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What You Missed
Joel Tinney and Zach Currier are freaks of nature on the lacrosse field.
Loyola defeated Towson in a Baltimore battle, while St. Joe’s got themselves out of Reverse Survivor in Wednesday action.
Albany and Virginia also played to wins.
Did your favorite player (that isn’t a freshman) make the Tewaaraton Watch List? Probably because nearly everyone does (except Grant Ament).
Lacrosse The Nation
First, I joined Maryland’s “The Pit” on the latest episode of The Pitcast. It was fun.
Photos and highlights from Virginia’s win over High Point last night:
Zed Williams assisted Michael Kraus for his 100th career point!! (58 goals & 42 assists) GO HOOS!! ⚔️ ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/pZTBFj3GsF— Virginia Lacrosse (@UVAMensLacrosse) March 2, 2017
Quint and Paul stopped by Duke yesterday!
Carc also talked with Colin Heacock and La Salle College High School product Matt Rambo.
The next Jon Dorenbos?
GET YOUR GRADES UP, MICHIGAN!
Mac O’Keefe is fire, and now John McGonigal of the Centre County Times writes he’s starting to take the lacrosse world by storm.
[Jeff] Tambroni said he’d be stretching the truth to say he predicted O’Keefe would be atop the nation’s scoring list — but the former national coach of the year always knew the potential was there.
“He has the skill and, as a freshman, it’s whether or not you have the confidence,” Tambroni said. “Do you have the poise to make those plays when the lights are on? At this point, Mac has answered the bell every single way.”
O’Keefe, who earned his fourth straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after an eight-goal performance last weekend at Villanova, has humbly played down the hot start.
“I just have to do my thing and have fun with it,” O’Keefe said. “I can’t look too far into what people are saying or talking about, and just play my game.”
Over at Tufts, it’ll be a little different this year without BOSS Mike Daly or even John Uppgren, pens Maddie Payne of The Tufts Daily.
“The freshman are great, it’s so awesome to see them come in with full energy,” [Tucker] Mathers said. “They are relearning lacrosse because they have to relearn Tufts lacrosse culture. We’re lucky that in the fall we had the chance to go from walk, jog, to run with them. They’re really bought in, working hard and trying to understand how things work. They’re hungry.”
Notably, the program has a new head coach, Casey D’Annolfo (LA ’06), who was hired this fall. The previous head coach, Mike Daly, served in the role for 17 years before leaving Medford in July to take the head coaching position at Brown University, a Div. I program. D’Annolfo, who played under Daly during his Tufts career, is unlikely to introduce significant changes to the way the program is run.
“The expectations haven’t changed,” D’Annolfo said. “We are still working hard every day and paying attention to details and fundamentals. If we get a little better each day, we will have the potential to achieve what we hope for. The biggest difference between this year and last year is that this year’s team, overall, lacks in-game experience — but that will come with time.”
The Jumbos travel to Hoboken, N.J. this Saturday to play the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks (3-0). The annual match-up has become tradition for the Jumbos, and it partially functions as a sort of alumni event for all the of New York-based program alums to return to watch the first game of each new season.
One Ohio high school is going to use GPS technology to prevent injuries, from Mike Dyer of WCPO in Cincinnati.
St. X[avier] is using the Catapult system, a program that tracks the total volume of work and intensity exerted during practices and games. There were 15 players who wore global positioning system units during the Bombers' Division I state football championship season in 2016.
Chicago-based Catapult has two-thirds of the NFL and up to 70 NCAA teams as clients. St. Xavier is the only high school in Ohio using the system.
The technology doesn’t take into account the character of the players in a state championship season, but it’s a method of assisting players and coaches in being smart about the grind of a season.
Meanwhile, lacrosse is growing in (French) Montana!
Here we go again: Another NLL writer that I’ve also never heard of (because I don’t follow box lacrosse) thinks people should take expansion rumors with a “grain of salt.” SAD!
Here’s the original tweet, which is followed by more tweets, that lays out a PLAN for the next three years.
Sources: The @NLL expansion plan will roll out over the next three years.— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) February 20, 2017
Targeted cities for next season: Baltimore, Long Island, Montreal
In this story, the writer wrote “No source was named.” Folks, WHO NAMES A SOURCE? Plus, do you think the NLL commish will really announce any big expansion news during an NLL game? Not during a special event planned by the NLL? Also, the writer didn’t mention that Barchard worked for the Wings when they were in Philly.
Believe who you want, but we’re #TeamBarchard.
Joel Embiid is done for the season after 31 games played. Trust The Process.
It’s confirmed: Wawa is better than Sheetz.
Video of the Day
Alicia Keys is on the Wheel of Musical Impressions!
One game today, and that’s Michigan taking on Mercer and their blackout!
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