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College Crosse Prospectus: Maryland’s New Identity

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Princeton’s 2018 schedule looks like fun!

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After winning a national championship last year, the Maryland Terrapins are building a new identity for 2018, pens Daniel Bernstein of The Diamondback:

Behind the veterans, the Terps defeated Ohio State, 9-6, in the 2017 national championship. While returning players cherish that memory, they've tried to form a new identity this offseason.

"It was an awesome experience," midfielder Connor Kelly said. "But as of right now, being a senior leader on this team, I'm trying to focus and help this team get ready for the spring."

Kelly figures to lead Maryland's offense this season. He's coming off a 46-goal campaign that included a career-best five goals in the Big Ten tournament championship game and three scores in the Final Four against Denver.

Though he didn't posses the vocal presence of [Matt] Rambo or [Colin] Heacock last year, he said he's looking to become a role model for underclassmen.

Joe Santoliquito for Inside Lacrosse writes about the recovery of Saint Joseph’s Hawks redshirt senior Mike Rastivo, who suffered a brutal leg injury last fall:

It’s been almost a year since the worst thing that happened to Rastivo’s athletic life occurred. He wears a brace for protection, but he trusts his right knee. He can’t wait to take his first hit—he embraces the moment it comes. There is a nasty vertical scar that runs about four inches long down the middle of his right knee, with four smaller holes to go along with it.

He doesn’t have to look too far to relive the nightmare and to remind himself of the exhaustive grind it took to return.

Former Stony Brook All-American Kevin Crowley, a close friend of Rastivo’s, suggested Drew Brees book “Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity,” which is what Rastivo read immediately after he got hurt.

“That book helped set the tone for my rehab,” says Rastivo, who graduated in May with a degree in business administration and will be playing next spring as a graduate student. “My family and friends tried to keep me up, because there was a moment where you are depressed. I was really looking forward to my senior year. Then this happens. I gave myself a three-day grace period, and once I got the news of what happened and what I have to do in looking at the road ahead.”

Princeton Tigers head coach Matt Madalon has a special edition of the Princeton Laxcast before the team’s alumni game.

GQ loves Tehoka Nanticoke! We’ve made it!

More sad lacrosse news: Former McDonogh coach Tom Keigler passed away after battling brain cancer. He was 62:

“Tom was one of the greatest lacrosse players at Washington and Lee,” said his coach, Jack Emmer. “He was an outstanding leader and the kind of person who thought of others first. He was a first-team All-American player on two occasions, and he played for the USA National Lacrosse team for two years.”

Mr. Keigler earned a master's degree at the University of Virginia, where he also served an assistant lacrosse coach. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland.

He became a junior varsity lacrosse coach at Calvert Hall College High School before he was named head coach at McDonogh, where he held the post for eight years. He taught history and was also the school’s assistant headmaster.

“Soon after Tom arrived at McDonogh, he accepted an assignment as assistant headmaster, with an office connecting directly to mine,” said William Mules, the school’s former headmaster, who had watched Mr. Keigler play lacrosse at Washington and Lee. “The door between them was usually wide open. Our collegial relationship was just as close.”

Shoutout NPR!

(Editor's note: Because our boss is a lacrosse lover, we should note that a lacrosse stick is a deserving finalist.)

It’s best for business!

Speaking of NYC, Bellarmine was there last week before their scrimmages:

Congrats to my high school head coach Bill Leahy on 25 years of service at La Salle College High School!

Denver and Vermont met up:

High Point and Duke are giving back to their communities:

Wayne Gretzky, who used to play lacrosse, thinks athletes should play more than one sport!

Holy Cross has some new digs:

UMBC continues to work on their defense:

Women’s news: Princeton coach Chris Sailer wants to continue blazing her trail, writes Justin Feil of US Lacrosse Magazine:

Sailer is just as excited to share the moment with 11 former collegiate coaches who will be celebrated as trailblazers for the sport in expanding playing and coaching opportunities during the Title IX era. Pat Genovese, Tina Sloan Green, Caroline Haussermann, Kathy Heinze, Carole Kleinfelder, Gillian Rattray, Sue Stahl, Sue Tyler, Lanetta Ware, Marge Watson and Judy Wolstenholme will be recognized with plaques along the Chris Sailer Trail on Saturday.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled that that is happening,” said Sailer, who played for Kleinfelder at Harvard and believed in Princeton’s potential because of the Crimson’s success. “When I found out about the trail honor, I was a little reticent at first. But that piece of it, to honor those women who really led the way in developing the sport in the U.S., that was incredibly meaningful and impactful to me. I was so excited that their dedication would be held in conjunction with the trail dedication. It’s going to be such a great day for women’s lacrosse and the history of the game. I’m really excited for my team and my alums to learn about so many of the women who impacted me in my younger days and contributed so much to the game.”

The Bryant Bulldogs announced their newcomers for the 2018 season.

Philly Jawns

The Philadelphia 76ers impressed in their season opener, but fell to the Washington Wizards, 120-115.

World News

Former Louisville Cardinals basketball head coach Rick Pitino still insists he didn’t know anything about the ongoing recruiting scandal with Adidas. He also says he took a lie detector test, which means he’s all clean!!!

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Jimmy Kimmel interviews Santa Claus...I mean David Letterman:

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