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College Crosse Prospectus - June 22, 2017: Michigan Hires Kevin Conry; New Crossecasts With Utah’s Brian Holman & St. Bonaventure’s Randy Mearns.

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

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Michigan landed the plane! After our initial report on Tuesday that the Wolverines were going to hire Kevin Conry, yesterday the University of Michigan formally announced that Conry was going to be their new men’s lacrosse head coach.

University of Michigan Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel announced today (Wednesday, June 21) the appointment of Kevin Conry as the second head coach in men's lacrosse program history. Conry arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the last five seasons at the University of Maryland as defensive coordinator and the last two as associate head coach.

"I am excited to welcome Kevin Conry to the University of Michigan," said Manuel. "Kevin has a diverse background in the Big Ten landscape, which will be a huge asset as we continue to build on the success of our program."

"My wife, daughters and I could not be more excited to join the Michigan Athletics family, and Ann Arbor community," said Conry of the appointment. "The University of Michigan represents a standard of excellence that I look forward to upholding. I would like to thank sport administrator Bitsy Ritt and athletic director Warde Manuel for their commitment to the sport of lacrosse, and this amazing opportunity to be a head coach in the best lacrosse conference in the country." Conry, who was named head coach John Tillman's top lieutenant prior to the 2016 campaign, was part of one of the most successful eras of Maryland men's lacrosse, including the Terrapins' 2017 national championship. In five seasons, he helped lead the Terps to four NCAA Final Fours and five Big Ten Conference titles.

Shout out to the GAWD, Ed Lee!

Also, shout out to our sources and The People!

We had BIG week on the Crossecast! On Tuesday we spoke with Utah head coach Brian Holman and yesterday Ryan & Chris spoke to St. Bonaventure’s new head coach Randy Mearns!

This is a great story out of Albany, NY: U.S. Lacrosse is providing a 2 year grant worth $100,000 to start up a new mentoring lacrosse program in Albany, NY.

Lacrosse has been played in New York State for centuries, and now leaders in Albany want more inner city kids to have a chance to join in on the fun. It's a collaboration between Albany, the Albany School District and the Police Athletic League. Those groups are looking to reach out to kids within the community and put a lacrosse stick in their hands.

Wonderful story about two young BALLERS out of Strawberry Mansion area in Philadelphia.

Here, the grass on the lacrosse field rises to midcalf. Each step is like dropping into quicksand, so it's a good thing these two girls can fly. One jukes imaginary defenders. The other tiptoes at freeway speeds before whooshing the ball inside an orange-lined goal.

Nadirah McRae, who goes by "Slim" -- "I got chicken thighs!" -- is wearing black and silver Nikes with tattered laces. Nadirah El-Amin Gateward, "Na," has on worn navy New Balances. The 18-year-olds can't afford cleats, not for this private April workout session at 33rd and Diamond in Strawberry Mansion, one of North Philly's most dangerous neighborhoods. And not for their games.

But they will go through you or around you or behind you to score. Like they did the night before, when each blasted in four goals against West Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker. Smacked in the neck, El-Amin Gateward fell backward to the ground, blood rushing to her head, but played the rest of the game, another Strawberry Mansion loss, this one a close call at 11-10.

Awesome post on Maryland and the search to replace Kevin Conry by our man Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun.

Since John Tillman succeeded Dave Cottle as head coach at Maryland before the 2011 season, the revolving door for assistant coaches has rarely stopped. In 2012, defensive coordinator Kevin Warne left to take over at Georgetown. Two years later, offensive coordinator Ryan Moran was hired for the same position at Loyola Maryland, where he spent two seasons before replacing head coach Don Zimmerman at UMBC. On Wednesday, defensive coordinator/associate head coach Kevin Conry agreed to assume the reins at Michigan. And that does not include the number of assistants who have departed for head coaching roles at high schools. So if you think Tillman is nervous about finding a successor to Conry, he isn’t. He found Conry to replace Warne and J.L. Reppert to replace Moran, and both men helped the Terps capture their first NCAA Division I championship since 1975, when they defeated Ohio State, 9-6, on May 29.

Look for Matt Rambo & Zoe Stukenberg on the ESPYs on July 12th!

It's been a while — well, not really — since Maryland lacrosse stars Matt Rambo and Zoe Stukenberg received an award. So it’s only natural the Terps duo earned nominations for this year’s ESPY awards after leading their respective teams to national championships over Memorial Day weekend and earning Tewaaraton Awards, given to the nation’s best male and female college lacrosse players.

Former NHL great Brendan Shanahan’s nephew got into a fight at his indoor lacrosse game.

Syracuse led the nation again in total attendance, while Maryland took the crown in average per game attendance.

The Syracuse men's lacrosse team once again took home the NCAA attendance crown, with 34,271 fans passing through Carrier Dome turnstiles this season to watch their Orange, the most of any program. 'Cuse edged Maryland by 1,241 fans with the Terps serving as the only other school to cross the 25,000 spectator mark in 2017, with 33,030 fans at their games. Johns Hopkins (24,775), Denver(24,583) and Army West Point (22,150) rounded out the top-five Maryland led the way in average attendance slightly with an average of 4,719 fans to Syracuse's 4,284. The two programs were the only two nationally with more than 4,000 average attendance, with only five schools (Maryland, 4,719; Syracuse, 4,284; Michigan, 3,762; Army West Point, 3,164; Navy, 3,000) having more than 3,000 fans in average attendance.

What’s Up, Philly?

Philly DA Seth Williams is catching more Ls than Chipotle.

For a bedridden octogenarian confined to a Darby Borough nursing home, Imelda Williams’ spending habits appeared to be as varied as they were unusual. Her bank records indicated she was a frequent patron of clothing shops like Old Navy and Juicy Couture. She regularly paid dues to the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and once cut a check to Pennsylvania State University with “WE ARE” scrawled in the memo line. But with an exhaustive review of her financial records Wednesday, federal prosecutors sought to lay the blame for Williams’ free hand with her pocketbook squarely at the feet of her 50-year-old son, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

World/National News.

No one does headlines like the Daily Mail: “Superstitious villagers living in fear after sheep gives birth to 'half-human half-beast' creature that was 'sent by the devil'“

Superstitious villagers have been living in fear since a sheep gave birth to this creature that was said by elders to be half-human half-beast and 'sent by the devil'. Many of the 4,000 residents and farmers of Lady Frere in Eastern Province, South Africa, were convinced that bestiality and witchcraft had led to the birth of the creature. The panic got so great that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development sent out experts to carry out tests after pictures of it spread like wildfire through the community.
Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi admitted that at first glance the lamb which was born dead did resemble a human being but was not part human. Dr Mrwebi said: 'We can confirm this not a hoax photo but that the severely deformed lamb was born by a sheep in Lady Frere this week which at a glance resembles a human form. 'It is not however human but a deformed stillborn lamb sired by a sheep and was subsequently infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy. 'It is worth noting that a sheep has 28 pairs of chromosomes while humans have 23 pairs which is important in dispelling the myth that a union of a sheep ovum and a human sperm can lead to a development of a viable life form.

Your GIF for June 22, 2017.

This GIF is hilarious. I haven’t stopped laughing all morning.

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