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WHAT YOU MISSED
Is Quinnipiac the top of the MAAC once again?
Who has the best chance of dethroning Dylan Molloy as the winner of the Tewaaraton? Or could Dylan Molloy win it again?
Also, shoutout to Lehigh for giving us some love!
Lacrosse is growing in Colombia.
LACROSSE THE NATION
There are teams starting their spring practices and workouts this week.
1/4/17...college lacrosse players look in mirror. Either proud as heck how you prepared this off-season or run for the hills. #seasonishere— Paul Carcaterra (@paulcarcaterra) January 4, 2017
Meanwhile, others have to wait a few more days...yawn.
How it feels waiting for January 9 to get here so we can open preseason practice... pic.twitter.com/1YyrYpVDz8— TU Men's Lacrosse (@Towson_MLAX) January 4, 2017
There’ll only be one Play-In game for the 2017 NCAA Tournament due to the loss of the ACC’s automatic qualifier, from Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy.
Some context: When the Big Ten added men’s lacrosse for the 2015 season, it became the 10th conference in DI to earn an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. Concurrent with that move was Maryland’s departure from the ACC, sinking that league below the six-team threshold necessary for an AQ and starting the clock on a two-year grace period that let the ACC retain its automatic bid in 2015 and ’16.
While today’s news might then seem like a foregone conclusion, last May, [Anthony] Holman said that it wasn't certain that the ACC would lose its AQ, nor what the NCAA Tournament would look like in 2017.
“The recommendations for conference AQs is made by the lacrosse committee during their annual meeting in July, and will go to the Competition Oversight Committee for approval in September,” Holman wrote in an email to IL in May. “No decision has been made, but yes it is possible that we could only have one play-in game for 2017 if the ACC is not granted a waiver, or gets another team to join the ACC.”
Another clarification Holman provided in May is that there isn’t a set standard for which teams would be slotted for the play-in game, writing “The committee [has] the ability to analyze the conference AQ winning teams’ entire body of work, using the same selection criteria used for the selection of the entire field, which is a far more comprehensive and in the opinion of the committee more fair process.”
Unleash the fire emojis.
Also some decent kicks.
Speaking of names, Inside Lacrosse released their annual All-Name team a couple of days ago. There’s even an Honorable Mention category now, which does include Danny Lacrosse.
There’s plenty of reactions, first from Samer Kalaf over at Deadspin.
The freshman class is strong. You’ve got Harvard’s Tate Green, Brown’s Brewster Warble, and Bryant’s Viper Scheele, who inexplicably only received a selection on the men’s third team. Maybe it’s a seniority thing.
It’s tough to pick a favorite name. IV Stucker’s a no-brainer, until you see Declan Swartwood, and just when you’re getting comfortable with that—bam, repeat winner Oralee Hespenheide’s right there. There’s no wrong choice.
Jay Willis at GQ.com says this is America’s favorite holiday!
Break out your finest pastel shorts, your brightest nylon watch straps, and your most well-worn "BACK TO BACK WORLD WAR CHAMPS" schmedium bro-tanks, because the good people at Inside Lacrosse have officially unveiled the 2017 edition of the Lacrosse All-Name Team. To hell with Christmas, because this is the real most wonderful time of the year.
We heartily congratulate Bear [Altemus], Keyveat [Postell], Hudson [Roarick], and Harlowe [Steele]—a great law firm name, by the way—on this monumental accomplishment. May they all get to celebrate by dousing each other in the finest light lager that their trust funds can provide.
My favorite: Viper Scheele, Bryant’s freshman goaltender who replaces former Bryant goalie and fellow All-Name team choice Gunnar Waldt.
Loyola’s for the kids!
Always great to start the 2017 season off with a clinic for our friends in Newtown, CT! pic.twitter.com/YP98A6rzME— Loyola Men's Lax (@LoyolaMLAX) January 5, 2017
Richmond’s learning from the best today.
Macy’s is closing four stores around the area, including their locations in Plymouth Meeting and Neshaminy.
Being a mobile app developer is the best job in America. I guess I should quit my day job then.
Is cereal healthy? It can be delicious though.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
James Corden reflects on the life of George Michael, as well as the inspiration for his popular Carpool Karaoke segments.
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