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College Crosse Prospectus - June 12, 2017: Lacrosse Is Blowing Up In Jamaica Queens; Tater Tots Welcome.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for June 12, 2017.

The Great Tater Tot Debate.

I think the answer is pretty obvious.

College Crosse News.

Jamaica Queens is New York’s newest hotbed

t’s a brand new ball game. Jamaica High School doesn’t seem like a potential hot bed for lacrosse interest, but the sport’s popularity has grown recently along with the team’s success. The squad made it to this year’s postseason for the first time in 25 years with a diverse roster of players. The sport was brought back to the school four years ago and, with the help of volunteer alumni coaches and new coach Tom Grimaldi, the Jamaica Beavers went from a development team to a full-time program. “In Jamaica, my team is predominantly African American and South Asian,” Grimaldi said. “We are bringing diversity to the game. New York City in general has been bringing diversity to the game. It is nice to see all different kids of all different backgrounds play the sport.” Lacrosse has grown with the help of CityLax, a non-profit that has been “using athletics to develop student athletes in underserved communities,” according to the organization’s website, something Grimaldi said he is thankful for.

Our man Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun with a great review & preview of the Towson Tigers.

Here is the sixth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Friday’s visit was with Loyola Maryland. Monday’s visit is with Towson, which finished 12-5 overall and 4-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
REVIEW The good: The Tigers won 12 games, tying for the second most during Shawn Nadelen’s six-year tenure as head coach and sweeping the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championships for the second consecutive season. After making its first appearance in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA tournament since 2003, the team advanced to its first semifinal appearance since 2001 where it lost, 11-10, to No. 3 seed Ohio State. The run to the final four validated what the players had articulated as a preseason objective. “That’s our ultimate goal, to get to the championship game for an opportunity to win it all, and getting to the final four was one step closer to that,” Nadelen said. “So I think of the things that went right -- the guys continued to believe and work and commit to the process and understand what it takes to be successful knowing that it was a daily process. So I really feel like that was a big piece to our success this year.”

Chris Good, Bad, & the Future series continued yesterday with a look at the SoCon.

With the offseason now in full swing, it’s time to look back at the 2017 season! We’ll dissect all the individual teams from worst to first based off my final Power Rankings later during the summer.

But first, we’ll dissect each conference and return The Good, The Bad, & The Future series. We won’t talk a ton about each team until the individual dissections, but this should be a good quick glimpse at each team. Yesterday, we did the MAAC teams. We’ll now take a look at the teams from the SoCon!

So let’s get started!

Chris also checked in on the MLL rookies in this week 8 update.

Week 8 of the Major League Lacrosse season just ended. Let’s check in with how some of the recent NCAA graduates have done in their games this week! New York Lizards @ Florida Launch For the Lizards, former Bryant Bulldogs attackman Tucker James and former North Carolina Tar Heels defenseman Austin Pifani suited up in the overtime loss. James recorded a shot on goal, while Pifani recorded a shot off cage. For the Launch, they had a total of eight rookies dress in the win. On defense, former Providence Friar Jarrod Neumann recorded a ground ball and a shot off cage, and former Maryland Terrapin Tim Muller played, but did not record a stat. But former Brown Bear Alec Tulett had the best night out of the trio with a goal on two shots on goal and three ground balls. Fellow teammate and another former Bear, Dylan Molloy, provided the assist.

We've infiltrated the ballpark: Fan tries to catch a home run ball w/lacrosse stick & nearly pulls it off.

What’s Up, Philly?

Luxury condos are popping off in Philly.

After years in Bryn Mawr, Wharton professor Peter Fader and his wife were ready to move to the city. But instead of settling for typical Philly luxury — an apartment in a Rittenhouse Square high-rise or a Delancey Street townhouse with a postage-stamp courtyard, two options that have cornered the city’s high-end market for the past few decades — they chose to buy into One Riverside, Dranoff Properties’ shiny new Fitler Square tower. And they’re not alone: The building was 80 percent sold before opening. Their choice signals a new type of luxury living in Philly. Almost a decade after the recession, Philly’s super-luxe market is more than back — it’s got a whole new look thanks to amenity-packed Manhattan-esque condo towers like One Riverside and Scannapieco Development’s 500 Walnut, projects that are redefining how the one percent live in our city.

World/National News.

51 states?!?: Most Puerto Rico voters voted for U.S. statehood.

A large majority of voters in Puerto Rico supported U.S. statehood for their island in a referendum on Sunday, according to partial results, but a low turnout and a boycott by several opposition parties called into question the validity of the non-binding vote. More than 480,000 votes were cast for statehood, more than 7,500 for free association/independence and more than 6,500 for independence, with roughly half of polling centers reporting. The participation rate was nearly 23 percent with roughly 2.26 million registered voters.

Your GIF for June 12, 2017.

She made a really nice cut there.

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