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College Crosse Prospectus - December 13, 2017: The 2018 Preseason All-College Crosse Team; Pasco County, Florida Cuts Off $90K Aid To Dick’s Lacrosse Tournament.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 13, 2017.

College Crosse News.

We released our 2018 Preseason All-College Crosse Team yesterday. Make sure you check out who made our list!

Pasco County, Florida cuts off its $90,000 tourism aid to the annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel.

For $90,000, Pasco County is supposed to receive year-long national publicity and exposure to tourists as part of its presenting sponsorship of the annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel.

What the county has learned, however, is that none of the 60 qualifying tournaments in 22 states leading up to the tournament of champions has promoted Pasco County, as required. In addition, the event’s promoters, Denver-based NDP Lacrosse, last month issued what appears to be a cut-and-paste press release from a year ago that included inaccurate and outdated information about the tournament.

The company, which has held its tournament for club-level players from the U.S. and Canada at the Wesley Chapel District Park since 2008, now is in breech of its contract with Pasco County’s Tourism Office. It also has failed to deliver an audit detailing how it spent the county’s $90,000 appropriation in 2016, according to county documents.

"How do you give something to someone they didn’t do anything for?’’ Adam Thomas, Pasco’s tourism director, said in an interview last week.

Thomas proposed the county cut its financial commitment to $20,000 or terminate the contract entirely.

Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed, noting new state requirements require transparency in tourism spending.

"These folks have to be accountable for the money they spend,’’ said Commissioner Ron Oakley.

Special Christmas gift from Coach Wilson of the Detroit Catholic Central H.S lacrosse team.

Here’s a good article from SB Nation’s On The Banks about how Rutgers is raising money for its new Lacrosse (and soccer) only RWJBarnabas Health Performance Center.

This is the kind of support that Rutgers needs more of to move forward. The groundbreaking took place and the earth movers are having their way with the rocky red soil next to the RAC as construction on the RWJBarnabas Health Performance Center gets under way. Which means one thing: what’s next on the building agenda? The answer seems to be the Soccer/Lacrosse facility that is planned for somewhere near Yurcak Field. And so it only seems right that a fundraising campaign - part of the R B1G Build - gets underway for that.

Helping the process along is lacrosse letterwinner and supporter Barry Goldsmith. Goldsmith has joined with R Fund for a challenge fundraiser. He is matching every gift to the facility up to $200,000, meaning he could be the catalyst for $400,000 in new money. All donations will be applied to the new Lacrosse and Soccer complex which is part of the Big Ten Build campaign. This state-of-the-art facility will include dedicated training and equipment spaces for each program, new lounges and meeting spaces, offices, and locker rooms that will not be shared with visiting teams.

Shout out to former head coaches Dave Cottle and Dick Szlasa, as they were among seven other honorees who were ere inducted into the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame last Friday

Renowned head coaches Dave Cottle and Dick Szlasa were formally enshrined during a dinner ceremony at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. They were among seven members of the Class of 2017 along with Avery Blake (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Villanova); Tom Hayes (Drexel, Rutgers); Sid Jamieson (Bucknell); Jack Kaley (New York Institute of Technology) and Morris Touchstone (Army West Point, Yale).

Cottle, who has lived in Anne Arundel County since 2001, compiled a career record of 279-115 as head coach at Loyola (1983-2001) and Maryland (2002-2010). The Annapolis resident has spent the past seven years working for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.

All you ballers out there working on your mobility should check out this video.

Sad news out of New Brunswick as Kenneth Patterson, Rutgers freshman club lacrosse player was was killed when he was struck by a train on Saturday.

A Rutgers University student from Boonton was killed when he was struck by a train over the weekend, the school and Amtrak said.

Kenneth Patterson was hit by Northeast Regional Train 65 around 4 a.m. Saturday in New Brunswick, said Jason Abrams, an Amtrak spokesman. There were no injuries to anyone aboard the train, which was headed for Norfolk, Va., from Boston.

Deba Dutta, chancellor at the New Brunswick campus, said Patterson was a first-year student who played lacrosse with the club team and had "made an impact on the community" during his brief time at Rutgers.

"The holiday season is a period that should be filled with reunions with loved ones, so please keep Kenneth's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks," Dutta wrote, adding that grief counselors have been made available.

Patterson's death is under investigation.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Philly officials are tight-lipped about what they promised Amazon for the tech giant to build their new headquarters in the city.

PHiladelphia magazine filed a Right-to-Know request on November 27th asking the city to share the full bid; we received a response from the Law Department on December 5th advising us that it will assert its right to take 30 days to fulfill the request, per state law.

Some background: The city is legally required to send a response either completing or confirming Right-to-Know requests within five business days. The 30-day delay is typical of requests filed via the Right-to-Know law, which was essentially established to guarantee journalists and others access to copies of public records held by government agencies. The city receives about 1,800 Right-to-Know requests each year, and the Law Department regularly asks for 30-day extensions to those inquiries.

The Law Department partially blamed the delay (as it often does) on staffing limitations “in retrieving and reviewing the record requested.” However, it’s worth pointing out that accessing and presenting the bid probably shouldn’t be difficult or time-consuming for the city, as officials surely had no issue doing so for Amazon in October. The department’s more reasonable justifications include the need for a legal review to determine whether the record is subject to access under the law. In other words, officials are determining if they are, in fact, legally required to release the bid – which means there’s no guarantee we’ll even get the document after 30 days are up.

World/National News.

This pup might make you cry today: “'Blade runner' legs give maimed Thai dog new lease on life.”

Just over a year after he was maimed for gnawing on someone's shoes, Cola is romping across a beach on new sleek paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics modelled on those used by Paralympian sprinters.

The former street pup nearly lost his life last year after a Bangkok man hacked off his front legs with a sword in revenge for chewing up his boots.

A quick trip to the vet saved Cola but left him with two amputated, kangaroo-like stumps for front paws.

Today, his tongue is lolling about and his tail is wagging wildly as he bounds across the sand on carbon-fibre blades, similar to those made famous by Paralympian runner Oscar Pistorius.

The lightweight legs were tailor made for the high-energy hound, who loves to run and was encumbered by previous, heavier prosthetics.

"(These legs) give him a lot more balance, a lot more spread," said Cola's owner John Dalley, who founded the Thailand-based 'Soi Dog' foundation that helps strays.

Your GIF/Video for December 13, 2017.

Is a $200 plate of Mac & Cheese better than homemade? This video explores which is better. I say homemade, but that’s just me.

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