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Every time we write a blog about boys beating up on girls in field hockey we get flooded with dumb comments about how it’s NOT unfair for boys to beat up on girls because it’s a coed sport and girls can beat boys if they try harder. I know, I know, it’s so stupid for so many obvious reasons. The all girls schools they play against occasionally are obviously not on an equal playing field since they have no boys to choose from in their student population. Plus, boys are bigger, stronger, and faster than girls, which is why we separate the genders to begin with. The fact that some girls are better than some boys is a lazy and dumb argument and my four year old can see how illogical that is. But for this blog I’m going to play a little devil’s advocate and try to make the argument that this was a good thing.
We’ve written about Somerset-Berkley field hockey before because they have two boys on the team, including the coach’s son. Earlier this year the coach’s son Lucas Crook scored 4 goals in a 5-1 win over previously one loss Dartmouth. This is great because clearly Lucas just works harder than the girls on the other team. The fact that he has testosterone and the ability to run faster and hit the ball harder has nothing to do with outcomes on the field. Plus, if the other team weren’t so lazy they’d just get better than him, because that’s how biology works.
As you can see from this picture, having boys on the team does NOT give SBR any advantages over schools where boys have dumb things like “pride” and don’t play this “coed” sport.
SBR beat perennial power Walpole in the south shore final, and the winning goal was scored by one of the girls, proving that girls are just as good as boys at field hockey.
Oh wait, actually the coach’s son scored what ended up being the game winning goal.
— Greg Sullivan (@GregSullivanHN) November 10, 2018
But maybe if the goaltender on Walpole wasn’t so lazy she could’ve trained harder and stopped the shot.
Here’s what the coach’s son had to say about the reason SBR won:
“I just felt we were the more conditioned team,” said Lucas Crook, who assisted on the third goal after beating two defenders along the right baseline and crossing.
Definitely kid. You beat the girls because you’re better conditioned. Your gender is a social construct and does not give you an unfair advantage.
The coach agrees:
“We like to run,” said SBR coach Jen Crook, who has long emphasized distance running as part of her practices. “Maybe our condition, I don’t know. I think once we got that first goal, they really started to turn up their fire. And they wanted it more.”
The fact that boys can hit the ball harder than girls is because of conditioning. Duh.
The other boy, who is also a junior (same time next year) agrees:
Junior Alex Millar said the strong finishes are about attitude as well as about conditioning.
“In the last 15 minutes, we know that we have to keep the pace up,” he said. “When we want to score, we are able to put the goals in. But we have to put in the work and effort. And sometimes we get caught up in the first half of just settling and not running to the ball. So in the last 15 minutes, we tend to run to the ball more. And that’s why we’re able to win the last 15 minutes of every game.”
The men’s winners at the Boston Marathon always runner a faster final mile than the women’s winners because they condition better. Biology has nothing to do with it. Agreed.
Then yesterday in the state semifinal against Masconomet Regional boy #2 scored 2 goals in SBR’s 3-0 win. And as you can see from this video of his second goal, he does NOT have unfair physical advantages due to the fact that he is male.
— Greg Sullivan (@GregSullivanHN) November 14, 2018
Maybe if the Masco girls hit the weights instead of eating pie at the Topsfield Fair, then they’d be able to hit like that too. Any high school girl could hit a rocket like that if they worked hard enough.
Here’s what the Herald News said about her performance:
Millar scored both of his goals on powerful reverse sticks. His first made it 2-0 3:06 before halftime and his second, a strong shot deflecting off a Masconomet stick and just under the crossbar, came with 58.3 seconds left in the game. A defender, Millar was a force from start to finish, stopping attacks, stickhandling through the Masco’s defense and rifling shots and making smart passes.
I see nothing wrong with that. Any girl could do those things if they ate more hard boiled eggs.
The coach for Masco was asked for comment after the game about how she felt about losing to a team with two boys, who scored two goals in a 3-0 game.
Bridgeo politetly responded “No comment” when asked about SBR’s two boys. A few minutes later she did say that compared to the girls, Crook and Millar are “clearly stronger and faster.”
Well gee whiz coach, maybe if your girls started juicing and actually showed they were dedicated to winning they’d be in the state final. You want some cheese with that whine?
I see nothing wrong with this. Walpole and Masco should start recruiting boys to play too, since this is a coed sport. As a matter of fact they should get way more than two boys to join, since that’s perfectly legal. I see nothing wrong with a sport where the players where skirts getting flooded with boys. I think it’s great progress for girls, and totally NOT sexist.
A lot of people will say that these boys are beta males for choosing to play a sport that is 99.9% female, instead of competing in a sport where they’ll have to face other boys. Those people would be wrong because we had a boy on our field hockey team in 1998 and didn’t win the whole thing, therefore my anecdote proves that having boys on your team does NOT give you an advantage. Sure, he was fat and slow and just liked to cross dress, but it still proves my point – there is no difference between men and women.
Oh, and one of the boys evidently broke a girl’s thumb on Walpole, but that has nothing to do with biological differences. If I were a student at SBR this is DEFINITELY something I’d cheer about and taunt players from the other team on Twitter.
A woman can break another woman’s thumb too. Checkmate.
Now watch these boys raise that state title trophy against Nashoba this weekend. That’s something worth celebrating.
While we’re at it we should get rid of boys and girls basketball teams, and just have one team for each school. Whoever the best players are make the team, and since there are no biological differences between boys and girls I expect a 50/50 mix of the genders. This is something that makes TONS of sense, and I’m glad I finally see the light.
Anyway, they MIAA CANNOT fix this non-issue by making a simple rule that field hockey is a girl’s sport. It’s not like they do that with things like softball. The MIAA is totally NOT hypocritical for refusing to award the girl from Lunenburg who beat all the boys in golf because her school doesn’t have a girl’s team. And the fact that the NCAA does not allow boys to play field hockey because of “biology” doesn’t matter either, because they just hate equality. The end.