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Lacrosse the Internet: March 26, 2015

It's Thursday!

The shootyhoops thing starts again tonight.

STORIES

Reaction: No. 9 Albany 21, Harvard 18
An absolutely thrilling contest between Harvard and No. 9 Albany took place on a dreary Wednesday evening in Cambridge, Mass. The Great Danes defeated the Crimson, 21-1,8 in a game that was fast and furious enough to launch its own franchise. It was, indeed, a dark and stormy night, but mostly for the Crimson clad defenders that had the unenviable task of defending an unguardable man by the name of Lyle Thompson. Thompson exploded for nine goals and three assists to lead his team to victory and cemented his status as the frontrunner for the Tewaraaton trophy; Albany cemented its reputation as the most exciting team in the NCAA (that doesn’t wear Orange).

McEwen FOGO Ratings: Week 7
The race at the top got a little tighter in the week 7 update to the McEwen FOGO Ratings as the top four all came back to the pack a little bit. Cornell's Domenic Massimilian and Denver's Trevor Baptiste passed Bryant's Kevin Massa to end up second and third by having their ratings fall a bit less.

NCAA Notes: Navy's MVP, ACC's Bid-Steals and More
With conference play taking over we swing past the midseason point, here are a few observations of the Division I men's lacrosse world over the past eight weeks.

UAlbany Athletics Mourns the Passing of Dan Barnes, Class of 2007
The University at Albany athletics department is saddened by the passing of Dan Barnes, a two-sport athlete in football and lacrosse, a member of the Class of 2007 who tragically passed away from cancer on Monday.

CAA Power Rankings: Defense Wins Championships?
Conference play has officially started in the CAA, That changes the standings up drastically. UMass grabbed a win over Hofstra so they sit at the top being 1-0 in conference. The overalls are not as simple: UMass (3-5), Towson (6-3), Fairfield (5-4), Delaware (4-6), Drexel (3-5), and Hofstra (3-5). Full-on conference play begins this weekend so this week’s records don’t mean too much. Still, we got to see some interesting things happen.

SoCon Power Rankings: Richmond and Mercer, for now
Every week we will highlight and rank the various games, players and observations from every team in the first-year Southern Conference.

Syracuse Lacrosse: Where & When They Might Lose First
SU lacrosse is the only team in the nation without a loss, and looking as strong as ever. Assuming this team ever loses, who are the most likely candidates to deliver that first blow?

MLax: Lessons from the Syracuse Debacle
It wasn't pretty. It may be instructive and useful.

UVA Men's Lacrosse Defense and Faceoffs in Decline
I don't know how much I agree with this blanket statement.

Maryland coach John Tillman mum on absence of starting defensemen Matt Dunn and Mac Pons
Starting defensemen Matt Dunn and Mac Pons did not play in Maryland's 13-4 rout of Robert Morris on Tuesday, but coach John Tillman gave few details for their absence.

Johns Hopkins makes Big Ten, lacrosse history
If you shot a lacrosse ball downhill from the home of the sport's most decorated family, within a mile it would pass the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and then reach the nation's oldest lacrosse stadium where the eight Stanwick kids who lived up the street would go to practice and spare their house's sunroom windows.

Men's Lacrosse Drops Fourth Straight Game, 21-18
Amidst the dramatic backdrop of rain and hail, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team got into a frantic, back-and-forth shootout against the No. 10/9 University of Albany. In a game that showcased the potent offensive attacks of both teams, the Crimson (4-4, 0-2 Ivy) led the Great Danes (5-1, 2-0 AE) for the entirety of the first half before the Albany offense took control to end the game Wednesday night at Soldier Field lacrosse stadium. Although Albany put the game away late in the fourth quarter, the Crimson battled to close the goal difference to a respectable score of 21-18 at the final whistle.

Q&A: Towson Men's Lacrosse Attackman Max Siskind
With Towson men's lacrosse redshirt senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson out indefinitely with a foot injury, redshirt senior attackman Max Siskind made his first start of the season against Binghamton University March 21.

DU Lacrosse Coach Bill Tierney Eager To Get Pioneers A National Championship
University of Denver’s Bill Tierney has six lacrosse national championships to his credit, but the one he wants most is as head coach of the Pioneers.

Colin Heacock finds form offensively for Maryland men's lacrosse
Colin Heacock knew he had nowhere to go, but the ball was on the ground and the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team had a man-up opportunity. So the sophomore midfielder stepped between two Robert Morris defenders, scooped up the ball and passed it to a teammate.

Big Ten lacrosse breakdown: Michigan trying to stay off the bottom
The inaugural season of Big Ten men’s lacrosse has already offered plenty of storylines, and a young Michigan team hopes it can continue to grab the headlines heading into the conference season.

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