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College Crosse Prospectus - April 10, 2017: OSU Over Hopkins; New #1.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for April 10, 2017.

College Crosse News.

Chris’ recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

There’s going to be a new #1 this week. By your votes it appears most people believe it will be Syracuse.

Nice article from the Daily Collegian about how Penn State needs to fix its faceoff unit after their first loss of the season.

Here’s Land Grant Holy Land’s post on yesterday’s Hop vs. OSU game.

Our man @Orangelax updated his ACC Tournament seeding scenarios post.

So the North Carolina Tar Heels took down the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday night, which eliminates eight different scenarios for us. Due to the loss, UVA will now be the fifth seed in the ACC Tournament and will play the Pennsylvania Quakers in the ACC Showcase game. Penn has already beaten UVA this season, and even if the Cavaliers win out I doubt it makes the NCAA Tournament. If Virginia had won it would have meant a guaranteed one seed for the Syracuse Orange in the ACC Tournament. Since that did not happen, the Orange can still get the first seed. In fact there are only two scenarios in which SU does not pick up the first seed.

Nice article on Ben WIlliams: “Ben Williams fought out of an area not known for lacrosse and into an integral role at the center of the sport”

Ben Williams’ friends were taken aback. They were tossing the lacrosse ball around on a field when Williams finally voiced his improbable dream for one of the first times. It was one that, considering where they stood, seemed highly unlikely. He wanted to play Division I lacrosse.

“Impossible,” said one friend.

“No way, Benny,” echoed another.

“We can’t play NCAA, only club.”

“We” meant Minnesotans. But his assessment at the time, in the late 2000s, applied to a majority of high school students outside of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. In 2005, when Williams was 10, Minnesota had zero state-sanctioned high school boy’s lacrosse teams and no competitive base to attract players or scouts. Eight years later, when he graduated from St. Thomas (Minnesota) Academy, the state had 76.

Deep down, Williams knew his friends had a point. He only began playing the sport in eighth grade, when a friend suggested it as a more physical alternative to track. A few months after he started in 2009, rain forced a Memorial Day party inside at the Williams family cabin in Spooner, Wisconsin. There, flicking through the TV channels, the bored eighth grader happened upon the Cornell-Syracuse men’s lacrosse national championship. Williams, his father David and half of the party sat enraptured as Syracuse erased a three-goal, fourth-quarter deficit and won in overtime. Williams went to Google.

What’s Up, Philly?

Phillies crush the Nationals on Opening Day.

A Phillies batter was cheered at Citizens Bank Park after striking out. This really was a historic night.

The Phillies scored a franchise-record 12 runs in the first inning as a week of offensive frustrations reached a boiling point. There was much to cheer as the team's best first inning sent 16 batters to the plate, and eight of the Phillies' nine hitters reached base.

World/National News.

The US military is close to using laser weapons on the battlefield.

A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies.

Lightsabers -- the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films -- will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes.

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon -- all the big defense players -- are developing prototypes for the Pentagon.

Your GIF for April 10, 2017: Hahahaha ... #GotEm!!

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