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College Crosse Prospectus - June 19, 2017: Conference Realignment; MLL Rookies Update.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for June 19, 2017.

College Crosse News.

I wrote a long piece on conference realignment yesterday, with lots of takes on where I think Utah, Cleveland St., St. Bonaventure, NJIT, & Hampton (And Hopkins) could go in the near future.

Nothing gets college sports enthusiasts going like conference realignment talk. It’s an evergreen topic, right up there with whether or not to pay college football and basketball players (#PayThePlayers) or ranking all-time player debates. Everyone’s got a take ready to go when it comes to conference realignment.
Nationally things have quieted down for the most part bit since Maryland, Rutgers, and Johns Hopkins announced that they were going to the Big Ten. Nevertheless, the topic always hangs over college sports like a morning fog in a seaport city: sometimes it’s barely there, while other times it blankets the entire area.
Lacrosse is not immune to constant conference reshuffling (or the banter that comes along with it). Indeed, today we have 9 conferences and the ACC, in 2014 we had 10 conferences (The only season with a 6-team ACC) but no Big Ten or SoCon (R.I.P. Atlantic Sun & ECAC), in 2012 we had 8 conferences & the ACC, and ten years ago we had seven conferences, plus the ACC, AND Syracuse + Hopkins were the only two independents, boy, those were the days, amirite?! (Shout out to the GWLL!!)

I totally support this, 100%!!

The Kid Chris wrote a great Week 9 update on the MLL rookie class of 2017.

Week 9 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! Charlotte Hounds @ Chesapeake Bayhawks The Hounds held on for a 15-14 victory over the Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Here are the rookies that played for the Bayhawks:

Josh Byrne (Hofstra Pride): 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots on goal, 1 ground ball

Isaiah Davis-Allen (Maryland Terrapins): 1 assist, 4 ground balls

Chris Fennell (Navy Midshipmen): 3 ground balls

Jake Froccaro (Villanova Wildcats): 3 goals, 5 shots on goal, 1 ground ball

Colin Heacock (Maryland): 2 goals, 4 shots on goal

Matt Rees (Navy): 1 ground ball

Ben Williams (Syracuse Orange): 16-of-33 on face-off draws, 7 ground balls

Bad day for the flagship Wawa on Broad St.

Former lacrosse BALLER & Broncos rookie Garett Bolles did the ceremonial pre-game faceoff before the Outlaws game.

In addition to football, the Denver Broncos No. 1 draft pick Garett Bolles played lacrosse growing up. On Saturday he got to take a few shots on goal with the Denver Outlaws. Bolles was invited to be part of the ceremonial pre-game faceoff before the Outlaws game.

Shout out to the Canisius women’s program!!

There is no rest for the juggernaut Canisius College women’s lacrosse team. The Golden Griffins, who made their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years in May, have a big summer ahead. Coach Scott Teeter and star Erica Evans will represent Canada in both the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England July 12-22 and in the World Games in Poland July 27-30. Evans, who finished second in the nation in goals per game, will return for her senior year next season. “We’re excited,” said Teeter. “We only lost two starters and three girls off our roster. We have an incoming class of nine right now that we feel good about. And we had a lot of players who got valuable minutes who are ready to take bigger roles.”

What’s Up, Philly?

The Sixers are (probably) getting the #1 pick today!!!

WITH THE finalization of the trade with Boston that will garner the No. 1 pick for the 76ers in Thursday's draft expected to be announced sometime Monday, it's as good a time as any to start taking a look at the roster: Who may fall into what role and who may not be in the plans moving forward. In Markelle Fultz, the Sixers get a 6-5 point guard with tremendous scoring ability, terrific court awareness and a fondness for getting the ball out on the break - all skills that coach Brett Brown wants in a player. How he'll fit and with whom is the question.

World/National News.

Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13 billion dollars.

For anyone in the business of selling, supplying or hauling groceries: Things just got real. Amazon.com's $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods instantly makes it a major player in the U.S. grocery industry and that leaves a lot for shoppers, retailers and other companies involved in the industry to chew on. The online seller is bringing its firepower to a grocery industry plagued by razor-thin profit margins. The move could slice into profits for food manufacturers, other supermarket chains such as the nation's largest by market share, Kroger, and behemoths like Walmart, which is currently the biggest seller of groceries in the U.S. with more than one-quarter of the market, according to Euromonitor. It also potentially creates a challenge for companies that deliver groceries such as Fresh Direct and Peapod, and ready-to-cook ingredients and recipes to customers' doors, like Blue Apron and Sun Basket.

Your GIF for June 19, 2017.

I wish this pup won the US Open yesterday.

That’s it for today!! I’ll see you out there!! Make sure you follow us on social media!

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