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Make sure you listen to part one of our 2017 season preview! We talk about about the independents, MAAC, NEC, and SoCon.
What You Missed
US Lacrosse Magazine released their preseason poll (I mean, rankings). Denver’s at number one.
Bad news out of Jersey: Adam Charalambides is done for the upcoming season due to injury.
That comes a day after Denver head coach Bill Tierney confirmed midfielder Zach Miller was no longer enrolled at DU.
Lacrosse The Nation
Another notable loss, this time at North Carolina, as senior midfielder Shane Simpson is not enrolled at the school, according to Inside Lacrosse.
North Carolina midfielder Shane Simpson is not enrolled at the University of North Carolina for the 2016 spring semester, UNC athletics sports information office confirmed to IL.
Simpson, who would have been a senior season for North Carolina this spring, started 14 of 18 games for UNC in 2016, scoring 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists for the Tar Heels during last season’s championship run.
According to the 2017 Face-Off Yearbook, Simpson was projected as starter on the first midfield this season for North Carolina. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Simpson played at the Salisbury School (Conn.).
Check out this Notre Dame-Team USA recap from ND-Atl on 18 Stripes.
[Mikey] Wynne (3g), [Ryder] Garnsey (2g, 4a) and [Anthony] Marini got the start at attack, with [Sergio] Perkovic (2g) starting at midfield with Brendon Gleason and Thomas McNamara (1a). Notably, Perkovic lined up at attack with Marini coming out of the box. The Wynne-Perkovic-Garnsey combo had good chemistry and regularly generated promising looks out of 6-on-6 settled situation, something very rare last season. Pierre Byrne (1g), Jordan Walter (1a), Austin Gaiss, Nick Koshansky, Ben Pridemore, Brian Willetts, Tim Phillips, Bobby Gray, Brendan Collins and Robert Collins were all in the midfield rotation.
On defense, preseason All-American Garrett Epple got the start along with Pat Healy (who had a few appearances last season) and sophomore Hugh Crance, who played with the USA U-19 Team at the world championships this summer. Freshman Jack Kielty got significant time at close defense. John Sexton, William Young, freshman Eric Restic, and freshman Michael Farnish all saw significant action in long-pole roles. The new look defense got off to a rough start, which should not come as a surprise given the extremely high quality of the opposition, and we commented on twitter early that communication seemed off. However, they quickly got organized and frustrated the high-powered Team USA throughout the second half. This unit looks very promising, especially Hugh Crance, who gobbled up 4 GBs.
It was good to see Owen Molloy get the start for some valuable experience, even though he struggled somewhat in having only 3 saves while given up 10 goals. He faced a significant number of point-blank shots. Shane Doss made 7 saves in the second half and looked fantastic. Mike Marchese and John Zullo unfortunately did not get any time.
Speaking of Notre Dame, we’ll officially know their schedule later this week!
Lafayette has hired former Rutgers attackman Scott Bieda as their volunteer assistant for the upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at what some teams have been up to at practice:
Some from a hard-hitting day #2 of practice pic.twitter.com/LfhVDUoPFy— Drexel Men's Lax (@DrexelMLax) January 17, 2017
Princeton’s getting ready.
It’s gear distribution day … pic.twitter.com/UT1SADYaND— Princeton Lacrosse (@TigerLacrosse) January 17, 2017
While Syracuse had the day off as classes for the second semester began today.
Quint Kessenich talks about the top ten players in Division I men’s lacrosse.
Fix your calendars!
Schedule Change: Home game against VMI has been changed to Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m.— Monmouth Lacrosse (@MonmouthMLAX) January 17, 2017
And maybe your eyeballs? US Lacrosse Magazine unveiled their new website redesign!
NLL rumors: Could the league return to Philadelphia?
This is unbelievable. Trust the Process.
NBA announces the Bulls-Heat game on January 27 has been dropped from ESPN in favor of Rockets @ Sixers.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) January 18, 2017
Peep maybe Ben Simmons?
Twitter was wild after debating whether Nelly or Drake was a better rapper in their prime.
And of course, the master of the hot takes got in on it.
Nelly>Drake. Game-changer.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 18, 2017
Video of the Day (That Aren’t Music Videos)
Jamie Benn is one angry elf.
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