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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: March 30, 2012

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Men's Lacrosse: Doyle shows glimpses of stardom as a freshman
Less than a year after the graduation of former Irish star-midfielder Zach Brenneman, freshman attack Conor Doyle has taken on the lofty challenge of filling his big shoes. Doyle, who wears Brenneman’s old number 28, said he is constantly reminded of who previously wore the jersey for No. 6 Notre Dame (6-1,1-0 Big East).

No. 2 UMass men's lacrosse doubles up on Harvard to remain undefeated at 8-0
Will Manny scored five goals, and Art Kell added four as the Minutemen rolled to a 16-8 win at Garber Field.

Wall Street's Lacrosse Mafia
For a small, mainly East Coast sport whose exposure is largely confined to ESPN’s higher multiples, collegiate lacrosse has managed to draw more than its fair share of unwanted national attention.

Navy Looks to Keep Turnaround Going vs. Lehigh
Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones wasn't shying away from the significance of the achievement. Yet, the hero who stamped the biggest victory the Midshipmen have enjoyed in two years was quick to play the let's-keep-it-in-perspective card.

Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Player Blog: #SullySmith Can Speak French in Russian
So, I was kind of MIA last week with my blog and sorry about that, but wasn’t really in the blogging mood after a loss. So yeah, we lost our first game of the year vs. Colgate two weeks ago, and a loss is never good but it’s something we kind of needed. It got us refocused on the little things we lost sight of and got us that much more motivated for the rest of the year. And wouldn’t you know it we came out firing this past Saturday vs. Hobart in our first conference game of the year.

Division I Position Rankings, March 28
Peter Baum, Billy Eisenreich, Mike Sawyer, Thomas Schreiber, Kiel Matisz and Marcus Holman — six of the 14 offensive players have spent their time in college playing either attack or midfield. That reflects the changing nature of college lacrosse (and underscores the lamented loss of the feeding attackmen and two-way midfielders), and it also makes this type of exercise even more difficult.

UnCensered: Does Hopkins Have The Right Stuff?
Over the past couple years, championship teams have used similar blueprints: Have a premier attackman who can control the flow of the game and orchestrate high-octane half-field attacks (Stanwick, Ned Crotty, Kenny Nims); and a few guys who can dominate between the 30s (Chris LaPierre, Parker McKee, Matt Abbott) to tilt the possession war and generate transition opportunities.

Today's beats: Someone informed me the other day that Squirrel Nut Zippers are still a thing. I took that as a victory for snappy suits everywhere. I couldn't find a non-miserable version of "Hell" on YouTube -- Fascists! -- so I'm left with Streelight Manifesto's cover: