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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for October 25, 2017.

What You Missed

Johns Hopkins and Cornell released their schedules.

One of North Carolina’s top high school coaches has been dismissed.

Lacrosse The Nation

Air Force’s situation is getting uglier. According to Tom Roeder of The Colorado Springs Gazette, Falcon athletes and coaches have been suspended until further notice:

What the team members did wrong hasn't been disclosed, but the academy's rare announcement of the suspensions shows it is a matter that leaders view seriously.

"Some members of the team and coaches have been put into an inactive status and will not participate in group lacrosse activities or intercollegiate competition, until further notice," academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said. "These actions are effective today and may be revisited as the investigation progresses."

The colonel said the academy has no timetable for when it will wrap up its investigation into the team or when it would announce what the athletes may have done.

Several sources have said the probe was the result of hazing, but specifics of what occurred haven't been available.

"Because that investigation is ongoing, I cannot disclose any further information," Herritage said.

For the first time since 1949, Johns Hopkins and Navy won’t play each other for at least two years (and hopefully just two). That’s due to scheduling conflicts with both teams now in conferences. To make up for this, the Blue Jays have scheduled to play Delaware this season, while Navy has added Syracuse for a home-and-home series.

At least we’ll have this:

The NLL officially announced that the San Diego team name will be the Seals, as first reported by our own Marisa Ingemi! Shoutout to everyone that showed love to Marisa publically for free without putting it deep on a paywall!

“We wanted a name that was inherent to San Diego,” said team president Steve Govett. “The Seals name acknowledges the marine mammals that live along our coastline, and it pays tribute to the brave men and women who help keep us safe and protect our freedom.”

The San Diego Seals will officially begin play in 2018 at the Valley View Casino Center. The slogan – Surfacing Soon – will be used by the team until it begins play next season.

“Today is yet another great milestone for the city of San Diego, its team, and our league,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “With the reveal of the San Diego Seals as the team’s official brand identity, there are many reasons for excitement in this city as we inch closer and closer to the team’s inaugural season. We look forward to seeing the San Diego Seals in action during the 2018-19 season.”

Teddy Jenner gave us our first look as the logos with colors:

He also had Marisa on his podcast! Her interview and Teddy’s intro begin at the 10:15 mark, but I highly recommend you start at the beginning because show ya love for Teddy’s hard work too!

The Marist Red Foxes have officially named J.D. Recor as an assistant coach. Head coach Keegan Wilkinson discussed this in our latest College Crossecast a couple weeks ago:

"Our program could not be happier to have J.D. joining us as an assistant coach," Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson said. "J.D. is someone who I had targeted immediately to join us because of his high character, tremendous work ethic and competitive drive. These are things he displayed during his four year career at Marist on a daily basis. J.D. will be a tremendous addition to our staff and I know that he is excited to help us as we continue to build our great lacrosse program here at Marist."

After 30 years of international financial experience and living in Japan for the majority of that time, former Notre Dame Fighting Irish player Rob Simpson returns to South Bend as the team’s Director of Operations:

"We’re really fortunate to have Rob, you don’t usually get somebody in a role like this with his experience, knowledge, and contacts," said Corrigan. "I’d love to have his rolodex and he’s just a terrific person that everybody in our office is very fond of. We’re just really fortunate to have all those pieces come together.

"Our guys love Rob and he’s already been very helpful to a number of them in finding opportunities professionally with a 30-year career in business. He has contacts all over the world, spending 30 years in Japan alone. He’s terrific and we’re really fortunate to have somebody like him in that position."

Simpson is a 1985 Notre Dame graduate, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in accounting with a minor in sociology. Simpson has spent the majority of the last 30 years living overseas in Japan, holding a number of positions as a broker and manager in the finance industry.

"After thirty years working in finance in Tokyo, Japan, I am extremely excited about joining the Notre Dame men's Lacrosse team as director of operations," said Simpson. "First, I would like to thank Coach Corrigan for giving me the opportunity to join the staff. I would also like to thank Coach Byrne and Coach Karweck for helping me to transition into my new role.

"Working for and learning from the one of the best staffs in men's lacrosse is why I came back here. I wanted to challenge myself and help the team continue toward its goal of winning a national championship."

Inside Lacrosse traveled to the campuses of Maryland, Towson, and Yale to check in with those two teams during fall ball practices. They also checked out Stony Brook’s women’s squad.

Rochester (maybe Dallas?) Rattlers social media coordinator Brad Bialy gives his thoughts on the possible move.

There’s an area of “What could I have done differently?” when I look at the alleged move to Dallas. After all, I was in charge of the social media efforts for the Rattlers. What could I have done to better engage fans, get more people excited about the team, and ultimately come out and fill the stands?

Looking at the team’s Twitter feed over the past few days there are plenty of comments saying we should have advertised more. Evoked the community more. Built up the fanbase and brand. Get more fans to show up to games.

I agree with a lot of the comments. Sure, more should have been done. But a lot was done within the budget we were given. And, amid reports of the team potentially moving, that growth and success might be hard to see.

Lacrosse practice in a racquetball court works!

Kevin Kleps from Crain’s Cleveland spoke to Cleveland State Vikings head coach Dylan Sheridan about helping lacrosse grow in Northeast Ohio:

The Vikings are teaching a lacrosse class at Urban Community School every Thursday. And when the initiative was announced at the ecumenical school last month, CSU's student-athletes took part in a skills demonstration.

"I think the sport needs a lot of different initiatives, but this is a great one," said Sheridan, who led Western Reserve Academy in Hudson to a state title in 2001. "Any time you can bring the game to a community that hasn't seen it is a huge step forward. Certainly the game, the sport, has some cost-prohibitive things we're trying to get through. We're channeling different resources to get beyond those limitations."

Sheridan said he thinks lacrosse "hit a stagnant period" in Northeast Ohio — not from a growth standpoint, but because of the quality of play, or lack thereof.

"But think we're on base camp right now and it could take off," he said. "Hopefully as our kids go through this cycle, they'll graduate and stay in town, and we'll have a pool of young, passionate, energetic coaches in the community that will help it take the next step forward.

"That's what we've lacked over the years," Sheridan added. "They go on to great colleges and jobs, but not in Northeast Ohio. We haven't had that giving back in our own backyard. With Cleveland's trajectory as a city and Cleveland State adding lacrosse, I think young talent will stay here and help talent take off."

The Mercer Bears will scrimmage against D2 schools Tampa and Rollins in two weeks down in Florida:

Our bud Tom Peace interviewed former Towson Tigers attackman and current Florida Launch player Ryan Drenner:

PR: What is it like to play for Coach [Shawn] Nadelen?

DRENNER: Playing for Coach Nadelen was truly an honor. He definitely isn’t the easiest coach to play for, he will make you earn everything and that’s what makes him such a great coach. I think the thing that sets him apart from other coaches is the time he invests in every single player to make them better every day. He was always super involved in everything off the field, making sure we were polite, mature, respectful members of the community. The impact Coach Nadelen has had on me and my teammates really shows up after graduation. He does such an awesome job preparing us for the real world and giving us the tools to be successful. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to come to Towson and play for him and his staff and can’t thank them enough for such an incredible four years.

PR: You were drafted by the Florida Launch, what went through your mind when you were drafted? And in your first pro game?

DRENNER- I had actually never been to Florida so when I heard the news I had been drafted to the Launch I was more than excited to finally visit Florida. The Launch had a really productive draft so I was super pumped to be a part of that and get to work with the guys. When I got down to Florida for the first time for my first pro game I had some nerves about how the dynamic of the team would be but the veterans on the Launch and really all the guys on the team are really awesome, easy to get along with, and a lot of fun to compete with so it was a pretty smooth transition.

Towson also paid tribute to last year’s historic squad:


Rise and Grind indeed!

Things look good over at UMBC:

Some fall ball highlights from Stony Brook’s pair of Sunday scrimmages:

Maverick dropped a fresh batch of new gloves!

Philly Jawns


World News

Rock and Roll pioneer Fats Domino has died at the age of 89.

Video of the Day

Check out these sick baseball trick shots. Did you know there’s more than one #SpringSport?

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