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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: February 29, 2012

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Maryland lacrosse: Not the cause of player's death
Columnist is wrong to impugn lacrosse for death of Maryland lacrosse player.

Tierney, Matthews share historic weekend
Head coach Bill Tierney and senior attackman Mark Matthews achieved individual accomplishments last weekend as the team swept the DU Face-Off Classic, recovering from an opening game loss on Feb. 26 to Ohio State.

Road to the 2012 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic: Where Teams Stand
The sixth Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic — taking place March 10, 2012 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore — is rapidly approaching. Another great slate of games will highlight the event as the top four teams in the nation and No. 11 Princeton — according to the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll — will take the field.

College lacrosse: Q&A with ESPN's Paul Carcaterra
"When I look at the first couple weeks of the season, it’s hard to fully embrace storylines or early successes or early failures because of the Ivy League’s late start and the Ivy League plays a pivotal role in landscape of college lacrosse."

NCAA Lacrosse Prospects: Week Two
Marisa extrapolates the weekend with an eye set toward the professional ranks.

College lacrosse weekend wrap-up
Evan Washburn takes you through the weekend of lacrosse and how area teams did and what it means going forward.

How Title IX Hurts Female Athletes
The groundbreaking legislation, which was supposed to help women thrive in sports, has caused significant collateral damage.

Today's beats: A day that doesn't always exist on the calendar -- WE'RE IN THE MATRIX! -- deserves a special edition of beats. With Championship Weekend happening up in Massachusetts this year, today feels appropriate for some Dropkick Murphys and their "The State of Massachusetts" off of The Meanest of Times.