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College Crosse Prospectus - December 24, 2018: Penn & BU Schedule Breakdowns; College Crossecast Survey; Merry Christmas

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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 24, 2018.

Merry Christmas

From all of us here at College Crosse, we want to wish all our readers, podcast listeners, & Twitter followers a Merry Christmas and a happy 2019. I’ll be taking a break from the Prospectus this week but I will be back on January 1st. Merry Christmas!!

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Can BU make some noise in 2019? The Kid Chris takes a look at the Terriers.

The Boston University Terriers are the 57th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the seventh team from the Patriot League. The Terriers finished 8-9 in 2018 and 3-5 in Patriot League play. Boston University upset Bucknell in the Patriot League quarterfinals but fell to Loyola in the conference semifinals.

Circle These Dates

2/3 (at Providence): One of the season’s earliest thrillers last year resulted in Ryan Hilburntying the game with seven seconds left in regulation before John MacLean won the game with 47 seconds left in overtime. It was a back-and-forth affair between two teams that had high expectations at the time and also saw the breakout of Sean Leahey, who scored five goals for the Friars.

2/26 (vs. Bryant): BU has won both meetings against the Bulldogs in the last two years, including 2018’s overtime finish. Bryant has been a consistently good team in the NEC as well as a good challenge in nonconference play. Marc O’Rourke is a guy worth watching for the Bulldogs, despite going pointless against the Terriers last year.

The Quakers are up next in our 2019 schedule breakdown series.

The Penn Quakers are the 58th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the seventh and final team from the Ivy League. The Quakers finished 7-8 in 2018 and 3-3 in Ivy League play. Penn fell to eventual national champion Yale in the Ivy League semifinals.

Circle These Dates

2/23 (at Duke): Penn is well-known for their really difficult nonconference schedule. It helped them be part of the bubble talk before they fell to 7-8, but it boosted their RPI big time. And they won some of those games as well, including to the then top-ranked Blue Devils at home. That put the Quakers on notice for the remainder of the season.

3/2 (at Penn State): Despite some of their accomplishments last year, there were times Penn did not look like a bubble team. Against the Nittany Lions, the Quakers gave up a 7-0 run in the second and third quarters after scoring the game’s first four goals. It was a tough loss to take for a team that was borderline for making the tournament, record aside.

Would you be so kind as to complete our end of the year College Crossecast survey? We’d greatly appreciate it.

As we’re in the holiday season, we’ve been producing some specials for our College Crossecast platform. But before we know it, it’ll be time to start doing it for real again as the season’s only about a month away. Yes really. No, don’t tell Safe or else he’d call for us to start it later this week.

We want to get your feedback for the podcast as we try out some new things come the 2019 season. Tell us how we’re doing, what we should improve on, what ideas you have for us, and rate the show’s contributors in a totally not-a-DM-discussion-point and totally not-a-way-for-us-to-joke-about-one-another plot.

Head over to this link to tell us what you want to hear in the 2019 set of College Crossecast episodes!


Lyle Tompson did an interview with Forbes.

Unless you follow lacrosse you might not know much about Lyle Thompson. The 26-year-old forward for the National Lacrosse League’s Georgia Swarm hails from Onondaga Nation, New York, and is one of four brothers and star players in the league. Drafted four years ago as the number one pick, Thompson is regarded as the most versatile and best all-around player in the league, and during college became the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer in lacrosse. Speaking to Forbes this week, Thompson says that despite the sport’s reputation as a game played mostly by upper-middle-class suburbanites, the game has a rich heritage among Native Americans.

NY, NY big city of dreams!!

Stick with lacrosse, kids. It’ll take you far.

Start the season now!!

The San Diego Seals won their team debut over the weekend.

The San Diego Seals were 17-12 winners over the Colorado Mammoth in their labor-delayed debut Saturday evening in Denver, with forward Austin Staats, the first choice in the National Lacrosse League entry draft, scoring five goals and assisting on four others.

The Seals took the lead for good on Turner Evans’ goal eight minutes, 35 seconds before halftime. Consecutive goals by Connor Kearnan, Casey Jackson and Brodie Merrill increased the Seals lead to 8-4 with 3:09 left in the first half. Mammoth transition player Joey Cupido scored the first half’s final goal with 48 seconds to play, cutting the deficit to 8-5.

Work in progress: Take a look at the renovations being done at UNC.

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Hundreds of Mammoth fans donated thousands of teddy bears at the second annual Colorado Mammoth Teddy Bear Toss.

Thousands of brand new teddy bears were donated to those in need as part of the second annual Colorado Mammoth Teddy Bear Toss. The event took place at the home opener for the Denver lacrosse team, at Pepsi Center on Saturday night. Teddy bears are thrown from the stands, onto the playing field after the first home goal of the second period. “I was trying to get it to the center of the field,” said Reily Doi-Jared, a young Mammoth fan who participated in the toss.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

SUUUUUUUUUPER BOWL: Eagles still have a shot at the playoffs after yesterday’s big win over the Texans.

With the Eagles beating the Texans Sunday postseason hopes are still alive. The Birds’ stunning defeat of the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday reignited talk of the team’s playoff odds. But what has to happen to ensure the reigning Super Bowl champs make it past the regular season? Here’s the breakdown ....

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South African jazz artist plays guitar during brain surgery.

South African jazz artist Musa Manzini has played his music all over the world, but one performance stands out - strumming his guitar while surgeons operated on his brain. A video of the multi-instrumentalist and university lecturer taken during the six-hour surgery for a brain tumor, shows him lying on his back in the operating theater, surrounded by scrubbed-up medical staff, plucking the strings of his guitar.

This allowed doctors in the South African city of Durban to observe which areas of his brain Manzini used to play music, allowing them to preserve those areas and also restore some movement to his fingers, which were affected by the tumor.

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Make sure you hook up your very good boy tomorrow!

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