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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: December 3, 2012

Stuff about Johnny Hopkins' super-early commit, more preppers make college choices, and Syracuse gets some new lids.

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Hot Pot: Early Recruiting Rant
Early Recruiting continues to be a hot topic of discussion amongst the lacrosse community, and within the greater college sports consciousness. Kids who have never played a minute of high school sports are still committing to D1 programs, and while many have come out against this practice, there are still those who believe it is perfectly acceptable.

Cascade Unveils New CPX-R Helmets For Cuse
Cascade Lacrosse unveiled photos of the 2013 Syracuse University men’s lacrosse helmets today.

NJ sophomore standout Haubenstock finds right fit in Denver lacrosse
Haubenstock, was a key contributor on Ramapo’s varsity squad as a freshman this past spring before enjoying a strong summer with the Leading Edge Elite travel team. He is an offensive-oriented, athletic playmaker, attributes on display in his highlight reel.

Hopkins-bound attackman Forry Smith from Haverford, Pa., becomes first freshman lacrosse commit
Just over two years ago, in October 2010, Syosset goaltender Ryan Feit became the first sophomore to verbally commit to a collegiate lacrosse program when he announced his intentions to attend Johns Hopkins. Feit, now a senior, made his commitment official during Fall Signing Week Nov. 14-21 by putting pen to paper on a National Letter of Intent.

Inside Lacrosse Tabs Nittany Lions 15th in Preseason Poll
Nittany Lion men's lacrosse was ranked 15th by Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook this week. In the Inside Lacrosse coaches poll, Penn State was tabbed 16th ahead of the 2013 season.

Fairfield Prep Lacrosse Players Make College Choices
UMass, Michigan, Colgate, and Penn get commits.

MLAX: Pride 17th In 2013 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Poll
Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Men's Lacrosse Team is ranked 17th in the 2013 Face-Off Yearbook Division I Preseason Poll, released this week by Inside Lacrosse.

Today's beats: I still can't believe that Jack's Mannequin is done.