GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for April 4, 2017.
What You Missed
This week’s Aggregation is nearly unanimous with who should be No. 1 and No. 2.
Despite the loss, Notre Dame is still No. 1 in the NCAA’s RPI rankings.
Meanwhile in out Top 20, our No. 1 is split between Syracuse and Penn State.
Penn State and Duke were big victors on Sunday night.
Lacrosse The Nation
First, we want to send our condolences to the family of Zed Williams on his loss this past weekend.
We want to extend our thoughts and condolences to Zed Williams and his family in regards to the passing of his father, Dan, on Friday.— Virginia Lacrosse (@UVAMensLacrosse) April 3, 2017
Let’s get to this Pitt news. The Panthers officially introduced Heather Lyke as their new athletics director back on March 20. Nothing big for lacrosse, right? Well, as Anson Whaley of Cardiac Hill writes, you might be wrong.
Finally, keep this as food for thought. But while Pitt doesn't have a scholarship lacrosse program right now, despite being in the ACC where that sport is played, you wonder if/when that's coming. As mentioned last year, Pitt is building a domed facility for lacrosse (recreational) and the soccer teams. One thing I hadn't heard talked about much was the fact that Lyke was the first female Chair of the Men's NCAA Lacrosse committee. I would be interested to know more about her ties to that sport and if that was something that stood out to Pitt. Barnes previously said the school wasn't interested in adding more scholarship sports right now but, eventually, adding lacrosse just makes sense.
She was the Chair of the Men’s Lacrosse committee back in 2014, but her background in a spring sport is mainly in softball. She played it while as a student at the University of Michigan and was also an analyst for Ohio State’s softball games while she was working with the Buckeyes. She may have been able to start at least a men’s, if not women’s, lacrosse program while at Eastern Michigan, but it never happened.
And then we get this on March 31, but it got picked up last night.
Per sources, new AD Lyke is actively looking to add a D1 Lacrosse team to Pitt and is working with another ACC school on the matter.— Justin W. (@NFLGimpy) March 31, 2017
Now we don’t know who this other ACC school is yet. Could it be Virginia Tech? Georgia Tech? NC State? Boston College? I’ve also never heard of the guy previously, but he is followed by some Eagles reporters, including NLL Source God John Barchard, and it’s pretty much because he’s an Eagles fan. So go Birds.
After it got picked up, Justin reacted accordingly.
A lacrosse blog found my Pitt+lacrosse tweet from 3 days ago & people are excited. I figure if no one has refuted it yet, sources are good.— Justin W. (@NFLGimpy) April 4, 2017
Oh snap, picking up steam. I'm gonna look like an idiot if people are wrong— Justin W. (@NFLGimpy) April 4, 2017
Plus, from our friends at 412 Lax (which is a Pittsburgh-based lacrosse blog), they don’t seem to be that optimistic.
Likely not interested in adding lacrosse https://t.co/nNzmdFTCNi— 412 Lax (@4OneTwoLax) March 20, 2017
So take what you want from this, he could be right and he could look like a savage, or it could be wrong and it won’t matter for him and for us because we probably won’t even remember about it happening.
Anyway, let’s get to the conference honors for this week:
Win 52 faceoffs + snag 38 ground balls in just 2 games? You're the @Epochlax Player of the Week: Albany's TD Irelan. https://t.co/AJ9H6LRhmk pic.twitter.com/cQGAP1MeAP— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) April 3, 2017
This duo just racked up ACC Player of the Week honors after their performances at Notre Dame Saturday. pic.twitter.com/zNOJwIf6fo— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) April 3, 2017
#AEMLAX Offensive Player of the Week: Griffin Feiner, @HartfordMLAX— America East (@AmericaEast) April 3, 2017
Career-high 7 points on 5 goals, 2 assists in win at Vermont pic.twitter.com/mL4rSVZ69J
#AEMLAX Defensive Player of the Week: Ruston Souder, @UMBC_MLax— America East (@AmericaEast) April 3, 2017
6 GA, .600 save%, 9 saves, 3 GB, 1 CT in win over UMass Lowell pic.twitter.com/oVrnUr3sXo
#AEMLAX Rookie of the Week: TD Ierlan, @UAlbanyMLax— America East (@AmericaEast) April 3, 2017
Won 84% of FOs (82-of-92), 38 GBs in 2 Albany wins last week pic.twitter.com/jVILAdHbKx
#BIGEASTmlax Offensive Player of the Week - Christian Cuccinello (@NovaLacrosse)— BIG EAST Conference (@BIGEAST) April 3, 2017
The junior had 6 points including the game-winner vs MU pic.twitter.com/lp9OOv6Cuw
#BIGEASTmlax Defensive Player of the Week - Trevor Baptiste (@DU_MLAX)— BIG EAST Conference (@BIGEAST) April 3, 2017
Baptiste went an incredible 26 for 30 at the X vs. Georgetown pic.twitter.com/B4hZ05iZhs
#BIGEASTmlax Freshman of the Week - Ethan Walker (@DU_MLAX)— BIG EAST Conference (@BIGEAST) April 3, 2017
Walker netted his 6th hat-trick of the season vs. Georgetown pic.twitter.com/1DYPV9cN5M
#CAALax POTW goes to Tyler Mayes who had a career day for @Towson_MLAX in a 8-7 road win over Drexelhttps://t.co/F4DLL2LO6Y pic.twitter.com/PZAUEihICW— CAASports (@CAASports) April 3, 2017
Another impressive game for @HofstraMLAX goalie Jack Concannon who had 16 saves in a 10-6 win over Fairfieldhttps://t.co/F4DLL2LO6Y pic.twitter.com/IfXVdL9OpJ— CAASports (@CAASports) April 3, 2017
For the second time this season @UMassMLacrosse's Jeff Trainor is #CAALax Rookie of the Weekhttps://t.co/F4DLL2LO6Y pic.twitter.com/UpY81pK3UQ— CAASports (@CAASports) April 3, 2017
MLAX: Ivy League Player of the Week ... @YaleLacrosse Ben Reeves #IvyLax https://t.co/vV0x1joeJl pic.twitter.com/gqdG4PqPMR— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) April 3, 2017
MLAX: Mendell scored four goals & added two assists to record a six point game in @UDMLAX's 10-6 win over Siena. #MAACLAX pic.twitter.com/tYgnJ2lsiE— MAAC Sports (@MAACSports) April 3, 2017
MLAX: Hreshko earns his 4th DPOW award after recording 13 saves & an .867 save % in @MonmouthMLAX's 7-2 win over Marist #MAACLAX pic.twitter.com/8fVxkOyNmW— MAAC Sports (@MAACSports) April 3, 2017
MLAX: DeVito scored two goals & recorded an assist in his first career start for @QU_MLAX. Bobcats defeated Manhattan 12-6. #MAACLAX pic.twitter.com/fjTOsb2oVa— MAAC Sports (@MAACSports) April 3, 2017
Official weekly @NECsports honorees...— necmlax (@necmlax) April 3, 2017
PLAYER: Bryce Jurk, SHU
DEFENSE: Alex Heger, RMU
ROOKIE: Brooks Dutton, SHU #Week8 pic.twitter.com/ue9Reqd1hM
Congrats to this week's @Corvias award winners! pic.twitter.com/iXes7A24qv— Patriot League MLAX (@PL_MLAX) April 3, 2017
BOSS Kevin McKeown talked about building the Binghamton program before the season started.
Prior to the season, we talked to @BinghamtonMLAX's @CoachMcKeown10 about building a program, which is now ranked No. 20 in the country pic.twitter.com/dyopVglkWM— America East (@AmericaEast) April 3, 2017
HIT THE BOOKS, CLEVELAND STATE!
Impromptu airport study hall. pic.twitter.com/ZRczusSMJY— CSU Lacrosse (@CSUVikingsLax) April 3, 2017
The Phillies are on track to go 162-0 with a 4-3 over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday.
North Carolina avenged their heartbreaking loss to Villanova last year and defeated Gonzaga, 71-65, to win their sixth NCAA National Championship.
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