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College Crosse Prospectus - November 13, 2018: Lehigh’s 2019 Schedule; Everyone Loves Wingston; Air Force Adds John Grant Jr.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here’s everything you need to know for November 13, 2018.

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Here’s a breakdown of Lehigh’s 2019 schedule.

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are the 18th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the first team from the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks finished 10-7 in 2018 and 5-3 in Patriot League play. Lehigh made it to the Patriot League Championship after an overtime win over Navy where they fell to Loyola.

Circle These Dates

2/16 (at Virginia): These two teams are meeting for the first time in over 100 years. Things have changed since 1906, mainly for the better. It’s pretty crazy these two teams haven’t met in between, especially in the NCAA Tournament. But it will definitely be a good look at where this Lehigh team is and whether they’ll be a potential bubble team in the weeks following.

2/24 (at Cornell): Lehigh’s on the road for four out of their first five games, including three straight. The reigning Ivy League champs helped get some breathing room in last year’s meeting thanks to a 5-0 run in the first half. Jeff Teat had six points, Jonathan Donville had five points, and Clarke Petterson put up four goals. They’re all back. This wasn’t the best game for James Spence in goal, giving up nine tallies on three saves.

3/12 (at Rutgers): Most of their really good nonconference games are on the road (Hofstra is at home). That could be both good and bad, but this could be bad. Rutgers is really good at home, and they edged the Mountain Hawks last season in Lehigh. Adam Charalambidesshould return on offense along with Kieran Mullins, but unlike the Mountain Hawks, Rutgers loses a good chunk of their team from a year ago.

Everyone loves the Wingston!

Damn Philly, your mascot game is on point this year. First you gave us the Phang, a snake mascot with arms and legs which came alive out a giant egg to cheer on the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. Next up, perhaps the greatest mascot ever, is Gritty, the strange yet lovable mascot for the Flyers, a true champion of the people and top write-in vote receiver in the 2018 midterms. (And don’t get us started on the Phillies Phanatics.) And now, the city has yet another mascot, meet Wingston, the head-spinning mascot for the Philadelphia Wings professional lacrosse team. For those worried about how Wingston would do sharing the spotlight with Gritty, fear not — the two seem to be getting along great.

NBC Sports Philadelphia did an article on Philly’s new mascot as well.

The thing about mascots that is fun is that there aren’t really any rules. A mascot can be a tree, a green guy from the Galapagos Islands, a bulldog, or even a giant orange fluffy creature that squeaks. The city of Philadelphia has had the pleasure (?) of introducing a gaggle of new mascots over the past few months, from the Union’s new snake with arms to the Flyers’ instant legend Gritty. And Friday, the resurgent lacrosse team in town, the Wings of the National Lacrosse League, introduced a mascot of their own. Meet Wingston.

John Grant, Jr. will officially start practice as Air Force’s assistant lacrosse coach later this month.

Head lacrosse coach Bill Wilson and Air Force Athletics has announced the addition of John Grant, Jr. to the Falcon lacrosse coaching staff. Coach Jr. will officially take to the Air Force practice fields, Nov. 26.

“We are thrilled to welcome John Grant Jr.,” exclaimed coach Wilson. “We’re excited to welcome his wife Raygen, and their daughter, Gabrayel to the United States Air Force Academy and to our Air Force lacrosse family.”

Coach Jr. has achieved unparalleled success in lacrosse, having been a dominant force in professional lacrosse for nearly 20 years. His passion for the game of lacrosse was handed down from his Hall of Fame father: John Grant, Sr. a professional with a World Championship of his own. “John is one of the brightest coaching minds in the game of lacrosse,” continued Wilson. “Not only does he bring a wealth of knowledge and coaching experience to our program, he also brings a passion for his players and the game.”

A tradition unlike any other: Get your questions in for our 2nd Annual COLLEGE CROSSECAST Ask Us Anything Podcast!

One of the fun things we do with our College Crossecast podcast platform is opening things up to our loyal listeners and readers each November. And this year we’ll be doing our second edition of the Ask Us Anything podcast.

We’re opening up our mailbag once again and the podcast will be made better by some of the questions you send along to us. Have a question for us to answer about lacrosse, other sports, life, or anything that isn’t politics? Here’s how to reach us:

Reply or DM us on Twitter at @College_Crosse

Send us a message on Facebook at the College Crosse page

E-mail us at collegecrosse@gmail.com

Given how last year’s edition went, most likely we’ll be answering every question sent along. We had to fill in a couple of questions for time sakes, so if you want more original stuff rather than us shooting the breeze, get your questions in to make the episode more fun!

Joe Rogan talked about lacrosse on his podcast.

247 Sports with a Syracuse women’s lacrosse preview.

Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse concluded their fall ball play matching up against some tough opponents: Penn State, Maryland, Navy, Northwestern, and Boston College. These practice games give new players a chance to get game experience and form chemistry among their new team.

LAST SEASON

The Orange ended their 2017/2018 season in the first round of the NCAA tournament in a heartbreaking double overtime loss against Princeton. They finished their regular season ranked 19th by the NCAA poll. The Orange battled through some adversity when their fall season was cancelled because of an outbreak of mumps on the team. Their Spring season was faced with recurring injuries and a finish that wasn’t quite up to Syracuse Lacrosse standards.

Ohio State’s Tre Leclaire talked about his game stick.

West Ranch honors former lacrosse player Maya Evans with balloon release.

Maya Evans’ birthday has always been a big deal. “The thing about Maya is … she made sure everybody knew it was her birthday,” said West Ranch lacrosse coach Leesa Chelminiak. “When it was her birthday, it was like a whole event.” Although Evans, a former West Ranch lacrosse player, died of leukemia in May, her birthday remained a reason for celebration on Friday evening at West Ranch High School.

Former coaches, teammates, friends and family members gathered at West Ranch’s turf field to release glowing pink and black balloons at dusk in honor of Evans’ birthday.

BOSS Raba appeared on the The Pete Mezzetti Show.

Michigan’s women’s lacrosse team embraces new teammate.

Phoebe Keech is just like a lot of 7-year-old girls. The Fenton resident enjoys spending time with her family, which includes four sisters. She loves animals, loves running and playing with dolls. One of her favorite videos is the Disney movie “Moana.” But now Phoebe, who was diagnosed at the age of 2 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, has a new love — that love is her teammates on the University of Michigan women’s lacrosse team.

Through a Boston-based nonprofit organization called Team IMPACT, Phoebe officially signed a National Letter of Intent Tuesday to become a member of the Wolverines women’s lacrosse team. She did so during a press conference attended by family, friends, her teammates and her coaches. “This means the world to our family, and it especially means the world to Phoebe, because for so long she couldn’t do and she couldn’t participate,” Phoebe’s mom Carrie Keech said. “To be part of a team that has embraced her has almost encompassed the entire journey she’s been on.”

I see you, Bronx Lacrosse.

Get hyped for Bonnies Lacrosse.

UMass women’s lacrosse goes through combat fitness test.

Newsday with a 15-minute video on how a lacrosse season affects players.

Newsday followed 10 players from the NYIT men’s lacrosse team during their 2018 season as the school conducted a study about brain and head safety in the sport. The players displayed “subtle” memory declines and slower cognitive reaction as a result of repeated hits to the head, researchers at the college in Old Westbury found.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Walnut St. in Philly is really hot right now.

Walnut Street is evolving, and we’re here for it. The luxury Center City shopping corridor between Broad and 18th has undergone a lot of changes just within the last year as many of its well-known staples — Under Armor, Guess, Michael Kors — shuttered their doors, paving the way for new, experience-oriented businesses, think brands like Brandi Melville and Scotch and Soda. Walnut Street is definitely feeling younger, hipper, and more in tune with Philly’s growing millennial population — a slice of what urban retail is capable of in the age of e-commerce.

World/National News

RIP to the great Stan Lee.

Stan Lee, who as chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century and was a major force behind the breakout successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 95. His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was confirmed by Kirk Schenck, a lawyer for Mr. Lee’s daughter, J. C. Lee. Mr. Lee was for many the embodiment of Marvel, if not comic books in general, and oversaw his company’s emergence as an international media behemoth. A writer, editor, publisher, Hollywood executive and tireless promoter (of Marvel and of himself), he played a critical role in what comics fans call the medium’s silver age.

Your GIF/Video for November 13, 2018

This 23 year old completed a 7-month long trip rollerblading across America.

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