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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: January 23, 2013

Looking at the Orange, an interview with a Michigan freshman, and Penn State picks captains.

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#LMranks: No. 12 Syracuse Orange (Men)
Power Ratings Offense: 3* Defense: 4 Goalkeeping: 3 Faceoff: 2 * Out of 5

Mountain Hawks deep into preseason practice
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team is five days into its preseason schedule as it looks to build off a breakout 2012 campaign and continue the success this season. The Mountain Hawks’ first day was last Friday (Jan. 11), which consisted of meetings and testing, while they hit the field for the first time on Saturday. Lehigh enters 2013 with high expectations, ranked #8 nationally by Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook.

Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview: Maryland
2012 saw Maryland go 12-6, and with a great run in the playoffs, the Terps made it all the way to Memorial Day, where they fell to crosstown rival, Loyola, by a score of 9-3. The Terps had topped Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Lehigh to reach the finals. During the regular season, Maryland beat Duke, ‘Nova, and Hop for big wins. They dropped games to Colgate, Duke, Virginia, UNC, and UMBC.

Irish Increase Bonding and Fitness With O’Leary Cup on The Line
Student blogger Rich Hidy ('16) wrote the following column towards the end of the fall 2012 semester.

Canadians rev up to welcome countrymen
Throughout his childhood in British Columbia, Logan Schuss idolized members of the Canadian national lacrosse team, trying to imitate their play after studying them on YouTube. Even now, the Ohio State University senior — drafted by the Ohio Machine professional lacrosse team last week — has a poster of longtime player John Grant Jr. hanging in his room.

Class One Q&A: Sam Martorella
In the 20th question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Sam Martorella, a defensive midfielder from G.W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., is profiled. A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, he was captain of the Hewlett lacrosse and football squads as a senior, and he was also an all-county performer on the gridiron as a junior and senior.

Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Tabs Captains
Head coach Jeff Tambroni formally announced seniors Travis Crane (Parkville, Md.) and Jack Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.) as the captains for the 2013 season on Wednesday. Crane and Forster were elected by votes from their teammates and coaching staff.

Today's beats: I can't breathe.