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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: June 29, 2012

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Lehigh men's lacrosse face Ohio State in Fall Classic
Lehigh men's lacrosse face Ohio State Oct. 21 in San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic.

Friars make it official - hire new lacrosse coach
Providence College names Chris Gabrielli as its new men's lacrosse coach, replacing Chris Burdick. Gabrielli comes to PC from Duke as an assistant.

College: San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic
The fourth annual San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic will be held on Sunday October 12th at 2pm. The game will pit two of the top programs in the nation against each other – #9 Lehigh University and #18 Ohio State University. This event is the only Division I men’s lacrosse that is played in California each year, and it always draws a large crowd. The event is hosted by the Bay Area Youth Sports (BAYS) Foundation, an organization that works to provide opportunities for underprivileged kids to participate in sports programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lacrosse Grows, But Problems Persist
The teams that would have drawn the most fans--Syracuse, Virginia and Hopkins--didn't make the Final Four. Ticket prices continued to climb and tickets were difficult to purchase. The first option for fans buying tickets is for the entire weekend--all 5 games--instead of just the game they want. Gillette Stadium was less than half full and there were traffic problems for fans and media getting to the Final Four games. New England Patriots games at Gillette Stadium draw many more fans and there are fewer traffic issues for those games.

Ottenbreit Bides Time at Virginia, Ready for U19s
Tanner Ottenbreit has heard the voice before. Patience, my son.

Half Hollow Hills East's Parker, one of Long Island's leading lacrosse attackmen, decides on Binghamton
Things move quickly when it comes to recruiting commitments. Especially this time of year.

The Stickmaker: The Soul of Lacrosse
In the hands of craftsman Alf Jacques, wood bends and changes in ways it won’t for other men. From logs of pale, white hickory, he conjures beauty, grace. He splits, steams and shapes the timber until something exquisite emerges -- something that gleams.

Today's beats: Mates of State, boy.