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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for September 18, 2017.

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers’ club team is still trying to make the jump from MCLA to NCAA Division I lacrosse.

Lacrosse The Nation

Tonight is the National Lacrosse League’s annual draft. The Buffalo Bandits have the top overall pick and are expected to take former Hofstra Pride attackman and current Chesapeake Bayhawk Josh Byrne.

The draft has six rounds, and you can see the full list here. Here’s how the first round looks like as of now:

  1. Buffalo
  2. Rochester
  3. Calgary
  4. Georgia (from New England)
  5. Rochester (from Colorado)
  6. Rochester (from Vancouver)
  7. Georgia (from Toronto)
  8. New England (from Saskatchewan)
  9. Georgia
  10. New England (from Georgia) (compensatory selection)
  11. Calgary (compensatory selection)

The league also released their renunciation list Saturday, which are the players that will forgo the rest of their college eligibility. Unlike last year with Seth Oakes, there are no notable NCAA players entering early, and that also includes Austin Staats.

You can watch the NLL Draft tonight starting at 6:30 pm on NLL TV.

Also today, a new week means more teams officially open up Fall Ball!

Start your day off with a long article from Chris Fitzgerald of the Watertown Daily Times that’s worth your time about the legacy of the Powell family, including Casey Powell, who’s now a representative for the Jacksonville Dolphins after being an assistant coach last year:

Even back when he was still in his playing days, Casey was searching for ways to give back to the sport of lacrosse. His mission was realized when he co-founded the Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation, which is based in Florida and launched in 2015.

“My fiancee and I were at the World Championships in 2014 in Denver, my career was winding down and I wanted to do something to help and give back,” Casey said. “Throughout my career, I had been asked if somebody had cancer, if I could make a phone call, or make a hospital visit or if I could sign some autographs for them.

“So that kind of became my priority and that’s kind of been my No. 1 thing right now.”

A nonprofit organization, the foundation supports “severely” injured and sick lacrosse players and their families.

“We try to create a network of support with people for lacrosse players who have had strokes or cancer or bad accidents,” Casey said. “Anyway we can help, we try to step up and rally my network of friends and network of the lacrosse community to help support people in these unfortunate circumstances. We try to shine a little bit of positive light on it.”

The Air Force Falcons had a team hike:


Speaking of La Salle guys, my high school coaches Bill Leahy and Tony Resch will be inducted into the Montgomery County Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in October!

Bill Leahy - has won four PA State Championship titles during his time at La Salle (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013), PA State runner-up (2010, 2012 and 2016) and was the Philadelphia Inquirer Lacrosse Coach of the Year (1997 and 2004), with a La Salle H.S. record 454 wins and 101 losses.

He played with the Philadelphia Wings from 1994-1996. Member of the US Lacrosse Eastern PA HOF, Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame and La Salle High School Hall of Fame. His coaching career began at La Salle College High School where he started the program of boys' lacrosse and has been the only coach since 1992.

His team was the first PIAA Champion in 2009 and he won the EPSLA Championships in 2004 and 2008. He was elected Philadelphia Coach of the year in 1997 and 2004.

In addition of coaching at La Salle, Leahy is the Sophomore Guidance Counselor.

Tony Resch - Named to the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Hall of Fame in 2008. At Yale University was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Ivy League. Won a gold medal in the 1990 World Lacrosse Championship in Perth, Australia.

Resch was a Captain of the Philadelphia Wings and won the NLL championship in 1989 and 1990. He was also head coach of the Philadelphia Wings of the from 1994 to 2001. As head coach, he led the Wings to four MLL Championships and the Wings made the playoffs every year while he was coach.

In addition to coaching and teaching at La Salle, he is the junior guidance counselor and an assistant coach of the US Lacrosse team.

Some of the old St. Bonaventure Bonnies returned to campus to check out the school’s athletic complex:

The Hartford Hawks women’s team held their first play day yesterday:

Also, the WPLL has teamed up with Longstreth and Under Armour as the official outfitters of the new league which starts up next year.

Shoutout Sacred Heart!

Philly Jawns

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20.

World News

The Emmys were last night. Check out all the winners.

Video of the Day

Hopefully you haven’t had breakfast yet.

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