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All the lax news and then some for December 11, 2016.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Let’s hit the Sunday links!

WHAT YOU MISSED

Lacrosse is boom, boom, booming in Idaho!

LACROSSE THE NATION

Ohio State had their holiday party last night.

Rutgers ended their week with a little dodgeball.

Our friends at On The Banks compared Rutgers’ and their programs to Denver’s.

The University of Denver is a D1 program that does not have football. And not having those 85 dedicated scholarships allows Denver - and, yes, Seton Hall - to devote time, money, and other resources to the 16 sports that the Pioneers do sponsor. And it is time, money, and resources that they spend very well.

Among schools without football, DU was the No. 1 program in the Directors’ Cup standings in 2015-16. And among all programs, it ranked 52. Rutgers finished at No. 83.

The Pioneers got that rank based on their ski team’s 23rd NCAA championship along with a trip to the Frozen Four in men’s hockey and an individual floor title won by a women’s gymnast. In addition, their men’s soccer, volleyball, men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis teams all made the NCAA tournaments. And this year, men’s soccer is in the College Cup along with North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Stanford.

DU has 31 team NCAA championships on its resume. Thirty. One.

Lacrosse is boom, boom, booming in Birmingham!

Centennial High School is getting a new entrance in honor of one of their former players.

Christine and Jim McHenry created the foundation following the tragic death of their son, Jamie, who was struck by a car while on vacation in Florida for spring break three years ago. Jamie excelled in lacrosse at Centennial High School, and earned the nickname “Rocketshot.”

Each year, his parents host a charity run called the Rocketshot 5K. The foundation has raised $30,000 in donations, which have been used for lacrosse and basketball scholarships, awards, sports uniforms and school improvements.

This week, the couple hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and balloon release at Centennial High School to launch construction of the entranceway project, which will be funded with a $10,000 donation from the Jamie McHenry Memorial Foundation.

More than 100 students, teachers and coaches joined in the event.

PHILLY JAWNS

The Eagles host the Washington Redskins today at 1 pm. Take a look at some predictions.

The Flyers won their EIGHTH STRAIGHT game against the Dallas Stars. They can make it nine today against the Detroit Red Wings.

Nerlens Noel returns to the Sixers tonight as they’re on the road against the Detroit Pistons.

WORLD NEWS

ARMY SANG SECOND! The Black Knights defeated the Midshipmen, 21-17, for the first time since 2001.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This Penn State dad was surprised by his wife getting Rose Bowl tickets.

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