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Lacrosse the Internet: April 30, 2015

There are 14 conference tournament games today. This is good.

Is there federal funding for chicken wing theory?

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McEwen FOGO Ratings: Week 12
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.

Syracuse's Nicky Galasso Forges Ahead At Midfield
Nicky Galasso doesn’t have to look too far to find the motivation. The Syracuse redshirt senior midfielder has had his share of knocks in his lacrosse life, like breaking his left foot after being named ACC Freshman of the Year at North Carolina, undergoing a slight setback as a sophomore, and then breaking his right foot just weeks into transferring to ’Cuse.

Bracketology, Third Edition: Bubble Becomes Clearer (MD1)
Can you feel it? It's almost NCAA tournament time. And, while we're waiting, it is already conference tournament time. Two champs have been crowned already. Eight more will be determined this weekend, which will then set the stage for how big the at-large bubble is. Here's the NCAA tournament picture in the calm before the storm.

"Shake It Off" - Loyola Lacrosse Edition
It appears that some members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse decided to make a killer music video. Paying tribute to Taylor Swift’s hit song "Shake It Off"? The Greyhounds clearly know what’s up.

UAlbany’s Cody Kilcoyne has persevered to accomplish his dream
Cody Kilcoyne grew up on a farm. A beef farm.

Well-rested UAlbany set for tournament
Lyle Thompson has missed about four total games for the No. 7 University at Albany men’s lacrosse team this spring.

Patriot League Power Rankings: So there’s that…
There were only five Patriot League games this week, and those constituted the conference tournament.

Fluid goalie situation for Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse made easier by principals involved
The dynamic in sports between veterans and newcomers is unique. Older players generally counsel and share wisdom they’ve gained with younger teammates who are competing to push those same mentors to the bench, and those relationships can be critical to the success of a team.

Focused on ‘little things,’ Maryland lacrosse prepares for rematch with Ohio State
Maryland’s preparation for Thursday night’s matchup against visiting Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournament semifinals has included a close film study of the first meeting, held just 12 days ago. It has included a reintroduction to the schemes and personnel of the Buckeyes, who dominated the Terps for 55 minutes before crumbling down the stretch in a 10-9 loss.

Charlie Raffa's availability remains uncertain for Maryland men's lacrosse in Big Ten tournament
After a three-game absence linked to a right shoulder/arm injury suffered against Penn State on April 4, faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa returned to open Maryland’s game against Big Ten foe Johns Hopkins Saturday night.

How is the NCAA lacrosse tournament bracket constructed? A refresher with new committee chair
Lacrosse's selection Sunday arrives this weekend, with the five members of the NCAA selection committee deliberating in Indianapolis and constructing the 18-team field that will open postseason play on May 6.

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