Lacrosse the Internet: March 15, 2013

If my toaster is basically in flames, I probably can't salvage this toast, right?

This is obviously your favorite site, but other people actually write important stuff sometimes. Now is that sometimes.

Tempo-Free Lax is live
After some delays getting the 2013 edition of TempoFreeLax.com going, the site should be up and fully operational. Many thanks to Paul Nelson, the technological brains behind the whole operation, Hoya Suxa from College Crosse – who sort of jump-started the concept of Tempo-Free lacrosse statistics – and Ken Pomeroy of Kenpom.com, who helped brainstorm the porting of his ideas from the basketball world onto the lacrosse field.

A Selfless Leader
From the first time James Kennedy stepped on the lacrosse field donning a purple and white uniform as a freshman in 2010 through today, his incredible skill, character, and leadership have been continuous and significant factors in the program's improvement and impending success. After viewing the 5'10" 185 lb. superstar's impressive lacrosse resumé, one might assume that his path to Division I lacrosse was an easy one, or that all his individual triumphs would cause him to possess an exuberant moxie. However, after sitting down with Kennedy to talk about his involvement in the sport of lacrosse and his time as a Crusader, I quickly learned that both assumptions were far from true.

Maryland men's lacrosse team trying to stay even-keeled despite success
Despite 5-0 start and unanimous No. 1 ranking, Maryland trying to stay even-keeled.

NCAA Lacrosse Freshman Rankings: March 13
In last season's Freshman Rankings debut, a goalie was a central figure of the story as Lehigh's Matt Poillon checked in at No. 1. However, he was the only goalie to crack the top 25. This year, that couldn't be more opposite as six goalies are among the top 25 and seven more warranted consideration, including two (North Carolina's Kieran Burke and Virginia's Dan Marino) in high-profile programs.

Winners & Losers: Philly Teams, Obscene Gestures, Shot Clock and More
The Whitman's® Sampler® Independence Classic saw Penn, Lehigh and Syracuse come home with wins.

Bates Earns 100th Win in Princeton Victory
Chris Bates couldn't walk two feet without bumping into an extended hand or a celebratory hug, and every single person who crossed paths with offered up a hearty "congratulations."

Hopkins Preparing to Enter Phase Two of Season
Johns Hopkins has taken care of much of its business, as phase one of its 2013 mission has concluded. With Saturday's trip to archrival Syracuse, the No. 4 Blue Jays will be ramping up their schedule in familiar and telling ways. Hopkins then will tangle with Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium and at North Carolina, before going to Maryland in mid-April.

Today's beats: It's Friday. You may as well listen to "Thickfreakness" in its entirety.

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