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Lacrosse the Internet: April 17, 2015

The weekend awaits.

It's almost everything-smells-like-piss season in New York City.

STORIES

Weekend Watch: First-Place Conference Battles on Tap
These weekends just keep getting bigger.

Bracketology: Men's Division I, Second Look
Days to Selection Sunday: 16.

McEwen FOGO Ratings: Week 10
Patrick McEwen analyzed all 12,118 face-offs taken in DI lacrosse in 2014 and applied a chess-based rating system to face-off specialists. He's keeping track of every face-off in 2015.

Mid-Week DI Roundup: Syracuse Dominant, Duke Explosive, More
While many eyes were on were on Lyle Thompson's run at history Tuesday night, five other DI games were on the slate — pitting local rivals against each other — and Wednesday featured a Top 20 matchup on Long Island.

Computer Predictions for Games on Friday and This Weekend
Here are the computer's predictions for the games Friday and this weekend involving teams that are ranked in the USILA and IWLCA polls. For the toss-ups, the difference in teams' ratings (making an allowance for home-field advantage) is small enough that a prediction would amount to something close to a coin flip. Home team is listed first.

Weekend Preview: Conference Battles Continue
Teams are jockeying for conference position and seeding, and NCAA tournament considerations as well, as the lacrosse calendar enters the second half of April. Here's a rundown of the weekend's top games.

CAA Power Rankings: Pole Position
The CAA is far from the most popular league in NCAA D1 men’s lacrosse but it’s almost impossible to watch these teams play every week unless you do it live. If it weren’t for the help of some amazing connections I’ve made, I would have missed every game outside of Towson this past weekend. It’s the tech age, people. Fix it!

ACC Power Rankings: EMO
The ACC boasts two top-five extra-man units in the country, neither of which contains Myles Jones or Jimmy Bitter. As May approaches, let’s take a look at how each ACC team gets points from special teams. You’ll notice a common theme: All of these EMOs are efficient, but none of these teams rely too heavily on opposing penalties for goals. Fifteen teams in the country get 15% or more of their offense from the EMO; Johns Hopkins gets 20% (!) when an opponent is in the sin bin.

N-C-double "eh?": Exchange Rate
First off, I need to address an oversight and injustice on my part. As I was writing this column this week I realized that I overlooked a major Canadian contributor all year: Cam Milligan from Vermont. Somehow Mr. Milligan escaped my eye when compiling my list of players. I’ve since updated my spreadsheet and wouldn’t you know it, he’s the third leading Canadian scorer. If you could see me, my face is redder than a Montreal Canadiens toque right now.

Marquette has quickly built up its lacrosse program
A new lacrosse program began with an ambitious coach and a 5-foot-5 defender who no other Division I school recruited.

Duke lacrosse to take part in HEAD Coaches Classic against No. 15 Marquette
When the players take the field in Wauwatosa, Wis., this weekend, there will be more than just a lacrosse game at the focal point of the action. Instead, two programs will stand united against cancer, despite the fierce competition that will erupt once the first whistle sounds.

Lacrosse notebook: No. 3 Terps vs. No. 11 Buckeyes top weekend games
Catch up on all six Big Ten men’s lacrosse teams in my Thursday notebook as we look ahead to Michigan at Johns Hopkins, No. 3 Maryland at No. 11 Ohio State, and Rutgers at Penn State. Maryland-Ohio State is 11 a..m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go – here’s the link to watch live on BTN2Go. Rutgers-Penn State is 6 p.m. ET on Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go – here’s the live link for that game, too.

Yale freshman Jason Alessi excelling in football, lacrosse
Wake up around 4:30 a.m. Head down to Clint Frank Field for 6:30 football practice. After practice is over, grab a quick breakfast before a full day of classes. Lacrosse practice follows at 4 p.m., then dinner and back to the dorm room at about 8. Time to study and catch a few hours of sleep.

MEN’S LACROSSE: Elis gear up for Albany, top-notch Thompson
The men’s lacrosse team got off to a scorching start this season, winning their first five games in February and early March and rising to No. 6 in the national rankings.

Ohio State men's lacrosse has a Baltimore flavor
More than 300 miles from his family's home in Lutherville, Robby Haus, a starting junior defenseman for the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, has brought a little Baltimore flavor to Columbus, Ohio.

Underclassmen ‘play a big part’ for Ohio State men’s lacrosse
With just two regular-season matchups remaining, the senior members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team can see the finish line to their collegiate careers and are still striving to cross it as Big Ten or NCAA champions.

Men’s lacrosse looks to win out and host the Ivy League Tournament
The men’s lacrosse team (7-4 overall, 3-1 Ivy League) will have a chance to tally its second straight conference win this weekend against a strong Harvard side (6-6, 1-3). Head coach Chris Bates will lead his team under Friday Night Lights in an effort to improve on the 2-3 record against the Crimson amassed during his tenure.

Three things to watch when Maryland lacrosse challenges Ohio State
The Terrapins men’s lacrosse team will have an opportunity to clinch a portion of the Big Ten regular-season championship when it visits Columbus, Ohio, to challenge the No. 11 Buckeyes on Saturday morning.

BEATS

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