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College Crosse Prospectus - December 13, 2018: Detroit, Mount St. Mary’s, Penn, BU, Albany, & Duke Release 2019 Schedules

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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 December 13, 2018.

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The Detroit Mercy Titans released their 2019 schedule yesterday.

The University of Detroit Mercy men’s lacrosse team had a record-breaking season last year and will look to raise the bar even more as the Titans announced their 2019 schedule today. Detroit Mercy will have a 14-game slate with four at home starting with Jacksonville as the Titans host the Dolphins on Feb. 2, tentatively at Total Sports Complex in Washington Township, Michigan. February will have the red, white and blue start a six-game road trip as they battle nationally-ranked teams in Notre Dame (Feb. 16) and Marquette (Feb. 23).

March will have Detroit Mercy visit Bellarmine (March 2) and Air Force (March 6) and start MAAC play against one of the newest Division I programs Saint Bonaventure (March 9) before traveling to Quinnipiac (March 16). The Titans will be back at home to take on Monmouth on March 23 before heading to Marist the following week.

Mount St. Mary’s is ready to rock. Check out their 2019 schedule here.

The Mount St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse team announced its schedule for the 2019 season on Wednesday. The 15-game slate includes four games against opponents that earned berths to last season’s NCAA Tournament.

”Overall, our 2019 schedule is solid and very challenging both in and out of conference. It will challenge our players to remain focused from start to finish. Our student-athletes must employ discipline and commitment if they want to be successful and accomplish our season goal of making the Northeast Conference Playoffs,” said Head Coach Tom Gravante, who is in his 24th season at the helm of the Mount men’s lacrosse program.

Penn’s 2019 slate is no joke. Here’s their 2019 calendar.

The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team is set to embark on a 2019 schedule littered with quality opponents as the Red and Blue look to return to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time. ”We’re looking forward to 2019 and the excitement of a new season,” said James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse Mike Murphy. “Our group is focused on making improvements each day as we gear up for what is expected to be a grueling schedule. And, that’s the way we want it. We embrace the opportunity to test ourselves and earn the right to compete for Ivy League and national championships.”

Notes To Know…

The Quakers will play five teams who participated in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, including defending national champion Yale.

Penn will play three of the four teams who reached Championship Weekend last May. In addition to the Bulldogs, the Red and Blue will play Maryland and Duke again in 2019.

BU also released their schedule yesterday. Here’s what BOSS Polley has in store for Terriers fans next year.

Highlighted by eight home games at Nickerson Field, the Boston University men’s lacrosse team announced its 2019 schedule on Wednesday.

Fans can purchase season tickets for both men’s and women’s lacrosse online through GoTerriers.com by clicking here, or by calling the Agganis Arena ticket office at 617-353-GOBU, then choosing option 2. In addition, fans can buy tickets in person at the Agganis Arena ticket office.

The Terriers will face five teams ranked in the top 25 by Inside Lacrosse in the publication’s annual Face-Off Yearbook. BU will host three of those opponents (Bryant, Vermont, Loyola) at Nickerson Field.

BU will begin its sixth season on Sunday, Feb. 3, when the Terriers travel to Providence to face the Friars in what has become one of the most exciting season-opening matchups in the country. BU and Providence have gone to overtime in each of the last two season openers, with the Terriers winning both of those contests. Last year, BU tied the game with 7.8 seconds remaining in regulation before clinching the victory in overtime.

The Dane Train rolls on. Here’s Albany’s 2019 schedule.

The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team has unveiled one of the nation’s most exciting schedules, featuring home matchups with defending national champion Yale and perennial power Maryland as well as a road meeting with Syracuse.

The Great Danes, two-time America East defending champions and coming off their first NCAA championship weekend appearance, also will host Massachusetts and three league opponents at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium as part of a schedule that features six home games.

”With five playoff teams, including two Final Four teams and the defending national championships, on our schedule, we are heading into a challenging and exciting 2019 season,” Head Coach Scott Marr said. “We are looking forward to welcoming Maryland and Yale, along with conference foes, to Casey Stadium.”

From Mike Kelly of the Daily Gazette: Marr expects Syracuse to visit UAlbany men’s lacrosse in 2020.

Off a program-best season, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team will play host in 2019 to each of the sport’s last two national champions.

Those home games against Maryland and Yale highlight UAlbany’s 2019 season — but looking even further off into the future, UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said Wednesday his expectation is for an even bigger home game to be on the Great Danes’ schedule in 2020.

That would be one against Syracuse, a program that has never made its way to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

“We’re in some pretty good talks with them,” said Marr, whose program announced its full 2019 schedule on Wednesday. “We’re close to making the date and getting it done, for sure.”

After a great 2018, Duke’s ready to run it back in 2019. Here’s their slate for the upcoming season.

Duke head coach John Danowski and has announced the 2019 men’s lacrosse schedule, featuring eight home games. The Blue Devils will play 14 regular season games with six of those coming against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.

Duke Ranked in Face-Off Yearbook Division I Preseason Poll

The Blue Devils will open the season ranked second in the Face-Off Yearbook Division I preseason poll. The Face-Off Yearbook is published annually in conjunction with Inside Lacrosse, the nation’s premier lacrosse website. Reigning NCAA Champion Yale tops the poll, while Maryland, Loyola and Cornell round out the top five.

Check out Chris’ breakdown of Michigan’s schedule & the games to look out for in 2019.

The Michigan Wolverines are the 49th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the fifth team from the Big Ten. The Wolverines finished 8-6 in 2018 and 1-4 in Big Ten play. Michigan failed to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament despite winning their first conference game since 2015.

Circle These Dates

3/10 (vs. Yale) (at Grady Stadium in Atlanta, GA): This year’s matchup between the two teams will be played in Atlanta, which could be great for the Atlanta lacrosse community. Having the defending national champs in a relatively warmer climate than New Haven or Ann Arbor could mean better lacrosse, and the Wolverines could be able to pull off a big upset as well. This also revs up Michigan’s schedule.

3/20 (vs. Notre Dame): Probably the best win in program history game in South Bend a year ago. In the fourth quarter alone, the teams combined by 11 goals with Decker Curran scoring the eventual game-winner with 2:15 left in the game. Brent Noseworthy scored five times and Tommy Heidt made 10 saves. They’re all coming back too.

3/30 (vs. Johns Hopkins): The Big Ten conference schedule changed, and the Wolverines will have the Blue Jays as their conference opener. And for the second straight year, it’s at home. Michigan tied the game up late in the fourth quarter, but Kyle Marr’s tally with 31 seconds to play was the difference maker. Yet it showed the potential the Wolverines had for the future.

Cornell looks to build on a strong 2018. Here are the games to watch in 2019 by The Kid Chris.

The Cornell Big Red are the 48th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the sixth team from the Ivy League. The Big Red finished 13-5 in 2018 and 4-2 in Ivy League play. Cornell won the Ivy League Championship over Yale and defeated Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Maryland in the quarterfinals.

Circle These Dates

2/24 (vs. Lehigh): This will be just Cornell’s second regular season game, the first coming two days prior. At the time, Lehigh will be playing their fourth regular season game. On paper, it could be an advantage for the Mountain Hawks to have a full week of preparation against an Ivy League team that played a couple of days before. But if Jeff Teat gets going, that won’t be a factor any longer.

3/10 (vs. Towson) (at The Crown Lacrosse Classic in Charlotte, NC): Cornell’s offense will have to take on a very defensive opponent in the Tigers. We saw what happened to Teat later in the season, and if the face-guarding continues, it could be very difficult for the Big Red to get past Shawn Nadelen’s defense.

3/16 (at Yale): A potential top five meeting in Connecticut kicks off Ivy League play for both teams. The regular season meeting was close, with the Bulldogs scoring three straight to win the game. But in the Ivy League title game, the Big Red took control early in the third quarter and went on a 6-0 run.

Looks like everyone had a really fun time at BOSS Wray’s holiday house party at St. Joe’s.

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Good PR move: NLL opening weekend games free to stream.

The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s indoor professional league, has announced that all three games scheduled during the opening weekend of the NLL season will be free to view via B/R Live – Turner’s live sports streaming service.

The League’s 33rd season will begin this Saturday, December 15th, as the Philadelphia Wings face off for their inaugural game against the Buffalo Bandits at the Wells Fargo Center at 1pm ET. Later on Saturday, the Georgia Swarm will host their division rivals, the New England Black Wolves, at 7:05pm ET at the Infinite Energy Arena. Week 1 will conclude with the Calgary Roughnecks facing off against the newly rebranded Vancouver Warriors at 9:00pm ET in Calgary.

Meet the Villanova men’s lacrosse team in this fun 20+ minute video.

The time is right for the NLL to come back to Long Island.

Take a stroll down just about any block on Long Island and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t have a lacrosse net in the front yard and kids playing lacrosse. Long Island is one of the top hotbeds for the sport in North America and the youth lacrosse leagues across Nassau and Suffolk counties are constantly producing top-level talent for high schools, colleges and the professional ranks.

In fact, there are some players from Long Island that are among the best players in the world.

But while the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse has been around since 2001, Long Island has been without a National Lacrosse League indoor team since 2007 when the New York Titans called the Nassau Coliseum home. Before that, the New York Saints played at the Coliseum from 1989 to 2003 and the pre-cursor to the Saints were the Long Island Tomahawks who played at “The Barn” for just one season in 1975.

Ryan & Jake need your help in picking the topic for their end of the year podcast. There’s still time to get your vote in!

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

The #1 search term on Google for “Where is _________” was Villanova University.

2018 is winding down and coming to a close and with it comes the annual year-end lists. It was a big year for the city of Philadelphia. The Eagles won the Super Bowl. Gritty came into this world like a wrecking ball. GQ named us the city of the year. Oh, and the Villanova Wildcats won the NCAA National Championship. Where is Villanova anyway? Is it in Philadelphia? Apparently, a ton of people have no idea. Google shared their search trends in the United States for 2018 and the No. 1 search for “where is ________?” You guessed it: Villanova University.

World/National News

Scientists discover a supercolony of penguins.

This year, scientists announced an incredible discovery by looking at poop stains in satellite images — 1.5 million Adélie penguins were living and thriving on a little patch in Antarctica surrounded by treacherous sea ice called the Danger Islands. It turns out that these elusive seabirds had lived on the islands undetected for at least 2,800 years, according to new, unpublished research presented Dec. 11 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, D.C.

Your GIF/Video for December 13, 2018

“Awww! Is this all for me? You guys should’t have!” - Pup.

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