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College Crosse Prospectus: Former Harvard Defenseman Transfers To Johns Hopkins

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for July 27, 2017.

What You Missed

We recapped the Big Ten’s season, which was the best conference in 2017.

Part of the Port Washington Boulevard will be renamed to honor Sergeant James John Reagan, who played lacrosse with the Duke Blue Devils before he became an Army Ranger.

Lacrosse The Nation

We’ll begin with transfer news. Per Tom Peace, former Harvard Crimson defenseman/LSM Marc Pion is transferring to Johns Hopkins for next season. The former IMG Academy graduate and Under Armour All-American will have three years of eligibility left, and is looking for a fourth as well, according to Peace. He never played for the Crimson after suffering foot injuries the past two seasons.

Outside of lacrosse at Harvard, he was also a research assistant for the university’s Football Players Health Study, according to his LinkedIn page. Safe to say Hopkins was a pretty good pick for him.

An updated player movement tracker is below:

2017 College Crosse Player Movement Tracker

Player Position Old School New School
Player Position Old School New School
Gabe Anderson Defense/LSM Mercer Boston Univeristy
Matt Barrett Goaltender Virginia Villanova
Will Beecham Midfield/FOGO Mercer Cornell
Logan Bradford Defense Cleveland State Mercer
Kyle Buser Midfield/FOGO Richmond Merchant Marine Academy (D3)
Tyler Canto Goaltender UMass Lowell Towson
Jean-Luc Chetner Midfield Richmond Towson
Peter Conley Attack/Midfield Georgetown Duke
Seth DeLisle Midfield/FOGO Nazareth (D3) Syracuse
Adam Dickson Midfield Ohio Valley (D2) High Point
Hunter Duford Midfield VMI Belmont Abbey (D2)
Luke Fromert Attack Mercer Towson
Connor Harryman Midfield/FOGO Towson Rutgers
Alex Ives Midfield St. Joe's Colgate
Daniel Lanham Midfield/FOGO St. Joseph's Drexel
Matt Lanigan Goaltender Holy Cross Washington & Lee (D3)
Sean Lattimore Attack Onondaga CC Jacksonville
Brendan Luu Midfield/FOGO Colgate Hofstra
Patrick Marks Midfield Rutgers Mercer
Domenic Massimilian Midfield/FOGO Cornell Georgetown?
Matt McIlroy Defense Denver Maryland
Brody McLean Attack Stony Brook Towson
Will McNamara Midfield Virginia St. Joe's
Timmy Monahan Attack Maryland Towson
Alex Morris Midfield Ohio State Richmond
Ryan Ozsvath Attack Stony Brook Ithaca (D3)
Jake Pehlke Defense Monmouth Virginia
Brian Philbin Defense Mount St. Mary's Hofstra
Zach Pinney Defense Onondaga CC Maryland
Marc Pion Defense Harvard Johns Hopkins
Kane Randolph Defense Penn State Towson
Jack Rusbuldt Goaltender Penn State Richmond
Grainger Sasso LSM Onondaga CC Cornell
Justin Schwenk Midfield/FOGO Monmouth Virginia
Devin Shewell Attack Syracuse Loyola
Kai Storrs Defense Maryland Marquette
Drew Supinski Midfield Johns Hopkins Notre Dame
Gale Thorpe Attack Syracuse Ohio State
Alex Tumminello Midfield Maryland Lehigh
Connor Tuturice Defense LIU Post (D2) Monmouth
Logan Wisnauskas Attack Syracuse Maryland

The Boston University Terriers have officially named Max Silberlicht as their new assistant coach.

Silberlicht joins the Terriers after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Bowdoin. He helped guide the Polar Bears to four winning seasons during his tenure there, including back-to-back 10-win campaigns over the last two years.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Max to the Terrier lacrosse family," [Ryan] Polley said. "His passion for coaching was evident during his interview process and we feel confident that we are adding one of the best young assistants in the game to our program. His five years at Bowdoin have prepared him well to help us recruit the highest-caliber student-athletes to Boston University and continue to compete at the highest level in the Patriot League. Max's tireless work ethic and competitive nature make him a perfect fit for our staff."

Silberlicht will be responsible for coaching the Terrier goalkeepers and assisting with the defense. Under Silberlicht's guidance, four Bowdoin players earned USILA All-America accolades this past season, including goalkeeper Peter Mumford. In addition, three Polar Bears received All-New England honors.

Prior to his role at Bowdoin, Silberlicht began his coaching career at Lynchburg College in Virginia. He served two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Hornets before joining Bowdoin in the summer of 2012.

Bill Alden of Princeton Town Topics writes on the progress of former Princeton Day School alum and current Cornell Big Red sophomore Connor Fletcher.

While Fletcher enjoyed being a three-sport athlete at PDS, competing in soccer and hockey along with lacrosse, he was ready to channel his efforts into lax at the next level.

“I do miss the other sports like soccer and hockey,” said the 6’3, 225-pound Fletcher, whose 22 goals and 32 points are the sixth most ever scored by a Big Red freshman.

“It was neat to be able to focus on lacrosse all year round and see what kind of a difference that makes in my progression of skills when I have the ability to play every single day. Being able to play the game year round with kids who are phenomenal players helped my overall stick skills and lacrosse IQ.”

Fletcher’s lax IQ was tested when he was moved to attack early in the season.

“I had been used to playing midfield at the high school level and the club level, and trying to transition those skills from high school to college was difficult,” said Fletcher.

“Then I had to switch my whole position and adapt to the college level so that was a challenge in itself. It was easier with the coaching staff around me. They did a lot of extra work with me, they were always available so that was really helpful.”

Monmouth Stadium is that much closer to hosting Monmouth Hawks games:

Division III news: Former Maryland Terrapins goaltender and La Salle College High School product Niko Amato is the new head coach of the Immaculata men’s lacrosse team.

"I am pleased to welcome Niko Amato to Immaculata University," [Janelle] Cronmiller said. "We are extremely excited to have Niko join the department as a leader and mentor for both our men's lacrosse team and intramural program. Niko has a niche for finding and developing talent and will bring great energy to his new roles."

Most recently at NCAA Division II Chestnut Hill for the last three years, Amato was responsible for all defensive game and practice plans, managing defensive player personnel and playing time, defensive film breakdown, and scouting opposing team's offenses.

Amato mentored four Griffins defensive players to All-East Coast Conference (ECC) honors, and Chestnut Hill's goalkeeper earned USILA/Nike Division II All-America Third Team, ECC Goalkeeper of the Year, First Team All-ECC in 2017. In the classroom, the Griffin's goalkeeper was named the ECC 2016-17 Scholar-Athlete for men's lacrosse, and he was a 2017 USILA/Nike Division II Scholar All-American.

"I am extremely excited for the future of the Immaculata University men's lacrosse program," Amato said. "I am honored to join and represent such a storied school. I can't thank the University enough for having the faith in me to continue to build the Immaculata lacrosse program, and I cannot wait to get to work!"

Who needs diplomats! Washington state’s Mercer Island high school team is heading over to Russia for two weeks for clinics and games against local players. Matt Hamilton of US Lacrosse Magazine has more.

“This Russia trip is the next evolution in what we’ve been doing for 15 years,” [Ian] O’Hearn said. “They’re going to this part of the world, especially now with the political scene that’s taboo. … This is a country that’s been around for thousands and thousands of years, has amazing culture, and we’ll get to talk to people on the ground and not just see from people in the media.”

When Mercer Island arrives in Russia, it will be welcomed by the Russian Lacrosse Federation, which also has grown steadily since 2007. That’s when the Moscow Rebels club team was founded by American coach David Diamonon and the St. Petersburg White Knights by Russian student Dmitry Petrov.

The Russian teams, at the beginning, mostly were comprised of expats from the United States, Japan and Australia, among other countries. The teams played against each other in Russia until 2013, when a Russian team competed in the Turkey Lacrosse Championship — its first international competition.

Russia debuted in the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver, where some Mercer Island players were on hand. With so much activity around the world, more Russians became interested in the sport.

The team also has a video on this:

Inside Lacrosse’s Matt Kinnear has a great story on the growth and development of American box lacrosse players in the CCBLL.

[Matt] Brown wants to see that continue to grow, and for it to continue to feed and help boost the sport from youth to professional. He’s played in both Major League Lacrosse and National League Lacrosse, and he sees the CCBLL as a way to aid NLL’s ambitious growth goals.

“If you’ve ever played in both leagues, you want nothing more than to see both of them really succeed. With a little bit of new leadership in NLL, I like how aggressive they’re being and the direction they’re talking about expanding. We need our professional leagues to continue to be better,” Brown says. “If we want to continue to put out a good product, to continue to grow viewership, we’re going to need the American-born players to be a big part of this growth.”

Year 1 will be in the books next week, and it is a model that is replicable in other areas of the country. Expansion will happen, but Brown said quality control is a must before rushing into anything.

One team will be hoisting the Morrow Cup next week — named for Warrior founder Dave Morrow. The community in Denver that has supported the league will be there.

The US Men’s National Soccer Team defeated Jamaica, 2-1, in last night’s thrilling Gold Cup Final. Head coach Bruce Arena played lacrosse for Cornell.

Check out the rosters for the MLL Legends Alumni Game up in Lake Placid! Guys such as Gary Gait, Casey Powell, and Shawn Nadelen are playing.

This is a cool find by Anish Shroff, when he was calling games for WAER, Syracuse’s radio station:

Learn more about Anthony Scaramucci’s son, Anthony Scaramucci Jr., who is a long stick midfielder and committed to play lacrosse for the Sacred Heart Pioneers in this article by Sarah Friedmann.

Anthony Jr. attended Manhasset High School, a top-rated six-year public high school with over 1,000 students enrolled. During his time at Manhasset High, Anthony Jr. played on the lacrosse team as a long stick midfielder, according to the lacrosse website, Lax Lessons. Not to mention, Scaramucci appears to be a fan of watching his son play, as he previously uploaded footage on his son on the playing field to his vine account.

Anthony Jr. graduated from high school this year. According to the New York Post, Scaramucci recently threw an elaborate graduation party for his son at Midtown’s Hunt & Fish Club steakhouse, of which he is co-owner. The Post reported that he hired DJ Clue and French Montana to provide musical entertainment for the celebration.

According to the Connecticut Post, Anthony Jr. will continue to play lacrosse in college, which he will begin this fall. The younger Scaramucci is enrolled at Sacred Heart University, a private school in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he will play for the university's Pioneers.

The Connecticut Post also reported that the elder Scaramucci appeared to reference his son's college plans on Twitter last weekend, when he tweeted a photo of a graduation cake with the Sacred Heart shield on it, alongside a graduation cap, diploma, and Anthony Jr.'s lacrosse jersey. However, the tweet has since been deleted, possibly as a part of Scaramucci's recent Twitter purge, in which he indicated that he would be deleting some old tweets so they would not be a "distraction" from his new job as White House communications director.


Philly Jawns

The Philadelphia Eagles released, wait no, traded, Allen Barbre to the Denver Broncos for a late 2019 conditional pick. They also released Marcus Smith.

The Philadelphia Phillies also traded Pat Neshek to the Colorado Rockies for three prospects. One of them is JD Hammer, and he looks like a grown up version of Squints.

There was a fight at SIPS last night. Most of these people don’t even work in Philadelphia, but commute there every Wednesday. Some don’t even work.

World News

Coca-Cola is replacing Coke Zero with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

Video of the Day

The latest version of Carpool Karaoke with Usher!

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