Championship Weekend always kicks off with the four Division I men’s lacrosse teams practicing at the site of the Memorial Day Weekend games, along with some media members getting some quotes from players and coaches.
Count me as one of them.
Joe and Marisa were grinding elsewhere, so I had the fun duty of watching practices, talking to other members of the media (that included a discussion on eyeblack with Mark Dixon), and interviewing players and coaches. And seeing Bill Belichick. Below were some of the best moments from the day:
Towson FOGO Alex Woodall was still wearing his hamstring brace-thing today.
Also seeing Alex Woodall still wearing that brace-like thing wrapped around his left leg. Had it last week against Syracuse. 9-19 on FOs. pic.twitter.com/l67s4AcIVs— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) May 26, 2017
Here’s a better look at his doohickey at the bottom right.
The Tigers looked pretty good shooting the ball.
They were also bumping some sick beats (easily the best from any team today).
Good news: We won’t have something related to tampering of the balls at Gillette!
I can confirm: The lacrosse balls here have not been tampered with. pic.twitter.com/UkHVl3PX3i— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) May 26, 2017
Although they are just Towson’s practice balls, so we might have to double-check tomorrow.
We also found out who will star in Season 3 of True Detective (h/t Tom Peace)!
I am the youngest and happiest lacrosse reporter on the face of the Earth. pic.twitter.com/6QCEVCJInk— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) May 26, 2017
And defenseman Sid Ewell showed off his rusty soccer skills to some of his teammates.
WE GOT A CHALLENGER!
And the team’s getting honored in Baltimore on Monday!
Take a look at a couple of previews from the Towson Sports Network:
They’re used to this.
Quint Kessenich has a report on the new playing surface:
You’ll see plenty of pellets this weekend, that’s for sure. Unlike the past two seasons in Philly, the playing surface, which is synthetic turf, won’t show any dirt spots.
Everybody WILL know our name...— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) May 26, 2017
CHEERS to Final Four weekend in Boston! https://t.co/KcIs5011k6
When players were doing their media obligations, they got some extra support from a couple of guys.
Two of their top players got some recognition as well.
JUST IN: Matt Rambo earns Enners Most Outstanding Player, Tim Muller earns Schmeisser Best Defensive Player!https://t.co/W9rea4Ggyy— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) May 26, 2017
And a great story in The Undefeated by Martenzie Johnson about Isaiah Davis-Allen.
He’s most concerned about his team finally getting over the championship hump this weekend after coming up short the past two seasons. Fittingly, they will be at Gillette Stadium — home of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
He’s also thinking about the almost two dozen kids in the DMV watching his every move.
Since Davis-Allen was a student at the private St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes prep high school in Northern Virginia, he’s coached and mentored boys of color. He’s split his time between two Prince George’s County recreational and club teams, PG Pride and Prince George’s Lacrosse Club, as well as a Virginia-based lacrosse camp, Blackwolf. He has also volunteered with local Prince George’s high schools, which added varsity-level lacrosse for the first time in 2016, and the Springfield South County Youth Club, which he was a member of as a child.
Davis-Allen, who’s played lacrosse since he was in the seventh grade, understands that having a stern and loving coach can positively mold an impressionable kid playing sports.
“I was blessed to have a bunch of great coaches growing up, whether it was hockey or football or swimming,” he said. “I saw the impact that a great coach can have on a person’s life, so I kind of wanted to be that role model for younger kids coming up through the system.”
A short break here because BY GAWD, THAT’S BEN DELUCA’S & JOE AMPLO’S MUSIC!
Ohio State taking the field for practice, with Denver just getting of their bus.
Nick Myers being a savage, as always.
We got a look at Buckeye practice:
And Ohio State’s blonde hair!
I love the exclusive looks at what the players have to deal with (besides myself)!
They got some love from back in Columbus!
AND IN KENYA!
With a special guest: RIT!
A few notes that might be big in tomorrow’s games:
Couple notes from walkthroughs: OSU SSDM Terefenko did not practice, Denver LSM Mayle did. @Inside_Lacrosse— Christian Swezey (@SwezeyLacrosse) May 26, 2017
Something that was really new was that as each team got off their bus, there was a police officer and a bomb sniffing dog waiting for the players to place their bags along the side of the bus. The dog sniffed the bags while the players watched, and there was also an officer to check the inside of the bus as well. Definitely a good idea to make sure the safety of everyone is not threatened.
College Crosse TV
We got some video interviews to show you as well! Players, coaches, and a surprise guest at the end!
College Crosse TV At The 2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championships: Towson
College Crosse TV is back! We spoke with a few members of the Towson Lacrosse team!Posted by College Crosse on Friday, May 26, 2017
College Crosse TV At The 2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championships: Mar...
Our next episode of College Crosse TV features Dan Morris and John Tillman of Maryland Men's Lacrosse!Posted by College Crosse on Friday, May 26, 2017
College Crosse TV At The 2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championships: Ohi...
Our third episode from today's practices include members of Ohio State University Men's Lacrosse. And blondes do have fun!Posted by College Crosse on Friday, May 26, 2017
College Crosse TV At The 2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championships: Denver
#CollegeCrosseTV spent some time with two young studs from DU Men's Lacrosse, along with their bus driver (who's from Philly but didn't like my hat!)Posted by College Crosse on Friday, May 26, 2017
College Crosse TV At The 2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championships: Del...
BONUS #CollegeCrosseTV Episode! We found new University of Delaware Men's Lacrosse head coach Ben DeLuca decked out in blue and interviewed him!Posted by College Crosse on Friday, May 26, 2017
What are they talking about? pic.twitter.com/cKifMyCp6q— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) May 26, 2017
When she says she likes lacrosse guys more than football guys. pic.twitter.com/KhhoQjztUJ— College Crosse (@SexyTimeLax) May 26, 2017
BOSS Myers: Yea, I think Tre Leclaire used to play football in high school. Why do you ask?— College Crosse (@SexyTimeLax) May 26, 2017
BOSS Belichick: *Mumbles indecipherably* pic.twitter.com/r28gN7ZKhU
One final note: We would like to mention that the Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl.
We’ll have plenty more stuff this weekend!