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College Crosse Prospectus - January 17, 2018: Sacred Heart & UVA 2018 Previews; Handmade Wooden Lacrosse Balls.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for January 17, 2018.

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Make sure you check out Chris’ review of Sacred Heart’s 2018 schedule.

The Sacred Heart Pioneers are the 64th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the sixth team from the NEC. The Pioneers had a pretty good 2017, going 9-6 overall and finishing 4-2 in NEC play, before being bounced by Hobart, 15-9, in the NEC semifinals. The Pioneers swap out Lafayette in favor of UMass.

The Boy Chris also reviewed UVA’s 2018 schedule.

The Virginia Cavaliers are the 65th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fourth team from the ACC. In their first year under head coach Lars Tiffany, the Cavaliers had a high-scoring offense, but only went 8-7 overall and missed out on both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. The Cavaliers have six new opponents that weren’t on last year’s schedule. Dartmouth, Manhattan, Princeton, Stony Brook, Vermont, and VMI all make an appearance this year. Cleveland State, Cornell, Penn, Richmond, Robert Morris, and Siena all come off.

Here’s a cool video from Wood Lacrosse Sticks showing how they make handmade wooden lacrosse balls.

The lads at Dartmouth take Nutrition Jeopardy VERY seriously.

Nutrition Jeopardy for the win!

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This is a great story about this teen lacrosse player who started a food drive in his community.

“Before the holidays, I was looking through my pantry and noticed a bunch of cans,” Starsiak said. “I was reflecting on my holiday traditions with my family. Food has always been a big part of that. That got me to think about less fortunate people who can’t always share traditional foods with family during the holidays. I thought I could make a difference.”

Starsiak used the resources at hand, including his neighborhood and Simsbury’s youth lacrosse teams, to put out a call for donations. Starsiak is a varsity lacrosse player at Simsbury High School.

”I was really happy and appreciative of all the generosity from my neighbors,” Starsiak said. “Everyone was very generous.”

During the process, Starsiak realized that one person can make a difference.

”The biggest takeaway for me was that one person can change a lot,” Starsiak said. “It doesn’t take a humongous amount of effort. Doing a local food drive, talking to your neighbors, it makes a difference. And it made me realize the abilities I have to help other people.”

Wonderful story out of Famingdale.

The Farmingdale girls lacrosse team paid a visit to a special young fan on her birthday this week. On Monday, the members of the team surprised 4-year-old Bella Inzerillo, a Farmingdale resident who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. The team gathered outside her home to sing “happy birthday” to her. They also bought Inzerillo gifts and all signed a special birthday card for her. “She embodies everything a Daler is, strong and hard,” team captain Maria Krieg told News12. The girls also made Inzerillo an honorary member of the team.

Check out this really good video from Binghamton.

#FreeMacOKeefe: How Penn State men’s lacrosse star Mac O’Keefe looks to build off of record-setting freshman season.

After breaking Penn State’s single season scoring record with 51 goals last season, Mac O’Keefe headed north to spend his summer in Ontario, Canada. O’Keefe was going to spend a few months playing box lacrosse, which is indoors and played on a smaller surface than the outdoor game. “The quickness of the game is definitely faster,” O’Keefe said. “Everything is in tight, you have to make quick decisions, move the ball fast. It helps you get up and down the floor quick. It translates pretty well to the floor game.”

Playing in the tight spaces of box lacrosse for the Junior A Northmen helped O’Keefe add to his offensive skill set. One of the things O’Keefe said he really improved on is his overhand shot. During his freshman campaign, his underhand snipes became a trademark. Coach Jeff Tambroni took notice when he went up to Canada and saw him play. “He’s changed a little bit of his shooting mechanics,” Tambroni told the Collegian last October. “Instead of just being primarily an underhand shooter, he has lifted his stick up over his shoulder at times and become an overhand shooter, which has been far more productive.”

Casey Rogers, son of Syracuse lacrosse coach Lelan Rogers, discusses why he flipped from Syracuse lacrosse to football.

“One of the reasons I went to prep school is to get more exposure,” he told Syracuse.com then. “Because I made that flip from lacrosse to football, I needed more exposure. It has been an interesting situation for me. The opportunities are starting to come, and day-by-day more are coming.”
No kidding.
Rogers visited both Alabama and Ohio State, though he reportedly did not receive a scholarship offer from either school. Even still, his recruitment has taken off in recent weeks.
“I think that shows how much I love the game — by decommitting from the type of school Syracuse is at lacrosse,” he told Syracuse.com. “I told (Alabama head coach Nick Saban) this when I was in his office. I gave up a Division I scholarship to play lacrosse at the best college lacrosse school in the country just so I could play football. I don’t think a lot of kids would do that. I took a chance. I want to be successful.”

Montana’s club lacrosse team is going to Mexico to play the Mexican National Team. This will be the first time an American based team has ever played in Mexico or against the Mexican National Team.

Montana’s club lacrosse team won a conference title and advanced to the national tournament last year. Now they’re about to do something truly historic. The Grizzlies will travel south of the border to take on the Mexican National Team this weekend. No U.S. based team has ever played a game in Mexico or against the national team, but the exhibition came together pretty easily for Montana. Mexico wants to build some more experience before heading to the World Championships in Israel later this summer, and Griz head coach Tucker Sargent knew one of the Mexican players and made the call at the right time.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Eagles NFC Championship game tickets are selling for over $400.

Tickets to the NFC Championship game between the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings sold out moments after going on sale Tuesday, according to reports. Those trying to buy tickets on Ticketmaster received a message that read “No tickets but keep trying,” according to 6 ABC Action News. As of 3 p.m., dozens of resale tickets were available on Ticketmaster. Resale tickets began at $434.

World/National News.

Say “Fake money, money. Fake money, money, money!!”: Counterfeit Cash Making Its Way Around New York City, Cops Say.

There’s something funny about the money making its way around town, but it’s no laughing matter. Police say phony bills are finding their way into wallets and cash registers across the city. Inside Iggy’s on the Upper East Side, the word ‘FAKE’ is clearly written across a counterfeit 20 dollar bill, but the bar manager wishes it was always that easy to spot one. “The main thing we’re all finding is 20s,” Ryan O’Neill told CBS2’s John Dias. “It’s not large, but it adds up.” O’Neill says over the last two weeks, more counterfeit bills have been surfacing in the area. Customers have been using them at his bar, and many other businesses are complaining about the same scam. Just a few blocks away, Caity Prunka is making sure her staff checks most bills they’re handed at both bars she owns — Bondurant’s and Jack & Fanny’s, which just opened in December.

Your Tweet for January 17, 2018.

Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin are one heck of a team. Also Hoda is laughing for all of us.

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