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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for January 23, 2018.

What You Missed

We just dropped our latest College Crossecast, which includes our first ever college lacrosse fantasy draft.

Syracuse returned to action with a scrimmage against Vermont.

Lacrosse The Nation

Thanks to Michael Kelly of The Daily Gazette, we got our first look at Albany’s zany picture day!

That actually concerned some teammates, at first, who wondered what [Connor] Filipowski was doing Monday with Elmer’s Glue as he got ready for his photo.

To be clear: Filipowski’s teammates had no issue with the rest of his appearance, which included a sizable mohawk, a full beard darkened with mascara, and completed with a white dress shirt, dark formal jacket and purple bow tie.

But, yeah, the Elmer’s . . .

“Dude,” they asked Filipowski, “ what are you doing?”

And, of course, the answer made sense.

“I wanted to do a handlebar moustache,” Filipowski said, “so I cut some hair off the back [of my head] and I Elmer’s glued it on.”

The team’s goal is a national championship, and senior Connor Fields will look to have a historic season on his part, and he’s growing as a leader, pens Mark Singelais of the Times Union:

But it was during a team-bonding retreat in the Adirondacks over the weekend, when the Great Danes didn’t even bring their sticks, that head coach Scott Marr noticed Fields’ personal growth.

Fields and the other seniors cooked, cleaned and served food to their teammates, who stayed in two 25-person cabins. The Great Danes had a long meeting where they talked about their goals. They went on a series of hikes and played a Canadian game called Broomball.

”He’s really becoming a vocal leader,’’ Marr said. “Not necessarily telling people what to do, but just being enthusiastic and talking to the team. Definitely, it’s something he’s grown into. He was less of that last year and this year he’s been much more of a vocal-type leader.”

The players have already voted Fields as one of three captains this season, along with senior midfielder Kyle McClancy and senior goalkeeper JD Colarusso.

The USILA/Nike Coaches Poll gets released today. It’ll start a busy week of announcements for the organization:

Check out highlights from Loyola’s intersquad scrimmage:

The Blue Jays all saw a movie last night. Take your guess on what they saw:

Maryland’s House of Representatives and Senates honored the Terps and last year’s national championship:

The High Point Panthers brought in a World War II veteran to talk to the team:

Look for Penn State Nittany Lions junior Matt Donnelly to possibly replace Nick Aponte at the third attack spot, from Andrew Rubin of The Daily Collegian:

Whether or not Donnelly ends up being the third starter on attack, he’s impressed his teammates with how he’s responded the last few months.

“I think that was the biggest question, who is going to fill out the third attack spot,” midfielder Nick Spillane said. “[Matt] is just a tireless worker, and he does whatever he has to do to get on the field. I think it’s finally his time, I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people and he’s going to be a big key in our offense.”

This also isn’t Donnelly’s first experience as an attackman, he played the position in high school. However, playing in college is different with the higher skill level of the defensive players. Donnelly says his teammates have helped him make the transition.

The trio is still trying to improve their chemistry and find their roles in their first games together. Donnelly feels his biggest attributes will be speed and aggression and the Nittany Lions are hoping that’ll fit in with [Mac] O’Keefe and [Grant] Ament’s skill sets.

“I’m still trying to complement Mac and Grant, get better chemistry every day,” Donnelly said. “I’m just trying to ask questions and do the best job I can. Mac obviously has an incredible shot, and can dodge, he can shoot the ball. Grant is sort of the quarterback, make sure everything is running smooth. He obviously can do it all, so I’m just trying to complement the both of them the best job I can.”

Teams continue their spring practices:

Some opened up their 2018 season:

Don’t get me started on this rivalries video and leaving out Cuse-Hopkins:

Peep some new gear!

Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun takes a look at the Ivy League.

More quick questions with Robert Morris defenseman Zac Christianson:

The Jacksonville Dolphins announced their incoming Class of 2022.

Notre Dame will scrimmage SoCon opponents Bellarmine and Air Force this weekend before opening their season against Detroit Mercy.

More team previews from across the internet:

Women’s news: Former North Carolina Tar Heels goalie Caylee Waters is now a volunteer assistant coach with the Stanford Cardinal.

In Division II, former Johns Hopkins midfielder Cody Radziewicz is back home in the Syracuse area, but as Lindsay Kramer of writes, he’s helping out with Le Moyne:

The Dolphins preseason is just a few days old, and [Dan] Sheehan expressed excitement with what he’s seen from his team so far. So Radziewicz probably hasn’t had to get out the glue and piece together too many shattered Dolphins so far this spring.

But if and when that moment comes, he’ll have the personal recollection of heat from Pietramala to use as a teachable moment.

”I thank Coach [Dave] Pietramala for doing all that for me,’’ Radziewicz said of his ex-coach’s assertive instruction. “I always just try to tell them (Dolphins players) take what he (Sheehan) is saying, not how he’s saying it. He’s just getting after you. He cares, and he wants you to be doing the right thing because he wants you to be successful on the field.’’

Radziewicz hadn’t intended on leaping right from college playing to coaching, but when he heard Le Moyne had an opening at grad assistant he figured he’d check into it. Sheehan liked his energy, especially his ability to test the Dolphins’ goalies with a Division I-caliber shot.

”I’m still getting used to it. It’s a lot different. It’s neat to see both sides of how everything works. It’s nice to get that other experience,’’ Radziewicz said. “It’s nice leaving a team, and then joining another team and being around a bunch of guys again, just feeling that team camaraderie. I would like to keep coaching as well. I’m enjoying it so far and I think I could see myself continuing a career of coaching.’’

Chapman attackman Dylan Garner and North Dakota State defenseman Evan Schraut have been named US Lacrosse Magazine’s MCLA Division I and II Preseason Players of the Year.

Crazy NLL news: Saskatchewan superfan Kelvin Ooms, better known as the “Rush Hulk” won’t be allowed to wear his costume to the team’s upcoming road game against the Calgary Roughnecks due to safety concerns.

Philly Jawns

Eagles fans had a rough Monday morning after a fun Sunday night (including myself).

World News

The 2018 Oscar nominations have been announced.

Video of the Day

What would happen if you never ate healthy food?

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