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Lacrosse the Internet: May 28, 2015

Important news things for your brain.

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Sector SPDRs May Madness: Pioneers Return to Fans in Denver as Champions
Denver was named LaxTown USA in 2009 by Inside Lacrosse, then formally dubbed "The Lacrosse Capital of the West" in 2012. Now, the city has an NCAA men's lacrosse championship to show for it.

Sector SPDRs May Madness: Swezey — Is It Time to Change the Final Four?
The creation of the Final Four format in the mid-1980s may well have saved the sport. It certainly gave it a prominent and consistent place in the sporting calendar. But it is time to ask whether we need to change the format by which Division I men’s championships are determined.

Men's Lacrosse: Irish fall to eventual National Champion Denver; Season Review/Outlook
The Irish fell yet again in OT to the eventual-National Champion Pioneers but things are looking bright for Notre Dame in 2016.

The Deception of the Big East: NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Champions
You know, it’s really weird. I didn’t think I’d ever be writing this final blog of 2015 for the Big East, nor I’d be so hyped to do so.

Tewaaraton Watch: It's Lyle's To Lose
Denver attackman Wesley Berg put together a string of Tewaaraton-type moments through the NCAA tournament — with 15 goals, most notably the overtime winner in the semifinals against Notre Dame and five in the title game win over Maryland — but will that be enough to knock Lyle Thompson from his perch as the Tewaaraton Award favorite?

Face-off Kings: Trevor Baptiste among the top specialists in lacrosse
In every sport, specialists are becoming more and more prevalent, including Lacrosse. Trevor Baptiste of the University of Denver is proving that not only is the face-off specialist important, it may be be one of the most valuable in the sport.

My View from Section 136
I was on hand at Lincoln Financial Field as Maryland fell to Denver. These are my thoughts on the game that transpired.

The all-in mentality in college sports
Back in 2009, when the DU men’s lacrosse program was at a crossroads, athletic director Peg Bradley-Doppes did what every sports organization that wants to win should do – she shoved all her chips to the center of the table and boldly let ‘er ride.

Maryland Lacrosse Fans Remain All-Too-Familiar With Heartbreak
Some Maryland lacrosse fans aren't really fans at all until Memorial Day weekend. They love Maryland, so if one of the "other" sports is doing well, they'll check in on it. I can admit freely that I'm like this with Maryland's baseball team. I want the team to do well. I'm certainly not rooting for other baseball teams, but until the NCAA tournament, I couldn't tell you a thing about how the season is going.

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