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College Crosse Prospectus - November 21, 2018: Lacrosse Community Mourns Renzie Lamb’s Passing

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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 21, 2018.

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Tributes continue to flow in the wake of the death of longtime former Williams College men’s lacrosse coach Renzie Lamb.

Mike Whalen might have just summed up Renzie Lamb in one statement. “We used to joke that he was the mayor of Williamstown,” Whalen said. “Everybody knew him and everybody loved him.” Lamb, 81, died Saturday of natural causes. He was walking down at Cole Field when he collapsed. Lamb coached at Williams from 1968 until he retired in 2003. He was an assistant football coach under the late Bob Odell and then under Dick Farley. He became the men’s head lacrosse coach in 1969, and also spent 10 years as the women’s squash coach at Williams. The stadium at the Weston Field complex was named Farley-Lamb field in 2014 after the two coaches who are both in their respective Halls of Fame. The football and lacrosse teams call Farley-Lamb home.

Looks like it was a bit chilly for Cornell’s Turkey Trot this year.

Nothing wrong with a little post-Turkey Trot pigskin.

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WJZ 13 in Baltimore did a segment on lacrosse equipment maker STX.

Lacrosse is part of Maryland’s culture. And Baltimore based STX has been critical in growing the sport. At their headquarters on Bush Street, their lacrosse products get put to the test. “We have a full team of designers, engineers, and developers. We go through from the beginning to the end, and create a product that’s going to propel the game forward,” said STX Product Manager Kevin Kelly.

That process takes about two years from start to finish. It’s fascinating work, but even more interesting is how the company started. Founder Richard Tucker grew up in Baltimore in the 1930’s. He played at Gilman School and Johns Hopkins University. “After graduating, he had a real passion for the sport of lacrosse,” said STX President Jason Goger. “He was also really frustrated at the lack of growth in the sport. At the time, it was a small sport played in the Northeast. He sought to change that.”

Shout out to Buckeye Lax for uploading these videos with Paul Carcaterra.

I love these stories: Feehan lacrosse “adopts” boy recovering form brain tumor surgery.

Like any 4-year-old, Wesley Beal is a bit fidgety at formal events. Tuesday, as his mother Stacey spoke at an event at Bishop Feehan High School, Wesley kept running back and forth between her and the audience.

You would have never known that just a few years ago the Attleboro boy was undergoing 10 hours of surgery to remove a brain tumor at the tender age of 16 months. “Wesley is now a crazy, 4-year-old boy, loving life,” his mother told the audience of student athletes and teachers in one of the school’s gyms. “A lover of sports, he plays hockey and T-ball, loves to play trucks, ride a scooter and wrestles on the living room floor.

The Titans shared a video of their annual Fist Run.

Nice shout out to B.I.G. by Binghamton.

As I always say, there’s plenty of room to grow here on the east coast.

School District’s first foray into lacrosse didn’t inspire much confidence in Brian Wildeman. A summer school lacrosse program culminated with the faculty taking on their elementary school kids last year.

“My first reaction to it was, ‘I thought this next year was going to be a lot of work,’” Wildeman said. “It was basically a game of field hockey last year.”

Wildeman joined program creator Lauren Arnone this year, and the two district teachers could see noticeable growth in their season-ending game Aug. 7.

“This year, the kids had already been acclimated to it, so we could dive more into skills and really getting them prepared for the game,” Arnone said. “I feel like they were more excited for the game this year, because they did have more of a skill base than they did the first year.”

Exit light. Enter night with ESJ Lacrosse.

Shout out to Jack Reid.

University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse alumnus Jack Reid (2003-06) received induction into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame - Connecticut Chapter during a Sat., Nov. 17 ceremony in Stratford, Connecticut. Reid was inducted alongside Tom Arrix, Rich Heritage, Rich Pulisciano, Allen Reed, Al Tortorella and the 1990 and 2018 Yale men’s lacrosse teams.

Reid started all four of his seasons at Massachusetts and posted career totals including 215 groundballs and 71 caused turnovers during his 63 appearances and 59 starts. He increased his groundball totals over each of his four seasons with 33 as a freshman, 53 during his sophomore year, 57 as a junior and 72 as as senior in 2006. Caused turnovers were only tracked during his junior and senior seasons when Reid posted 36 and 35, respectively.

With Reid anchoring the defense, Massachusetts reached the NCAA Championship Game in 2006 while the squad also made NCAA Quarterfinal Round appearances in 2003 and 2005. The Glastonbury, Conn., native won a plethora of awards throughout his four-year career, which included USILA All-America from 2004-06, Tewaaraton Award nominations in 2005 and 2006, the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2006 and four NEILA All-Region accolades.

Marist remembers Eddie Toombs with a heartfelt Thanksgiving message.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

California wildfires to blame for haze over Philadelphia & New Jersey.

Did you notice a haze in the air on Monday? If it looked a bit like smoke high in the sky your eyes weren’t deceiving you. Particles from the California wildfire smoke have billowed out some 3,000 miles east following the jet stream. This is smoke about a mile up in the atmosphere that creates gray haze high in the sky and can produce spectacular sunsets.

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Oh no: Freezing temperatures and high winds may ground balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Will the balloons fly or won’t they? CBS2’s Chief Weathercaster Lonnie Quinn explains we’re in for the possibility of record-breaking cold Thanksgiving morning, with winds that just might force the parade balloons to be grounded. The wind gusts are expected to be right at the threshold for flying balloons: sustained winds at 22 mph and gusts expected at 33 mph. Balloons are grounded when sustained winds hit 23 mph with gusts of 34 mph.

“We are right there,” Quinn said. “Can you even imagine a Thanksgiving parade without the balloons?” Safety measures for balloon handling were implemented after a handful of spectators were injured due to balloons hitting things and sending debris into the crowd.

Your GIF/Video for November 21, 2018

So close and yet so far.

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