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Lacrosse the Internet: March 9, 2013

Closing the book on last week.

This is obviously your favorite site, but other people actually write important stuff sometimes. Now is that sometimes.

Q&A: UMass Lowell AD Dana Skinner
On February 14, UMass Lowell announced the decision to elevate its athletic department to Division I, join the America East and add men's and women's lacrosse. The announcement made the River Hawks the 68th DI men's lacrosse team, slated to begin play in 2015. Here is a Q&A with athletic director Dana Skinner about how and why the university came to the decision to add lacrosse.

Independence Classic: What it Means For Each Team
The sky is expected to be clear and the weather above 50 degrees as teams battle to get back on track with wins this weekend on the big stage near Philadelphia. Tickets are available here.

Providence Sees Results in Season of Change
The Providence College Friars have won only one conference game since joining the Big East in 2010. That victory came in the final game of the 2012 season, when the Friars defeated Villanova 15-11 — one of only two wins for the program last year.

Swezey's Preview: Princeton-UNC, Patriot Woes and More
You need to read Swezey. No doink.

Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year Watch, March 6
Any type of early season analysis, whether issued by me or anyone across the scope of sport's media, often comes with the caveat, “It's early.”

UnCensered: Maryland is Running with New Rules
During the final minutes of Maryland's 16-7 thrashing of Duke last Saturday, ESPNU color commentator Ryan Flanagan, a former North Carolina defenseman well-versed in ACC ball, discussed how the current Maryland roster didn't have much in the way of weaknesses.

Syracuse's Mullins Out for Season with Knee Injury
Syracuse sophomore defenseman Brandon Mullins will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to a right knee injury that will require surgery, the school announced Thursday. Mullins suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Orange's 9-8 overtime win against Virginia on March 1.

Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Team Autographed “Black Ops” Helmet Auction
Here is your chance to get some sick DI gear while helping a great cause.

High Point’s Lomas Snags One-Handed Catch and Scores Against Michigan
Freshman High Point attackman, Dan Lomas, scores this goal off a great one-handed catch in the team’s 13-10 win over Michigan. Lomas finished the night with six goals.

Michigan 10, High Point 13
This was really a game Michigan should have won. The Wolverines dug themselves into a hole a couple times, and couldn’t recover. The wounds were mostly self-inflicted, and now the window for picking up victories this year is closing.

Who Does It Better? The Sportscasters
In today's match-up, we pit two of ESPN's best lacrosse sportscasters against each other - Quint Kessenich vs. Paul Carcaterra.

Men's lacrosse off to best start since 2010 season
Win over Lafayette puts the Red Foxes at 3-0 on the year.

Quint: Taking Stock in Early Lacrosse Action
With the Division I men's lacrosse season moving toward mid-March, the first-quarter earnings reports are in.

Ohio State Looking to Buck Trend, Continue Streak
Ohio State coach Nick Myers knows all too well that the Buckeyes have been here before. A year ago, they edged a top-10 opponent in Notre Dame to get out to a 3-0 start. In 2011, Ohio State punctuated a 3-0 start with a similar win over North Carolina.

2013 Lehigh Lacrosse Player Blog: Ups and Downs
This past week definitely had its ups and downs. Coming off of our player’s only meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the team had a couple of great practices on Thursday and Friday.

Michigan Preview: Hobart
Here it is: Michigan’s best chance of the year to come away with a win. Even though High Point has exceeded early expectations (already picking up a win and coming close in a couple other games), this is one that Michigan has to expect to win.

Colgate men's new hockey facility will benefit men's lacrosse team, too
Project will include a new men's lacrosse locker room, coaches office and training rooms.

Former champs meet as UNC faces Princeton
"It's going to be huge," said UNC head coach Joe Breschi. "It's another top-five opponent for us, so it's huge. You don't want to put too much emphasis on one game, but we've had opportunities and let them get away, so the emotions will be high."

Today's beats: It's Saturday, so therefore you should listen to bluegrass.