September is in the books and that means only one thing: We're one month closer to having our heads replaced with televisions during the robot apocalypse so that the machines can have a meta reality television experience. So, that's . . . something.
Other than that, it's time to recap 10 of the bigger and better stories that graced this fine Internet real estate over the last 30 days. Let's get it.
We Made It! (Again!)
It was a slow march through Division I's 63 lacrosse-playing cultists: Starting with VMI on July 10th, we walked through a sunshine aspect and a stormy moment for every team in the cohort. It was a two-and-a-half month process, culminating with a eulogy for Cornell's season. If you missed anything, this is your jam:
Ickiness in Ithaca
Allegations of "keg races" sidelined Cornell from fall competition. The Big Red will be back in the spring without further sanction, but the team's suspension will keep Cornell from playing in the Capital Lacrosse Invitational:
Bracket Expansion and Penn State's Difficult Charge to the 2014 Field
Good news, everyone -- the NCAA Tournament is expanding to 18 teams starting next spring. Bad news, Lions fans -- THUNDERDOME! is making your potential participation in that expanded field fairly difficult. Conference realignment remains the equivalent of cat wrangling:
- Penn State Ineligible for the 2014 CAA Tournament, Automatic Qualifier
- NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Bracket Expansion on the Horizon?
- NCAA Lacrosse Tournament to Expand to 18 Teams in 2014
Joe Fletcher Farts Freedom
Team USA held its initial tryouts over Labor Day Weekend and one collegian made it through first cuts: Loyola's Joe Fletcher, a defenseman whose colors don't run. Fletcher is attempting to make the final roster in a crowded field of capable poles, but progressing as far as he has is still impressive:
Stuff that was stuff that you can't stuff any place else: