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Lacrosse the Internet: April 24, 2015

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DI Men's Player of the Year Watch, April 23
With the release of the Tewaaraton Nominees today, it’s time to revisit the Player of the Year Watch.

Midseason: Highlight Reel Goals
We've scoured countless highlight packages while building our #ILGameday Recap videos each week this season. As we pause a little more than midway through the year, we went digging for the Top 10 goals of the year - and we found WAY MORE than we could use, so why keep it to just 10? Check out some of the best scores from the first half of the season.

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.

Air Gait - 1988 Syracuse vs UPenn
We’re throwing it way back to 1988 today with this epic Syracuse Vs Penn footage! It’s well worth a watch, if for not other reason than seeing some Gait magic. It’s 42 minutes long, and there is great stuff from Gary and Paul smattered throughout the video, including the LEGENDARY Air Gait goal!

MAAC Bracketology
More teams, but a little more simple than the Big Ten bracketology by virtue of a slightly more stratified league.

CAA Power Rankings: Nothing to Lose
This conference is always a battle and the teams do more damage to each other than help. Hofstra was able to breeze past Towson. Delaware showed they won’t walk away without a fight taking Fairfield to 2 OTs, and then UMass beat Drexel.

N-C-double "eh?": Defence (clap, clap-clap)
This week we’re going to take a quick look at some defensive stats. Of course, I need to reiterate at the outset that box scores only tell part of the story for defenders. There’s no stat for "held opponent’s leading scorer to one assist" or anything like that. One thing I think stats can inform about is a certain amount of dependability. Throwing down consistent GB and CT numbers? That’s a good sign. There aren’t a ton of Canadian defenders or LSMs, so the sample size isn’t large, but there’s enough to ponder, ruminate, and otherwise prognosticate.

Vine of the Day: Albany’s Matt Bertram Scores From the Wing
Bet the Siena middie wants another shot at that approach.

Syracuse lacrosse gets another crack at North Carolina in ACC tournament (4 things to watch)
Here are four things to look for Friday night.

Boyle Point: Cut the Cord in NCAA Structure
Given lacrosse's meteoric rise in participation, its marquee event — NCAA championship weekend — should not recede in popularity. But that's what's happening.

Army-Navy lacrosse rematch has major stakes
No matter how this weekend's Patriot League tournament plays out, the 2015 season has already produced significant progress for the tradition-rich Navy men's lacrosse program.

Penn State men’s lacrosse meets Michigan for a Big Ten postseason berth
Penn State and Michigan will battle for the last remaining spot in the conference playoff at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Michigan Stadium in the final game of the inaugural Big Ten regular season.

Duke men's lacrosse gets rematch with No. 1 Notre Dame in ACC tournament
The Blue Devils have not had success against top-ranked opponents this season, and a 15-10 loss April 4 against the Fighting Irish was no different. But with the conference tournament comes a different game in a different week with a different mentality.

Duke finds groove for ACC Tournament
Owners of the last two NCAA men’s lacrosse championships, Duke nevertheless had to scramble to qualify for this weekend’s ACC Tournament in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Notre Dame starts quest to defend ACC tourney title
After wrapping up its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title, No. 1 Notre Dame will look to repeat as ACC tournament champions this weekend when it opens against No. 6 Duke on Friday night in the semifinals.

Men's and women's lacrosse teams prepare for postseason
This weekend will feature the 79th installment of the Ivy League’s marquee matchup. No. 14/14 Princeton (8-4 overall, 4-1 Ivy League) will look to avenge last season’s season-ending loss as they travel to face No. 12/12 Cornell (9-4, 3-2). The winner of Saturday’s tilt will earn home field advantage in the Ivy League’s sixth annual postseason tournament.

Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala keeping goalie plan under wraps
Unlike last week when Dave Pietramala announced that he planned to rotate goalkeepers Will Ryan and Eric Schneider for Saturday’s home game against Big Ten foe Michigan, the Johns Hopkins coach is not showing his hand prior to Saturday’s contest against No. 2 Maryland at Byrd Stadium in College Park at 8 p.m.

NCAA lacrosse tournament field begins to take shape this weekend
This weekend brings us one step closer to "Mayhem," otherwise known as the NCAA lacrosse tournament that begins in earnest the second weekend of May.


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