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College Crosse Prospectus: The Cold Can’t Stop Teams

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for March 16, 2017.

What You Missed

Ohio State got a really good win to stay undefeated, and Princeton fell to RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUTGERS!

A healthy Ben Reeves could save Yale’s season, which is currently at a disappointing 2-3 record.

UMass Lowell also battled with UMass yesterday.

Check out our latest Crossecast, which heavily dives into Syracuse-Johns Hopkins, aka the game that makes this website exist.

Lacrosse The Nation

Highlights from the UMass Lowell-UMass game:

Mad respect from the Kennesaw State women’s team.

If there were stars of each game yesterday, it’d be the facilities crews for Towson, UMass, and Rutgers.

Indoor facilities are always grand.

(Ed. Note: It was horrendous up in Cuse. Roads were very bad.)

PEEP THE ROCK CLIMBING WALL!

But some teams didn’t seem to be affected by the winter storm.

Looks like Vermont’s Ian MacKay is done for the year and will redshirt this season, plus a few other injury notes.

BOSS John Galloway of Jacksonville discussed the team’s recent road trip and beginning SoCon play.

National player honors:

Stop with this tomfoolery: “The Big Ten is currently the best conference in college lacrosse”

(Ed. Note: SAY THE LINE, CHRISTOPHER!!!)

Virginia’s putting up some nice stats.

Michigan BOSS John Paul joined WTKA to talk about the team’s recent win over Penn (interview starts at the three minute mark):

Reid Bowering has been a freshman stud for Drexel so far this year.

Speaking of freshmen, Terry Foy of Inside Lacrosse released their early season freshmen rankings:

5. Ethan Walker, A, Denver (14G, 9A in 6 games) The second-leading scorer for the nation's No. 1 team, Walker has stepped in on the left side and helped mitigate the loss of Zach Miller and Brendan Bomberry, giving the Pios a another multi-tooled attackman alongside Connor Cannizzaro.

4. Michael Kraus, A, Virginia (16G, 16A in 7 games) Despite being ranked No. 16 in his class, Kraus's contribution is arguably the most surprising among those ranked in this top 10 because of how much talent he had to beat out on his own team to earn the starting role.

Cornell assistant Peter Milliman was named an assistant coach for the US men’s national indoor team!

Milliman is in his fourth season on the Big Red staff, and his first as the team's offensive coordinator. On the world stage, he led the Russian national team to its first appearance in national history at the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver. He has MLL playing experience as an attackman/midfielder with the Rochester Rattlers from 2005-2008, helping the team win its first MLL championship in 2008.

"Peter Milliman brings a wealth of coaching experience in the lacrosse world and will incorporate offensive systems that will help the top American field players seamlessly transfer their field talents to the box arena," said [Regy] Thorpe. "This is an area where Peter is really going to excel for us and we are super excited to have him on board. His out-of-the-box thinking will certainly help us with our long-term vision of being able to put up goals against some of the elite defenses in the world."

Twitter is adding NLL lacrosse to their live streaming services.

With the the National Lacrosse League (NLL) deal, Twitter has gained the rights to exclusively live stream its games for two years — a longer-term investment in building up its niche sports content. Twitter will broadcast a free NLL game per week, plus the playoffs and Champion’s Cup games and league-wide highlights, for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

These games will also appear on NLLTV.com, the league’s own subscription video platform. Seemingly, the NLL is looking to Twitter to grow its own audience of fans — its Twitter account today has 38,600 followers, so it could use the interest live games could bring.

The league also said it’s hoping that a partnership with Twitter will attract more younger fans to the sport, including millennials and Gen Z, which Twitter counts among some of its heaviest users.

“This is a historic broadcast relationship that will unlock the great game and we are honored to partner with Twitter. The future of the sports viewing experience is digital, and this partnership will not only elevate the fan experience by making the game more accessible to audiences, but enable simultaneous real-time conversations and connections with other fans on the same platform,” said NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz in a statement.

So it appears the NLL is growing, which might mean...expansion, which would mean...*gasps* John Barchard was right!

Philly Jawns

A big block of ice from a truck crashed into a driver’s windshield on I-95. CLEAN YOUR CARS PEOPLE BEFORE YOU DRIVE!

World News

The First Round of the NCAA Tournament begins today!

Video of the Day

Last year’s One Shining Moment, because why not!

And the best moments from the past few tournaments.

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