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College Crosse Prospectus: Cleveland State To Unveil Schedule; Shrinking In Lacrosse

All the lax news and then some for October 28, 2016.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day!

WHAT YOU MISSED

Cleveland State to unveil their inaugural schedule at 2 p.m. on Lax Sports Network! Coach Dylan Sheridan will be a guest as well.

Fall lacrosse is growing, which means more lacrosse whenever the NFL games are bad!

LACROSSE THE NATION

High Point wants to PUMP (clap clap) YOU UP!

Meanwhile, Vermont is preparing to be speedy.

And then you have Detroit’s goalies, who are...fencing?

There’s a growing trend of small-sided lacrosse throughout in the nation, including in Philly with a popular organization, pens USLacrosse Magazine’s Matt Hamilton.

NXT Sports

Dylan Brown was working at a software company in 2009 when he started Trashcan Lacrosse, a 2-on-2 competition with a clearing line and single trash can for a goal, and Cradle Lacrosse, a soft-stick version. Brown was so passionate about small-sided lacrosse that he left his job to work full-time with NXT Sports, devoting his career to the two games.

Since then, Brown has built his two games out of Philadelphia and into 12 different cities across the countries. Cradle Lacrosse, which features two age groups (4-6 and 6-8) and a player-to-coach ratio of 8-to-1, is growing every year.

"Coaches talk to the kids as if they've known them for years," Brown said.

Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse took a short trip to UMBC’s campus and get a look at the Retrievers.

During Inside Lacrosse’s visit, UMBC was in the early phase of fallball. Drawing on his experience at Loyola, [Ryan] Moran shifted the Retrievers’ fall schedule later so there’s less downtime between fallball and the spring. There's also a new pacing to UMBC practices. To start, players were divided into small groups, quickly rotating stations between Moran, assistants Jamison Koesterer and Neil Hutchinson as well as volunteer Joe Bucci (former Georgetown player and Inside Lacrosse intern in the summer).

“I have no idea why we’re walking right now,” Moran said between stations, keeping the tempo up whenever it was dialed back.

Moran said he’s trying to let the players play during practice, moving quickly without many stops, relying on the film room to dissect things more closely with the players.

Moran is one of four new coaches in the America East (Chris Feifs, Vermont; Ryan Martin, Hartford; Kevin McKeown, Binghamton), a league in which Stony Brook and Albany have been the top dogs (despite last year’s Hartford-Vermont final), relying on Canadian- and Native American-influenced offenses. Moran is coaching — and, as the point man for recruiting, looking for talent — with an eye toward beating them, seeking athletic, multi-sport defensemen.

Puerto Rico becomes the FIL’s 56th member!

FIL Director of Development, Tom Hayes, was pleased to see Puerto Rico become a member. "FIL welcomes Puerto Rico into the membership of lacrosse playing nations. We're thrilled to be a part of the growth of lacrosse in Puerto Rico and the region." Puerto Rico joins Bermuda, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico as member nations in FIL's Central America and Caribbean region.

Former Liberty University club lacrosse teammates Nathan Lowmaster and Miguel Lozada are co-founders of Puerto Rico Lacrosse (PRLAX). Lowmaster acts as current President, and Lozada serves as Secretary of PRLAX. "This is the result of many 'what if' conversations," said Lowmaster, "and those conversations spawned endless efforts to bring the dream of Puerto Rico Lacrosse to reality."

PRLAX's acceptance as a FIL member is the culmination of those efforts. "We are honored and humbled to contribute to the growth of lacrosse across the globe. The FIL has pioneered a tremendous task that we're excited to partner with," said Lowmaster.

"Team Puerto Rico," as Lowmaster describes them, is the four-member board and coach that drive the PRLAX bandwagon. Joining Lowmaster and Lozada are PRLAX Vice-President Luis Gonzalez, Treasurer Yarizbeth Ortiz, and Coach/Administrator Joffre Salazar – known to everyone connected to the organization as simply, "Coach Sal."

UMass alumnus Efosa Guobadia is doing a great job serving the community through physical therapy.

3: In addition to your involvement in PTDOS, how else have you immersed yourself into?

EG: Recently I've co-founded a non-profit, called Move Together and the mission is to increase access to quality rehabilitation medicine around the corner and around the world. Our efforts will include educating local clinicians in underserved areas as well as developing new and enhancing existing clinics in places of needed.

I've had the honored chance to participate in different Global Health projects over the last five years all over the world and have seen the punctuating need of those who are limited in their movement and function, yet don't have the means or access points to do anything about that. Move Together hopes to be a positive contributing force in improving that.

4: Your involvement in this year's PTDOS and founding Move Together comes on the heels of an eight-month service trip. What was that experience like and what did you take from it back to the U.S.?

EG: The purpose of the trip was to create a mosaic and montage, and an enhanced perspective of Global Health, rehab medicine and the beauties of the different cultures around the world. During the trip, I learned of the power of hospitality through, over and over again, so many people being more kind to me and welcoming of me in their home and community.

I learned that love is exponential and then when you can help one person in a small well, that ripples beyond that touch point to affect their family and beyond. There are many other exciting experiences on-hand and incisive lessons learned. I hope to one day come up to campus to share it with some of the students.

The Buckeyes are doing some of their own box lacrosse training.

Towson head coach Shawn “Captain Nadelen participated in the school’s SAAC blood drive a couple days ago.

Ooouuu, Fairfield!

Young guys: Register for Adrenaline’s ACC Prospect Games!

Sad news: A Moon Area High School sophomore lacrosse player passed away in his sleep, from Brenda Waters of KDKA (CBS Pittsburgh). The school’s student section plans to honor him during today’s football game.

Women’s News: Marist announces their three captains, all of whom are seniors.

Washington College sophomore Kristy Grovom traveled to Tanzania over the summer and wrote about her experiences.

When we visited the orphanages and the schools, the first thing I noticed about the children was how happy they were. They had no school supplies, no lunch, and a five to ten mile walk back home. The children were between the ages of seven to fourteen. Both of the schools we visited were taught half in English and half in Swahili. They loved learning and didn't want class to end. For many of the children, their favorite subject was learning English. When we were introduced to the children, they all sang a welcoming song for us in Swahili. It brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't believe I was standing in Tanzania and soaking up its culture. Everyone was so welcoming. The children knew a little English and were trying to get us to teach them more. In return, they taught us a few words in Swahili as well.

We visited an orphanage that was run by a woman named Mama. She started the organization by herself when she learned that children were living in poverty by themselves. All the children call her Mama and look up to her as a role model. She gave 30 children a new home and is still looking for more. We also visited a non-profit organization called WIA. WIA stands for Women In Action and is all about women owning their gender. The women in the group have meetings every week to discuss what they can do to help other women in their community.

Before coming to Tanzania, we raised two thousand dollars. That money was used to fix broken windows in the schools, give children soccer balls and replace ripped uniforms.

PHILLY JAWNS

IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!

The fan that double middle fingered Russell Westbrook at the Sixers game Wednesday night released a statement, and we know a little more about him. He also went to Johns Hopkins.

WORLD NEWS

Vine is going to die.

We’re getting new Macbooks!

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