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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 5, 2017.

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What You Missed

After the mumps outbreak derailed their fall season, the Syracuse Orange look to get something out of a few weeks of practice.

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Syracuse Orange freshmen Owen Seebold, Brendan Curry, and Connor Nelson had their fathers play in Upstate New York in the 80s. Now, they follow in their footsteps, and as Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com writes, their fathers have some advice for their kids:

Owen Seebold: "He was a walk-on here. He said his first couple months here, as a freshman, he was getting torn up by the older defensemen. But just keep pushing, keep working. Everyone goes through an adjustment period. But eventually it becomes a lot easier and you get more into the speed of the game. So, just keep your head up.''

"Believe in yourself and your ability. You belong where you're going,'' Robert Seebold said. "You're there for a reason. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody will. He's just got to adapt to the speed of play. But once he does, I think he'll be successful.''

Connor Nelson: "He just told me to work as hard as you can and just focus on making the team better. I’m just trying to work on getting better every day. When the time is right, my time will come.''

"I think he can play there. It's all about the weight room now,'' said Tim Nelson. "Guys could go their whole career without touching the weight room in the 1980s. I think he (understands). The first semester now, he's really finding out.

"He's a better student and has a better attitude than I had. He's a coachable kid. He's living his dream. He's living a fantasy right now, playing lacrosse at Syracuse University.''

Brendan Curry: "Every time you walk into the room, try to be the hardest working kid in there. Just have fun with it. It’s just a game, but you definitely want to take it seriously and work as hard as you can.''

"Academics come first,'' said Todd Curry. "And if you do well academically, it just frees you up to play great lacrosse. I truly believe if things are going well for school, you certainly have a routine that frees you up to do things outside of school and play.''

The Fairfield Stags and Monmouth Hawks released their schedules yesterday. We’ll be previewing their schedules, along with others, before the season begins. It’ll happen!

We got some captains news from two teams. Starting with the Georgetown Hoyas, who named seniors Craig Berge and Ryan Hursey their two captains for the 2018 season:

"I am excited about our team’s selection of Craig and Ryan as this year’s captains,” [Kevin] Warne said. “Craig and Ryan have been key contributors to the program, both on and off the field, since they arrived on the Hilltop three years ago. They both possess leadership qualities that are essential to lead our team throughout the season."

For the Marist Red Foxes, redshirt seniors Brian Corrigan and Nick Nye will lead the team for their final season in Poughkeepsie:

"Brian and Nick have demonstrated tremendous leadership since arriving on campus and have grown tremendously as redshirt junior. We are excited to see them grow in their final season," said head coach Keegan Wilkinson. "They're both outstanding young men and their success is a testament to their hard work and dedication to the program. Our staff knows they will do a fantastic job as captains."

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the Cardinals will owe former women’s head coach Kellie Young $80,000 after firing her “without cause.”

Marisa delivers this great piece for US Lacrosse Magazine on Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and his lacrosse roots with the Hofstra Pride:

Cooper did play hockey growing up, but it was lacrosse where he made his mark at the Division I level before starting to coach in high school.

“For me, they’re both games you give and go,” he said. “You give it up to get it back. You play with the exact same mentality. That’s number one. Number two, I grew up with box lacrosse, so it’s five-on-five. Again, it’s the same. It’s a physical sport, and you have to play both ends of it. Both ends of the rink. You’re working line combinations, there’s so many similarities. I truly believe the guys who play lacrosse when they grow up, they translate, they work well together.”

Lacrosse to hockey wasn’t the only adjustment Cooper has had to make. Going from indoor to outside the box also posed its challenges before he could star for a Division 1 team.

“I played [field] in the Canada Games but that was after I played at Hofstra,” said Cooper. “The hard thing for me was learning to play with my left hand. I was a righty, and we always would throw passes behind our back. That was frowned on a little bit when I played so I had to learn to play with my left, and that was the most challenging. The thing that helped me was, in box lacrosse you have a big huge goalie in a little tiny net. In field lacrosse you have the small goalie and a big huge net. So I found it was a little easier to score in field lacrosse, and I think that’s what helped me.”

If you like hockey and lacrosse going together, read this profile about Boston College Eagles star Kenzie Kent.

Inside Lacrosse’s Matt Kinnear and Dan Aburn recap fall ball and what they saw from some teams during the autumn.

Canisius is for the kids!

Minnesota is a lacrosse hotbed, folks:

And one Bemidji man is fueling the sport by making traditional sticks.

The proposed new home for the Chesapeake Bayhawks could cost between $170 and $190 million, according to Amanda Yeager of the Baltimore Business Journal:

The Bayhawks first shared their vision for a sports center in Crownsville with the Baltimore Business Journal in March. At the time, the project was estimated to cost between $90 million and $100 million.

The latest plans add a new phase. In order to bridge the gap during what's expected to be a long process of clearing the Crownsville Hospital Center site for construction, the team wants to see a 6,000-seat multi-purpose amphitheater built on the county's fairgrounds half a mile down Generals Highway.

Work on the amphitheater, expected to cost between $30 million and $40 million, would break ground in 2018 and be ready for sports games, orchestra concerts, graduations and other events by the spring of 2020, [Mark] Burdett said. The facility would remain on the fairgrounds permanently even after the Bayhawks transition to their new stadium.

"The development on the fairgrounds is really kind of a get-started-faster approach," Burdett said. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done there [at the hospital center site]," such as asbestos and lead paint abatement. He said the state has authorized a study to determine what kind of remediation work is needed.

The UMass Lowell River Hawks held their Media Day yesterday:

US Lacrosse put out this great video feature of lacrosse in Decatur, Georgia:

Utah’s August Colonna lifts things up and puts them down!

I can see Denver Pioneers head coach Bill Tierney coming to Cleveland State to help out with that program if or when he leaves Denver:

Doug Luey has been named the permanent commissioner of Major Series Lacrosse up in Canada after filling in for Jim Brady last year. The MSL has a new commissioner before the MLL does, and there’s still no update on that search to replace David Gross.

Very sad news out of New Jersey: Saddle Brook High School’s Brooke Costanzo died in a single-car crash Sunday night. She was only 16, and was a first-team girl's lacrosse player in the Central Division of the American Conference by NJ.com last year.

Philly Jawns

The Philadelphia Eagles are helping build homes in Los Angeles.

World News

ABC News president James Goldston is still mad about Brian Rossserious reporting error from a few days ago.

Video of the Day

This is kind of sick.

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