Duke Blue Devils

With bumpy road behind her, Taylor Virden will take the Ride as far as she can go

With bumpy road behind her, Taylor Virden will take the Ride as far as she can go

Taylor Virden is a lacrosse player first, which for the moment isn’t changing.

The Baltimore Ride held their last of four regular-season games on a muggy mid-July evening in rural Bel Air, flanked by a conservation area and a state forest. Like birds settling in for the night, the players on the field chirped constantly at one another, still learning one another’s names.

Virden crisscrossed the defensive end, trying to stem the eventual 11 goals the Boston Storm unleashed, once slamming her body into a Storm attacker so hard that Virden hit the ground. After time expired, she stalked off the field, frustrated with the loss.

But the game was over, and for the night, so...

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