, James Madison Club, Michigan State and Virginia Tech Club. The Buffs are a perfect 11-0 this season, heading into Saturday's showdown against archrival and defending national champion Colorado State.


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