GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! We apologize for some slow content over the past couple of days, as Safe’s computer broke. So please hold off your #FireEriBarrister tweets. Anywho, here are your links for April 20, 2017.
Lacrosse The Nation
We had a game last night! Albany defeated Binghamton in an America East clash, 10-4.
It was neck-and-neck early on as the teams alternated goals until the 9:58 mark of the second quarter when Bennett Drake scored his second goal of the night to give the Great Danes their first lead. Tom Moore’s second tally at 5:12 tied the game back up, but Albany went on a 6-0 run for the rest of the game. Justin Reh had two goals and one assist, while Connor Fields had a goal and two assists. Jakob Patterson also scored twice in the game, with TD Irelan going 13-of-18 from the face-off X, and JD Colarusso making 13 saves. The defense was solid for the Great Danes, with defensemen Stone Sims and Troy Reh causing three turnovers.
For Binghamton, Joe Licata was the leading point-getter for the Bearcats, scoring one goal and dishing out two assists. Tanner Cosens made only seven saves. With the win, the Great Danes have clinched at least a share of the America East regular season title and will host the America East Tournament for the third straight season. They host Yale Saturday night, while Binghamton travels up to take on Syracuse.
We got some new news about the new recruiting legislation.
And big pro lacrosse news, as John Grant Jr. retired from the MLL.
For a very short time.
Grant Jr. is a Delaware grad and played under retiring BOSS Bob Shillinglaw. One name that’s been swirling around the Blue Hen job has been current North Carolina offensive coordinator Dave Metzbower, who’s also a Delaware graduate. Grant Jr. might not get the head job, but could we see a Metzbower-Grant Jr. tandem like we’ve seen with John Galloway and Casey Powell at Jacksonville?
Speaking of Jacksonville, peep their AD!
A must read from Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post about diversity in lacrosse.
In 2012, 88.2 percent of men’s and women’s college lacrosse players were white across the Division I, II and III levels. That number dropped to 85.9 in 2016. As the sport continues to grow geographically, its diversity remains stagnated by financial barriers, cultural perception and, as a byproduct of the two, a lack of access to lacrosse in urban public schools.
There are 20 traditional public high schools with scholastic athletics in Washington, D.C., and Wilson and School Without Walls are the only two that offer lacrosse. In Philadelphia, 10 of 42 public high schools have boys and girls teams. Boston has 29 public high schools with athletics and no city-sanctioned lacrosse. New York City has the most public school teams with 24 programs for boys and 26 for girls, but that still leaves more than 250 of its public high schools without the sport.
In February, D.C. Public Schools announced the 2018 addition of middle school lacrosse as part of a $6.2 million investment into six new extracurricular programs. The long-term plan is to build a citywide public high school lacrosse league. Until then, Wilson and the few teams like it provide a blueprint for what urban public school lacrosse can look like.
And what it can mean.
“All of these cities are close to areas where lacrosse is very prominent, and they are where diversity tends to be concentrated,” said Eboni Preston-Laurent, U.S. Lacrosse’s senior manager of diversity and inclusion. “It takes a while to break stigmas, but I definitely think the sport is moving in that direction. That’s a very big thing.”
A great feature on Richmond’s Brendan Hynes on SpiderVoices.com.
Growing up in a big family draws similar attributes to being a part of a team. The Hynes’ obviously learned to be competitive and the fight to win from driveway basketball games to family card games.
“I think I hate losing more than I like winning, so I have the mentality to do anything possible to win,” he said.
Another key trait Hynes learned was the importance of preparation. He would play basketball with his dad, who at the time was a lot bigger and stronger than he was.
“I struggled with that, but I tried to find ways that I could beat him at his weaknesses, and that comes with preparing,” he said. “You aren’t going to be great right away. If you’re not focused on preparing, you aren’t going to be successful.”
Hynes, along with his siblings, took the competitiveness they learned growing up to play sports at the collegiate level. His older sister, Caitlin, played lacrosse at Manhattan, and is now in her second year of graduate school for physical therapy. His sister, Mairead, is a junior on the women’s basketball team at Connecticut College. Hynes’ brother, Aidan, is a freshman on the lacrosse team at Yale, and his youngest sister is a junior at Mahopac High School and plays volleyball, basketball and lacrosse.
As Lehigh prepares for a win-or-go-home game against Bucknell for the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament, Justin Lafleur for Inside Lacrosse has a great story on senior Ian Strain.
“I was sweating a ton, I couldn’t get out of bed and couldn’t eat or do much of anything,” said Strain. “I had an dconomics exam the next day. I told myself, I’m going home in two days, tough it out and make it through this exam and then you’re home.”
Strain quickly realized something wasn’t right. All of a sudden, his focus wasn’t on lacrosse, but something much greater… his health.
“I made it home and thought the fever had broken,” said Strain. “I felt fine, but around 4 a.m. the first night, I woke up and felt this ridiculous pain, this thumping in my chest. I don’t remember much because I was half asleep, but I woke my dad up. He knew something was wrong, so he took me to the emergency room.”
Ian was eventually put on an ambulance to a hospital in Philadelphia. He spent a week there, where the doctors discovered he had myocarditis, an inflammation of the middle wall of the heart. It’s a pretty rare condition (less than 200,000 cases per year) and can be caused by several viruses.
“I actually had the flu, pneumonia and whooping cough all at the same time,” said Strain. “I was only pumping about 20 percent of the blood that I should have been, because of all the inflammation. I was given some medication to allow my heart to work a little easier. The doctor told me that many people don’t even report this because they don’t have such an active lifestyle. For an athlete, it’s pretty much a no-go; I was put on a hard six-month shutdown.”
This dropped last night, but the latest edition of “ReLAXin’ with PCARC” is up with everyone’s favorite Canadian Joel Tinney!
Inside Lacrosse also released their second edition of Bracketology.
NEW SWAG ALERT!
The grind never stops!
The Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors for the first time.
The Patriots visited the White House yesterday and this is all you need to see from the visit.
And Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News.
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The GOAT Bill Nye answers science questions from Twitter.
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