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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: June 22, 2012

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Big Ten and Ivy League to study head trauma in college sports
Despite an increasingly hard-to-ignore dialogue about the effects of head trauma on athletes -- particularly in the National Football League, which is facing a massive lawsuit from former players and their families -- the colleges where these players begin their careers on the field have done little to address the issue.

St. Mary's not satisfied with progress made thus far
Four-game improvement in win column is nice, but Seahawks still seeking first appearance in NCAA tournament

IMG Academy to Field First Lacrosse Team
In March, IMG Academy announced its intent to field an Academy lacrosse team for the 2012-13 season. Aspiring lacrosse players with hometowns spanning from Florida to Canada immediately took notice, electing to enroll for the upcoming fall semester.

The spiritual side of playing lacrosse
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, near Massena, is hosting a day devoted to the game of lacrosse.

The Ivy League Boasts Best NCAA Division I APR for the Seventh-Straight Year
For the seventh-straight year, the Ivy League sits at the top of the most recent NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA national office.

Pannell planning Cornell return
Cornell lacrosse star Rob Pannell told YNN Sports Wednesday night he is confident the Ivy League will approve his return to the Big Red next spring to continue his spectacular college career.

NCAA Lacrosse Freshman Rankings: June 21
One of the major storylines of the 2012 season was the impressive showing of Patriot League teams — particularly NCAA Tournament squads Lehigh and Colgate, but also the competitiveness of the league in general. Well, it was no different in the Freshman Rankings as Mountain Hawk goalie Matt Poillon on Raider attackman Ryan Walsh had dominating full seasons, and deciding between the two atop the final 2012 rankings was a near impossible task.

Today's beats: "They're better than steaks. . . ."