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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for October 21, 2017.

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The MLL filed paperwork to trademark “Dallas Rattlers”, which could mean Rochester is about to move south.

A T-Rex playing lacrosse? A T-Rex playing lacrosse.

Lacrosse The Nation

The 2017 Heritage Cup between the United States and Canada is today up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Check out the rosters for the United States and Canada. The game starts at 7:30, and the game will be streamed on Twitter thanks to CBC Sports.

Speaking of box lacrosse, USBOXLA announced the formation of the National Collegiate Box Series. With this formation, the NCBS also launched the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL), the addition of two more teams in the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL), and the appointment of Niko Blankenship, the SID for men’s and women’s lacrosse at the University of Denver, as the commissioner of the NCBS.

Cleveland State wraps up fall ball later today up in Binghamton, as US Lacrosse Magazine’s Matt Hamilton writes:

“The culture of Vikings lacrosse is still a work in progress, but competing against the best is a core principle,” Sheridan told the school’s athletics website. “We hope the strength of our fall schedule will accelerate our learning curve and prepare us for a successful second season at the Division I level."

Yes, each game ended in a loss, but it was a stepping stone to the future of the program. That’s what 2017 is for Cleveland State lacrosse — the beginning of what many hope with be the rise of a successful Division I program. Now, in their second fall together, the Vikings continue to challenge themselves and grow the game in Cleveland.

After battling Ohio Wesleyan in September, Cleveland State took part in clinics following the unveiling of a new field at Urban Community School in Cleveland’s West side. Then, it took on Team Canada on Oct. 8 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Now in the last week of fall ball, Cleveland State will wrap up with a weekend at Binghamton, facing off with the Bearcats and Manhattan on Saturday. It’s another step in the process of developing another competitive program in Ohio.

I’ll be making the trip down to Binghamton to see Cleveland State-Binghamton, which begins at 11.

The Monmouth Hawks have named Marc Zolchonock as their volunteer assistant coach for the 2018 season:

"We are excited to have Marc join our program this fall," [Brian] Fisher said. "He is a young and motivated coach who possesses a strong work ethic and brings a passion to the field and office every day."

Zolchonock comes to the Jersey Shore after a stint at Rutgers, where he served as the Director of Lacrosse Operations for the past two years. In his role with the Scarlet Knights, Zolchonock's specific responsibilities included oversight of tournament and camps, coordinating road trips and working with the Rutgers equipment staff, in addition to other day-to-day operations for the program.

As a student-athlete, Zolchonock was a four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Kean University. Zolchonock excelled as defenseman for the Cougars as he totaled 77 ground balls and forced 39 turnovers in his career. He led the team in caused turnovers his senior season and was a winner of the Student Scholar Athlete Award in 2013 and 2014. Zolchonock graduated from Kean with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing in 2015 after serving as a student assistant coach following his playing career.

Maryland’s Tim Rotanz has overcome a lot before winning a national championship last year, as Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse points out:

Three years prior, the “Tim Rotanz Shot” seemed like it would never happen. He had to overcome a battle with vertigo, an enigmatic ailment that kept him off the field and constantly in and out of doctors’ offices in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York.

The July after his freshman season, Rotanz was home on Long Island and knew “something was off,” but he didn’t think much of it. He was driving to an exam for a summer class when he couldn’t go on any further, suffering from dizziness and nausea. He turned the car around and passed out on the couch.

When he woke up and tried to get up, he fell over. He started getting sick, and his parents rushed him to the hospital, where he stayed three days and two nights with a mysterious ailment. He laid on his right side for three days in a daze; if he rolled to his left, he’d throw up immediately. His left eye twitched.

The doctors diagnosed mononucleosis with a blood test, but there was clearly something more going on. Multiple doctors continued with tests until they concluded he had vertigo. The mono virus attacked his ears, causing the condition defined by dizziness, loss of balance and extreme nausea.

“It opened the floodgates. I didn’t expect it to be a whole year. I thought it would be a few days; it’d be gone and I’d be back,” says Rotanz, who like many, really had no idea what vertigo was to begin with.

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Nick Myers is growing the game in Columbus:

His Buckeyes also wrapped up fall ball:

Towson held their alumni game last night:

Check out their shirts!

Even though the Guam Lacrosse Club no longer exists, there’s still lacrosse there as the Guam Blacktips, pens Kasmira Engichy of the Pacific Daily News:

Team co-founder and captain Daniel Scarola, a 29-year old airman originally from Long Island, New York has been playing lacrosse since he was 9 and since then, lacrosse has been a constant in his life no matter where he lived.

"Upon arriving to the 671, I had to search the internet for any possible lacrosse on Guam just like I did in Germany. Unfortunately, there was nothing. Though I could cure the lacrosse itch with finding a concrete wall to play wall ball, it just wasn’t the same," said Scarola."I knew there had to be other players on the island who shared my interest."

One day at the Andersen Air Force Base gym, sometime in late 2015, Scarola noticed a guy who had a lacrosse tattoo on the back of his leg. He didn't hesitate.

"I introduced myself and little did I know that the 'lax tat dude' — Travis Ringer from Buffalo, NY — would become one of my closest friends and also co-founder of the Guam Lacrosse Club."

Lacrosse continues to grow in Decatur, Illinois!

Notre Dame’s so lucky to have a great fall experience, especially on their trip to New York City:

The bigger question is can either of them beat a Punchout Mike Tyson?

Everybody say cheese! Or not!

Philly Jawns

Three teenagers were hurt in BB gun incidents in Montgomery County.

World News

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants to remove Catalonia’s regional leaders and call for new elections after Catalonia voted to gain independence.

Video of the Day

This guy pretended to be Klay Thompson, and it kind of worked!

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