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College Crosse Prospectus: Navy’s Casey Rees Done For The Season

All the lax news and then some for December 13, 2016.

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LACROSSE THE NATION

Big news out of Navy: Midfielder Casey Rees is probably done for the entire 2017 season after suffering a non-contact injury in the fall. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy has more.

Rees was Navy's second-leading scorer in 2016, putting up 34 goals and three assists during the Midshipmen's run to the NCAA Quarterfinals. He had a star-turn on April 16 when he scored the overtime game-winning goal vs. Army in West Point.

Rees was featured alongside his brother — senior longstick middie Matt — senior defenseman Chris Fennell, sophomore middie Greyson Torain and coach Rick Sowell on the cover of the Fall Preview issue of Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

“He’s a beast — the kind of young man we want protecting our country,” IL/ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich said of the Sykesville, Md., native and Boys’ Latin (Md.) alum who's worked Kessenich’s summer camps. “He was arguably Navy's best player last year. When he was on, they were as good as anybody. On a scale of 1-10 in terms of impact, his loss is a 9.5 for the Mids.”

Rees shot 32% on 106 shots and figured to carry much of the offensive load for a group that graduated 83 points in attackmen Patrick Keena and TJ Hanzsche.

Another write up on Lyle Thompson’s journey to Standing Rock, from Matt White of US Lacrosse Magazine.

"For us as Native Americans, the way we view the game growing up is kind of the way we view life," Thompson said. "I felt like using the power of my fan base in lacrosse to let people know what's going on [at Standing Rock]. No one was talking about it. It's something I care about and something I want to be part of."

Thompson visited Standing Rock in late November with his family, teammate and business manager Bill O'Brien and his college coach, Albany's Scott Marr. Both Thompson and O'Brien are Onondaga, while Marr, who is white, has steadily recruited Onondaga players to Albany since arriving 15 years ago, including eight who currently are on his roster.

The group drove 30 hours from upstate New York with two goals in mind: one, aimed at lacrosse audiences far from Native Americans issues, to bring attention to the Standing Rock protests and the resurgent identity movement it has spawned within Native American culture; and two, for the protesters themselves, to ensure that lacrosse's roots as a Native American medicine game would be present at the protests.

"I wanted whoever played to understand the background and history of the game," Thompson said. "I wanted to make it as close to a medicine game as possible."

BU COMING AT CHA!

Still no ACC teams yet. We have a ton of schedule previews to do as well, so be on the lookout for content in the next few days!

SWAG!

Jimmy Murphy will wear Marist’s #34 jersey this year.

PHILLY JAWNS

Former U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Carson Wentz doesn’t suck! He responded to a seven-year old’s set of Twitter questions.

WORLD NEWS

President-elect Donald Trump will name ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State.

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