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College Crosse Prospectus - November 17, 2017: Mercer Bears, Cleveland St, & Maryland Release Their 2018 Schedules; Making Sense Of Major League Lacrosse.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for November 17, 2017.

College Crosse AMA Podcast.

We’re going to have our Ask Us Anything Podcast on either Monday or Tuesday of next week. We greatly appreciate everyone who’s sent in questions already, as they have been fantastic. There’s still time to send us a question or two. You can email us, Tweet @ us, DM us, or just leave a comment ... pretty much any means of communication available is welcome here.

College Crosse News.

Shout out to our favorite bears! Mercer announced their 2018 slate.

he Mercer Athletics Department and head coach Kyle Hannan have released the 2018 men's lacrosse schedule. "The Mercer lacrosse program is proud to announce our 2018 game schedule," Hannan said. "The Bears will compete against teams from 8 different states and 7 different conferences. This diverse schedule not only gives us the opportunity to compete against outstanding programs but also exposes Mercer to a variety of geographical locations. The team has been working very hard in preparation for a slew of very competitive games this spring."

Cleveland State (our favorite vikings!!) also released their 2018 schedule.

A home game against the preseason No. 2, a road contest against the preseason No. 1 and five first-time opponents highlight the Cleveland State University lacrosse program's 2018 schedule released Wednesday. Head coach Dylan Sheridan revealed the 2018 slate, including home games against Ohio State and Duke, on Lax Sports Network (LSN) with co-hosts Travis Eldridge and Josh Hawkins Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, Cleveland State and LSN announced that the network will produce and broadcast both of those aforementioned games. CSU's 14-game regular-season schedule will see it face three NCAA quarterfinalists from last season, including the 2017 national runner-up, two of the past four national champions and four teams that ended 2017 as consensus top-10 squads.

The champs also released their 2018 schedule this week. Looks like another incredibly difficult regular season for the Terps in 2018, just how they like it at College Park

Head coach John Tillman has announced the defending National Champion Maryland men’s lacrosse program’s 2018 schedule in advance of its 93rd season of lacrosse, including marquee non-conference matchups against Navy, Notre Dame, Albany and North Carolina (in California). The Terrapins have led the country in RPI the last two seasons and look poised do the same in 2018 with a challenging slate that features eight teams (out of 13) which were ranked among the top-20 in the final 2017 Maverik Media Poll. Tillman enters his eighth season at the helm of the Terrapins after leading Maryland to its first National Championship since 1975. Since Tillman took over the program in 2011, Maryland has led the country in NCAA Tournament wins (18), Final Four appearances (6), USILA All-America selections (47) and Major League Lacrosse draft selections (31).

If you love lacrosse and want to see Major League Lacrosse succeed, you should check out Marisa’s post on trying to make sense of the MLL. It’s a thoughtful and intelligent piece from someone who has been covering the sport for nearly half her life.

It’s hard to form a coherent thought about what’s going on in Major League Lacrosse right now. For context, I’ve been involved in some form with MLL for seven years. Currently, I do the radio play by play for my home town Boston Cannons. I’ve wrote about the league from my previous website, In Lacrosse We Trust, and even covered stories about the league for Lacrosse Magazine, the Boston Globe, and NH Union Leader. For as long as I’ve wanted to work in sports, MLL has been at the forefront of my thoughts. Sports journalists aren’t supposed to openly root for any team. Given that I’ve grown up a fan of all the Boston sports teams, I think I’ve done a pretty good job not letting that carry over into my work. I have been, however, openly rooting for MLL to succeed. To see it in shambles is heartbreaking.

GET YOUR WEIGHT UP!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGNER!!

Nice post from US Lacrosse on ESPN’s Field Yates and his love of lacrosse.

Long before he appeared on TV screens across the country, ESPN NFL reporter Field Yates played football and lacrosse at Belmont Hill School (Mass.) and Wesleyan University.

While Yates served mostly as a reserve for Wesleyan lacrosse from 2005-08, he developed lasting friendships and a love for the game that continues today. When he’s not appearing on “SportsCenter” and “NFL Insiders” or recording the “Fantasy Focus Football” podcast, he still follows his alma mater, as well as other college and professional lacrosse teams.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO LACROSSE?

I had a best friend that was into lacrosse and he had long encouraged me to explore it. I started playing lacrosse at Belmont Hill. It was an all-boys school in the area and it always had a strong athletic tradition. When I got there, I had a couple of friends that were in my class whose fathers had played professionally in baseball. Both of those guys were standout [baseball] players and played the same position that I did. I felt like it wasn’t my time and maybe baseball wasn’t in my future at Belmont Hills and I ought to give lacrosse a try. During my time, Belmont Hills had some very strong teams at the varsity level and then some in the middle off the pack. I had a great experience there and it was a launching point to play at the college level at Wesleyan.

Hobart’s got some quick feet.

Some of the early agility/stick work action from our beloved Turkey Trot last night!

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Shout out to lacrosse’s best ambassador: Belichick Family Honored With the Opening of Belichick Plaza.

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick ’75, P’07, Hon. ’05 and his daughter, Amanda Belichick ’07, visited campus on Nov. 3 during Homecoming/Family Weekend. The Belichiks were on campus for the opening of Belichik Plaza, a lobby at the Freeman Athletic Center. Bill Belichick has received an honorary doctorate from the University as well as the Baldwin Medal, the highest honor awarded an alumnus for distinguished achievement. As a student, Amanda Belichick was the captain of the Lacrosse team. She later coached the Lacrosse team from 2013-2015 while acting as an adjunct professor of Physical Education. Currently, she works as the coach of the women’s Lacrosse team at the College of Holy Cross in Worchester, Mass. The Belichicks began their visit by greeting and speaking with the Wesleyan football team.

Great post by the GAWD Ed Lee on Maryland’s 2018 schedule.

Maryland has released its schedule for the 2018 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Terps, who went 16-3 last year, swept the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships for the second consecutive season, and captured the program’s first NCAA championship since 1975. 10: Maryland’s victory over Ohio State in the title game helped lift coach John Tillman into a tie for 10th place for NCAA tournament wins by a coach. Tillman’s 18-6 record in the postseason ties him with the late Henry Ciccarone of Johns Hopkins.

Nice video showing you how to draw the Team USA logo. #DoItForTheCulture

LET’S GOOOOOOOOOO!!! It’s bowl season for lacrosse teams!!!

Everyone wants to be like Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid.

The “Mount Experience” 3 v 3 hoops challenge. #ballin #ballskills #mountup2018

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What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

The Roy Halladay remembrance at Citizen’s Bank Stadium earlier this week brought many to tears.

They mowed the grass, watered the dirt, and placed the black-trimmed stage behind the mound at Spectrum Field. They etched Roy Halladay’s uniform numbers — 34 and 32 — on the dirt slope. They placed a single baseball there. They laid chalk on the baselines and whitened home plate and drew a batter’s box. The wind blew out to right field. The reunion Tuesday was not in white pinstripes but in dark-toned suits. There they were — Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, and Cliff Lee. Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino. Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez. Some wore sunglasses even as the stadium lights illuminated because the lenses hid their red eyes because the greatest pitcher of their generation died in a plane crash a week earlier. They thought about Braden and Ryan, the two teenage sons left behind; the two boys who play baseball and were the first to step onto the grass for the memorial service inside a ballpark.

World/National News.

Snowy Turkey Day: East coast might get hit with snow on Thanksgiving.

While warmth builds in the Southwest, re-surging cold air may trigger frequent snow in the Great Lakes and help spin up a storm along the East Coast around Thanksgiving Day. Following a storm and shot of cold air that sweeps across the northern part of the nation into this weekend, there is the potential for very cold air with a punishing wind to take root over the Midwest and Northeast during the long Thanksgiving weekend. "If early indications are correct, some locations may be buried under feet of lake-effect snow, while gusty winds sweep cold air from the northern Plains to the Gulf Coast, Appalachians and eventually the Atlantic Seaboard," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

Your GIF/Video for November 17, 2017.

Well this is terrifying.

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