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Lacrosse The Nation

Both Maryland Terrapins champion lacrosse teams visited The White House yesterday:

President Donald Trump and Dylan Maltz had a moment:

It’s hard to tell if everyone on both teams went, but, unless he’s being covered by one of his fellow teammates, I don’t see Isaiah Davis-Allen in the men’s photo. Could be a scheduling conflict or he got ill or whatever, because it happens to people from time to time.

More on this event soon.

The Bucknell Bison have named Matt Dugan one of their assistant coaches:

Dugan spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Tampa, where he helped the Spartans reach the NCAA Division II tournament each year by winning the Sunshine State Conference championship.

The University of Tampa advanced to the NCAA semifinals in both 2017 and 2016. This past season, the Spartans fell to the eventual national champion, No. 1 Limestone College, by a tight 12-10 decision.

Dugan coordinated the University of Tampa's face-offs, recruiting, scheduling and travel. He was also the assistant director of Whipple Lacrosse, the company that managed the team's camps.

Beginning in December 2016, Dugan served as the Director of Player Analytics for the Florida Launch, a Major League Lacrosse club. He was the first person to work exclusively in analytics for the Launch.

Speaking of Tampa, the Division II power is getting former Hobart Statesman Tanner John for a graduate year, pens Sam Wilson of The Salamanca Press (h/t James Baker of In The (D3FB) Huddle):

John said he received support from Hobart coach Greg Raymond and staff, who didn’t force him to stay at the school when it didn’t have his Master’s program. His parents, Scott and Laurie, encouraged the move, as did his girlfriend, Sydnie Beattie, who moved down with their daughter, Kinsley, where she has family in the Tampa area and a brother in college there.

So now, a year after gearing up for his would-be last run at college lacrosse, John is pursuing a Master’s degree in entrepreneurship and hoping to compete for a NCAA Division II championship.

“Ultimately my parents were very supportive of me, my girlfriend, they all told me do it, you can’t pass this up, it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “Just the people around me, I wanted to do it, but it was more along the lines of they encouraged me and they pushed me to do it. It all came about from the people around me just making this whole thing possible.”

The year-long Master’s program runs through next August. John hopes to start his own company out of college.

I’ve tried to tell many of you Connor Keating is a great long pole. He showed it again.

With the return of Adam Charalambides, Rutgers looks to be a contender for the Big Ten in 2018, from Matt Hamilton of US Lacrosse Magazine:

“We’re going to see how mature these 13 seniors are, and how well they’ve learned from the experiences of the past three years,” coach Brian Brecht said. “The successes, but also the disappointment of the last two seasons by not making the postseason. That’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

The last few years may not have ended in a tournament berth, but they established the program as a national contender for years to come.

“Expectations have gone up and so have our standards,” [Kieran] Mullins said. “Rutgers lacrosse has grown tremendously in the past two years, so we’re looking to win as much as we can. We’re looking to go to the Big Ten championship this year. We want to try to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004. We’re just trying to take that next step for our program.”

The process started this fall, when Brecht welcomed back a team full of optimism. For some, it was the start of another season — but it meant more for Charalambides. The redshirt sophomore (he redshirted the 2015 and 2017 seasons), had worked for eight months to get back on the field after his ACL injury in January.

The MLL isn’t the only group having a difficult fall: The Canadian Lacrosse Association and volunteers Dave Huntley, Dave French, and John Mouradian have split apart after disagreements that could not be fixed between the two parties.

The Boston University Terriers have named their 2018 captains:

Senior Ryan Hilburn, junior Michael Laviano and senior Jack Wilson will join graduate student Brian Badgett and senior Conor Okmin as captains of the Boston University men's lacrosse team for the 2018 season, as announced on Friday.

Badgett and Okmin will reprise their roles as leaders for the third consecutive season while Hilburn, Laviano and Wilson are all first-time captains. Badgett and Okmin join 2017 graduate Ryan Johnston as the only three-year captains in program history.

"I'm very excited to have Ryan, Jack, and Michael join Conor and Brian to form a very strong leadership group," head coach Ryan Polley said. "All three had excellent offseasons and have consistently led the team this fall through their work ethic, accountability and commitment to our lacrosse family. I look forward to working with these five fine young men and pushing our team to reach its fullest potential this season."

I love this:

Fun photos from Siena’s photo day!

Philly Jawns

TV anchor/reporter Gray Hall discusses his on-air medical emergency nearly three weeks ago.

World News

Well the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team continues to be getting along very well!

Video of the Day

Here’s the weird Deadpool 2 trailer if you missed it:

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