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College Crosse Prospectus - August 20, 2017: VMI Dissection; Ohio Machine Win MLL Title; Solar Eclipse Tomorrow.

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Towns In Midwest Prepare For Influx Of Tourists For Upcoming Eclipse Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for August 20, 2017.

College Crosse News.

Chris broke down the VMI Keydets in his 2017 Dissections series.

As the offseason continues, we’ll take a look back at the 2017 season for each individual team in our 2017 dissections. The individual team dissections will go in reverse order of my final Power Rankings from the end of the season. If you missed any of our team or conference recaps, you can check them out here. Our next team up are the VMI Keydets!

The Ohio Machine defeated the Denver Outlaws in the 2017 MLL title game yesterday.

The Denver Outlaws couldn’t hold a two-goal lead in the final 10 minutes and lost 17-12 to Ohio on Saturday in the championship game of Major League Lacrosse at Frisco, Texas. The Outlaws led 12-10 with 9:30 remaining before the Machine scored the game’s final seven points. Ohio turned the tables on Denver, avenging last year’s 19-18 loss in the championship.
The Outlaws played in their seventh championship game in their 12 seasons in the league. But it was their fifth loss in the title game. “When you dare to set the bar as high as we do in the Denver Outlaws organization, there’s a chance that your heart can get broken,” coach B.J. O’Hara said in a team release. “Obviously, we’re broken-hearted right now, but we’re awfully proud of the season that we had. I can’t say enough about this group of young men that we’ve put together.”

There were a reported 7,500 people at the MLL title game.

In front of 7,543 people at The Star's Ford Center in Frisco, Major League Lacrosse took center stage Saturday night. Attendees young and old, and several with lacrosse sticks, filled the lower bowl above the teams' benches to watch what would end in an Ohio Machine victory over the Denver Outlaws, 17-12.

Nice article about former UVA BALLER, Zed Williams.

On May 28 Rob Genco and Zed Williams were in two completely different mindsets. Genco, with his iPad in hand and the Twitter app open, was off-and-on refreshing his timeline waiting for Major League Lacrosse’s update on each team’s pick for the 2017 Draft. Williams, a just-graduated lacrosse player from the University of Virginia and formerly a Silver Creek Knight under Genco, was ranked high in the nine-team league’s prospect board. It was in the third round of the MLL Collegiate 2017 Draft in Boston when the Rochester Rattlers snatched Williams with its 22nd pick. It was at that moment when Genco was elated, but Williams was unphased — because he didn’t know yet. “My wife told me I was drafted. I was going to the bathroom and my wife came back and told me,” the recently married Williams said and added, “It is awesome, definitely a good feeling. I didn’t ever think I would be a professional in anything.”

Good article about SUNY Plattsburgh as they prepare for their inaugural season in 2018.

or the first time in the history of the University, women's lacrosse is coming to SUNY Plattsburgh. The Cardinals will not compete in the sport until 2019, But they have taken the next step: Bringing a head coach to campus.

That coach is Julia Decker. A Penn Yan, New York native, she's been in Plattsburgh since Sunday, August 13. The three years prior, she spent coaching at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. Now, she's finally back in her home state, the same state she played college lacrosse in.

Decker got her experience as a player at Brockport, so she knows exactly what she's signing up for. It will be a challenge, but a chance to be at the top of the Plattsburgh record books, is an opportunity she's been dreaming of.

Decker says, "If I were a recruit at this time I would be totally interested in that. You know, you're making history, you're setting records for the program. The SUNYAC conference is just so dominant in women's lacrosse, so that's been really exciting. We have goals of playing in the conference championship within five years, and really just kind of taking over."

I really like this video by Mimico Lacrosse.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

This New Jersey woman is suing American Airlines for destroying her wedding dress.

Planning a destination wedding can be an immense source of anxiety. Picking out vendors from afar, not being able to do walk-throughs before your day, dealing with the different laws and practices of a foreign country … the last thing a bride needs to worry about is getting her wedding dress safely to her destination. Especially because, theoretically, that’s the one thing she CAN control (brides are typically advised to bring the dress on board with them as one of their carry-on items).

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for former Cherry Hill resident Yewande Oteh. According to, Oteh boarded a fight from Philadelphia to Jamaica for her August 14, 2015 wedding with her dress in tow after the attendant at the ticket gate instructed her not to check it. She had been instructed at the gate to hang the dress in a closet on the flight, but, once on board, Oteh claims flight attendant Melanie Masters quickly grew hostile while instructing Oteh, who was also carrying her 9-month-old son, to instead place the dress in an overhead bin. Oteh claims she later saw Masters “open the bin with her right hand, while something was occupying her left hand.”

When the flight landed, Oteh claims the dress was soaked through with red wine and irreversibly ruined. In the lawsuit filed by Oteh’s mother and attorney Yvette Sterling, Oteh also claims that the stress over the lost gown caused her to become sick and miss wedding activities.

World/National News.

America is the best spot to catch tomorrow’s total solar eclipse.
The warning signs hang above hundreds of miles of highway, flashing the same message from Illinois to Tennessee: “SOLAR ECLIPSE. AUGUST 21. PLAN AHEAD.”

On Monday, the moon will pass in front of the sun and cast a shadow over a 70-mile-wide cross-section of the continent known as the “path of totality.” It will be the country’s first total solar eclipse in nearly 40 years, and an estimated 12 million people are expected to witness it. That estimate may well be low.
A good chunk of those people will watch from somewhere along Interstate 24. It’s a smooth, straight highway that cuts across the American heartland, passing cornfields, churches, Chik-fil-As and dozens of billboards bearing stern instructions not to leave your car to look at the sun. This is the road to totality. And already, eclipse chasers are congregating here, ready for the moon’s shadow to fall on them.

Here’s a cool National Geographic video on solar eclipses.

Your GIF for August 20, 2017.


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