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College Crosse Prospectus: Fall Finales For Some Teams

All the lax news and then some for December 2, 2016.

NCAA Lacrosse: Women's Semifinal - Syracuse Orange vs. Maryland Terrapins
TFW you finish fall ball.
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Let’s hit the links!

WHAT YOU MISSED

WWWWAAAAAAGGGGGGNNNNNEEEEEERRRRRR released their schedule.

Providence is hosting the 2017 Big East Tournament.

LACROSSE THE NATION

Syracuse’s Women’s team played some box lacrosse to end the fall (as well as the guy in the upper right hand corner, Dan Khalil, who’s also the team manager):

great day of box!

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on thursdays we play box lacrosse..... with full pads

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But the highlight of the day was when Neena Merola laid the hit stick on an opposing player/also her real life teammate.

Bri Stahrr with the big time save! #18 Neena Merola with the penalty after the play

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Elsewhere in college lacrosse’s fall activities:

Head shot day for the Cuse guys! AKA “when you gotta look spiffy at 4 but you gotta work out at 5.”

Hardo Willie Klan! And tie your shoes!

Harvard defenseman Luke Mendola is one of The Crimson’s 15 most interesting seniors. Just look at that sweater!

Mendola, who plays defense for the men’s lacrosse team, lives simply, too. Last year, he decided to downgrade from his iPhone to a Motorola flip phone, which he did in part to unplug from social media, but mostly just to talk to more people.

“If I’m lost somewhere, I can’t look at my phone, so I’m forced to interact with people, and say, ‘Yo, where’s this or that.’” Mendola explains. “Even interacting with strangers, it’s so important to try to brighten someone’s day or say ‘What’s up’ to someone you don’t know, that’s what keeps me going through the day. There’s definitely a feedback loop of positivity.”

To understand Mendola’s commitment to positive interactions with strangers, just ask him about his childhood home in Ithaca, N.Y., a place to which he still feels very connected. Mendola enjoyed spontaneity even then, and, together with the nine other neighborhood kids that made up his posse, would create wacky games, usually out of a desire to “break the monotony of the day.” He recalls taking an old refrigerator box and setting it up on a busy street corner with his friends. One of them would hide under the box with one walkie-talkie, while the rest hid in the nearby bushes with the other. “And every time someone walked by we would yell ‘Go, now!’ in the walkie talkie, and he would shake it and scare the crap out of people. We were like nine years old at the time. It was absurd.” Mendola says, with a smile that suggests little remorse.

Richmond played some wheelchair lacrosse!

Johns Hopkins defensemen Nick Fields’s mother tricked him into playing lacrosse at age six!

US Lacrosse Magazine has an entire holiday guide for your favorite lax fan.

Inside Lacrosse founder Bob Carpenter talked to actor Martin Sheen regarding Native Vision.

PHILLY JAWNS

TRUST THE PROCESS! Joel Embiid has been named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month.

The largest urban Wawa opens up today at 1900 Market Street in Center City!

And you can charge your phone too!

WORLD NEWS

Sad news: Former New York Jet and USC running back Joe McKnight was a victim of senseless road rage and passed away at the age of 28.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from his position in April. He’ll transition to become their executive chairman.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Since we’re secretly a hockey blog, take a look at this video featuring Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews calling their shots.

Matthews might need a little more work.

Also, happy 21st wedding anniversary to my parents! They’ve reached legal drinking age!

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