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College Crosse Prospectus: Exploring Michigan State And A Return To Division I

All the lax news and then some for December 22, 2016.

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WHAT YOU MISSED

We previewed Siena’s 2017 schedule, and whether or not they can win the MAAC this year.

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LACROSSE THE NATION

Zachary Barnes of WKAR explores the case about Michigan State rejoining Division I lacrosse after being cut by the athletic department 20 years ago, and also talking about Title IX and the growth of the sport.

This decision, according to the then-MSU lacrosse head coach Rich Kimball, came at a period when the program was at its best.

“We had what I thought was my best team we had ever had while I was there,” said Kimball. “I had a weekend coming up with probably four or five very good recruits coming in from out east.”

Kimball said some of his players went on to have successful lacrosse careers after MSU.

“Two of them transferred in the next few days (after the news) to Syracuse,” said Kimball. “My goalie went to Salisbury State and later won the National Championship and was the most valuable player in the championship game. We had kids go to Butler, had kids go to Penn State, a couple of kids go to Maryland. So the talent level was really high.” But MSU’s ability to attract East Coast talent was not enough reason to keep the sport and not enough to bring it back.

US Lacrosse Magazine spoke with Duke and Team USA Men’s coach John Danowski and got to know him a little bit more outside of lacrosse.

What's your favorite sports movie?

So many good ones. Top three – Certainly "Bull Durham" has to be up there. "Mr. Baseball" with Tom Selleck is up there. I love that one. "Remember the Titans." Denzel [Washington] can't make a bad movie.

What's on your bucket list?

More traveling. More in-person sporting events, go see a game at the great venues around the country for college

What's your favorite inspirational quotation?

It's simple, but "Carpe Diem."

What's the most important aspect of lacrosse?

At the end of the day, it's about the friendships that you make. It's about the relationships that are built. It's about the lessons learned on the field. Those are the things that will carry you and make you successful no matter what you do. Those are the lessons that are really important about our sport.

Syracuse’s women’s squad released their schedule, and it’s the toughest schedule in program history. Even future men’s head coach current women’s head coach Gary Gait thinks so!

"This is the most competitive schedule in the history of women's lacrosse," Gait said. "If you want to be the best, you have to play the best. The regular season will prepare us for what we will see in the postseason."

That’s a nice star to top a Christmas tree with.

#flyhawks #happyholidays

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One of the best midfielders in recent memory for Maryland, Henry West, has graduated!

Everyone’s rushing to get to the new IHOP-Applebee’s combo restaurant in Detroit!

Detroit Mercy looks out for their fellow MAAC counterparts.

Canisius also released their 2017 schedule.

Happy birthday to one of Marist’s all time greats who died too soon.

PHILLY JAWNS

Beginning in 2018, a PA driver’s license won’t be valid for air travel. Sad!

The I-95 expansion project in the Tacony section of Philadelphia is done after nearly four years of construction! Glad!

And Joe Biden was at the Flyers game last night. They won in a shootout, 3-2.

WORLD NEWS

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced their eligible candidates for the Class of 2017 Notables include Muggsy Bogues, Mo Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Bobby Jones, Rollie Massimino, Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber, and Vlade Divac.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Take it away, Chewy.

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