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College Crosse Prospectus - February 6, 2017: Air Force Takes Down Duke, Patriots Win Super Bowl.

Now THAT’S was a great Sunday.

NFL: Super Bowl LI-New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for February 6, 2017.

Roger Goodell got booed out of the stadium.

Before we go any further, let’s all savor this moment once more. You set the bar pretty high New England fas, I can’t wait to try and match it when the NFL Draft is here in Philly in a few months.

College Crosse News.

Air Force dropped Duke in Durham for the second straight year. Chris did a great write-up about the game and Ohio State’s victory over Furman here.
(Ed. Note: In case you were wondering, indeed, I did have Air Force ranked higher than Duke in my preseason poll.)

The Chronicle focused on Duke’s inexperience in their season-opening loss to Air Force.

“Playing on February 5 is a blessing and a curse,” Duke head coach John Danowski said. “The blessing is that the kids want to play and get out there, the curse is they may not quite be ready for some things.”

BTW, I loved Air Force’s new sharktooth helmets. .

Here’s Land-Grant Holy Land’s post about OSU’s win over Furman and below are some highlights of OSU vs. Furman.

Here’s a nice article about Penn State’s great freshman class. The young lads stepped up big in their season-opener versus Robert Morris.

The defending champs got off to a great start with their big win over UMBC on Saturday.

Senior midfielder Stephen Kelly knew it was going to be a big day for the No. 1 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team from the first whistle. Kelly won the face-off, grabbed the ground ball from behind him, ran toward the UMBC net and saw no one had slid over to cover him. So he fired a shot from the left side. The ball flew past the goalie — 1-0 Tar Heels, 15 seconds into the game. “It was a good way to start the year,” Kelly said with a smile.

Great podcast with BOSS Chris Gabrielli of Providence. Coach discusses his team's preseason preparations, outlook for the season, and a day in the life of a college coach.

Definitely read this wonderful post about Navy head coach Rick Sowell and how he grew up in Horseheads, N.Y.

A young Rick Sowell knew next to nothing about lacrosse. He had never seen a game, much less played the sport as a youngster in Horseheads.

Thanks to being in the right place at the right time, surrounding himself with the right people and maximizing his opportunities, Sowell has turned the sport he didn't know into one that has defined his professional life.

Sowell was part of the first Horseheads varsity lacrosse team in 1979, then went on to great success as a college and professional player before a history-making 31-year coaching career that has taken him to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where Sowell was named Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016. He enters his sixth season at Navy with a 33-36 record, including 20-10 over the last two seasons.

Also check out the Capital Gazette’s post on the Midshipmen and how they look before their first game versus Hopkins on Tuesday.

"It's a new year and a new team so you kind of start over," Sowell said. "That being said, I do believe we have developed a winning culture that carries over from year to year. I think the success we've had the last two seasons has changed the mindset of Navy lacrosse. Players now know the standards, know the expectations."

Speaking of Hopkins, here’s part 2 and part 3 of their 2017 season preview.

Yesterday was a big day for Penn State lacrosse.

What’s Up, Philly?

“Yes, that's Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos wearing his own jersey while congratulating Patriots head coach Bill Belichick following his team's 34-28 overtime win against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.”

World/National News.

New England won its 5th Super Bowl yesterday.

I am not saying we at College Crosse are the reason they won, but I did write this back in November.

With former PSU lacrosse player & current New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan making plays, the Final Four in Foxboro, and coach Belichick over there draping himself in lacrosse gear like he’s ready to fire off some #SpringSport Tweets, New England is definitely lacrosse nation’s team to root for in the playoffs this year. Besides, the possibility of Roger Goodell handing the trophy to Belichick/Brady after all the insanity of Deflate-gate is something all of America can get behind. Go Pats!

Gaga smashed the halftime show.

Your GIF for February 6, 2017: If you only knew the power of the dog side.

That’s it for today!! I’ll see you out there!! Make sure you follow us on social media!

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