On sport’s biggest weekend, lacrosse again on defensive

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It didn’t take long, Miles Harrison said, for the familiar lacrosse stereotypes to resurface. Within a day after a University of Virginia lacrosse player was charged with murdering a female player, the Baltimore surgeon said somebody told him, “‘There are those lacrosse guys again.”

Harrison, a member of the US Lacrosse Foundation board whose son, Kyle, starred at Johns Hopkins, was left to defend a sport that is thriving on the field while coping — again — with fallout from a criminal case.

It is both an exciting and trying period for lacrosse, which holds its national collegiate championships in Baltimore over the three-day holiday weekend. The games are expected to draw as many as 120,000 people to M&T Bank Stadium for semifinals and finals in men’s Division I, and the Division II and III championship games. Another 14,000 may attend the women’s Division I Final Four — it includes No. 1 seed Maryland — and the championship game at Towson University.

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