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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: November 7, 2012

Picking winners and losers, a recruiting update, and what did we learn in fall ball?

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Recruiting: 2014s to Denver, Cornell, Fairfield, Bryant, Bucknell, More; JuCos to Furman
A bevy of 2014 commitments are in, including players verballing to Denver, Cornell, Fairfield, Bucknell, Bryant and more. Plus 2013 commitments and a handful of interesting NJCAA commitments to coach Richie Meade at Furman.

Winners & Losers: Southerners, Spiders & Sandy
We here in Baltimore were mostly spared from the fall out of Superstorm Sandy, but much of the Northeast got pummeled, meaning many of our readers are likely struggling to get things back to normal. So this week, we give a nod to the New York area, while also checking in on what's happening in the South, out West, and at a few stops in the Mid Atlantic.

Feit reflects on how his 2010 verbal started trend of sophomore lacrosse commitments
In October 2010, the standout goaltender from Syosset High School on Long Island, coming off a strong string of performances in summer showcases, made a decision he had no idea would come so early.

To add lacrosse, Richmond subtracts soccer, track
Faced with severe economic challenges, many college athletic departments have pared back their varsity teams, confronting difficult decisions over which sports to eliminate. Athletes on dropped programs are left feeling betrayed and wondering, "Why us?"

Class One Q&A: Peter Kraus
In the 11th entry in the question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Peter Kraus, a New Canaan High School (Conn.) graduate is profiled. Kraus was a three-year varsity lacrosse letter winner and All-FCIAC honorable mention his senior year. His father, Steve Kraus, was an All-American at the University of Virginia (1978-81).

Keeping up the fight
More than a month since the school announced it had cut men's track and soccer in favor of a division I lacrosse program, the soccer alumni have banded together to try and force the school to reconsider its decision and reinstate the canceled programs.

Fallball 2012: 10 Things We Learned
It's hard to glean too much from fallball: Teams play differently, try new things and may not look the same come spring.

Today's beats: Long Island is still trying to pull itself together after Hurricane Sandy. Let Billy Joel give you some shouts about Strong Island and, if you can, try and lend a hand to some people that really need some help.