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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 21, 2017.

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EXTRA EXTRA!! Read all about it! Our College Crosse 2018 Preseason Top 20 poll dropped earlier this morning. This year we averaged everyone’s vote to create an official College Crosse Top 20 poll. Make sure you check out who made our list.

The Kid Chris took at a look at Vermont’s 2018 schedule.

The Vermont Catamounts are the 27th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the second team from the America East. The Catamounts were led by first-year head coach Chris Feifs and went 5-8 on the season, but just 1-5 in America East play. They’ll return midfielder Ian MacKay after he missed last season with an injury.

Out of the schedule are Providence, Dartmouth, and Harvard. In comes Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Jacksonville, and the addition of another game with Virginia. The Catamounts won’t have an actual home game until March 8 against Sacred Heart, which is their seventh game of the season.

Make sure you also check out Chris’ posts on Bryant & Villanova’s 2018 schedules as well.

Check out this great Marquette hype video.

Moving on up!!!: Albany will moving to the school’s football field for the 2018 lacrosse season.

The University at Albany men's lacrosse team will make Casey Stadium its full-time home next season and possibly beyond that.

The Great Danes, ranked No. 2 in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll, announced on Thursday their 2018 schedule. They're playing all seven home matches at Casey Stadium, usually the home of Great Danes football and soccer, while John Fallon Field undergoes maintenance.

Previously, the Great Danes played only selected matches at Casey Stadium, including one before an NCAA first-round record crowd of 6,472 in a 15-12 victory over defending national champion North Carolina last season.

Great basketball video from Chapel Hill.

Cause we love sports #GoHeels

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Very interesting article from Mich. St.'s Spartan News (produced by students in the MSU School of Journalism): Is it time to rethink rules in women's lacrosse?

Regardless of the gender of the player of the field, lacrosse is a physical game. But the rule book for men’s and women’s teams differ — one of several examples of sports that create different rules of play based on gender. Some lacrosse players think it’s time for that to change.

“In my mind it is a bit sexist,” Ryleigh McGregor, a women’s club lacrosse player at Michigan State University. Unlike hockey, where players on men’s and women’s can have full contact, lacrosse has different rules for contact for men and women players. The number of players on the field also is different; men’s teams play 10 on the field and women’s teams play 12.

Even the uniforms vary. The women wear skirts and goggles, but it’s helmets for the men.

She said a change in rules for checking would necessitate different uniforms and gear, but would improve the overall quality for play. “Given that lacrosse is a bit more of a contact sport, some might say that it is to be expected,” McGregor said. “But they treat us as if we are made of glass.

Lacrosse keeps booming in the Sunshine State: Boca youth making strong inroads into South Florida lacrosse play.

For youth throughout South Florida, lacrosse is gaining in popularity on the more traditional sports such as baseball, basketball, football and soccer. With teams and programs on the rise in both Palm Beach and Broward counties, this athletic activity has long been a fixture up north but is now developing strong roots in this area.

In south Palm Beach County alone, there are lacrosse programs in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington. The fall season for lacrosse recently came to a close, and after a brief hiatus for high school action the local travel squads will be back at it in the spring.

One of the Palm Beach teams involved in the field of 65 entrants at Gold Coast Lacrosse Shootout was the Boca Raton-based Snipers organization's Under-14 Division boys squad.

Boca Raton's Max Gorn, 14, is on that roster. He took three years off from playing club lacrosse, but is back at it and flourishing.

"I have been playing since I was 5," said Gorn, an eighth-grader for the Pine Crest School at the Boca Raton campus. "I really like the thrill of it. I love the rush I get when I step on the field with some of my best friends, making plays and having fun. My real goal is to possibly make it to a Division 1 college."

As I’ve been saying for years, YOU CAN’T KEEP LACROSSE OUT OF FLORIDA! Tell ‘em, Frank.

Siena’s Nick Casner with some nice moves!!

@nickcasner29 dancing into finals week like...

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The Chesapeake Bayhawks plan for a new stadium still needs to go through Annapolis for approval.

While there are public meetings being held about the proposed Chesapeake Bayhawks stadium and fields project, it will take approval from multiple state agencies and the Anne Arundel County Council before anyone puts a shovel into the dirt.

Talks are still early for the estimated $200 million proposal, which now includes more than a dozen fields, a new stadium for the professional lacrosse franchise, an amphitheater, retail and hotel buildings and a new ramp from Interstate 97. It’s an ambitious project that would revamp the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds and the old Crownsville Hospital Center. The Bayhawks currently play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The hospital center is a dilapidated complex of buildings on 500 acres with an insidious history: it was built to house only black patients, who were treated poorly and experimented upon. At one point it was called The Hospital for the Negro Insane, but in the final decades of its history served as an integrated psychiatric hospital.

The state has long tried to revitalize the area, but lead and asbestos issues have made it difficult. The state spends about $1 million annually maintaining the site.

Enter the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the Major League Lacrosse team.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

There’s a new IV therapy lounge in Center City that wants to cure your hangovers.

On Monday, Be Well Philly told you about the brand new IV therapy lounge in Center City that wants to cure your hangovers. Well, I didn’t make it through the week without needing to schedule a visit.

I was a judge for Wednesday night’s South Philly Christmas Crawl Throwdown, a Christmas decoration contest/bar crawl hosted by Pistola’s Del Sur. We went to six Passyunk Avenue bars, and throughout the night, I consumed Budweiser, Dallas Sucks beer, a shot of tequila, a rum-spiked cider, and some other stuff that I can’t quite remember. Just for the record: This is not the way I normally drink.

Nevertheless, I woke up on Thursday morning feeling the pain. I was a bit nauseous, my head was in a fog, I had a slight headache accompanied by sinus pain. This was a textbook hangover.

So I made my way over to Philly’s new IV therapy lounge, City Hydration, for the $179 Hangover Relief IV treatment.

World/National News.

Idaho is America’s fastest growing state.

Idaho’s population increased enough in the past year to earn us the title of nation’s fastest-growing state, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Between July 2016 and July 2017, Idaho’s population increased 2.2 percent to a total of 1.7 million residents.

“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” said the Census Bureau’s Luke Rogers, Chief of the Population Estimates Branch, in a release.

It’s not the first time our state’s growth has made the Census Bureau’s top 10 list in percentage increases. In January 2016, the Bureau announced that Idaho’s population increased 1.2 percent. The previous year, Idaho grew by 1.4 percent. In all, Idaho has accrued nearly 200,000 new residents since 2010, when the state’s population was just over 1.5 million.

Your GIF/Video for December 21, 2017.

The trailer for the sequel to Sicario dropped yesterday and suddenly 2018 looks a whole lot better.

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