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College Crosse Prospectus: Notre Dame Falls To Team USA, 16-11

All the lax news and then some for January 16, 2017.

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Notre Dame lost to Team USA, 16-11, in Florida.

Notre Dame got their first goal from senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic.

He was seen playing at attack along with Mikey Wynne and Ryder Garnsey (now wearing Matt Kavanagh’s old #50). Anthony Marini was also seen on the first attack unit.

Meanwhile, Drew Schantz never got love from Inside Lacrosse on their Preseason All-Americans list. I did, here’s why.

Speaking of Garnsey...

Final stats from the game:

Junior Owen Molloy got the start for the Fighting Irish over Shane Doss. Molloy is the probably backup to Doss, so probably just Kevin Corrigan giving him some great experience to get him ready for game situations, whether it’s this year or next.

Former LSM Pat Healy got the start replacing Matt Landis on defense. Sophomore Brendan Gleason and freshman Thomas McNamara started alongside Perkovic at midfield.

Again, nothing final, but it’s a good early look at a possible Championship Weekend team. Notre Dame hosts Air Force on January 28 in their final scrimmage. Overall, Ohio State hosts Hill Academy on Friday, with a number of other scrimmages on Saturday, including Penn State hosting Navy.

Here’s a takeaways post from US Lacrosse’s Matt Hamilton, focusing on Team USA.

Elsewhere, Halley Quillinan of Inside Lacrosse recaps the women’s U.S. Spring Premiere games.

1. Florida put the lacrosse world on watch. The reigning World Cup champions possess some of the top players in the world at each and every position – and four of the top college players in the country in Cortney Fortunato (Notre Dame ’17), Gussie Johns (USC ’18), [Marie] McCool and [Kylie] Ohlmiller – but it was the Gators who looked primed to take home the win as the game was coming down to the wire on Saturday evening. Florida put together an impressive 18-1 run last spring before falling short of an NCAA quarterfinal berth at the hands of Penn State, 13-14, in Gainesville. Despite saying goodbye to reigning Tewaaraton finalist Nicole Graziano, the Gators looked stronger than ever in their 2017 debut. They open their NCAA schedule against reigning national champion No. 1 North Carolina on February 11th.

2. Despite giving up 20 goals, the defense impressed. Saturday afternoon’s tilt vs. the national team ultimately turned into a shootout, but don’t overlook the work that the Florida defense – especially sophomore Haley Hicklen – did to keep the Gators in the game. With two-year starter Aniya Flanagan sidelined with an injury, the Gator defense impressed with Caroline Fitzgerald leading its charge. In net, Haley Hicklen made 16 saves – many of them point-blank doorstep stops – to do all that she could do to keep it close.

NJIT and Ohio State were still at it!

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Former Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo ‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo has died at the age of 87 in a prison hospital.

Jahlil Okafor’s father wants to beat Liberty Ballers writer Shamus Clancy. Sad!

Binge watch The Godfather saga and Goodfellas today I guess.

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