What’s going on, everyone?! So glad to have you join us on the second to last weekend of the college lacrosse regular season! Selection Sunday is only 8 days and then the real fun starts with The Big BBQ 2017. Boy did the year fly by!
We have 22 games on tap today, so settle in for a long day of lacrosse. The Boy Chris is in North Carolina today, so the College Crosse Game Day Stream on our Facebook page might be another hotel room special. Starting time is still up in the air, but we’ll update once we figure everything up. To help kill the time until the stream is up, here’s Chris’ Power Rankings for the week, and here’s another video of Roger Goodell getting booooooooed in Philly during the NFL Draft. (Ed. Note: I could watch that on loop until the end of time.)
*Update* Chris is live!
Posted by College Crosse on Saturday, April 29, 2017
Below is today’s Big Board. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the Stream cell will take you to the broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game. Cells with $$ signs in them indicate streams that require a subscription or a pay wall. Everything else should be free or on your basic ESPN plan. Let’s go to the Big Board!! (Ed. Note: As always ... all times are East Coast Standard time.)
Skittles Scale!(Ed. Note: For entertainment and informational purposes only!! #WeDoNotEndorseGambling!!)
Games To Watch.
Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins: The best rivalry in college lacrosse (Ed. Note: #PleaseAtMeIfYouDisagree). Hop & Maryland have played each other 114th since 1895 and the 115th edition tonight should be another classic (Johns Hopkins leads the series 71-42-1). Big Ten Tournament implications are on the line tonight as a win by either team, plus an OSU loss to Rutgers, will give the winner of tonight’s game the Big Ten Tournament’s #1 seed.
Providence vs. Villanova: Though in the same conference, Providence & ‘Nova have only played each other 7 times before, with the Wildcats leading 4-3 in the series. Villanova won 14-7 in the only meeting between the two last year, but this is a much-improved Providence team than the squad from 2016. The Friars are 9-5 on the year and are one win away from tying their best regular season win total since 2006 when they went 10-7. The winner of today’s game will earn the Big East Tournament’s #2 seed. I like the Friars in this one today.
Rutgers vs. Ohio State: It’s feast or famine day for the Scarlet Knights. A loss today might (unofficially) knock RU off The Big BBQ bubble, especially since UNC picked up a crucial win over Syracuse last night. But a win today over OSU might (unofficially) lock up a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the lads from Jersey.
I actually like Rutgers over OSU today. They are at home, this is pretty much a playoff game for them, they don’t want a repeat of what happened last year, and I can envision a bit of a letdown for OSU this week after their big win over the Terps last weekend. I think the Scarlet Knights will pull it off today.
Twitter is becoming the place to be for livestreamed lacrosse, as the social network followed up March’s announcement of a pact with the National Lacrosse League with Friday’s news of an agreement with Major League Lacrosse. Twitter will livestream the MLL Game of the Week during the 2017 season, and its slate consists of 15 regular-season games and two postseason clashes.
Here’s Notre Dame’s highlight reel from last night’s victory over Duke.
Check out the highlights from tonight's ACC Semifinal win over Duke! pic.twitter.com/B8MhnIJu3Q— Notre Dame Lacrosse (@NDlacrosse) April 29, 2017
On Friday morning, the Tewaaraton Foundation released a narrowed list of the 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees for the 2017 Tewaaraton Award. While the lacrosse community knows this honor well, those outside may not, which is why you often see “the Heisman of lacrosse” noted after mentioning the award.
But, it makes sense that most people are just starting to learn about what it is. Lacrosse is just starting to pick up popularity across the nation, and the award has only been around since 2001 (compared to the Heisman, which has been around since 1935).
Bang! (H/T @HoundSuperFans)
What a stop last night! (H/T @SamConway9)
Games start in a little bit! I’ll see you out there!!