It was 10 minutes before game time when the Brown University women’s lacrosse players marched in from their warm-up for a short team meeting ahead of a clash against nationally ranked Virginia Tech on March 11.
There was some apprehension about the fan restrictions instituted amid growing concerns about the new coronavirus. But the focus was on the task, players gathering for a pep talk and a bit of last-minute strategizing.
But coaches were waiting with the news they had been told five minutes earlier. The news that life in the sport as they’d always known it was about to be thrown into chaos.