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College Crosse Prospectus - January 29, 2018: Sunday Scrimmages; Chris Appears On Lax Talk Radio’s College Lax Weekly.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for January 29, 2018.

College Crosse News.

Notre Dame & Air Force went at it yesterday.

If you’d like more information about Notre Dame’s scrimmages versus Bellarmine & Air Force, make sure you check out 18 Stripes, as they did a great recap of the entire weekend.

The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team had its two final tune-ups with scrimmages against Bellarmine on Saturday, and against Air Force Sunday afternoon. The score wasn’t the point, but in both the Irish won a lot to not a lot, and they looked good doing it. We weren’t at the games, but we are fortunate to have the notes of friends, twitter followers, and writers from our own 18 Stripes community who are new fans of the game. We regret we don’t have a complete accounting of statistics and such, and hope our readers are not offended if we’ve left something out or that this will not be a very polished report.

Robert Morris held a tripleheader yesterday. Here’s a recap of all the action, and you can find pics of the RMU’s 3 scrimmages below.

The Boy Chris was on Lacrosse Talk Radio last night and he absolutely smashed it. You can listen to Chris segment here or directly below.

Nick Mellen is ready to go!

Scrimmages like the two that the Syracuse University lacrosse team hosted Sunday can count for nothing yet at the same time mean the world to players like Orange defender Nick Mellen.

That’s because it’s been quite awhile since the red-shirt sophomore out of West Genesee has played meaningful lacrosse against a serious foe. After an impact season as a freshman with the Orange in 2016, two major surgeries cost Mellen all of 2017. And just when he was ready to roar back in fall ball, the Orange’s schedule was cut short by an outbreak of mumps on campus.

So even though Syracuse’s results on Sunday -- 11-4 over Hofstra, 15-10 over Le Moyne -- won’t show up in any standings, the chance to keep building toward a return was precious to Mellen.

”The emotion is crazy. Even before just a scrimmage, it doesn’t count for anything, I still got butterflies. I’m still just getting jitters and a little nervousness, which is good,’’ Mellen said. “It feels weird playing games just because I was out for like a year, a year-and-a-half. My emotions are through the roof whenever we’re getting ready for a game or anything like that.’’

Paul Carcaterra is back with Season 2 of reLAXin. His first guest was Michael Sowers.

Penn State can’t wait for the season to get started.

After a long fall of training and a few weeks of preseason practice, it’s finally time for Penn State to turn the corner — to start preparing for a regular season game.

For the Nittany Lions, the road back to the NCAA Tournament starts on Saturday as they take on Villanova in their regular season opener. It’s a season that they hope will stretch deep into the NCAA Tournament and the later parts of May.

With both preseason scrimmages — matchups against Navy and then Army — now in the past, coach Jeff Tambroni and his team have games against other opponents in the books. Lessons were learned in the two games that didn’t count to help them prepare for the 14 that do.

“I think more than anything today, we probably learned more of we need to work on,” Tambroni said. “The key is going to be to make sure that we just get things going in the next couple of days.”

For example, attackman Mac O’Keefe had nine shots and zero goals. With O’Keefe as the best shooter on the team, that could be a spot of concern going forward. However, Tambroni said after the game he wasn’t going to panic from it or dwell on O’Keefe not having a great day shooting the ball — even though he seemed to be getting visibly frustrated with himself during the game.

Here is the schedule for Big Ten Lacrosse Week this week.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Eagles by 100: Cape May Zoo camel picks the Super Bowl winner.

If you’re looking to bet on the Feb. 4 Super Bowl and are considering taking the underdog Philadelphia Eagles, the Cape May County Park & Zoo wants to let you in on the edge it has: His name is Walter.

The 10-month-old Bactrian camel picked the Eagles to win the Super Bowl on Wednesday afternoon, according to the zoo.

Here’s the video of Walter picking the Birds.

World/National News.

Sad: “One of world’s oldest gorillas dies at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.”

Just three months after celebrating her 60th birthday, Vila, one of the world’s oldest gorillas, died Thursday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Said to be the second oldest gorilla in the world, Vila had been under veterinary care in recent years for conditions related to her advanced age. The average life span of a gorilla in the wild is 35 to 40 years.

She passed away surrounded by members of her family, zoo officials said. Last year, she had undergone a medical treatment for fluid retention in her face and limbs but eventually recovered from that. The procedure included a full diagnostic exam to determine the cause of the fluid accumulation, which officials at the time said could have led to a life-threatening condition. Doctors also were concerned about the effects of anesthesia on the aging animal but they said then that the procedure went well.

Your GIF/Video for January 29, 2018.

Shout out to Roger Federer on winning his 20th Grand Slam title down in Australia.

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