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Lacrosse the Internet: February 18, 2014

The delicate task of clearing snow, Ty Thompson scares a nation, and more.

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A Foot Of Snow On Stony Brook Campus 24 Hours Before Lacrosse Opener's? No Problem!
First of all, this should never be necessary. February lacrosse is dumb. Second of all, I had no idea that removing snow from turf was such a sophisticated task:

Over a foot of snow on the field at LaValle Stadium, and less than 24 hours until the men’s lacrosse home opener. Phil and the athletic department staff, have a conversation. Canceling the event is not an option. Phil enlists the help of the folks at Land Tek, an outside contractor that among other things, installs artificial turf, and maintains those properties. They work with the university on a routine basis, and at times, it’s tough to distinguish their key personnel as actually being outside contractors.

Guy Fitzgerald is a manager at Land Tek and on most days, he and his team can be found on campus at Stony Brook, helping to maintain outdoor playing surfaces for the student-athletes. Removing over a foot of snow, from a $1 million dollar plus artificial playing surface is not as simple as dropping a plow blade and hitting the gas pedal. When Phil finished his conversation with the athletic department staff, Guy’s phone rang. The answer is always “Yes”, and spend five minutes talking to Guy about his work around the university and it’s clear he not only enjoys what he does, but he takes pride in his work.

In a Bobcat with a small bucket attached, Guy himself, went to work carefully clearing the artificial surface at LaValle Stadium.

I still don't understand why they don't clear the field with flamethrowers. Use your heads, people!

A loss UAlbany can stand
Albany plays a handful of elite competition this season (Drexel, Penn State, Hopkins, etc.), and Ty Thompson's comments after falling just short against Syracuse probably made a lot of opposing coaches seriously consider hiring a head hunter to take a job in insurance or something rather than gameplanning to stop the Thompson Trio:

"I don't think at any point any of us thought we were going to lose," Ty Thompson said. "We fought back to force overtime. We fell short. And we'll be back."

The Great Danes are the hardest matchup in college lacrosse. There's nothing like this . . . I don't even know how to characterize Albany's offense. It's just a thing. And it does awful, terrible stuff to defenses.

Flights

Quint's Top 20, Feb. 17: ACC's Dominance, CAA's Struggles
Quint is one of the cats that gave Marquette a vote this week.

Wait, What? Men's Lacrosse Receiving Votes In Warrior Media Poll
Following a big victory over Hofstra on Saturday, Marquette's sophomore men's lacrosse team has garnered the attention of at least two of the Warrior Media Poll voters.

Ohio State lacrosse: Buckeyes fall to UMass 12-11 in OT
The Buckeyes start the season 0-2 after back-to-back overtime losses, this time against Massachusetts.

UMass Lacrosse vs. Ohio State: Minutemen Down Buckeyes, 12-11, In Overtime
Nick Mariano scored four goals for the UMass Minutemen, including the overtime gamewinner at the Moe's Southwest Lacrosse Classic in Jacksonville.

A closer look at the Terps 14-3 win over UMBC
The Terps knew they'd have to improve their play not only from last week's win over Mount St. Mary's but also from their last meeting with the Retrievers if they were to come away with the win. Here's a look at what they did and how they did it.

Lacrosse Magazine Division I Men's Rankings
This is how people at Lacrosse Magazine think the nation looks.

Photos: Top-Ranked Orange Outgun No. 10 Albany in Overtime
These pictures should just be a blur of orange and yellow.

Photos: Duke Prevails in the Top Five Battle with Denver
Brendan Fowler is a field tank.

Detroit 11, Mercer 10
This result was . . . weird.

Maine native, Deerfield (MA) 2016 defender Alexander makes Michigan his choice
For deer hunting or lacrosse?