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Lacrosse the Internet: February 22, 2013

Updates on Hawkins and Carraro, Mark Dixon chimes in on stuff, the Thompsons, and more.

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Michigan falls short in first ECAC battle
Despite a hot start, the Michigan lacrosse team dropped its first conference game, 12-6, to Bellarmine on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Thompson Trio of Terror: Syracuse Lacrosse Drops Season Opener to Albany in 2OT
The Thompson Trio of Terror single handedly defeated the Orange in a double overtime thriller. The Orange could not capture the magic that led to a furious fourth quarter comeback while in overtime, and in the second extra frame, Cuse finally fell.

Atlantic Sun's Expedited AQ, and What It Means for the NCAA Tournament
News that the Atlantic Sun will sponsor men’s lacrosse in 2014 and immediately pursue an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament for the conference champion caught many lacrosse fans off guard. The news also raised a number of general questions like "How can this happen so fast?" and specific ones like "How's this impact the NCAA Tournament field's AQ ratio?"

Dixon's Takeaways: UMass' Big Win, Mount St. Mary's, Salisbury and More
Who says there should not be lacrosse in February? A bunch of exciting games that went down to the wire and then some, and offenses clicking at a clip normally received for warmer months. It's still early, so the highs are tempered and the lows not as bad as they may seem. Enjoy the first installment of Tuesday Takeaways.

Quint's Top 20 and Weekend Analysis, Feb. 18
What a fun and wild weekend. Albany takes down the 'Cuse in the nightcap, #WeAre looms large in Jacksonville, Loyola is put on upset alert in Game One, Notre Dame sends a message with a convincing win over Duke, and UMass rallies to defeat UNC.

Young Gun, Old Hand to Meet Again in Denver
Nearly 15 years ago, a talented high school player from Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., named Kevin Cassese broke the heart of a living coaching legend named Bill Tierney, when Cassese changed his mind following a recruiting visit to Duke University.

Notes: Hawkins, Carraro Injury, Big Ten Lacrosse
Denver faceoff man Chase Carraro went down with a right knee injury Sunday against Penn State and has been awaiting MRI results. Pioneers coach Bill Tierney said on the debut of his weekly radio show on 102.3 ESPNDenver that doctors did not think the injury was an ACL tear but that Carraro would "be out for a little while."

Today's beats: Do it, Bishop Allen.