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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thank you for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for May 31, 2017.

What You Missed

We have a new Crossecast up, which includes the greatest intro in the history of this podcast.

My thoughts from Championship Monday and from the overall Tournament.

Matt Rambo’s lacrosse career isn’t over. He’s got MLL duties with the Charlotte Hounds, and his game will translate easier into the pros.

Maryland returned home for their celebration.

Lacrosse The Nation

In case you missed my tweets from Monday, one of the trainers for the Maryland Terrapins got engaged after the win!

UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora is excited for his son, Ryder Mora, to be a Terp next year! He’ll be a midfielder coming from Loyola-Los Angeles.

And a great story by Scott Allen of The Washington Post about Fionn Crimmins!

Last week, Maryland Coach John Tillman told Conor [Crimmins] that it was important Fionn make the trip to Foxborough for the Final Four. Conor used airline miles to book a trip for Saturday’s semifinal game and vowed that he and Fionn would return if Maryland advanced to the championship game.

“We really feel like he’s a part of our team,” Tillman said. “The guys love seeing him and having him around. He’s developed some really strong relationships. Our team is better when he’s here and when he’s part of it. Just his energy, his passion, his joy that he brings is special. I know he always makes the guys smile, and I think it does give us a lift.”

During the fourth quarter of Monday’s game, Maryland assistant media relations director Sean Ellenby lifted Fionn from the stands and onto the field, where he watched the final two minutes of the Terrapins’ historic victory. “He’s part of our team,” Ellenby explained to the Gillette Stadium security officer who was controlling access to the field.

During the postgame celebration, Fionn, who wore his No. 1 Matt Rambo jersey and Maryland flag shorts, received a championship cap and got to cut a piece of the net. He exchanged more high-fives with Maryland players and posed for photos with the team on the field. Sophomore Tim Monahan gave him his stick.

“It was truly special,” Conor said while waiting to catch a delayed flight home with Fionn from Logan Airport on Monday night. “Just seeing them in a similar position last year, it was nice to see them shed that curse or whatever you want to call it.”

GET MONEY! Maryland’s also getting bonuses from Under Armour after winning both lacrosse titles.

Meanwhile for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Nick Myers, Jt Blubaugh, and Tom Carey discuss their season.

You have to read Anish Shroff’s post about why May 29 is very important to him.

Current Atlanta Blaze long stick midfielder Scott Ratliff discussed his journey in the sport in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

I would come to find that my goal would be much more difficult to achieve than I thought. Foremost, I was from Atlanta and despite my legacy as the son of an All-American, no college program wanted me. Atlanta was not known for producing blue-chip lacrosse athletes, no matter whose son I was.

As my vision of playing lacrosse at Maryland slowly diminished, my focus changed. I determined to prove everyone wrong. The kid from Atlanta could play and my goals changed to reflect that: become an All-American at a Division I program somewhere and be a two-time captain at that program.

It wasn’t long before I found a school willing to bet on me. I headed for Loyola University in Baltimore. And even though I was almost 600 miles away, the spirit and support of Atlanta never left me.

My junior year we finished the regular season 14-1 and ranked No. 1 in the country. And I was named team co-captain.

Towson’s on their way to Ireland!

Harvard Crimson senior Luke Mendola wrote about what it meant to be at the school and on the lacrosse team.

Playing on the lacrosse team over the last four years has also taught me how making the right decisions in the classroom and my life outside the lacrosse team positively impacts my play on the field. It’s easy to make excuses as an athlete for not being part of more communities outside your team or for not doing as much schoolwork as our peers. And trust me I have certainly been a culprit of making said excuses. Albeit, every time I find myself giving an honest effort to all aspects of my life, I find that I feel better, healthier, more fulfilled, and have more clarity on the field. Working hard so you’re able to feel confident about your life outside of the team allows you to fully dedicate yourself to your craft when you make the walk over the river and into the locker room.

Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun has part two of his premature top 20 rankings.

13. Ohio State (16-5; NCAA final)

Losses: Five starters, including the entire midfield of Johnny Pearson (26 G, 7 A), J.T. Blubaugh (16 G, 2 A), and Tyler Pfister (9 G, 5 A).

Returns: Five starters, including the entire close defense of juniors Ben Randall (50 GB, 13 CT) and Erik Evans (28 GB, 16 CT) and sophomore Matt Borges (15 GB, 6 CT).

Reason for pessimism: The graduation of goalkeeper Tom Carey (8.32 GAA, .547 save percentage) and faceoff specialist Jake Withers (64.7 percent on 275 of 425, 159 GB, 5 G, 6 A) leaves the team exposed up the middle.

Reason for optimism: An offense that scored 11.3 goals per game should be in capable hands with freshman attackman Tre Leclaire (49 G, 16 A) and sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski (16 G, 11 A).

Shoutout to The Pit!

Philly Jawns

The first nonstop flight from Philadelphia to Reykjavik, Iceland made a stop in Boston due to mechanical issues.

World News

Life comes at you fast: Scott Pelley is out as the anchor of the CBS Evening News.

Video of the Day

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