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Lacrosse the Internet: February 6, 2015

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Men's Lacrosse: 2015 Outlook
Coming off a season in which Army led the nation in defense and finished second in the Patriot League, the Black Knights return eight starters, including their leading scorer from a season ago in John Glesener, but just like last season, Army has the benefit of numbers and not just strength in numbers, experience in numbers. Tenth-year head coach Joe Alberici’s expectations are to have success in the Patriot League and in the nation.

2015 Season Preview: Part II
In the second and final installment of TowsonTigers.com's preview of the upcoming 2015 men's lacrosse season, we focus on Towson's defensive midfield, long-stick midfield, close defense, goalies and faceoff specialists.

George, Haus, Rowe Selected 2015 Captains
The trio of seniors Justin George, Will Haus, and Jack Rowe were selected by their teammates to lead the Duke men’s lacrosse team as captains for the 2015 season. The Blue Devils open the campaign Saturday, Feb. 7 at High Point. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.

My Carolina Experience: Marcus Holman
Thanks to Marcus Holman, his family’s love affair with Carolina and, more specifically, with Carolina’s Lacrosse programs runs deep. He grew up in Baltimore, Md., with two former NCAA Division I lacrosse standouts for parents.  His affinity for the game was evident and having two siblings who were also brought up in the game made his love for lacrosse that much stronger.

2015 Men's Lacrosse Outlook: "Resolved and Ready to Go"
The UMBC men's lacrosse program has been a model of consistency in 11 years of America East Conference competition. They have competed in six league title match-ups in the past nine years, splitting those contests, but falling short of their championship hopes in the last two May clashes.

Ohio State’s Nick Myers Named 2016 U.S. Men’s U19 Head Coach
US Lacrosse today announced Ohio State University head coach Nick Myers as head coach of the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Under-19 Team. Myers will lead the team in its quest for an eighth consecutive world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, July 7-16, 2016, in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Goalie Pat McEnerney to start for Loyola Maryland in opener vs. Virginia
After three years of relying on Jack Runkel in the net, the Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team has had to search for a new starter. And that goalkeeper is Pat McEnerney.

2015 Lacrosse Week: Goalies and Specialists
In our final unit preview, we are taking a look at the specialist players, including goalies, long stick midfielders (LSMs), short stick defensive midfielders (SSDMs), and face-off-get-off players (FOGOs). It's a lot of acronyms, but I have faith in you.

2015 Preview: Virginia Cavaliers
Biggest Question Mark: How would this Cavaliers’ season have played out if they hadn’t lost Tanner Scales’ for the season due to injury?

Earliest start in history of UMBC men's lacrosse is fine with coach Don Zimmerman
UMBC will open the season at No. 6 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, marking the earliest start for the program by eight days. But it was a necessary concession, coach Don Zimmerman said Thursday morning.

DomCast
Dom Starsia is on a podcast, which is probably blowing his mind.

Marquette faces hefty challenge in opener at Lehigh
Marquette lacrosse is making a habit of opening its season with a big test. For the second season in row, the Golden Eagles will kick off their schedule against No. 16 Lehigh Saturday.

Three suspended Lehigh University lacrosse players leave school, official says
The three lacrosse players who were suspended from Lehigh University's nationally ranked team after snowball throwing allegedly sparked a brawl are no longer enrolled at the Bethlehem school, a spokesman confirmed.

Rutgers lacrosse, Big Ten Conference enter new era together
All of Rutgers sports are new to the Big Ten, but the Big Ten is only new to one sport.

The natural: Midfielder Jones provides freak athleticism, lethal threat for Blue Devils as team attempts to seize 3rd straight national championship
Myles Jones is intimidating on the lacrosse field. At 6 feet, 4 inches and 240 pounds, he towers over defenders and has his way with opposing defenses.

Outside the box: Interchangeable Denver offense relies on box lacrosse principles for strategy
Denver associate head coach Matt Brown tinkers with a complicated jigsaw puzzle. Instead of cardboard pieces, Brown has a midfield and attack that have interchangeable roles. Switch pieces as he pleases, and the finished product remains the same.

Maryland men's lacrosse assistant J.L. Reppert readies for homecoming
When the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team opens its 2015 slate at Navy on Feb. 14, it will mark a homecoming for coach John Tillman, who served 12 seasons as an assistant coach in Annapolis.

UMass men’s lacrosse prepares for season opener against No. 20 Army
The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team’s 2015 nonconference schedule presents no easy task to open the season. Of its seven games outside the Colonial Athletic Association, five are against preseason nationally ranked opponents.

Cornell men's lacrosse set to hit the ground running
Amid the piles of snow and the frigid temperatures, there's plot of green approximately 120 yards long and 60 yards wide on the southwest edge of the Cornell campus.

Men's Lacrosse Opens Season at Richmond on Saturday
The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team will open the 2015 season at Richmond (0-0) this Saturday, February 7. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va.

2015 NCAA Preview: Johns Hopkins
The focus of Johns Hopkins' 2015 season shifted dramatically this past week, after news broke that freshman defenseman Jeremy Huber passed away in his dorm room. Lacrosse is still important, but the Blue Jays are mourning their friend and supporting each other through the loss.

Coughlin: Teams Ready to Take Next Step in 2015
It is often written that college lacrosse is more competitive now than it has ever been. The gap between the top five and teams ranked six through 30 is said to be less than it was 10 years ago.

Introducing an Advanced Rating System for DI FOGOs
In the never-ending quest to determine who's the best, team sports like lacrosse only ever allow two teams to play each other at a time, which proves to be quite a limitation. Postseason tournaments allow us to crown a champion in the final game of the season, but do little to satisfy our curiosity during the season or to order teams beyond the champion.

SEASON PREVIEW: Red Storm Lacrosse Geared Up For Challenging 2015
Following the graduation of the most successful class in the Red Storm era last May, the St. John’s lacrosse program will look to a new group of senior leaders as well as a host of up-and-coming talents to guide the squad to new heights in 2015.

Is This Preseason Lacrosse Poll Serious?
A preseason lacrosse poll is a tricky monster. Are you ranking teams on how good you think they are right now? Is it just a list of last year's Top 20?

3d Blue Chip: Mid-Atlantic Camp Standouts
The final weekend of the 3d Blue Chip series was held this past weekend at Northeast Regional Park in Davenport, Fla., just south of Orlando.

2015 Preview: Air Force Falcons
Biggest Question Mark: Air Force had a fantastic season in 2014.

Fresh faces lead way for men’s lacrosse
Despite an 11.07 goals against average last season — good for 47th in the country — few doubted the Virginia men’s lacrosse team’s talent on the defensive end.

Carey's Nick Spillane to play lacrosse at Penn State
Nick Spillane identifies with a blue-collar culture.

Hicksville's Brian Lang will soak up atmosphere -- and play lacrosse -- at Ohio State
Brian Lang listened to the 105,000 screaming voices. He was immediately hooked.

2015 Bellarmine Lacrosse Season Preview
Kevin Burns readily conceded that his Bellarmine University lacrosse team was at a crossroads, and the Knights' head coach didn't know which direction his squad would travel.

Preseason Predictions For Division I Men's Lacrosse
Here's the Lacrosse Report's take about what fans have to look forward to in 2015.

Duke men's lacrosse set to open season with double-header
New year, new team—same dream.

Three Questions For Marquette Men's Lacrosse
And really, not just replacing Melnyk, Marquette's first ever All-American, but also Bryan Badolato as well.

Lax Season Opens in Rafferty Stadium Feb. 14
The upcoming spring of 2015 will mark a new era for Fairfield University lacrosse. With the dawn of the new season for both the men’s and women’s programs on Saturday, Feb. 14, the Stags will unveil their new, state-of-the-art home venue – Rafferty Stadium.

Sports Talk 1050 AM
Michigan was on the radio to discuss Michigan.

2015 Lacrosse Week: Previewing the Schedule
With all the pieces previewed and analyzed, it's time to look at how 2015 unfolds game by game.

Albany's Lyle Thompson has become the face of college lacrosse
To get a sense of how much Albany senior attackman Lyle Thompson has affected college lacrosse, just listen to how Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala answered a question about whether Thompson is the face of the sport.

Men's lacrosse media day wrap-up
The difference between the two coaches at Maryland lacrosse media day was striking. Understandable, but striking nevertheless. Cathy Reese, head coach of the defending National Champion women's lacrosse team was upbeat and buoyant about the upcoming season while men's head coach John Tillman was cautious and serious.

Villanova.com Men's Lacrosse vs. Denver to be Televised on Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports, the BIG EAST Conference's official broadcast partner, today announced they will broadcast the Villanova men's lacrosse game versus Denver on Friday, April 3rd at 8:30 p.m. on FS1. Additionally, the network will continue lacrosse coverage with the BIG EAST Lacrosse Championship Sunday doubleheader on FS2 with the women's championship starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by the men's championship at 7:30 p.m.

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