GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD AFTERNOON, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for July 21, 2017.
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Lacrosse The Nation
This past May, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics announced $3.55 million in gifts for a new lacrosse stadium on the University Park campus. Ken Panzer, a 1982 Penn State graduate, and his long-time business partner at Douglas Emmett, Jordan Kaplan, committed a gift of $3.55 million to launch construction that will transform the current field into a world-class stadium. A former co-captain of the Penn State men’s lacrosse team, Panzer has a long-standing history of giving to the Nittany Lions’ program.
Additional Penn State lacrosse alumni and donors made gifts for the venue totaling $2 million, bringing the philanthropy total for the project to $5.6 million.
Panzer Stadium, which will be constructed in the same location as the Penn State Lacrosse Field, will include the following features and capabilities:
Expanded stadium-style seating for up to 1,300, significantly growing the permanent seating capacity and options available to fans.
Greater comfort and convenience for fans with permanent concessions, more accessible bathrooms and a ticket office.
A press box above the new seating with full broadcasting capabilities for television and radio facilitating coverage on the Big Ten Network and ESPN.
A multi-purpose room overlooking the field to be used for a variety of lacrosse-related events.
Speaking of new facilities, there’s new turf at Al-Marzook Field, the home of the Hartford Hawks.
And new Michigan Wolverines head coach Kevin Conry got a tour of his new team’s new home.
Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun got an interview with the ex-Terp:
With Maryland fresh off of winning the national title and with the defense expected to return four of seven starters, what made this the right time to move to Michigan?
When you make a move and you look around, I think timing is important, but it’s also the opportunities that are in front of you. I think when Michigan became available, regardless of what was happening at Maryland, I saw a special opportunity there. I felt like I was ready to be a head coach, and I wanted to challenge myself in another avenue where I could lead a program and take it to the next level. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and when it became available, I just wanted to check it out. I wanted to come out here and see what Michigan was all about. I had heard so many unbelievable things about it from the people who have been at Michigan, and everything they say is true and then some. The town itself, the facilities here on campus, the people in the community, it’s a special place here, and I’m really excited to kind of take the reins and move it forward.
Do you have a benchmark for the 2018 season?
I try not to think that far ahead. I’m trying to think about today and getting the guys organized for their first day. We’re going to take it day by day and not worry about the endgame, but we’re going to be really focused on the journey. For us, if we look too far ahead, then we’re going to miss something important and those little details are going to make us successful. So I’m not really focusing on the endgame. We’re more focused on the first workout, the first individual session, the first meeting. If we can focus on the first day and the first workout and the first aspect of every workout, the endgame will work itself out. So that’s more of the message for us.
As for his former team, many members of the Maryland Terrapins were at the Bayhawks game last night:
Head coach John Tillman mentioned the large number of alums in pro lacrosse.
A great profile of the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League from Rod Mackey of KUSA in Denver.
This is another chance for the DU stars to play with teammates and against teammates and in the case of Trevor Baptiste, Connor Donahue and Zach Runberg to play against roommates as well.
"There is a lot of chirping going on," admitted DU Captain Connor Donahue. "The great thing though is once we come off we're best friends again."
On Wednesday night Runberg played against both Donahue and Baptiste and Runberg said they don't take it easy on him. "I think he probably goes at me harder for being his roommate."
Baptiste agreed adding, "I can't let him score on me, but it's all fun."
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Rogers turned down offers from Western Michigan and West Virginia last cycle, instead deciding to stick to his initial plan of taking a postgraduate year at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. Ever since, he's been making waves in the college football recruiting scene.
Rogers has already camped at Alabama, Penn State, Colorado, Syracuse, West Virginia, Boston College and Connecticut this summer and heads to Ohio State on Friday.
New Hampshire is the only school to offer him as a Class of 2018 prospect thus far, but Rogers believes it's only a matter of time before the bigger dominoes start to fall.
"I had a private meeting with (Alabama head) coach (Nick) Saban," Rogers said. "He said, 'You performed very, very well at our camp. We had you at three different positions (DE/OLB/TE) and it's hard to find a guy who can do that.'
"Coach Saban was saying how he's definitely going to be watching my first games at Avon and they're very interested in me."
He’s the son of current Orange assistant coach Lelan Rogers. The article also mentions that there’s still a chance he could play lacrosse at SU. Kid does have game, and I know that for sure.
Two Long Island BOSSES came together last night.
The Bitter Lacrosse Tournament in Vermont is causing cell phone network service to jam up and cause problems for many, notes Caleigh Cross of the Stowe Reporter.
Caleb Magoon, who owns Power Play Sports in Morrisville, was at the tournament with four booths set up to sell gear.
He said that, while he could make a phone call, he couldn’t text photos or use data on his phone, and his customers were experiencing similar challenges.
“We had credit card processing. We had a really difficult time making it work,” Magoon said. “It was slow, so slow that, when we’re running a credit card, it was timing out. You have to swipe it three or four times to get it to go, and there were some that wouldn’t go.”
His customers were patient with him, and some had cash, which helped, but “some of them were obviously complaining, ‘Oh, I can’t send this photo of my kid playing lacrosse,’” Magoon said. “You could not load a Facebook page.”
The NLL announced their dates for their combine and 2018 NLL Draft.
This is beautiful.
Plenty of news. First, and it’s breaking: Sean Spicer has resigned as White House Press Secretary. He resigned after Anthony Scaramucci accepted a position as the White House communications director. Scaramucci’s son is an LSM from Manhasset and will attend Sacred Heart in the fall.
OJ Simpson has been granted parole.
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington committed suicide yesterday morning. He was 41. He suffered from drug and alcohol problems, as well as other problems when he was younger. The band was big during my tween-teen years, especially with the Transformers movies coming out.
Video of the Day
In honor of Linkin Park, the band released a music video for the song Talking To Myself yesterday.
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