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College Crosse Prospectus - December 8, 2017: Early Recruiting Strikes Back; National Lacrosse League Kicks Off 2017-2018 Season.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 8, 2017.

College Crosse News.

Matt Hamilton of US Lacrosse with a very interesting post regarding a new NCAA Division I Council recruiting proposal recommended by the Student Athlete Experience Committee that would permit contact & unofficial visits before a recruit’s junior year.

This proposal, which would apply to all collegiate sports other than football and basketball, is parsed out through four main points.

1. Official visits would be permitted beginning Sept. 1 of a recruit’s junior year.

2. Following along with the first point, unofficial visits would not be permitted until Sept. 1 of the sophomore year.

3. Conversations between a coach and prospective recruits at camps or clinics would not be permitted until Sept. 1 of the sophomore year.

4. Schools could pay the roundtrip costs of a student-athletes parent or guardian (up to two people) to accompany him/her on an official.

This new proposal would obviously clash with the recently enacted lacrosse legislation that bans contact between a coach & a recruit before a recruit’s junior year. IWLCA Legal Counsel Samantha Ekstrand is quoted in Matt’s article as saying that lacrosse is going to ask for an exemption to the new proposal:

“On one hand we’re thrilled, because the SAEC, which is where we spent a lot of time with our proposal for the past two and a half years, is understanding and recognizing that early recruiting is an issue and they are trying to address it,” Ekstrand said. “… We are going to strongly and respectfully ask that our Sept. 1 of the junior year lacrosse rule remain intact. We are hopeful that they will be responsive to this request because our legislation is so new. We just got it passed and we’d like to give it a chance to work.”

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. I think there was near uniformity in that something probably should be done to curtail early recruiting in lacrosse, but I also think restricting contact until a recruit’s junior year was a bit excessive. I always felt some people were a little too hysterical about early recruiting; it’s a non-binding agreement between willing parties that they may do something at a later point, not some unbreakable blood-oath. I understand some people had an unpleasant experience, but I don’t think shutting down the entire process until a kid’s junior year was the right solution.

There’s a caveat emptor aspect to early recruiting for coaches in that a recruit may change his mind before he signs his letter of intent or the coach may miss out on kids that develop in their junior/senior year by focusing on younger players, but if they were willing to withstand the risk, I never really saw the real harm in it. The fact that early recruiting had this reputation that it was some all-encompassing scourge on the sport just goes to show you how detached the lacrosse community is from real-world problems other sports go through. When kids committing to elite universities is considered one of your sport’s biggest concerns, you know you are dealing with 1st world problems, but I digress. Maybe lacrosse gets its exemption, but I don’t think it’ll be the end of the world either if this legislation passes as it’s presently written.

The National Lacrosse League kicks off the 2017-2018 season tonight with a lot of fanfare and momentum.

The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse league in North America, will kick off their 32nd season on Friday, December 8th amidst unprecedented growth and business interest, and great hope for additional expansion across the United States for the country’s fastest growing team sport.

“This will be a landmark year for the league, its partners, its leadership and most importantly its athletes, coaches and fans,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz (@NLLcommish). “The interest in all we are doing; from our digital first stance to our careful but aggressive expansion plans to our amazing community programs designed to grow the game for all have created buzz around the NLL that hasn’t been seen before, and we are excited to continue to make news in the coming months as pro lacrosse, especially the exciting indoor game, moves to a level never before seen.”

The 2017-18 season begins tonight with the defending champion Georgia Swarm visiting the New England Blackwolves, the Toronto Rock visiting the Buffalo Bandits, and the Colorado Mammoth visiting the Vancouver Stealth.

Former Villanova men’s lacrosse head coach Avery Blake Sr., will be inducted into the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame this weekend.

Blake Sr. served as the head coach of the Wildcats from 1970-72. During his three years he helped the 1971 then varsity club team reach a national ranking of 9 which they earned after they defeated nationally ranked UMBC in April of 1971.

Steve McLaughlin played three years for Coach Blake at midfield and the impact his former head coach had on him still lasts today. “At 67 I still think of Coach Blake almost daily for what he taught me when I played Lacrosse at Villanova. Concentrate and focus were his message every day on the practice field and in games. He knew that the mental part of the game was as important if not more so than any physical ability. To be your best you had to pay attention and not be distracted by the myriad other things in life that could cause you to be less than yours.”

Blake Sr. played lacrosse at Swarthmore College from 1925-28 and was later named the head coach at his alma mater and held that position for 29 years (1931-59). During that time the Garnet’s were 180-107-2 (.626) and won state titles in 1940, 1947, and a shared title in 1951. Swarthmore also won the Penn-Del Lacrosse League title in 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957 and 1959.

All you Orange fans should check out this article on on Syracuse’s Danny Varello and how he’s got ready for his new role as the SU’s primary face-off man.

Syracuse lacrosse midfielder Danny Varello's off-season of work was significantly boosted by a letter from Matt Mancz, the team's strength and conditioning coach.

Mancz reminded Varello that the player he's replacing as faceoff specialist, Ben Williams, built his greatness upon the foundation of superb conditioning. That was an issue for Varello as a freshman last year.

For starters, Varello twice failed his conditioning test last fall and came up short once in the spring. That test is series of 440-yard jaunts. Players must run the distance three times with breaks in-between: the first one completed in 67 seconds, the second in 72 seconds and the third in 77 seconds.

That stumble couldn't happen this year, Mancz pointed out. If Varello wanted to run away with the job as legitimate heir to Williams, he first had to show he was in good enough shape to run, period.

Varello was already locked on to the physical demands of his new challenge, but Mancz' encouragement was yet another motivation. Varello said he reported to the Orange in much better shape this season and crushed his fall running test right away. "I think stepping into a role of a starter, I was like there's no way I could fail a run test and still be the leader at the faceoff position for our team,'' Varello said. "So I kind of needed to not only prove to the coach but prove to myself that I'm ready for the position. I think that was the first step in doing so.''

Hobart getting it in day or night.

Handful of clips from our Competition Day that wrapped up S&C season. Study hard for those finals, fellas!

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That’s a lot of weight.

Looking sharp, Lehigh!

Georgetown named their 2018 men’s lacrosse captains.

Georgetown University’s Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kevin Warne has announced the team captains for the 2018 season. Seniors Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and Ryan Hursey (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) will lead the Hoyas on the field during the upcoming campaign.

"I am excited about our team’s selection of Craig and Ryan as this year’s captains,” 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."

A two-time All-BIG EAST performer and an All-American as a freshman in 2015, Berge will help pace the Hoya offense from the midfield. He has tallied 40 goals and 33 assists in his three-year tenure with the Blue & Gray and looks to become just the 20th player in program history with 100 career points. Berge has also notched 11 man up goals and collected 61 ground balls during his time on the Hilltop.

Hursey will help anchor the defensive midfield for the Hoyas, one of the team’s strongest positions this upcoming season. A threat on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field, he has recorded 13 goals and one assist for 14 career points while also collecting 18 ground balls and causing nine turnovers.

Ohio Stated unveiled its 2018 calendar!

Here’s a great post on Warrior founder and former Princeton great David Morrow.

Hailing from Troy, Michigan, David Morrow never dreamed of attending an Ivy League school, let alone becoming a college athlete — until his sixth-grade science teacher sold Morrow his first lacrosse stick for $20. That innocuous transaction led Morrow down a new path: He has become an influential figure in the sport, helping spur its recent growth.

Along the way, Morrow blossomed into a college lacrosse star at Princeton, leading the team to four straight NCAA tournament appearances and Princeton’s first national championship in 1992. He was named the 1993 Division I Player of the Year. During his sophomore year, Morrow started a business. Now dubbed Warrior Sports, his firm is one of the largest purveyors of lacrosse and hockey equipment and clothing. But it’s more than a sports apparel company — Morrow has set youth development and community engagement as top priorities.

Coaches cam!!!

Happy Birthday to @noahlejman21 who stepped in this morning and showed off some range! #ILPL

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New Fred Opie podcast with Peter Bistrup.

Shout out to Indiana Tech!

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Stand up South Jersey!!: Hamilton, NJ police dashcam captures fireball crossing the sky.

A police department in South Jersey has shared a dashcam video that shows a fireball streaking across the sky last weekend. Hamilton police Sgt. Michael Virga was on patrol early Sunday when his vehicle dashcam captured footage of a fireball at 3:09 a.m. Virga was on patrol on Drosera Avenue between Leipzig and South Cologne avenues not far from the Hamilton Mall when a something caught his attention. "It kind of took me by surprise," Virga said. "I just saw a little blip -- it lit up the entire sky like a lime green streak."

World/National News.

That’s it, folks. Let’s wrap it up: Human race has “peaked” says scientis.

The human race has peaked, with mankind reaching its maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, scientists have claimed. Despite stories that each generation will live longer and longer, a new report suggests there may be a maximum threshold to our biological limits that we cannot exceed. In particular, the French research team behind the study found what appears to be a plateau in the maximum biological limits for humans' height, age and physical abilities. "These traits no longer increase, despite further continuous nutritional, medical, and scientific progress," said Professor Jean-François Toussaint from Paris Descartes University.

Your GIF/Video for December 8, 2017.

This is a pretty crazy video of a man saving a wild rabbit from the California fires.

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