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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for October 6, 2017.

What You Missed

Team Canada finalized their coaching staff for the 2018 FIL World Championships. Canada plays a handful of teams this weekend up in Buffalo:

Lacrosse The Nation

Some Upstate New York people will kick off their weekend by drinking beer. They can start drinking a lacrosse-themed beer as well, as Don Cazentre of NYup explains:

The beer (Lacrosse Stick Lager) makes its Upstate New York debut tonight (Oct. 5) in a special tapping from 6 to 8 p.m.. at Ironwood Pizza, 145 E. Seneca St. in Manlius. Ironwood is near the office for Rhino Lacrosse, a company that Ryan "Rhino" Powell owns that promotes lacrosse camps and tournaments nationwide.

It makes sense that the first lacrosse beer would have an Upstate New York connection: The game was invented by the native Haudenosaunee people here, and New York has since become a hotbed for lacrosse at the high school and collegiate level.

Few people embody that Upstate lacrosse connection better than Ryan Powell and his brothers Casey and Mike. They each played at West Carthage High School near Watertown before becoming some of the biggest stars and leading scorers in Syracuse history. The brothers also own a sports gear company called Powell Lacrosse.

Ryan Powell's pro and business career took him to Oregon, and that's where he made the connections that ultimately led to Lacrosse Stick Lager. Widmer Brothers, one of the biggest brewers in the brewery-rich city of Portland, held a raffle earlier this year in which a prize was to spend day "brewing with Ryan Powell."

The NLL is looking to add a team in New York, according to Josh Kosman of the New York Post:

The 32-year-old league — which is looking for a New York franchise owner with at least $50 million in liquid assets — in the last few months sold a franchise in San Diego for a reported $5 million to Alibaba Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai.

Also recently, cable TV giant Comcast has agreed to pay a similar price to start a Philadelphia lacrosse team.

“We will never launch an expansion team unless the owner has depth of resources, controls an arena or has a sensible lease,” NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz told The Post; he declined comment on the $50 million requirement.

Take a look at Cornell Big Red senior Kason Tarbell and his lacrosse journey to Ithaca:

With his lacrosse ability and grades, Tarbell could have easily attended the University of Albany with his brother Ky, or Syracuse University. Both schools traditionally have a plethora of Native American student-athletes on their lacrosse rosters, including a combined 11 this upcoming season, but he decided early in the process to commit to Cornell.

“I wanted to be different,” says Tarbell. “Everyone else was trying to go to Syracuse and Albany. I wanted to get a better education, but still have a great lacrosse experience at the same time.”

Tarbell has been a regular in the Big Red lineup, playing in all but two games since his arrival on campus. He started his career as an offensive midfielder, but switched to the defensive side of the ball as a sophomore and has flourished.

“Kason is a reliable, dependable defensive clearing midfielder,” says interim head coach Pete Milliman. “He's a transition midfielder, so he provides some offensive punch. But honestly, I could play him at offensive midfield if I wanted to. I could play him at attack. He could be on man-up, man-down. He just has that ability to play the whole game, and we'll lean on him heavily this spring because of his experience and his ability to make plays.”

Our friends at Lacrosse All Stars recaps this past weekend’s LASNAI:

Another HUGE thanks to our many wonderful vendors and sponsors – NIKE, UnCommon Fit, The Courage Game, Burd Wood Works, Adoch Shenandoah, Jack Johnson/Tama Lacrosse, WoodLacrosseSticks.com, and Traditional Lacrosse were all fantastic on site vendors and sponsors! Thanks to Throne Lacrosse and Sisu Mouthguards for their partnerships as well, and thanks to the Tewaaraton Award, Onondaga Athletic Club, Sticks for Kids, and the CPWLF for coming out and supporting our event. Thanks to Barstool Jordie, Throne, and College Crosse (THAT’S US) for coming out to get media! Thanks to Syracuse.com, and Cuse.com, and all the others who provided info about this event!

At the end of the day I want to THANK YOU, (yes, YOU!) sincerely, and from the bottom of my heart. Whether you were at the LASNAI playing, coaching, or as a fan, whether you were watching from home, or following along on social media… THANK YOU. We tried to put together an amazing event, and we did just that, because of YOU. Thank you for helping make our dreams your reality. Without you all, we are nothing.

To see all of these people come together to make something like the LASNAI happen gave me a personal boost. All the handshakes, smiles, and hugs made every minute (let’s be honest – hour) of lost sleep well worth it. I’m still exhausted, and a little delirious, so if I missed you, please forgive me. Know that EVERY person made this event what it was, and know that I thank you.

Onondaga Community College is renaming their lacrosse field in honor of their current head coach, Chuck Wilbur.

The Canisius Golden Griffins took some time to practice and scrimmage with a wheelchair lacrosse team:

Shawn Nadelen and the Towson Tigers are still a perfect match, pens Patrick Stevens of US Lacrosse Magazine:

Nadelen is quick to point out the value of continuity. Assistants Dan Cocchi (a Towson graduate) and Anthony Gilardi were his first hires and remain on staff. Nadelen is in his 14th year on Towson’s staff, and there’s little doubt his familiarity with the program gave him a head start in identifying what areas needed the most improvement when he took over.

“There were some things I felt we could do better just to make us a little bit better,” Nadelen said. “There were things we didn’t pay enough attention to. We were a successful program, but we weren’t reaching our fullest potential.”

Not for long. By his second season, Nadelen had Towson back in the NCAA tournament. They’ve made four trips in the last five years, and in the process Nadelen, who played at Johns Hopkins and started his coaching journey at Princeton, has become the only man to both play and serve as a head coach in a final four within the last quarter-century.

It’s happened in large part because the Tigers embraced a rugged team-wide identity that reflects their coach.

“When you meet him, you know,” [Tony] Seaman said. “Anybody who would come and visit would leave my office and say ‘Wow, that guy is a decent guy, a good person.’ They’d talk with Shawn and think, ‘I don’t think I should even speak unless I raise my hand.’ That’s who he’s always been. It’s, ‘There’s no nonsense here, boys. We’re probably going to practice at 5 a.m. and we’re going ask if we could go at 4 a.m. and that’s the way it is.’ That’s him, and that’s how his personality has always been.”

Sticking with the Tigers, senior Steven Stillwell is honoring his late mother by raising money for Komen Maryland, as ABC 2 in Baltimore explains:

Her legacy now carried on by her son and his teammates. The team also takes an active role in breast cancer awareness and fundraising year round.

“Anything we can do as a team and as individuals to bring this positive attention to something that does have a big effect on people, we’ll do our part,” Brian Hemming, Director of Operations for Towson University Lacrosse, said.

Hemming has his own story about the disease that strikes 1 in 8 women.

“My mom, when she received her original diagnosis was given 18 months and she battled for 7 years before it ended for her.”

Who cares about Chris Hogan, jump on the Tyler Seguin lacrosse bandwagon!

Former Maryland Terrapins midfielder Mike Chanenchuk went on LSN to discuss his Sacred Heart Pioneers squad entering 2018:

Folks, it is indeed #FallBallFriday!

Hopkins getting some box lacrosse action in!

Inside Lacrosse’s Matt Kinnear recaps his weekend in Upstate New York.

The Ohio State Buckeyes announced their captains for the 2018 season:

They’re not a Division I school, but RPI released their 2018 schedule!

Freshman time!

The Colgate Raiders also announced their newcomers for 2018.

Philly/South Jersey Jawns

Amazon is that much closer to landing in South Jersey!

World News

Netflix is increasing their prices on their plans. Sad!

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