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College Crosse Prospectus - November 6, 2017: Zone Defenses Video; William Peace’s Ready For Inaugural Season.

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

College Crosse News.

Here’s an interesting video on zone defenses.

Nice post from William Peace University’s The Peace Times about the excitement for WPU’s inaugural lacrosse season.

Fall semester is in full swing and so are the athletic teams. The athletic department, along with many students have been waiting patiently for the lacrosse season to start.

The lacrosse team first scrimmage was held in mid-September. The team starts their officially season in January and their first game is February 10, 2018 against Montreat College.

The Lacrosse team has been hard at work putting in hours on and off the field.

“ I am very excited to enter this historic first season of Lacrosse at WPU,” said Head coach Nate Bates. “The student athletes that we brought in are outstanding people and will represent our university well. I have already seen a glimpse into our potential and I couldn’t be more pleased in the hard work and dedication I have seen so far.”

Get to know Duke’s defensive coordinator Bria Irizarry.

Bria Irizarry is in her first season directing the Duke defense after joining head coach Kerstin Kimel, associate head coach Lauren Morton and volunteer assistant coach Morgan Heisman on the Blue Devil coaching staff this summer. Irizarry came to Durham from Army West Point, where she was an assistant coach alongside head coach and former Blue Devil Kristen Waagbo. Irizarry recently sat down to talk about settling in to Durham and to share her coaching background and philosophy.

GoDuke.com: Take us through your coaching philosophy, particularly on defense.

Bria Irizarry: Over the past couple years, I’ve learned how important it is to break down the basics when it comes to teaching defense. If you can rely on strong footwork and a base knowledge of how to defend certain scoring threats, that’s a super positive. I also like to try to put the defensive unit into pressure situations that work on not only their physical game, but also their mental game. Just to be able to put them in situations they may experience in games and allowing them to feel a little bit more prepared is something I’ve found to be beneficial. I’m also a huge proponent of controlling the “controllables.” Controlling your attitude, effort and communication can go a really long way, especially when you’re working as a cohesive unit down in the defensive end.

Hit that wall (ball), lads!

Georgia Swarm defenseman & former Cornell standout Mitch Belise announced his retirement over the weekend.

One could not script an ending any better for one of the Georgia Swarm's longest tenured players. After nine years in the National Lacrosse League, defenseman Mitch Belisle today announced his retirement. The 32-year-old spent the last five years of his career proudly wearing blue and yellow and became a fan-favorite with his energetic and aggressive defense on the floor.

Nicknamed Mr. Luxurious, Belisle was one of the steadying veteran presences on the defensive end for the 2017 season. His abilities and leadership helped the young Swarm defense become one of the strongest units in the NLL, while his skills and smarts propelled the Swarm to its and his first-ever Champion's Cup.

"Ultimately, I think I've been lucky to have a great career, play on some great teams, and had amazing experiences," Belisle said. "I really feel with winning a championship with this team, it would be hard to envision it getting any better than that. I'm excited to spend more time with my family, and with a young son, be able to spend more time with him this winter. But I'm going out healthy and on my own terms after winning the Champion's Cup, which was a major goal of mine."

My favorite part about lacrosse is wooping & hollering as the boys walk towards the field.

Hmmmmm ... where have I heard this before: Schools are using sports like lacrosse to get bigger.

Other schools in the area have done the same. For many, the investment has been made in hope of increasing enrollment. Regardless of the reasons, schools such as Maryville, Missouri Baptist, McKendree, Lindenwood-Belleville and Principia are offering more athletic opportunities and more scholarships than ever.

“What we’ve done is look at the university as a whole and how we could grow the enrollment,” Maryville athletics director Marcus Manning said. “It’s a fluid plan. We’ve had different sports on the radar for a very long time. We look at trends the National High School Federation sends out and then dive down to think about the impact of adding a sport at the collegiate level.”

Maryville has since added men’s and women’s swimming, women’s bowling and men’s lacrosse. In the 2018-19 school year, the NCAA Division II program will start women’s lacrosse and a club hockey team.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES BEAT THE DENVER BRONCOS AND ARE NOW 8-1.

It keeps getting better for the Eagles. Whenever it seems they’ve played their best game, they surpass it. Whenever there’s an injury that could slow the Eagles, they overcome it. And whenever they’re considered legitimate contenders, they validate it.

The Eagles’ 51-23 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field added another high to a season full of them, and it’s only Week 9. That’s how long it took for the Eagles to top last year’s win total, already cementing improvement in Doug Pederson’s second season.

The Eagles have won seven consecutive games and are now 8-1. They enter their bye week with the best record in the NFL after sweeping their three-game homestand. It was the Eagles’ first time topping 50 points since December 2013, when they scored 54 points in a win over the Bears.

Have I told you guys how much I love Evan Washburn?

This is a week old but still very relevant. SUUUUUUUUUUUUPER BOOOOOOOOOOWL!!!

World/National News.

Kicking it old school: Cassette tapes are so hot right now that there is a shortage magnetic tape.

Steve Stepp and his team of septuagenarian engineers are using a bag of rust, a kitchen mixer larger than a man and a 62-foot-long contraption that used to make magnetic strips for credit cards to avert a disaster that no one saw coming in the digital-music era. The world is running out of cassette tape.

National Audio Co., where Mr. Stepp is president and co-owner, has been hoarding a stockpile of music-quality, ⅛-inch-wide magnetic tape from suppliers that shut down in the past 15 years after music lovers ditched cassettes. National Audio held on. Now, many musicians are clamoring for cassettes as a way to physically distribute their music.

The company says it has less than a year’s supply of tape left. So it is building the first manufacturing line for high-grade ferric oxide cassette tape in the U.S. in decades. If all goes well, the machine will churn out nearly 4 miles of tape a minute by January. And not just any tape. “The best tape ever made,” boasts Mr. Stepp, 69 years old. “People will hear a whole new product.”

Your GIF/Video for November 6, 2017.

Shout out to Shalane Flanagan for winning the 2017 NYC Marathon! She’s the first American woman to win the race in 40 years!

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