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College Crosse Prospectus - February 17, 2017: Utah Beats #1 Chapman, Syracuse’s Nick Mellen Out For 2017.

Brown’s ready for Quinnipiac, BOSS Starsia can’t sleep, and plenty more!!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for February 17, 2017.

College Crosse News.

Syracuse starting defensemen Nick Mellen is out for 2017 with a shoulder injury.

Syracuse head coach John Desko announced earlier today that defenseman Nick Mellen is out for the entire 2017 season and will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Questions about Mellen’s status for the 2017 season were up in the air as he missed both scrimmages for the Orange, as well as last week’s season-opening win over Siena. He was doubtful to play in Saturday’s tilt with Albany.

Desko said during media ops today that the All-American defenseman could have played through the injury during the regular season, but decided it wasn’t worth it. All intentions appear to be Mellen taking a medical redshirt this year. If he does that, he will be a redshirt-sophomore in 2018.

BOSS Desko discussed Mellen and the upcoming game versus Albany in his press conference yesterday.

The Utah Utes defeated defending MCLA champion Chapman yesterday by a score of 12-9.

The lads at Navy are “hungry” for their first win of the season.

Sowell was thankful Navy had a full week to prepare for Delaware, which was nipped in its opener by Bucknell (14-13) then blew out Mount St. Mary's (18-5). "There's still a lot of the season left. We haven't even hit our conference schedule," Sowell said. "So you hate to go out and say this is a must-win. We are hungry to get that first W, no doubt about it."

Brown is ready for their season-opener against Quinnipiac.

This weekend, the Bears will begin their 2017 campaign against Quinnipiac University, and the team taking the field Sunday carries many similarities to last year’s team — including high expectations for the coming season.

“We are looking to continue on the success we had last year,” said starting defenseman and co-captain Alec Tulett ’17. “We’re coming off two back-to-back Ivy League Championships. The bar is set very high, but we have a team mentality not to rest on our laurels.”

Bruno will return Molloy, as well as Tulett and long-stick midfielder Larken Kemp ’17, after they received All-American honors last season. Along with veteran midfielder Jimmy Coughlan ’17, the four will serve as team captains for this season.

Here’s a nice article about BOSS Daly for all you Bears fans.

Brown was not the first Division I program to reach out to the decorated coach. But in Daly’s eyes, Brown was the right choice.

“There were a couple of other opportunities, but this felt like the right fit from the beginning,” Daly said. There was a “real apparent commitment from (Director of Athletics) Jack Hayes and the University. The entire place has been wonderfully supportive. It’s a great fit for our family. It’s been everything we hoped for and more.”

“The search for a new head coach was a positive one,” Hayes wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “Mike Daly was the ideal candidate because he had tremendous success at an excellent school. He developed a model program for success” at Tufts.

Great post by our man Quint Kessenich: College lacrosse fosters broad life lessons to student-athletes.

KOAA News 5 did a great piece on Air Force as they gear up for their home opener.

ABC 2 in Baltimore with a great segment on the upcoming Hop vs. Loyola game.

Two Baltimore college lacrosse teams, each ranked top ten in the country, are ready to face off this weekend.

Loyola vs. Johns Hopkins.

For Loyola, they enter 0-1 after dropping their season opener to Virginia 16-15. Coming off last year’s national semifinal appearance, things have changed.

“Now that we made it to the final four, we want to get back there,” said Loyola midfielder Zac Davliakos. “There are a lot of teams we play that want to take us down and try to make it their big game of the year. We have a target on our back.”

Speaking of Loyola ... the Twitter stream of Loyola vs. UVA had over 600 thousand viewers. It was the largest audience ever for a college game streamed on Twitter.

Earlier this year, Campus Insiders, which is part of Chicago-based media company Silver Chalice, announced a deal with Twitter that would allow the live stream of 300+ live college events from a variety of sports including football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, volleyball, field hockey, water polo and swimming. They started in the fall with games of The Mountain West and have gone on from there, to various degrees of success.

However this past Saturday was an eye-opener, as a men’s lacrosse match between #5 Loyola University Maryland and #15 University of Virginia made history as the first NCAA men’s lacrosse game ever streamed live on Twitter and drew over 680,000 unique viewers. It marked the most viewed college live stream for any sport on Twitter thus far, and showed that a streaming audience of engaged fans will support a digital first platform, especially when driven by a marketing and viewership platform like Twitter.

Give Matt Lane the ball!

With Dylan Donahue, Tim Barber and DeJoe gone this year, the Orange has to replace three of its top six scorers. Though he only tallied one assist in the season opener, Lane, a first-line midfielder, will be central to that goal.

"I think it's sinking into him that he's got to be one of the leaders on the offense this year and be a threat," head coach John Desko said in the preseason. "He's stepping more into that 'Give me the ball more' role and he's done a good job with it."

To prepare for his increased scoring role, Lane spent the offseason working on his dodging. When not in Syracuse, Lane trains with Sean Donellan, the director of sports performance for the New York Islanders.

FREE BOSS STARSIA: After 25 years leading UVa lacrosse, Dom Starsia having trouble sleeping without the sport.

Early in the week leading up to the Virginia-Loyola game, Tiffany called to see if Starsia wanted to have lunch.

“I was running off to Penn the next day and I said, ‘Lars, I’m not sure what kind of company I’d be for you anyway,’ ” Starsia said. “He’s in a little bit of a tough spot. Everybody is asking how I’m doing.

“The fall is a little bit of a smorgasbord, and I got through that fine. It’s been a little more strange for me the past couple of weeks. I’m not sleeping quite as well, and my body clock is a little screwed up.

BOSS Svec of Siena was on 104.5 ESPN.

What’s Up, Philly?

Chris Christie went after the Phillies and their fans. It did not end well.

World/National News.

Half of families text each other while in the same house.

Your GIF for February 17, 2017: This pup is loving his birthday surprise.

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