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Lacrosse the Internet: March 17, 2015

Here's your roundup for St. Patrick's Day.

"If they can dye the river green today, why can't they dye it blue the other 364 days of the year?"

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Quitting not in Kensil's vocabulary
Brian Kensil has had every reason to pack it in, go to class then the beach. But, like the team that surrounds him, the word quit apparently isn't in his vocabulary.

Quint: Scoring Up Overall, But Terps' D Downright Nasty
Scoring is way up, and I have no idea why.

Nike/LM Division I Men's Top 20
No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 North Carolina remained undefeated, although not without challenges. While top-10 teams Notre Dame, Duke, Cornell and Maryland all won, and get a bump in this week's rankings.

McAnaney: Time to Separate Contenders from Pretenders
The season is six weeks old, but to me it still feels like the first two-rounds of a prize fight, as we try to get a feel for who are the truly elite teams with a realistic shot of making it to Broad Street for Championship Weekend.

ICYMI: Behind Brown's Overbearing Offense
If you haven't watched college lacrosse for the last 25 years, if the last time you paid attention to the game was during the 1980s, then the way Brown plays today might not stop you in your tracks.

Is This Lacrosse Poll Serious? Ivy League Mayhem
The action from last week’s college lacrosse games resulted in some Ivy League mayhem, and it’s making me question all my assumptions about where D1 men’s teams stand for 2015. With so many top 20 programs this year in the conference this year, mayhem in the Ivy means mayhem in the polls! Especially my votes for the IL Media Poll!

Q&A with ESPN men's lacrosse analyst Matt Ward
ESPN analyst Matt Ward provided color analysis for No. 4 Notre Dame’s 11-9 victory over No. 7 Virginia on Saturday. The former Virginia attackman and 2006 Tewaaraton Award winner, who will help cover the Cavaliers’ game at No. 5 and 2014 NCAA champion Duke on April 12, shared his observations from the Fighting Irish’s win, No. 16 Johns Hopkins’ hopes for an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, and the separation between the top five teams in Division I and the rest of the country.

St. John’s Stefan Diachenko Goes BTB
Side note: would love to see what Drexel’s matte navy helmets look like wet.

Syracuse 13 - Johns Hopkins 10: Five Big Takeaways
Syracuse improved to 6-0 with a win over the arch-rival Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. Let's discuss five takeaways from the win.

Late surge lifts men's lacrosse over the Crimson
It may not have been a beautiful day Saturday, but the No. 18 men’s lacrosse team’s victory over No. 10 Harvard was certainly a thing of beauty. Playing through a constant downpour, the Bears (5-0, 1-0 Ivy) recorded their first signature win of the season in front of a boisterous home crowd. After trailing by one at the half, Bruno used a dominant second-half run to put away the Crimson (4-2, 0-1) by a final score of 14-9.

Orange Watch: Near season’s midpoint, Syracuse lacrosse looking like team on mission
Item: At 6-0 and on top of the lacrosse polls, this year’s Orange squad has its long term vision on NCAA title number 12, but first, however, those sights are set on topping new archrival Duke, the two time defending national champion, this coming weekend in the Dome.

Men's Lacrosse Wraps Up Spring Break Trip With 12-8 Loss To UMass
While you were busy enjoying a much-needed break from class, Penn State men’s lacrosse was spending a week in the Boston area competing against three Massachusetts-based colleges, earning one win in three tries.

Men’s lacrosse rides explosive offense to victory over Lafayette
On the back of a 12-goal first-half run, the Boston University men’s lacrosse team bested Lafayette College 17-8 in Patriot League play on Saturday afternoon.

Wolverines win longest game in program history
The ball found itself in the Saint Joseph’s net one last time in the fourth period of overtime with help from junior attackman Peter Kraus.

Late Virginia rally not enough against Notre Dame
The luck of the Irish got the best of the Virginia men’s lacrosse team this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. No. 4 Notre Dame (4-1, 1-0 ACC) used a 7-0 run to start the game and a subsequent 8-2 halftime lead to win its conference opener, 11-9, against the No. 7 Cavaliers (5-2, 0-2 ACC).

Navy starting to look like conference championship contender
Navy men's lacrosse took a big step forward last season by qualifying for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2010. The Midshipmen didn't get far, falling in the first round to 18th-ranked Lehigh.

Spring Break with Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse (Part One)
Spring Break with Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse (Part One) Mike Franz (’16) 3.14.2015 This week the University of Notre Dame is on spring break. While many students are either spending time with friends.

Ikeda wins second B1G Defensive Player of the Week
Ikeda's effort anchoring a Maryland defense that held Villanova to just two goals earned the senior his second B1G Defensive Player of the Week Award.

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