Good morning, College Crosse Nation, and thank you for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 19, 2017.
What You Missed
Albany’s going to play their games at Casey Stadium for at least this year.
Lacrosse The Nation
The lacrosse world was shocked and saddened by the passing of former coach Dave Huntley at the age of 60 after working at a clinic in Florida. Inside Lacrosse reported that it was “health-related,” but specifics have not been made public.
Huntley was a three-time All-American at Johns Hopkins and won the McLaughlin Award as the nation’s best midfielder in 1979. He spent 10 seasons coaching in the NLL, primarily with the Philadelphia Wings, where he also served as their general manager on two separate occasions. He also coached in the MLL for eight seasons, winning the Steinfeld Cup in 2009 with the Toronto Nationals, before becoming the head coach of the Atlanta Blaze midway through the 2016 season, replacing John Tucker.
Huntley also helped Team Canada win the 2006 and 2014 FIL World Championships as a coach and as the team’s director of men’s field lacrosse. He spent some time helping out the Calvert Hall program in Maryland as well.
Reactions poured in throughout the lacrosse world:
Dave Huntley was a great man and a great friend. Made a tremendous impact in my life. God bless his family and all his friends that are hurting. I treasured our times together.— Dave Cottle (@CoachCottle) December 19, 2017
(1/2) "I am sorry to announce that long-time MLL coach Dave Huntley has passed away. The entire lacrosse community has lost a distinguished coach and an exceptional man.— MajorLeague Lacrosse (@MLL_Lacrosse) December 19, 2017
(2/2) Major League Lacrosse would like to pass along our sincerest condolences to the Huntley family and the entire Atlanta Blaze organization." - David Gross.— MajorLeague Lacrosse (@MLL_Lacrosse) December 19, 2017
We lost a very special man today. The world is lesser a place without Dave Huntley in it. Thoughts and prayers are with the Huntley Family. pic.twitter.com/0AogcRQdEm— David Pietramala (@CoachPetro43) December 19, 2017
I was fortunate enough to know Dave Huntley as my coach, a fellow Hopkins alum, and a friend’s father. He was a great man who will have a lasting impact on so many of us in this close community. Rest In Peace.— Matt Bocklet (@Bocko7) December 19, 2017
RIP to one of the greatest Canadians I knew Dave Huntley paved the way not only for me to get to hopkins but many other Canadians #Legend— Joel Tinney (@5tinman21) December 19, 2017
To live is to positively affect as many as you can. Dave Huntley had that kind of impact on so many in international, collegiate, high school, and professional lacrosse. Helping players til the end.— Bill Tierney (@DUCoachTierney) December 19, 2017
Coach Huntley was my first professional coach in Toronto. I remember it like it was yesterday him picking me up from the buffalo airport and driving me to first pro practice. He was a great coach but a better man.I will always treasure his passion and friendship. Sad sad day— Scotty Rodgers (@ScottyRodg42) December 19, 2017
There is not much to say. We loved Dave Huntley. He impacted us all to love and honor the game. He cared so much for us all as players and people. He was a great man. We will never forget. #Hunts #TrueNorth— Adam Ghitelman (@adam8taylor) December 19, 2017
He is the best hands down. Cares so much about the person & his family rather than the athlete its very easy for the person 2 give his heart! This says it all. "If Dave Huntley called me up and said he needed me," Snider said, "I'd drop everything I'm doing & go give him a hand."— Spencer Ford (@spencer_sford) November 24, 2017
Wanted to share a small example of the kind of guy Dave Huntley was. Last May, while the head coach of an MLL team he and @spencer_sford allowed my son a once in a lifetime behind the scenes day with the team. Incredible ambassador for the sport. pic.twitter.com/E02h08nJ7i— Mark Millon (@markmillon) December 19, 2017
Dave Huntley was one of the best things that ever happened to lacrosse. He was a player's coach, he took care of the guys in his locker room, he was an amazing ambassador and most importantly he was a kind person who made people around him smile. Rest In Peace Hunts.— Joe French (@_JoeFrench) December 19, 2017
Completely stunned by the news of Dave Huntley’s passing. He was a driving force behind the evolution of Canada field lacrosse and impacted so many lacrosse minds it’s impossible to keep count. Thoughts and prayers to his family. The Lacrosse world will never forget you Dave. pic.twitter.com/OEYazFnzmW— teddy jenner (@OffTheCrosseBar) December 19, 2017
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our long-time assistant coach Dave Huntley. Dave was an incredible father, husband, leader, mentor & friend who impacted the lives of many Cardinals. We love you Dave and we will miss you! pic.twitter.com/nDsUlUaPhy— CalvertHall Lacrosse (@CalvertHallLax) December 19, 2017
He’s survived by his wife Nancy and their two children.
Additionally, coach Dave Pietramala shared more tough news, as former Hopkins goaltender Scott Smith passed away at the age of 34:
Difficult to share more tough news. An terrific young man former Jays goalie Scott Smith 06 has left us far to early We pray for the smiths— David Pietramala (@CoachPetro43) December 19, 2017
Deeply saddened by the recent passing of these two legendary Blue Jays well before their time. Thoughts and prayers with all of the @jhumenslacrosse #Family whose lives they touched. #ForeverABlueJay pic.twitter.com/jlWIEaNmJS— JHU Men's Lacrosse (@jhumenslacrosse) December 19, 2017
In other news, Boston College Eagles two-sport senior star Kenzie Kent may or may not be playing lacrosse this year.
It started with a tweet from US Lacrosse Magazine via a BC spokesperson saying that she would not play lacrosse in 2018 to focus on ice hockey, but return to play in 2019:
NEWS: Kenzie Kent, the 2017 #NCAAWLAX Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, will not play in 2018 while focusing on ice hockey. She will return to the #lacrosse field for the 2019 season, according to athletic department spokesperson. ➡️ MORE: https://t.co/mLh3vvREdg pic.twitter.com/DMU1kAQIzM— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) December 18, 2017
Unless I don’t know college eligibility rules, I’m not sure if it would be possible for her to still have a year of eligibility in one sport and not another.
But it appears she might play after all, after BC contradicted the earlier statement:
“As has been the case in the last three seasons, she focuses on hockey until that season is over – usually in March – and then moves her attention to lacrosse," [Lizz] Summers said. "This year, as a captain of the hockey team, that’s especially true with her leadership role with them.”
I think she ends up playing both sports again this season.
Over at the Air Force Academy, Associate Director of Athletics George J. Nelson shared this email last month with members of the Southern Conference, which was sent to IL.
Yes - we will field a team. Any coach or AD can call me direct if needed or our 2 assistants for now. They are hitting the recruiting road hard at this point to reassure current recruits and future candidates that we will return in the spring to fully defend the conference title. I have spoken to several ADs and coaches to confirm that we will play. There are some lose [sic] ends to tie up with our situation but we will be okay. I expect at least our coaches to be at the December convention and meetings. Will update you if anything changes.
Nothing new in regards to the players and head coach Eric Seremet that are still suspended. That December convention and meetings Nelson referred to is the IMLCA Convention that happened about two weeks ago.
Chile is the 60th member of the Federation of International Lacrosse!
The journey to membership began in 2010. At the time, [Victor] Zenteno, while completing his secondary education in Santiago with a focus on a career in athletics, was captivated by the sport of lacrosse while watching it on YouTube. Having never played the sport himself and realizing that it was virtually unknown in Chile, he reached out to lacrosse-playing Chileans living abroad as well as fellow athletes in Chile whom he could begin to train with.
From those early stages, the sport continued to grow gradually as more and more men, women and youth showed up to learn and train. Over time, generous donations of lacrosse equipment from a number of contributors poured in.
Trent Haffler, men’s head coach for Chile Lacrosse, and Vincente Aranguiz, a Chilean who plays lacrosse in Europe, are both instrumental in moving lacrosse from a curiosity to a regional sport for Chile.
Another key figure in Chile Lacrosse is Rodrigo Nakouzi. As one of Chile Lacrosse’s greatest friends, Nakouzi continues to provide generous donations that are fundamental to the continued growth of lacrosse in Chile.
"Kevin just wrapped up a dominant playing career at Limestone where he proved to be one of the best face-off men in the nation," said Milliman. "I'm thrilled to have a guy with his talent and ability join our staff and give our face-off unit the undivided attention that it needs to be successful. Our face-off group is still very young, and they will benefit a great deal from Kevin's expertise and devotion to the position."
Following his senior season at Limestone, Reisman was named the USILA/Nike Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award winner as the Most Outstanding Division II Men's Lacrosse Player for the second consecutive year. He also picked up his fourth All-American honor after leading the nation in faceoff winning percentage (.744) for a third straight season. He was a two-time Tewaaraton Watch List honoree, the only DII player to make the list in 2017, and was named the DII National Championship Game Most Outstanding Player after winning 17-of-24 face-offs with 14 groundballs and an assist in an 11-9 win over No. 4 Merrimack.
THEY GOT THEIR GRADES UP!
Congrats Nick Doyle, Austin Shanks & Eric Fannell on graduating from THE Ohio State University today. Proud & Thankful to have coached these men. Future Bright for them all #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/HU743MBjlD— Nick Myers (@MyersJMZ) December 17, 2017
Soon-to-be former Hobart AD Mike Hanna found a gem from the early 90s as he began to pack for retirement:
37 yrs of memories as I clean office & head to retirement. 1990 NCAA lax champs at The White House. Hip Hobart Forever. ❤️HWS/FLX/Geneva pic.twitter.com/ipJwmbmrg5— Mike Hanna (@Hobart_AD) December 18, 2017
There will be a protest later this morning for safer bike lanes in Center City.
An Amtrak train derailed in Washington state, and it was going about 50 miles per hour over what it should have been going.
Video of the Day
Here it is, the first trailer for Sicario 2!
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