GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here’s everything you need to know for October 31, 2018.
From myself and everyone on the College Crosse team, we want to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween. Remember, don’t eat all your candy (or you kid’s candy) in one night. That’s a rookie mistake. Make sure to spread it out so that you can enjoy your goodies in the coming weeks.
College Crosse News
The Bryant Bulldogs are the 11th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the first team from the NEC. The Tigers finished 7-8 in 2018 and 3-2 in CAA play. Despite the struggles throughout the regular season, Towson defeated Delaware in overtime in the CAA semifinals but fell to UMass in the CAA championship game.
Circle These Dates
2/9 (at Bucknell): Since playing them on a yearly basis in 2013, the Bison have gotten the best of the Bulldogs. They’ve won five of the six total meetings, including the last four matchups. But all of these games were decided within three goals. Bucknell loses a ton of big contributors from a year ago, so this could be the year Bryant gets a win over a tough Bison squad.
2/26 (at Boston University): It was a hard-fought midweek showdown last year in Smithfield with the Terriers coming out on top in overtime. Chris Gray (4 assists) and John MacLean (4 goals) spearheaded the Terriers to get their third win of the season. It could even be more troubling for Bryant without Kenny Massa at the faceoff X.
3/9 (at Stony Brook): These two teams are meeting for the first time since 2013, when the Bulldogs edged the Seawolves 10-9 at LaValle Stadium. Fast forward six years later and things have certainly changed for both teams, except for the head coaches. Jim Nagle and Mike Pressler are still around and leading their respective teams.
Evan Rich said he’s been playing lacrosse since the first grade. He enjoys it so much that he thinks everyone should have the opportunity to do so. Yet, not everyone does. “I love lacrosse and have had so many fun experiences with friends playing,” said Rich, Sudbury native who is 12 and a 7th grader at Curtis Middle School. “I want other kids to have the same opportunities I have had to play.” On March 16, 2019, Rich celebrates his Bar Mitzvah, which is the ceremony through which he’ll be deemed a young Jewish adult. As part if this milestone, he’s decided to take on a project to help other kids less fortunate than he.
The Buckeyes are back at it.
TURKEY BOWL PRACTICE ON THE JERSEY SHORE!!
Matt Whitcher has made York College lacrosse history. The 2018 York graduate and current assistant coach has been drafted by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. He becomes the first Spartans men’s lacrosse player to get drafted by a professional organization.
Whitcher was one of 16 Cannon picks in the draft. They added five attackmen, three midfielders, four face-off specialists, three defensemen and a goalie.
Whitcher, a midfielder, concluded his York career in May, leading the Spartans to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight after winning a Capital Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
“Chris Hogan played lacrosse” might be as old as, “Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard,” but the Patriots wide receiver is doing everything he can to stay involved in his former sport.
With last week’s announcement of the new Premier Lacrosse League, headed by former Cannons star Paul Rabil, Hogan’s name made the rounds in lacrosse circles again.
Hogan is listed as an investor for the league, which was founded by and is led by professional lacrosse players that defected from Major League Lacrosse. It’s the first lacrosse league in which players are full-time employees, and the first that has a media rights deal -- all games will be broadcast on NBC platforms, including a pair on the network itself.
Two BOSSES just hanging out. You gotta love it.
UMBC head men’s lacrosse coach Ryan Moran has promoted Joe Bucci to assistant men’s lacrosse coach and added former Retriever standout Billy O’Hara to the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Bucci has served in the volunteer assistant’s role since arriving at UMBC in the fall of 2016. The Ithaca, N.Y. native served as team captain of the Georgetown University men’s lacrosse program in his junior and senior campaigns of 2015 and 2016.
”Coach Bucci’s commitment, tireless work ethic and development as a coach over the last two seasons made the decision to elevate him from volunteer assistant coach to full-time assistant a very easy one,” Moran said. “The ability to maintain continuity in our staff through his loyalty has been acknowledged throughout our program. I look forward to continue working with him and watching him grow as a coach.”
O’Hara competed in 52 games as a long-stick midfielder/defensemen for UMBC. He recorded 134 ground balls and caused 60 turnovers in his tenure. The Davidsonville, Md. native just earned his degree in business technology administration.
”Our program is thrilled to be able to add Billy to our staff,” Moran said. “The ability to add a young alum with the character and work ethic that Billy displayed on and off the field as a student-athlete will certainly benefit our program as he transitions into this coaching role.”
Speaking of the Retrievers, here they are getting in some yoga.
What’s Up, PhilaJersey?
Philadelphia endured half of century of Super Bowl disappointment until the Eagles finally won the big game in February. But at least it got to enjoy years and years of chicken wing delight. The Philly radio station WIP hosted “Wing Bowl,” a buffalo wing eating contest, for the past 26 years - always the Friday before the Super Bowl - in what typically promised to be a gluttonous and rambunctious affair. Thousands of drunk fans packed into Wells Fargo Center to watch competitive eaters devour as many wings as they could. Oh yeah, and took place in the morning. And people tailgated it. But Wing Bowl has been grounded. WIP announced on Tuesday that the event would not continue in 2019.
I may be in the minority here but I am not that sad to see it go away. Wing Bowl was a bit too crass, even for Philly.
Another day, another data breach at Facebook, but this one really is embarrassing. The social network giant, still reeling from the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal and a security flaw last month that affected nearly 50 million users, has suffered a data protection mishap after its guest list went missing at an event it hosted at its Euston office in London on October 17. The privacy breach was not at any old seminar though, it happened at an event entitled “Cyber security: the next 50 years”, which was hosted by Facebook and The Fulbright Commission, the US-UK scholarship programme, at their offices in Brock Street.
Your GIF/Video for October 31, 2018
That’s it for today!! I’ll see you out there!! Make sure you follow us on social media!
Facebook: College Crosse