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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Happy Festivus for the rest of us! Here are your links for December 23, 2017.

What You Missed

Jake and Ryan have a special Christmas podcast about a ton of stuff and rip me on plenty of topics.

WAAAAAAAAGGGGGNNNNNEEEEERRRRR has their schedule previewed.

The first ever podcast dedicated to Johns Hopkins lacrosse dropped.

Lacrosse The Nation

One year ago today, MLL Commissioner David Gross announced he would be stepping down from the post following the 2017 season. He’s still there. I’ll have more later today.

US Women’s national team coach Jenny Levy announced her coaching staff, which includes Amy Altig (Penn State), Alex Frank (Colorado), and Joe Spallina (Stony Brook and the New York Lizards), along with assistant GM Colleen Shearer (James Madison).

“Our staff looks forward to working with the incredibly talented players and help them further develop their individual and collective talents,” Levy said. “Pursuing a fourth consecutive world championship in 2021 will be a great challenge as the other international teams continue to build and improve. Finally, we want to help US Lacrosse move the game of lacrosse closer to the Olympic dream and the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.”

JOEL TINNEY HAS A STICK IN HIS HANDS!

A great piece by Maryland Terrapins head coach John Tillman for Inside Lacrosse on what it meant to bring a national championship back to College Park, and he thanked the seniors for their hard work:

To the seniors: You are truly champions in every sense of the word. I have no doubt you will take the things that you learned during your time here and apply them to the rest of your lives. Take the attitude of being the best and put it into everything you do as husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and friends. You will make mistakes along the way, but you will learn from them. When you face adversity, remember that you are Terps. Terps embrace challenges; they don't run from them. What’s more, they never face those challenges alone. You now have a lifetime membership into a family that transcends our campus in College Park. Our graduates acquire the requisite tools to meet life’s many challenges. A network of players who came before — hundreds of successful Hardshells spanning generations — are always ready and willing to help a Terp. Like you, they came to Maryland with a love for lacrosse. Like them, the lessons learned on and off the field will serve you long after you put away your helmet, stick and gloves to focus on the game of life.

Former Hobart Statesmen and current Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Jeff Tambroni was elected into Hobart’s Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018!

"It is an incredible honor to be elected to the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame," Tambroni said of the honor. "I will always be grateful for the teammates, coaches, and staff who tirelessly invested their hearts into the athletes year after year."

An All-American attackman in lacrosse at Hobart, Tambroni played on three NCAA Division III Championship teams and was twice named an All-American. Over his career, he recorded 106 goals and 99 assists for 202 points and he continues to rank in the top 20 in all three categories. The Most Outstanding Player of the 1990 NCAA tournament, Tambroni earned the 1992 Bill Stiles '43 Memorial Award for leadership and character and was also selected team MVP.

Some sad news, as Dave Huntley will be laid to rest later this morning in Maryland after viewing happened yesterday. His obituary has more:

The family will receive friends at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 York Road (beltway exit 26) on Friday, December 22nd from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, MD on Saturday, December 23rd at 11:30 AM. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. A Memorial Service celebrating Dave's life will be planned for the spring at the Johns Hopkins University. More details will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cardinal Crease Club Foundation, Memo: Dave Huntley Lacrosse Scholarship, c/o Kelly & Associates, 1 Kelly Way; Sparks, MD 21152.

Some more sad news from around the lacrosse world, as former Penn State women’s lacrosse and field hockey head coach Gillian Rattray passed away Thursday at the age of 83.

Rattray was head coach of the Penn State field hockey program from 1974-86 and women's lacrosse team from 1974-85, guiding the programs to a combined five national championships. The year of 1980 was among the many coaching highlights for Rattray, as in the span of seven months, she directed two national championship squads, the first in May with the women's lacrosse team and the second in November with the field hockey squad. She was recognized by the Guinness Book of Sports Records for the accomplishment.

She earned a combined career record of 319-68-24 as the leader of the Penn State field hockey and women's lacrosse programs, leading both squads to their first national championships.

"I had the honor and privilege to coach against Gillian and to admire her Penn State teams from afar," Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, who coached against Rattray's teams as a member of the Northwestern staff. "She was the ultimate competitor, teacher and mentor. Our field hockey and lacrosse programs are pillars of excellence today, because of Coach Rattray's steady hand and passion for students. We are saddened by her loss, but know that her spirit will continue to guide us daily".

"Gillian was a pioneer in coaching and women's lacrosse. Her influence can be seen in all the strong women that she impacted in her years at Penn State. She was a fierce competitor with an incredible wit, and we will continue to work hard to live up to her legacy." - Missy Doherty, Penn State head women's lacrosse coach

Three NLL games are on the docket for tonight. The Buffalo Bandits take on the Rochester Knighthawks in a Western New York rivalry at 7:30. Our good friend Jack Goods from The Buffalo News previews the game, including the big storyline of longtime Bandit Billy Dee Smith playing against Buffalo for the first time:

Smith was an institution in Buffalo, a mean defender who embodied the aggressive nature of the Bandits for a decade and a half. He didn't accumulate a franchise-leading 634 penalty minutes by letting opponents walk all over him. Longtime fans will remember him showing no hesitation in fighting Portland's David Morgan, a 6-foot-10 defenseman, back in 2009.

He played 192 regular season games as a Bandit, good for fourth in franchise history. He's even higher on the team's all-time playoff games list, coming in at third behind John Tavares and Mark Steenhuis. In 2015, his Bandits teammates voted him captain, a title he held for two seasons.

His departure from the Bandits came down to a difference of opinion in regards to management. Unhappy with the direction of the team, he announced he was moving on from Buffalo on Twitter in August. In September, he signed a free-agent deal with the team 75 miles away.

"As captain of the team, I thought we should go one direction and the team thought a different direction," Smith said. "I made the decision for myself, which was honestly one of the hardest decisions I've ever made."

The other two games include the Saskatchewan Rush hosting the New England Black Wolves at 8:30 PM, and the defending NLL champion Georgia Swarm in Colorado to take on the Mammoth at 9 PM in the Twitter Game of the Week.

In Division II news: Eric Wolf and LIU Post released their 2018 schedule.

D3 and Tufts love!

Philly Jawns

Insanity happened last night at the Live BGN Radio/Rights To Ricky Sanchez podcast.

The Ricky one is up now and you can listen to it below.

The BGN Radio pod was wild.

The Poff was there.

And we all signed a card for Markelle Fultz:

World News

The London Zoo was on fire.

Video of the Day

Here’s the story of Festivus:

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