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What You Missed
A number of near upsets and actual upsets occurred on Tuesday.
Lacrosse The Nation
That one game yesterday was a 13-6 blowout win for the Raiders. Hobart, again, was limited to only six goals.
The Statesmen were held scoreless for 38 minutes, while Colgate went on a nine-goal run. Griffin Brown had a hat-trick and two assists, while Matt Donovan also recorded a hat-trick. Sam Cleveland had a pair of goals and assists, while Nicky Petkevich put up a pair of goals and one assist. Bryan Hancock had two goals for Hobart.
And take a look at some nice photos from Rich Barnes:
Let’s check in on what Virginia is doing in California:
Zed Williams leads the way at this evening's youth clinic. pic.twitter.com/lc3qIyQylr— Virginia Lacrosse (@UVAMensLacrosse) March 9, 2017
Jim Miller of the Orange County Register writes about why there’s a lacrosse game in Orange County in the first place.
As a sports columnist, I’m embarrassed that I not only was unaware of this game but also the fact it attracted a standing-room only crowd last year and that this edition will be the fourth overall.
I’m supposed to have a better handle on the local scene than that, you see, this glaring bit of ham-handedness qualifying me to now join the Rams’ receiving corps.
“The reputation of the event, among the college coaches, is terrific,” said G.W. Mix, executive director of the Shootout. “I think they view this as something they should do, something that’s pretty cool.”
“I’m committed to helping grow the sport the right way,” he explained. “What this event does is it lets parents, players and coaches see how the game is played at its highest levels.”
Stephen's admiration of his sisters went beyond backyard play. An excellent visual learner, he'd anchor himself on the sidelines of their games, dissecting their styles in particular and the skills and stickwork on display in the women's game in general.
"He must have gone to 1,000 girls lacrosse games. He always had a ball. He always had a lacrosse stick,'' said Rehfuss' father, also named Stephen.
"I focused more on my stickwork and stuff because I was so small,'' the younger Rehfuss said. "So I always kind of used that to my advantage when I was younger, which definitely helped out.''
Stephen was an undersized player who didn't start to make serious noise in the sport until his senior season at Shaker High School. But what a clamor he created then, with school single-season records for most assists (80) and most points (128).
Garrett Epple got a ton of awards.
Epple led the Notre Dame defense w/ an impressive performance in a win over Maryland to earn USILA/BSN Sports DI Def. Player of the Week. pic.twitter.com/E3fyCq67Mg— USILA (@USILA_Lax) March 8, 2017
Speaking of individual honors:
The latest edition of the New England Lax Journal showcases Vermont lacrosse.
The bagpipe tradition continues:
Mount St. Mary’s transfer Will Hendrick is finding his game in Jacksonville.
"I think I just got back to the basics and why I played lacrosse. I was uptight and didn't play the way I could prior to Jacksonville, but down here I stay loose and have fun with it," said Hendrick. "I like to step back and let the game come to me. I don't think it's a game you're supposed to play very uptight; I think you should be loose and creative, and that's how you'll find success."
"Throughout my career I have played my best lacrosse when I feel loose and comfortable. It's great to hear Will feels that way," said Jacksonville offensive coordinator Casey Powell. "That's the environment that we are trying to create on the offensive end."
Hendrick got his start in the third grade in a lax-rat infested neighborhood of Lancaster, Pa. The son of Mary Beth and Ed, Will played football and ice hockey with his sister Molly in addition to lacrosse until high school, when he placed full focus on the sport. The competition worked out well for Molly, too, who is a returning All-America captain on top-ranked North Carolina this spring.
Hendrick joined the team at Mount St. Mary's following an impressive career at Manheim Township, but after two seasons was looking for a change. He was close with a number of Dolphins who were from the same Lancaster area, including alumnus Chase Miller and Brady Charles, and decided to join the JU program before the June announcement of Jacksonville's new coaching staff.
Syracuse is practicing outside for once! (Ed. note: I took this picture)
Beautiful day in the 3️⃣☝️5️⃣ pic.twitter.com/7Z9WVfuDTf— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) March 8, 2017
Meanwhile for Syracuse’s opponent.
Picture day at Villanova Stadium! pic.twitter.com/39rHbBx48I— Villanova Men's Lax (@NovaLacrosse) March 8, 2017
Heard of Austin “Jerry” Schmidt? He was the first ever lacrosse player on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and also went to Hopkins!
The diversity of the sport is growing, and players such as Trejon Cannon are playing the game, from Timothy Ramsey of The Winston-Salem Chronicle.
Trejon Cannon is a junior lacrosse player at R.J. Reynolds High School. He has been playing the sport for the past seven years. He says he started playing the game because of the fun of the game and the fact he is able to meet a lot of people.
“I love the game and it’s a lot of fun,” Cannon said. “It has elements of football, basketball and soccer when it comes to the plays and picks and it’s a very fast paced game. I love the chemistry I have with my teammates and I love the guys on the team.”
Money Cannon, Trejon’s mother, said when her son first came to her about playing lacrosse, she did not know what the sport was. She says her family was typically into sports like football and track, so when lacrosse was brought up by her son, she switched gears.
“I am a crazy lacrosse mom but I try to settle myself because lacrosse fans are a little more modest than most football fans,” said Ms. Cannon. “I have grown to love the game, especially since it’s been so good to Trejon.”
The Cheyenne Mountain lacrosse team rallied around attackman Justin Nicks, who battled with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the third grade before becoming cancer free a year later, and now looks at life differently, pens Jonathan Toman of The Colorado Springs Gazette.
"Mentally I had to be in it (while fighting cancer)," Nicks said. "It's this idea that you can't give up and have to keep going.
"It gave me more drive to do better. You're never promised as much time as you want."
Paige marveled at the fight Nicks had to wage.
"You'd think a kid would just crumble under that kind of pressure. But he's a relentless kid."
A Georgia high school could be adding lacrosse next year!
The Eagles are bringing back linebacker Najee Goode for next season.
Follow all of the Eagles free agency rumors here.
The top 101 NFL free agents. The new league year begins today at 4 pm.
Neanderthals may have self-medicated long before pills.
Video of the Day
Barcelona was down 4-0 on aggregate to PSG in the first leg of their UEFA Champion’s League Round of 16 match. Here’s the second leg of that meeting.
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