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Cleveland State head coach Dylan Sheridan joined the College Crossecast crew to talk about his experiences with lacrosse, as well as the Cleveland State program and much more, as the Vikings prepare for their inaugural game this Saturday at home against Michigan.
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ESPN announced their TV schedule for 2017, and our man Anish Shroff will take over lead play-by-play duties!
He was kind of a busy man yesterday too.
High Point and Johns Hopkins had a scrimmage at Homewood yesterday. The only update we got was that the Panthers were leading 4-2 at halftime and Gerald Logan got the start in net for the Blue Jays.
Meanwhile, High Point ended their day in Little Italy!
No trip to Baltimore is complete without a trip to Little Italy pic.twitter.com/yfccb4FTnZ— High Point Lacrosse (@HPUMensLax) February 1, 2017
The Ivy League schools open up practice today!
Feb 1! Cornell and the rest of the Ivy League kicks off their season today with the first official practice. Was an honor coming back and speaking to the 2017 squad this past weekend about being the best you can be as both a teammate and individual. Holding each other accountable and maybe getting physical every once in a while to spice it up! Game day should be a day off! Best of luck to the 2017 squad as they officially start their season #LGR
Let’s not forget, there is an actual game tomorrow as well between Vermont and Furman!
Seasons almost here! Tomorrow night, 5PM here in Paladin Stadium! Live stream link will be tweeted tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/xPojNmbxP5— Furman Lacrosse (@FURMANMLAX) February 1, 2017
Meanwhile, Vermont is also ready for the season opener.
Maryland redshirt junior midfielder Lucas Gradinger will sit out this upcoming season. The Baltimore Sun’s Edward Lee has more on this development.
Gradinger has stepped away from the program, coach John Tillman said Wednesday morning. Tillman said he is hopeful that Gradinger will return to the Terps, who are ranked No. 2 in the preseason Maverik media poll, in the fall and have two years of eligibility remaining.
“We welcome him back,” Tillman said. “We’re excited about him coming back.”
Gradinger recorded six goals and three assists as a member of the second midfield a year ago, running alongside then-redshirt sophomore Tim Rotanz and Pat Young who has since graduated.
Gradinger was competing for a promotion to join junior Connor Kelly on the first line, but the field was crowded as senior Ben Chisolm (South River), junior Christian Zawadzki, and freshmen Jack Wilson and Jared Bernhardt were vying for playing time. Tillman said even attackmen like sophomores Louis Dubick and Timothy Monahan and freshman Steven Shollenberger could play in the midfield.
The ACC announced their preseason coaches poll and All-ACC team.
Head coach Joe Breschi’s Tar Heels received 23 points, including four first place votes, in balloting among the ACC’s five head coaches. Notre Dame followed with 23 points and was selected second. Syracuse (16) was selected third, Duke (9) fourth and Virginia (6) fifth.
The Preseason All-ACC Team features 13 student-athletes representing all five ACC teams, with four selections each from North Carolina and Notre Dame, three from Syracuse and one each from Duke and Virginia. Included on the Preseason All-ACC Team are eight returning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans.
Eight of the 13 student-athletes on the Preseason All-ACC Team were also named to Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Division I All-America Team. The First Team included North Carolina senior defenseman Austin Pifani, Notre Dame senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic, senior defenseman Garrett Epple and senior goalie Shane Doss, and Syracuse midfielder Sergio Salcido.
Syracuse face-off specialist Ben Williams was named to the second team, while North Carolina senior attackman Luke Goldstock and Syracuse sophomore defenseman Nick Mellen were third team selections.
Michigan’s having a big announcement today.
Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht and Jules Heningburg took part in Big Ten lacrosse week!
More season previews from Lehigh, Notre Dame, and Virginia:
Bellarmine’s got fresh buckets!
Sean Tyrrell and Will Pudulski are UMass Lowell’s captains for 2017!
Two Syrian sisters used lacrosse to find safety in the United States, pens Matt Hamilton of US Lacrosse Magazine.
Lana Oudat had played basketball throughout her childhood and once was invited to participate in the Syrian national team camp. She spoke with basketball coach Lester Butler Jr. and intended to join the team in 2014. That’s when Brown barged into the office and, after speaking with Butler, offered the student a spot on her new team.
“I didn’t know what lacrosse was,” Lana Oudat said. “I went home and I Googled it.”
Soon she loved lacrosse. She wanted her sister to play.
“I had no idea what she was talking about,” Yara Oudat said. “She’s talking about this game where there are sticks, and it’s like dribbling in basketball. She showed me videos.”
Registration for the Broad Street Run is now open!
President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the vacant Supreme Court space after the death of Antonin Scalia.
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Ilya Bryzgalov is a gem.
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