GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 2, 2017.
What You Missed
NEW CROSSECAST OUT OF NOWHERE! Safe and Jake taped a mainly non-lacrosse edition.
Marist is ready to have a breakout season in the MAAC.
Stony Brook’s Kylie Ohlmiller was the top overall pick in the 2018 UWLX College Draft.
Lacrosse The Nation
First off, check out LaxWeekly’s 2017 Christmas Minimag. It’s filled with plenty of lacrosse gear for Christmas shopping, as well as highlighting plenty of people across the lacrosse community. Like yours truly!
S/o to @lax_weekly for putting out a sweet MiniMag for Christmas shopping! Highly recommend you checking it out if you have a lax person in your life! https://t.co/ynBQ66vFfW— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) December 1, 2017
Oh, and also for naming me an influencer, which I still can't believe happened! pic.twitter.com/uyG2SsFRRP
The Detroit Mercy Titans held their annual run to the Joe Louis Fist in downtown Detroit.
And they got a little surprise at the end:
"We have a lot of competitions among our offense and defense throughout the fall," said head coach Chris Kolon '09 (MBA). "This is our final real training of the semester and it is a chance for us to come together as a team, while still in competition."
The distance is approximately 9.0 miles away from campus as the team gathered at Calihan Hall before making headlines in the run to the great monument.
"This is a great city and we get so much support from everyone when they see the entire team running together. When we reach the milestone, we celebrate with another Detroit tradition, Coney Dogs."
The Titans wrapped up their preseason and will now get ready for finals week and enjoy the holiday break before coming back to campus in January and preparing for the 2018 campaign.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks unveiled plans for a one-of-a-kind stadium that would be part of a mega project in Crownsville:
Phase one of the project will begin on the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, between Generals Highway and Crownsville Road, to feature the first MLL-dedicated amphitheater facility in the country. The Chesapeake Bayhawks, the most successful team in MLL history, was purchased in 2010 and relocated to Annapolis, MD, by team Owner and CEO of CSEG, Brendan Kelly. All Bayhawks home games are currently hosted at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The phases following the improvements to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds will complete the state-of-the-art complex; to include a 10,000-seat stadium, 20 multi-sport fields, ample parking, structural amenities, and a generous promenade featuring restaurants and retail locations.
“As an organization, we are determined to lead the way in growing the sport of lacrosse and building the MLL as a successful league and business, and these developments make that goal a reality for decades to come. We have the support of our state and local government to help develop all youth athletes in the mid-Atlantic who will benefit from the usage of this complex,” stated Brendan Kelly.
Giving back to the community is a pillar of CSEG and the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ mission. This project creates a destination that satisfies an existing void for youth sports organizations, schools and community groups in Maryland. In addition, significant sports and entertainment revenues will be realized for Anne Arundel County and the state of Maryland, all at a time when our nation is realizing an explosion in youth sports. According to HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the youth sports industry drives $9 billion in discretionary spending annually, with 20% growth each year.
Last season, the Bayhawks averaged 4,798 fans for seven games, including their highest attended game on July 2, which got 10,002 fans. Take that away, and the average attendance for the other six games is 3,930.
However, when presenting the project, there were concerns with the Crownsville people, as Bill Wagner, E.B. Furgurson III, and Selene San Felice of the Capital Gazette explain:
Crownsville resident John Serlemitsos had trouble containing himself over frustration that [Mark] Burdett and project architect Leo Wilson could not give figures for how much the county and state government would have to pay for the project. He told them they hadn’t done their jobs.
“To show up and not have any money numbers,that’s infuriating,” he said after the meeting. “I felt like they were evading telling us the truth. They wouldn’t answer straightforward questions. Somebody’s got to make some money here. Why would the government go for this? You’ve got all these pretty pictures, but you haven’t got it studied out yet?”
Richard Falk, former president of the General’s Highway Council of Civic Associations, expressed his concern for the General’s Highway area.
“If they do this, they’re going to run sewer and water up General’s Highway. We like that it’s not overly developed. This project could disturb the whole ambiance of General’s Highway,” he said. “They’re talking about making it a green area, but it’s already green as it is.”
Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff asked what kind of environmental precautions would be taken to keep local waters safe, to which Burdett had no answer.
“I’m responsible for one of the largest watersheds in South River. They have a lot to lose here,” he said.
There’s still some work to be done, but the hope is there.
The Ohio Machine unveiled their championship rings.
It was photo day for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks!
Is that Grant or a picture of him on the paper? Photo Day ‘17 pic.twitter.com/YTdID2IEoO— UMass Lowell MLAX (@RiverHawkMLax) December 1, 2017
Not sure what that was Phillips... pic.twitter.com/sAX8BwkqD6— UMass Lowell MLAX (@RiverHawkMLax) December 1, 2017
Boston University Terriers assistant coach Max Silberlicht is also the head coach of the Latvian national team, and has a good relationship with former head coach Paul Dzintars Kalnins, as Taylor Raglin of BU News Service explains:
After being slowly roped in by a constant barrage of emails and phone calls from Kalnins, Silberlicht began traveling to Latvia in 2011. That year, he organized a team to play in Jelgava against the Latvian and Polish national squads. From there, he assumed the role of assistant coach for the national team, providing an injection of modern strategy while staying true to Kalnins’ aggressive style.
“He’s in the midst of developing the thinking for today’s game,” Kalnins said. “He’s on the cutting edge of it. My game was 30 years in the past, and I had been completely away from the sport for that time. My thinking had not developed, and he brought a fresh approach.”
That approach was noticeable in the subtle way the Latvians played the game. Where Kalnins had instructed his team to stop a defender advancing the ball at all costs, Silberlicht introduced a system that allowed for a decision to be made based on the defender’s skill. If he was a poor ball handler, Silberlicht’s defense allowed him room to make a mistake.
Silberlicht was committed to maintaining the Latvian’s physical presence—his players’ size was still their biggest equalizer. However, he tuned the program’s style of play to match up with the best teams in the world.
“There are teams at the international level that we could press the crap out of and score a bunch of easy goals, and they’d never be able to clear the ball,” said Silberlicht. “But the Latvian lacrosse program has elevated itself to a place where we don’t want to compare ourselves to those teams anymore. We want to find ways to beat the upper half and the upper third.”
Check out this new Nike Lacrosse video featuring former Hobart Statesman Frank Brown:
The Blue Jays are for the kids!
More MLL news: The Dallas Rattlers got great news from two longtime players, as both Joel White and John Galloway decided to re-sign for the 2018 season. To make room, the team released fifth round pick Jack Curran (Villanova) and eighth round pick Kyle Rowe (Duke).
Also, I would recommend the team (or league) fix the Rattlers’ URL:
Also, a friendly reminder that there’s been no update on who the new MLL commissioner is. 21 days until it’s been a year since the initial announcement.
If needed, I think Duke’s Cade Van Raaphorst could put the entire team on his back:
New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan isn’t playing on Sunday, but if he would, these would be his cleats:
.@Patriots WR @ChrisHogan_15 is injured and not playing Sunday but these are his @Nike @ThompsonBrosLax Alpha Huarache 6 #MyCauseMyCleats promoting @HEADstrongFnd painted by artist Cruz World Customs pic.twitter.com/tgHL7xNCAC— Lax Sports Network (@LaxSportsNet) December 2, 2017
High school news: Loyola Blakefield head coach Ben Rubeor will step down following the 2018 season, which will be his third as head coach since taking over for Jack Crawford after leading St. Mary’s Annapolis to an improbable MIAA “A” title in 2015.
The Philadelphia Eagles made me delay posting the Prospectus. They signed Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract extension worth a least $52 million.
Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI and will cooperate with the Russia investigation.
Video of the Day
Enjoy a long one from the New York Times, featuring Jay-Z:
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