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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Happy Kwanzaa and Boxing Day! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 26, 2017.

What You Missed

Yesterday was Christmas.

Lacrosse The Nation

Despite it being the Christmas holiday and nearly everything being closed, there’s still some good links to check out, including this one from Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant on how it’s not just time and money to get a men’s lacrosse team at UConn:

Support is great, but UConn has other issues to consider. For example, its general student body is pretty much split down the middle, 50-50, [David] Benedict said. It may fluctuate from year to year, but for the most part the student body is 50 percent male and 50 percent female. And it must stay in line with those numbers athletically, too.

“That’s where the equity is built off of,” he said. “When you look at the number of opportunities and the amount of financial aid you distribute within athletics, it has to be representative of that, so by adding a women’s or men’s sport right now would throw that equation off, and that’s what you have to be able to address.

“But can you do it? Yes it’s possible to do it. Would there potentially be equity or Title IX issues? Yes there could potentially be those types of things. Right now based on our sponsorship of the programs at UConn, we could not add another men’s or women’s team without adding a similar program of the opposite gender. So in this case, if you’re talking about adding men’s lacrosse program, you would need to add a similar program to match up with it on the women’s side, so yes it can be done. What it comes down to is money and being able to afford to do that. So you have that piece, and you have the general funding piece we would need to address. The state isn’t necessarily increasing their support of UConn right now, so it certainly couldn’t come from a reliance on the university. It would have to come externally.”

“Why would you be opposed to start a program you could be competitive in at that level? That’s what we wake up every day and try to do,” he said. “Obviously, you’ve got challenges and opportunities to develop your student-athletes academically and socially, but we’re in athletics to compete and to not have a program or not be sponsoring a program in which you really think you can be competitive at that level, yes, it makes a lot of sense. It is disappointing to see a lot of those kids going other places and helping those programs compete at a very high level and us not being able to take advantage.”

There were some Christmas wish lists that included college lacrosse teams. From Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette:

To the Navy women’s lacrosse program: A repeat appearance in the Final Four.

One of the greatest stories of the entire sports year was Navy’s surprising run to the NCAA Division I semifinals. Cindy Timchal showed once again why she is considered the greatest head coach in women’s lacrosse history and a Hall of Famer by leading the Midshipmen to a series of upsets in May.

Twin sisters Jenna and Julia Collins lead the way as the Midshipmen return plenty of talent to make a return trip to the national semifinals. Goalie Ingrid Boyum, attacker Kelly Larkin along with midfielders Meg O’Donnell and Andie O’Sullivan are other key figures for Navy, which will once again battle Loyola for the Patriot League championship.

To Navy men’s lacrosse standout Casey Rees: A huge senior season that results in first team All-American status.

Rees was spectacular as a sophomore, earning honorable mention All-American honors after leading Navy with 34 goals. The Boys’ Latin graduate was the catalyst of an impressive postseason run that saw the Mids fall one win short of reaching the Final Four.

Rees missed his entire junior campaign after suffering a serious knee injury during a non-contact practice in January. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is completely rehabilitated and rounding back into top form. Navy fans cannot wait to see the Sykesville resident sticking sidearm crank shots into the top corners of opposing cages once again.

Jordan Katz of The Diamondback:

Women’s lacrosse: A totally normal, uneventful year

When it comes to women's lax, there's really no one better than the Terps. Maryland has won three out of the past four national championships, played in the past five title games and made the NCAA tournament in every year since 1990. As long as a meteor doesn't hit the earth or something else crazy happens, the Terps should have another great season.

Caroline Darney from Streaking The Lawn:

I want an ACC win for head coach Lars Tiffany and the men's lacrosse team. The conference will be brutal yet again, but a win against Syracuse, Notre Dame, Duke, or UNC would be a huge step for the second year coach. The Hoos will have some outstanding players this season (Ryan Conrad, Dox Aitken, Michael Kraus) and add some talented first-years (No. 1 midfielder in the country Matt Moore). They should make some noise this spring.

Some US lacrosse players write what it means to play for their country:

Jesse Bernhardt

It is humbling and an honor to represent for Team USA. The amount of people who dream to represent Team USA and to be one of the few who has the opportunity to do so is amazing. There are a lot of people out there that represent the United States doing a lot more important things than just playing lacrosse, but to throw on the jersey and represent them is something special.

Rob Pannell

Playing for Team USA allows us, as players, to give back to our country and represent those who allow us to lead our lives the way in which we want. For me, playing for Team USA is everything. It’s not about winning or losing, you or the guy next to you. It’s about you giving your very best while wearing red white and blue and represent the USA in the best way possible. Growing up, with the professional league not started yet, Team USA was the pinnacle of our sport and still is today. It’s an honor and a privilege and something that can never be taken for granted.

John Galloway

Playing for Team USA means that I can look back on my career someday and know that I played it with passion and a fire in my heart. That is the only way you will have the chance to wear the red, white and blue.

Torrey Pines High School in California brought Teddy Bears for the San Diego Gulls’ “Teddy Bear Toss” game.

Saskatchewan Rush transition player and defender Chris Corbeil is also a collegiate hockey player up in Canada, pens Darren Zary of the Saskatoon Starphoenix:

While Corbeil thinks he may be able to continue practicing with the Mustangs throughout the week and play the odd weekday U Sport game or game during an NLL bye week, his availability for hockey games becomes pretty limited.

“That’s probably how it’s going to shake out the rest of the way,” admits the 6-foot-3, 193-pound Corbeil, who plays defence in hockey and defender/transition in lacrosse.

“My priority is with the Rush and it has to be. That’s something I’ve talked about with (Rush head coach and GM) Derek (Keenan) and the organization. (Western coach) Clarke (Singer) is aware of it back with the Mustangs, so that’s the situation.”

The idea of Corbeil adding hockey into the mix did not, at first, sit well with his Rush coach.

“I wasn’t thrilled about it — not really, no,” admits Keenan with a laugh. “But it seems to be fine. He’s a guy, too, who’s always off the chart fitness-wise. He’s healthy and focused now on lacrosse season. You always worried about getting injured but he’s been good. He’s 100 percent focused on our team and ready to go.”

Philly Jawns

The Sixers and Eagles both won on Christmas Day!

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