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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: November 12, 2012

The growth of lacrosse, it's signing week, and High Point gets ready to join the party.

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West Islip's Ilchert will take his relentless style of play to St. Joseph's lacrosse
“My style of play is ultra athletic, aggressive man-to-man – take no prisoners,” said the junior defenseman.

Smithtown West’s Foley, one of nation’s top junior defenders, looks to make a big impact for Lehigh
Needless to say, Lehigh University has to be ecstatic about the fact that the junior star has verbally committed to the Mountain Hawks.

Alexander and Schuss Named Captains
Seniors Dominique Alexander and Logan Schuss will serve as captains for the 2013 Ohio State men's lacrosse squad, Nick Myers, Buckeye head coach, announced Thursday.

Battle at the Big House, Night Game Highlight 2013 Schedule
The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team's 2013 schedule, announced Thursday (Nov. 8), features the Battle at the Big House vs. Ohio State on April 13 as well as the first night lacrosse game in Michigan Stadium history, against Detroit on April 17 at 7 p.m.

Fall Signing Week: Hopkins-Bound Feit Reflects on Starting Sophomore Commit Trend; More News
IL High School Insider Joe Lombardi, the author of the “Lax with Joe” blog at, focuses on the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Joe is also an analyst for the MSG Varsity television network and is the primary author of the new edition of “Lacrosse for Dummies,” which was released in 2010. You can follow Joe Lombardi on Twitter @joe_lombardi. You can follow LaxLessons on Twitter @LaxLessons

High Point Counting the Days Until D-I Men's Debut
Only 87 days remain until the opening faceoff of the 2013 NCAA Division I men's lacrosse season, when Delaware, which has played lacrosse since 1948, meets first-year program High Point on Feb. 2 at Vert Stadium in North Carolina. But who's counting, right?

No, Lacrosse Is Not A Regional Game. Watch How It's Conquering America.
In yesterday's post about America's regional sports, a lot of commenters asked why I didn't include lacrosse. Well simply put, it just isn't that regional anymore. While it has a historical reputation as a niche sport—wealthy, Northeastern/mid-Atlantic, and "preppy-as-balls"—its geographic range, at least, is now all but boundless.

Today's beats: In honor of all our fallen veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice.