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All the lax news and then some for December 30, 2016.

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Mike Nathan, a former Barron Collier lacrosse star in Florida, has walked on at North Carolina. Dave Osborne of the Naples Daily News has more.

North Carolina coach Joe Breschi said Nathan contacted him about trying out as a walk-on. Every year, 10 to 15 try out for the team and there's no guarantees any will make it, Breschi said. Nathan was among 10 who walked on, and three of them made it.

Nathan said he and the others performed conditioning tests in early September, including a 1 1/2-mile run in less than nine minutes and sideline-to-sideline runs — known as "gassers" — in 20 seconds or less.

"My message over the summer for him was to come out in shape," Breschi said.

"He was one that was at the front of the conditioning runs and tests and so forth. You can really tell a young man's commitment when they come in with that type of approach. You could tell that he wanted it.”

Inside Lacrosse’s Kyle Devitte reviews the year in gear, including the rise of smaller companies.

Young Companies Grow and Emerge with New Heads

Epoch, East Coast Dyes, String King and True all released their freshman or sophomore class of heads in 2016.

It’s not just the expiration of the offset patent that fueled this growth — it’s the opportunity to pounce on a growing market that has been fractured for years. Newer is better, and companies that did little to no innovation in 2016 were left to choke on the dust of the newer competitors and puzzle at their fate.

The specialization of heads waned a bit, as manufacturers big and small conspired independently to produce a universally loved product that reflected the vision of their brand. Sure, STX and Warrior came out with updates to their defensive heads and even Brine threw their hat into the ring for face-off consideration with the Dictator and Dictator ST, but by and large universally adaptable heads — like the Maverik Tactik and the Under Armour Command — came to define the movement toward collective appeal. If you can build one great head, you have a cornerstone for your brand; 2016 proved that.

A Rollins lacrosse player is suing the school after he says he was falsely accused of sexual assault, writes Gabrielle Russon of the Orlando Sentinel.

The Rollins student, who is identified only as a New York resident, is suing the private Winter Park college and five school employees for an unspecified amount.

The lacrosse player, who is not charged with a crime, was suspended by the school for the spring 2016 semester. He is not in school and currently lives with his parents, losing a year in his education. It also cost him a scholarship and his spot on the lacrosse team, said his New York-based attorney, Andrew Miltenberg.

"His life was ruined," Miltenberg said.

In a statement, Rollins College spokeswoman Lauren Bradley said the school was confident "all parties in this case were treated fairly and appropriately."

The Toronto Rock defeated the Rochester Knighthawks in the NLL season opener.

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