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The Quinnipiac Bobcats are the 54th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fifth from the MAAC. The Bobcats finished last year 2-9 after winning the MAAC in 2016. There’s plenty of new faces to the Bobcats schedule this year. Bellarmine and Princeton leave the team’s slate of games, while Fairfield, Holy Cross, UMass Lowell, Vermont, and Wagner all come in. Quinnipiac has three more games than they did last year.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ready to risk it all for Qunnipiac again this year.
Lacrosse is a physically demanding sport under the best conditions, but inclement weather adds frozen hands to the mix. Samantha Wolfe had enough of it and, as a 14-year-old freshman, thought, “why not make a heated stick?” Three years later, her idea has become a reality — the FingerFire lacrosse stick — and is being tested right now by teams in colder climes.
Wolfe goes to school in New York, and explained the rather self-evident problem when I visited her booth at CES.
“It gets so cold that even with gloves, your fingers get numb,” she said. She told her dad (who was also at the booth) at the time, why don’t they make sticks that warm your hands? It would sure make the games a lot more bearable.
Seems logical. But searching found no such thing, and eventually the Wolfes decided to take matters into their own hands, so to speak. They worked with a product design house Enventys Partners to do the engineering and prototyping, and it ended up being a two-year process to make the thing.
“It took us about ten months just to test different heating methodologies and looking at the tradeoffs among weight, heat and duration,” Wolfe explained, writing on the FingerFire site.
UNC’s ready to gooooo!
Duke’s senior class has never played on Memorial Day weekend. After eight consecutive trips to championship weekend, the Blue Devils are 1-3 in the postseason since 2015. Look for that trend to end in 2018.
Duke is the top-ranked team in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20. Defending NCAA champion Maryland comes in at No. 2, followed by Denver, Albany and Yale to round out the top five. It’s a group fortified not only by experience and depth, but also by national player of the year candidates. Duke’s Justin Guterding, Maryland’s Connor Kelly, Denver’s Trevor Baptiste, Albany’s Connor Fields and Yale’s Ben Reeves all likely will factor prominently in the Tewaaraton conversation. Baptiste, Fields and Reeves were Tewaaraton finalists last year, as was Loyola’s Pat Spencer. Baptiste was the only current collegian named Sunday to the 23-man U.S. team that will travel to Israel for the world championship this summer. Kelly and Reeves were on the training team.
The lads from Providence look good suited & booted.
Thanks to @provcollege @pcfriarslax alum Garrett Kanter ‘10 for hosting us at @newbalance HQ this morning! A pleasure meeting and learning from him and his colleagues! The team met and learned from Garrett (Strategy Analyst) in addition to product developers, project managers, marketing team members, and social media strategists. Thanks again Garrett! #GoFriars #PCWayEveryday
It’s been more than a decade since Kyle Hartzell sported a maroon and gold jersey, shutting down opposing offenses as a member of the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team.
Listed as a defender, Hartzell played two seasons for the Sea Gulls, helping the program win a national championship in 2007 with a 23-0 record. He later earned the title of Salisbury Defenseman MVP his senior year, and was named a Third Team All-American and First Team All-League selection.
After graduating, Hartzell continued his lacrosse career, playing with the San Francisco Dragons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Ohio Machine and currently the New York Lizards, all in Major League Lacrosse. He also suited up for the Washington Stealth in the National Lacrosse League in 2012.
But come July, Hartzell will sport a different uniform — the most colorful jersey any lacrosse player can wear — as he joins Team USA for the Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s Lacrosse World Championships in Israel.
Shout out to our man, Grayson. #PrayForGray
I know “thoughts and prayers” have become somewhat controversial lately but my kid is having a really rough go right now and we’ll take all the prayers we can get. #Pray4Gray pic.twitter.com/RUUfbbhRqv— 1987 Sucks (@1987Sucks) January 9, 2018
The Penn State men’s lacrosse preseason is just 10 days away and this Nittany Lions squad hopes to improve upon a very strong 2017 season. Jeff Tambroni’s team went 12-4 on the year, but was ultimately knocked out by Towson in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.
Twelve wins tied the program record, gave this team a No. 1 spot in the collegiate rankings at one point in time, and sent the Nittany Lions to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013. Despite losing a few key contributors, returning and incoming talent should be enough for another big season.
The Syracuse lacrosse locker room will be brimming with players who have a chance to fill leadership roles this season.
The Orange has elected its group of 2018 captains, and when the balloting was all done a group of six players earned that honor. That’s the most for one season in the history of the program.
The captains are defenseman Tyson Bomberry, midfielder Matt Lane, midfielder Austin Fusco, midfielder Brad McKinney, midfielder Brendan Bomberry and midfielder Ryan Simmons. Brendan Bomberry and Simmons are officially considered assistants, but they will likely be referred to as captains as well.
The Orange opens spring practice this week and begins play Feb. 10 by hosting Binghamton.
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Meet Chip Starr, a 20-year-old tech student who’s making us discover our unexpected love for drone photos. With seemingly everyone buying drones (did anyone else’s dad ask for one for Christmas?), we’ve seen a surge in aerial photographers – and some have been better than others. But Starr, a student at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, might be Philly’s best. We gave him a quick call to talk drones. You can check out his work on his Instagram page, at @augmented_arts.
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A tussle this week between prominent investors and Apple Inc. over iPhone use by young people comes amid a nascent re-evaluation of the smartphone’s social consequences within the industry that spawned it. The smartphone has fueled much of Silicon Valley’s soaring profits over the past decade, enriching companies in sectors from social media to games to payments. But over the past year or so, a number of prominent industry figures have voiced concerns about the downsides of the technology’s ubiquity.
They include Apple executives who helped create the iPhone and now express misgivings about how smartphones monopolize attention, as well as early investors and executives in Facebook Inc. who worry about social media’s tendency to consume ever more user time, in part by pushing controversial content. Those are the kinds of concerns spotlighted in a letter to Apple on Saturday from Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or Calstrs, which control about $2 billion of Apple shares. The letter urged the tech giant to develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily, and to study the impact of overuse on mental health.
Your GIF/Video for January 10, 2018.
This is a great video of a BBC reporter being mobbed by a bunch of lemurs.
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