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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: June 8, 2012

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Review & preview: Towson
A look at the 2012 season for the Tigers and a glimpse into 2013.

How Do You Respond to Small and Big Losses in Life?
From Dr. Fred Opie.

Lacrosse is creating a retail splash
Lacrosse has caught the imagination of tens of thousands of youths, becoming the fastest growing team sport in the US, stealing players from local town baseball teams and attracting businesses seeking profits for specialized lacrosse gear, camps, clubs, and growing line of lacrosse apparel. It also has become the backdrop for a new social clique, proliferating on school campuses from junior high to the university level. To some, it provides a laudable sense of identity to young people motivated by athleticism and college aspirations. Others worry the identity focuses more on style than substance.

IL Staff's 2013 Way-Ahead Rankings and Debate
We decided as a fun experiment, we'd do a brief poll of the IL staff and see where we differ with Swezey. Myself, Geoff Shannon, Terry Foy, John Jiloty, Zach Babo and Casey Vock took our Top 20 and calcuated it, giving our opinions on the year ahead.

Penn Men's Lax Dedicates New Field to 'Ace' Adams
More than 30 years after he coached them, Jim "Ace" Adams is still an important person to almost everyone who played for the Penn men's lacrosse program during the 1970s.

Mark Dixon: Maryland's 2012 Anything But Normal, But Plenty of Positives to Take Away
The Maryland Terrapins had anything but a normal season. A year after graduating a heralded senior class that guided the Terps to their first berth in the NCAA Championship game since 1998, most figured this would be somewhat of a rebuilding year in College Park. Reaching the first round or the quarterfinals of the NCAAs in 2012 would have been considered a success by many.

Parity in NCAA Division I Lacrosse Beckons Georgia Bulldogs to Join the Big-Time
One week ago, the Loyola (Maryland) Greyhounds became the ninth, and smallest, school to win an NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship, completing a season of parity in the sport. Is now the time for the Georgia Bulldogs to make the leap from club to varsity status?

Today's beats: Ben Harper, because I said so: