Sunday, June 27, 2010

NU says Lacrosse Final 4 Tainted

Five time defending women's NCAA lacrosse champions were upset in this years final late last month.  Northwestern claims the final four was tainted.  School officials point out that official Pat Dillon has a conflict of interest and should not have been officiating and possibly cost them the championship.  Pat Dillon's life partner is Maryland's head athletic trainer Sandy Worth also Northwesterns championship opponent.  In 2009 the ACC prevented Dillon from calling ACC games to avoid such conflicts of interest.  Northwestern was trailing Maryland 11-10 in the championship game and found momentum to tie the game until a questionable charging call from Dillon waved off the game tying goal.  Momentum swayed back to Maryland who won a close championship game 13-11.  Northwestern plans to achieve change to the process of assigning officials as there should be not question concerning a referee's bias, integrity and professionalism.

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