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College Crosse Prospectus - January 23, 2017: Chris Hogan’s Big Day, UNC’s Brian Balkam Injured In Scrimmage Vs. High Point.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for January 23, 2017.

College Crosse News.

UNC scrimmaged High Point on Saturday. The Heels won 11-10 but starting goalie Brian Balkam left the game with an injury.

The Tar Heels came out on fire in the first quarter, scoring four quick goals for a 4-0 lead. Junior Chris Cloutier and redshirt senior Michael Tagliaferri notched the first two goals, while first-year Justin Anderson added the third and senior Tate Jozokos tallied the fourth.

Also in the first, redshirt junior goalie Brian Balkam left the game after a ball went through his face mask and struck him in the eye, causing swelling.

Marquette scrimmaged Michigan on Saturday. The Golden Eagles beat the Wolverines 15-14.

Here’s a write-up of the scrimmage between Penn State & Navy from Saturday.

Yesterday was Chris Hogan’s coming out party to the nation. Here are some of the dozens of articles out today about our favorite former Penn State lacrosse player.

How did Chris Hogan go from Penn State lacrosse to Steeler killer?

How a lacrosse star became Bill Belichick’s secret weapon

Eight years ago, Hogan was scoring 29 goals to lead the Penn State lacrosse team. On Sunday night, Hogan was a different kind of hero, catching all those balls for all those yards and those two touchdowns in his second career playoff game. “It’s been a long journey,’’ Hogan said. “But I’ve worked really hard to this point and I couldn’t be happier that I get to be a part of this team, this whole thing.’’ Reminded his 180 receiving yards set a Patriots postseason record, Hogan said, “It’ll be something definitely that I’ll remember for the rest of my career, and probably the rest of my life.’’

Patriots' X-factor? Chris Hogan steps into spotlight with record night.

Lacrosse days a distant memory for Patriots standout Hogan.

He was ready, however, to give his former lacrosse team mates from Penn State tickets for the Super Bowl clash against the Atlanta Falcons, to be played on Feb. 5 in Houston.

“I’m sure they will be hitting up my phone this entire week (asking for tickets),” said Hogan. “It will be crazy. A bunch of them are here right now so it will be fun just to see them and celebrate with them.”

Chris Hogan, Patriots a perfect match between resourceful player and team.

Wesleyan lacrosse got in on all the lacrosse love yesterday as well.

Our man Edward Lee from the Baltimore Sun with a great post on Mount St. Mary’s & goalie Matt Vierheller.

If Mount St. Mary’s men's lacrosse coach Tom Gravante was hoping that last year’s struggles would drive Matt Vierheller in the offseason, he might have gotten his wish. The 5-foot-7, 145-pound goalie returned this fall after a disappointing 2016 season and played well enough to reassert himself as the team’s leading candidate to start this spring. “He looked very strong this fall,” Gravante said. “He’s back to being, in my opinion, a worker. He came down a lot in the fall to get extra work with the coaching staff on the cage.”

Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse team forms partnership with Meriden Boys & Girls Club.

The Quinnipiac University women’s lacrosse team recently stopped by the local Boys & Girls Club for the first of what club officials hope is multiple visits by student athletes as part of a new partnership.

All 29 team members and three coaches spent time with club members on Friday.

“A huge goal for us is building a volunteer base here that will add skills and attitude and all the things we want exposed to our kids,” said Larry McGoldrick, the club’s executive director. “There are so many colleges that encourage volunteering and community responsibility and so what we’re trying to do is a build a program where there is going to be an ongoing connection and really a process where these student-athletes from Quinnipiac will act as volunteers here on a regular basis.”

What’s Up, Philly?

Wonderful longform post on Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid & their “wildly separated paths to the Sixers.”

Embiid committed to the University of Kansas, where his off-court personality and on-court skills started to bloom. Jayhawks head coach Bill Self encountered the happy-go-lucky Jo-Jo that Twitter and Instagram users now celebrate. “He was just fun. If he didn’t want to answer a question, he’d act like he didn’t understand,” Self says. “Well, we found out later that he speaks, like, three and a half languages! He didn’t understand like a fox.”

World/National News.

It appears that Antonio Brown of the Steelers has a deal with Facebook which may explain why he streamed Coach Tomlin’s speech last week.

As of Sunday, the NFL was still investigating the Facebook Live video and could slap Brown with another fine. While filming the 17-minute clip, Brown violated the NFL social media policy of posting content before reporters had finished postgame interviews. But a league source told NBC Sports that Facebook encouraged Brown to post on Facebook Live from the locker room following a game. A Facebook spokesman, however, told MailOnline that Brown was not provided specific directions as to when and how he should use Facebook Live. The video had more than 1million views before removed from Brown's Facebook page.

Your GIF for January 23, 2017: I’m pretty sure this is fake.

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