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Montana head coach Tucker Sargent wanted to do something special for the preseason this year. He fell into a remarkable trip his team will never forget. The Grizzlies journeyed to Mexico City for a week full of lacrosse. The Griz didn’t know what to expect when they arrived south of the border. The club team was surprised as soon as they stepped off the plane. “I was thoroughly impressed with what the Mexican lacrosse community did for us,” said Sargent. “It’s like they rolled out the red carpet.”
Penn State lacrosse’s player-leadership system has fluctuated under coach Jeff Tambroni. Last year, there was only one captain. Attackman Nick Aponte, who was entering his senior season, earned the role as the sole captain because of his impressive leadership ability and talent. Aponte has since graduated and he took the one-captain system with him.
For the first time in his coaching career, Tambroni has four captains at the helm: Ryan Keenan, Tanner Peck, Tripp Traynor and Mike Aronow. “It’s a lot different,” Chris Sabia said. “There’s a difference in having four people’s opinions instead of one.” Over the past few years, Tambroni has varied the number of captains. The responsibilities of a captain include regular meetings with Tambroni, talking to the team, setting an example and making decisions. The hardest part of the job is determining discipline. Last season, Aponte solely held the weight of that task. “Some people looked at him last year as the bearer of bad news sometimes,” Sabia said. “He’d always be the one coming down with punishments and that’s kind of unfair for Nick.” Aronow, who received his captain status after missing last season due to a leg injury, takes comfort in knowing he has others to help him with that process.
With the start of the 2018 college lacrosse season just a few weeks away, here is the ninth installment of a series that offers a preview of the battles for conference championships in Division I. The leagues are scheduled to appear in alphabetical order. Wednesday’s visit was with the Northeast Conference. Thursday’s takes a spin through the Patriot League.
Team on top: Winners of three of the past four league tournament championships, Loyola Maryland will be the team to target again this spring. The Greyhounds return three offensive starters and junior midfielder John Duffy, who contributed 13 goals and four assists on the second line. The defense will be headlined by senior defensemen Foster Huggins (36 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers) and Ryder Harkins (11 GB, 11 CT) and junior goalkeeper Jacob Stover (7.74 goals-against average, .547 save percentage). And the team features perhaps the best defensive midfield unit in Division I in senior long-stick midfielder Zac Davliakos (38 GB, 15 CT, 2 G, 3 A) and senior short-stick defensive midfielders Brian Begley (32 GB, 9 CT, 7 G, 1 A) and Jared Mintzlaff (17 GB, 15 CT, 6 G, 3 A).
Speaking of the Patriot League, Loyola looks ready to go.
Lacrosse practice can be pretty much the same anywhere, with team-building possible in any of the various climates across the country from Syracuse to Stanford.
So the Orange women’s players expected to return to school in preparation for the start of spring practice earlier this month and slog through snow to their Ensley Athletic Center on campus.
Business as usual, no big deal. But SU coach Gary Gait had something different in mind. His players needed more, and so did his program.
The Orange suffered a bitter end to 2017, falling to Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That snapped the program’s run of five straight trips to the Final Four.
Then Syracuse’s fall schedule was cut in half when everything was shut down by an outbreak of mumps out at school. But out of that disappointment came a treat: Gait got NCAA permission to take his team to Florida for an extra week of practice right after the end of winter break but before the start of regular spring work.
Taylor Cummings had thought about coaching high school lacrosse since the day she left Maryland with her third Tewaaraton Award. When the opportunity arose to return to McDonogh as an assistant coach, she was thrilled. “I had the best time with my lacrosse experience,” said Cummings, a 2012 McDonogh graduate, “and I wanted to make sure that remains and help the girls out at a time where I’m sure there’s a lot of uncertainty. I just want them to have the same experience that I had and I was in a position where I could help. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Cummings, the only player to win three Tewaaraton Awards as the best player in women’s college lacrosse, will assist Eagles interim coach Nancy Love this spring. Love, an assistant for 15 years, takes over for Chris Robinson, who left the program last week to focus on the expansion of his National Girls Lacrosse League.
The Orange getting after it.
The Providence College Men’s Lacrosse Team has been waiting for a chance to play another game since the gut-wrenching Big East Championship game last May. The Friars upset Big East rival Villanova University in the semi-final game, winning their first ever Big East Tournament win and advancing on to the championship game. The team played their hearts out against defending champion, Marquette University. They fell to the Golden Eagles by just one goal on their home turf, concluding their 2017 season with a record of 14-7.
The Friars have had the past eight months to work hard in their off-season, using this heartbreak to motivate them for a 2018 season with better results. Head Coach Chris Gabrielli added Conner Byrne ’18, and Brendan Kearns ’19 will join returning leaders, James Barclay ’18, Tate Boyce ’19, and Austin Goltz ’17 as captains.
Adam Charalambides watched last season as Rutgers began 8-0 with wins over three ranked teams, but lost four of six games down the stretch to finish out of contention for the Big Ten tournament. He knew he wanted to get back for what could be an exciting 2018 season.
He worked hard rehabbing his knee, even balancing personal therapy with a job in New York City. But during the 2018 preseason, he injured his ACL again, causing him to miss a second straight season for Rutgers.
He was to join a Rutgers offense that included another promising underclassman in Kieran Mullins, as well as senior Jules Heningburg. A Scarlet Knights offense spearheaded by all three could have been one of the most potent in Division I.
Yet, the Scarlet Knights will have the deal with absence of Charalambides again.
”I am saddened for Adam after how hard he worked to get back on the field this spring,” coach Brian Brecht said in a statement. “He is an exceptional young man and I have full confidence that he will attack his recovery and come back stronger next season. His teammates and coaching staff are fully supporting him during this time as he will continue to be a huge part of our program this season.”
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Philadelphia is a land of
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Meanwhile, at a Philadelphia City Council meeting...— Aleksei Klincewicz (@Alekklincewicz) January 25, 2018
I'm going to keep harping this because somehow THIS doesn't even make it clear enough. This. City. Is. Crazy. People. May. Die. pic.twitter.com/Ak3dMmd0qM
Vanity Fair’s cover shoot starring Oprah Winfrey went from a star-studded event to a Photoshop fail after the publication accidentally gave the icon three hands. For the magazine’s 24th annual ‘Hollywood’ issue, Oprah, 63, posed for renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, alongside A-list stars such as Robert De Niro and Nicole Kidman, with Reese Witherspoon sitting on her lap. Although the pictures are undoubtedly stunning, there appears to be not one but two major Photoshopping mistakes that went unnoticed before publication.
In one of the images, Oprah has a hand on her hip, a hand on her lap, and then a third hand wrapped around Reese’s waist. The two appear to be laughing at something Tom Hanks said, and while Oprah’s hands are firmly in front of her, four of her fingers are hugging her A Wrinkle in Time co-star’s side. The blunders was pointed out just hours before Vanity Fair revealed they had digitally removed James Franco from the cover after the learned about his sexual misconduct allegations. The mistake prompted people to poke fun of the magazine on Twitter, joking that the superstar does indeed have three hands.
Me: Let me give you a hand with your bags, Ms. Winfrey.— Safe Fekadu (@Eri_Barrister) January 25, 2018
Oprah: Thank you, son. But I already have three. pic.twitter.com/hJYv7tv9E9
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