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College Crosse Prospectus: Saturday In Placid; MLL Playoffs Set

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Once again from Lake Placid, New York, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for August 6, 2017.

What You Missed

One Minnesota Vikings running back is honoring one of his lacrosse playing friends by wearing his number.

The newest edition of the Little Boxes podcast is up, featuring Mineola High School head coach and Notre Dame Fighting Irish alumnus Glen Cocoman.

Lacrosse The Nation

Placid Update: Yesterday was my last day up watching the games as I’ll be leaving later this morning due to a Fantasy Hockey draft. It’s a serious thing, I’ve been a part of it since the league’s inception about four years ago.

Anyways, despite the morning rain, the afternoon was beautiful. Fields were a little slippery, but the play was still great. Today’s Men’s 18+ Gold Championship should be a good one:

Burning Orange is made up of only current Syracuse Orange players and alumni. Notable names include Nate Solomon, Stephen Rehfuss, Jamie Trimboli, Ryan Simmons, Dom Madonna, incoming freshmen Lucas Quinn and Owen Seebold, Nazareth transfer Seth DeLisle, and alumni Dominic Lamolinara, Brian Megill, Derek DeJoe (a very nice guy), and “The Phantom” Scott Firman.

Meanwhile, GMH LC is a Philadelphia based team, but they got a ton of non-Philly players to play this season. Their coach also got each player a platinum Cascade S and I think new gloves as well. Nevertheless, notable players include the White Walker Joel Tinney, Brian Balkam, Jack Concannon, Drew Schantz, Alex Roesner, Pierre Byrne, Tyler Dunn, and John Sexton.

If you’re in Placid, I recommend you watch this game.

Here were some highlights:

I also went to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and Herb Brooks Arena, the site of the Miracle On Ice, on what would have been Herb Brooks’s 80th birthday.

In other lacrosse news, the MLL regular season wrapped up last night, with the Rochester Rattlers earning a 14-13 win over the Ohio Machine to clinch the final spot in the MLL playoffs. The Rattlers will travel to Denver to play the Denver Outlaws, while the Florida Launch will face off against the Ohio Machine at Fortress Obetz in Ohio. Both games will be played next Saturday and will be streamed on Twitter.

Had the Rattlers lost, the winner of the Charlotte Hounds-New York Lizards game would have earned that playoff spot. The Lizards won that game, 17-14, but it marked the final game of Greg Gurenlian’s pro career. He went 20-of-33 (60.6%) on face-offs on the night and finished his career with 2,024 face-off wins, a league record. US Lacrosse Magazine’s Phil Shore had a nice article on The Beast from Friday.

Some of the Utah Utes participated in the latest Shootout For Soldiers event! That includes head coach Brian Holman!

Austin Candor of The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana has a great story on the Miami tribe and their stick making at a local event.

Apart from the sport's multiple meanings, [Doug] Peconge draws attention to the materials used in the process of making the stick, which includes splitting hickory wood for the base and leaving the stick in a steam box to make it more bendable.

It's no surprise that Peconge's model stands out from most that are used in today's games.

“The characteristics on that are way different than this,” said Peconge as he pointed to a newer stick lying across a park bench table. “How you pick up a ball, how you throw it, how you shoot it, how you carry it – it's a new learning curve.”

Though making the sticks is a labor-intensive process for the 46-year old Peconge, the grind is worth it by day's end.

“I think it's fun to get out there and use that stick on the field, just the way my ancestors would have played,” said Peconge, who's played the sport for six years. “Even though I made (a stick) today, that's a connection back to my ancestors.”

A small thing in the Los Angeles Times, but current Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, who is investing in a college summer league baseball team, used to love lacrosse growing up in Canada.

Ryan, 35, is in his 10th year with the Seahawks, after two years with the Green Bay Packers and two with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He grew up in Saskatchewan, where he played baseball as a kid but preferred lacrosse when he had to choose a spring sport.

Philly Jawns

Former Philadelphia Eagles executive Jim Gallagher passed away at the age of 88.

World News

A great story from The New York Times on how rapper ASAP Ferg spends his Sundays.

Video of the Day

Happy Game Of Thrones night!

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

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