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College Crosse Prospectus - May 22, 2017: Maryland Over Albany; Towson Defeats Syracuse.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for May 22, 2017.

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The Terps beat Albany yesterday to reach the Final Four for the 4th straight time.

Postgame TerpTalk.

Shout out to Towson for their first trip to the Final Four since 2001.

Even with a six-goal lead at the half, Towson goalie Matt Hoy wasn’t about to ease up or allow his teammates to take time off. He was paranoid. No. 2-seeded Syracuse had earned nine of its 13 wins by one goal and was the comeback team of 2017 men's college lacrosse season. “Guys were yelling at each that they don’t hand out trophies at halftime,” Hoy said. “I was paranoid at the half and trying to keep the defense mentally engaged. We couldn’t let up because they could hit the switch at any time and make that run.” Syracuse never did and the Tigers prevailed, 10-7, in an NCAA Division I quarterfinal Sunday, earning their first appearance in the national semifinals since 2001.

Our man @Orangelax with a very nice postgame post on Troy Nunes.

With the Syracuse loss, this is the first time since 2004 when the ACC will not be represented at Championship Weekend.

First, I have to give credit where credit is due. Towson’s defense was suffocating. The Tigers gave up one goal and one assist to the best midfield tandem in the country of Sergio Salcido and Nick Mariano. In net, Matt Hoy stood on his head all day with 12 saves, many of which were absolutely spectacular. Offensively, Joe Seider killed it from deep with four goals.

Such a disappointing game from a team that’s been so much fun to watch. The issues were many for this team today but personally it looked like the Orange never really had their heads in the game. We saw mistake after mistake all day. But how about this, Towson had seven extra man opportunities and four more man-up minutes than the Orange. A couple of them were deserved, but I have to say the only people who had a worse game than Syracuse were the referees. That being said, SU didn’t help themselves going 0-4 on the extra man opportunities.

Towson vs. Syracuse highlights.

Syracuse’s postgame press conference.

Rough headline: Towson defense 'absolutely crushed it' in ripping heart out of Syracuse lacrosse.

The Towson lacrosse team wasn't about to blink as it assessed its strategy for upsetting Syracuse in a NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game Sunday. All-American midfielders Zach Goodrich, Jack Adams and Tyler Mayes had to square up against and shut down Syracuse stars Nick Mariano, Jamie Trimboli and Sergio Salcido for the Tigers to have a chance. And that's exactly what the Towson trio did, holding the Syracuse midfield group to a combined one goal in a 10-7 win over the No. 2 Orange on the campus of the University of Delaware. "We felt really confident that our defensive midfield would match up really well against them,'' said Tigers goalie Matt Hoy, who was outstanding with 12 saves. "So we just kind of focused on the finer points (of playing defense). Those guys (Goodrich, Adams and Mayes) just absolutely crushed it today.''

One other important note from yesterday, Adam, Jake, and I were correct that the Big Ten was the best conference in D1 men’s lacrosse this year.

Special shout out out to our man, Andre Bassi, for arguably the Tweet of the year.

Despite yesterday’s result, the Great Danes should be proud of their great season.

At least the University at Albany men's lacrosse team didn't suffer late-game heartbreak on Sunday like the program's three previous trips to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. That's because University of Maryland sucked the match of all its suspense with a first-half scoring barrage that ensured early the Great Danes wouldn't punch their ticket to their first Final Four. Connor Kelly scored five goals and Matt Rambo added four goals and four assists as the top-seeded Terrapins routed UAlbany 18-9 before a paid attendance of 9,711 at the University of Delaware on Sunday afternoon. "We hadn't been in that position most of the season," UAlbany coach Scott Marr said. "We had gotten off to good starts and been ahead in games. It was a different scenario for us that way. ... Honestly, they were very good. I just think they were better than us today."

Nice post here by the Portland Press Herald about what it takes to be a good lacrosse goalie.

Carter Landry flicks his right foot quickly toward the right post of the lacrosse goal. Without a flinch or hesitation, he deflects the hard rubber ball away from its intended target with his instep. “I don’t even feel it anymore,” said Landry, the senior goalie for the Gorham High boys’ lacrosse team.
It takes a special combination of quickness, game awareness and disregard for pain to be a boys’ lacrosse goalie. It’s a position most players try to avoid, considering goalies wear less equipment than other players but are asked to step in front of shots fired from crazy angles and routinely traveling upward of 70 miles per hour. “I give Carter a lot of credit for stepping in there,” said Gorham’s rugged senior defenseman, Mat Anderson. “Honestly, I’d probably be a little scared if I was in there. They’re just standing there and they’ll take the shots. You have to have another mindset if you’re going to play goalie.”

What’s Up, Philly?

It’s beer garden season!! Here’s a map and review of the best beer gardens in Philly.

Outdoor bars have become popular in recent years, as the concept of the beer garden has taken hold. The map below wraps up some of the better outdoor drinking venues, both permanent and pop-up. Note that this is not a guide to "outdoor dining," per se. It's a guide to bars. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's annual pop-up beer gardens are big draws. This year, the South Street location (near 15th Street) opened May 5 and is operated by Cantina Los Caballitos. New this year -- opening Memorial Day weekend -- will be a second pop-up location at UCity Square, on a vacant lot at 36th and Filbert Streets in University City. PHS is going for an open-air, European-style garden. Jet Wine Bar will operate the garden, with food by sibling restaurants Rex 1516 and Café Ynez.

World/National News.

“After 146 Years, Ringling Brothers Circus Takes Its Final Bow.”

The lights went up on the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus on Sunday evening to reveal 14 lions and tigers sitting in a circle, surrounding a man in a sparkling suit. It was a sight too implausible to seem real yet such an iconic piece of Americana that it was impossible to believe the show would not go on.

After 146 years, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey is closing for good, responding to a prolonged slump in ticket sales that has rendered the business unsustainable, according to its operator, Feld Entertainment. On Sunday, the circus glittered, thundered and awed beneath the booms and klieg lights of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. That there was no tent over the final show, no striped eaves from which the daring young man on the flying trapeze could hang, felt fitting. The big top was packed up, this time forever.

Your GIF for May 22, 2017: Pretty awesome view.

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