GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for February 13, 2018.
What You Missed
Who’s up and who’s down after this past weekend with our other new contributor, Dan Arestia!
A new episode of Across College Lacrosse is up!
Lacrosse The Nation
Brand new polls are out!
- Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, and Virginia enter the top 10 in the media poll, and Villanova enters the top 20. In the coaches poll, UNC is at 13.
- In the women’s media poll, James Madison enters the top 10 after upsetting North Carolina, and Towson moves all the way up to 11 after upsetting Penn State.
- Merrimack is atop the new Nike/US Lacrosse Division II poll after Lenoir-Rhyne upset Limestone this past weekend. The Bears move up to sixth in the nation.
- Many Division III teams haven’t begun their season, but Lynchburg dropped out of the Nike/US Lacrosse Division III poll top 10 to No. 11.
Some individual national and conference honors:
27 points in his first three games? @guterball14 is— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) February 13, 2018
Guterding, the @DukeMLAX star with 12 goals and 15 assists, is our @warriorlax/@USLacrosse Player of the Week. https://t.co/WWsyynMXQs pic.twitter.com/OPghDPOYoh
With her game-tying goal to force overtime and game-winning goal in double overtime to upset UNC, @JMULacrosse's Kristen Gaudian is the @brinelacrosse/@USLacrosse Player of the Week ➡️ https://t.co/lNsKjspFKY pic.twitter.com/61TSKrv7Tx— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) February 12, 2018
Sean Tyrrell of @RiverHawkMLax is the #AEMLAX Offensive Player of the week. He had a career-high 5 points on 4 goals and an assist and added 5 ground balls in UMass Lowell’s season-opening win vs. Quinnipiac. pic.twitter.com/wWfSBtQ09w— America East (@AmericaEast) February 12, 2018
Tommy Lingner of @UMBC_MLax is the #AEMLAX Defensive Player of the week. Linger came in off the bench to stop 13 of 15 shots he faced and lead UMBC to a 9-6 win vs No. 20 Richmond. pic.twitter.com/QOWkYY9QYy— America East (@AmericaEast) February 12, 2018
- Christian Cuccinello, A, Villanova (Attack Player of the Week)
- Sean Mayle, LSM, Denver (Midfield Player of the Week)
- Dylan Gaines, D, Denver (Defensive Player of the Week)
- Zach Masessa, LSM, Providence (Freshman of the Week)
The 1⃣st official @NECsports #necmlax honorees of 2018:— necmlax (@necmlax) February 12, 2018
CO PLAYER: Max Tuttle, @SHUBigRed / Chris Aslanian, @HWSAthletics
DEFENSIVE: Jack Toomb, @RMUAthletics
ROOKIE: Marc O'Rourke, @BryantAthletics pic.twitter.com/M8ejtSsU69
The #PLmlax weekly award winners have been posted!— Patriot League (@PatriotLeague) February 12, 2018
Offensive: Sands, @Bucknell_MLAX
Defensive: Huggins, @LoyolaMLAX
Faceoff Specialist: Varello, @navymlax
Goalie: Baretto, @ArmyWP_MLax
Rookie: Hawkins, @ColgateLacrosse
Full story: https://t.co/0lJMVTNKNJ pic.twitter.com/JwhM2RaF1k
We’re finding out who’s on the USILA Team of the Week:
spots on the USILA Team of the Week#ACCMLAX claims 5⃣— ACC Men's Lacrosse (@ACCMLax) February 12, 2018
➡ Chris Cloutier (@UNCMensLacrosse)
➡ Bryan Costabile (@NDlacrosse)
➡ Justin Guterding (@DukeMLAX)
➡ Ian Laviano (@UVAMensLax)
➡ Danny Varello (@CuseMLAX)
Denver’s Dylan Gaines also made the team.
Paul Rabil spent some time with Steph Curry!
Get that gooseneck wrist pointed down and you got it! Need you to return the favor on the lacrosse field sometime https://t.co/gTX1IovreG— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 13, 2018
Virginia Cavaliers midfielder Dox Aitken sat down to discuss the big win over Loyola:
Furman Paladins head coach Richie Meade recaps the UNC loss and previews this weekend’s Sacred Heart game:
Coach Meade discusses why we play neutral site games (3 this season) in Topic 2 of this week’s installment of Meade’s Monday Minutes pic.twitter.com/XyGzFDPe5F— Furman Lacrosse (@FURMANMLAX) February 12, 2018
NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz joined the Sports Business Radio Podcast for an interview:
“He was getting on someone like, ‘Hey, I need you in this spot,’” [Tim] Rotanz said. “That was something I’ve never heard him say because we’ve had older guys in the short-stick position so he hasn’t had to get animated. He’s starting to find his place, when he can and when he can’t.”
Morris and Rotanz, who are roommates, often debrief on team practices after getting home. The conversations started with the pair’s frustrations.
But then, after discussions with Rotanz and watching film, Morris recognized the team’s youthful defense won’t be perfect from the outset. That’s where Rotanz noticed the biggest change in Morris’ perspective.
”We say ‘Hey, we can get as frustrated as we want, but we have a lot of young guys, and we have to help them out,’” Rotanz said. “That’s where Dan is starting to turn the page. We’re both learning.”
At 5 years old, Madonna was forced into the cage by his two uncles, Anthony and Michael Grizanti, both of whom played college lacrosse. When Madonna first stood between the pipes, he “bawled his eyes out,” he said, afraid of getting hit with the ball. To get their nephew over his fear of playing goalie, Michael and Anthony tossed the ball off of Madonna’s helmets until he stopped crying.
“They were like ‘See, it doesn’t hurt,’” Madonna remembers his uncles saying. “After that was when I accepted the role of playing goalie.”
And Madonna became one of the most important ones in the history of LHS. Originally from Liverpool, Madonna’s family moved to Texas for five years before returning prior to his sophomore year of high school. Liverpool, at the time, was one of the top teams in New York but could never win the elusive sectional title.
“We had every single piece to win a championship except for goalie,” [Mike] Felice said.
Madonna proved to be the missing link.
Dartmouth is ready for their season to start on Saturday:
UMass is back in action today against Sacred Heart, which will test the team’s character, as Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette explains:
“I’m hoping to see more togetherness on the field and for them to stick with our principles,” [Greg] Cannella continued. “On Saturday when things went south, guys did their own thing. That not right and it’s not how they’re coached. It’s something that has to change that’s for sure.”
The bright spots from Saturday were goalie Sean Sconone, who had 15 saves, and faceoff specialist Noah Rak. The senior won 12 of 19 draws and scored two goals. Junior Isaac Paparo, a preseason all-conference, figures to lead the team on close defense.
The Minutemen don’t have a player who’ll likely put up big individual numbers offensively. They’ll be looking to get production from up and down the roster.
“It’s going to come from a lot of different guys. We’re not one-dimensional in any sense,” Cannella said. “We need consistency from the upperclassmen in the midfield. We’re starting a freshman (Chris Connolly) and two sophomores (Devin Spencer and Jesse Leung) on attack so it’s going to be a little bit of a rocky road with those guys. It’s going to be about spreading it out. Hopefully we’ll have a lot of assisted goals.”
A New York appellate court has refused to dismiss a former Syracuse women’s player’s suit that accused head coach Gary Gait of throwing a ball at her head.
Some more highlights from this past weekend’s games:
Penn State trusts the process with FOGO Gerard Arceri, writes Paddy Cotter of The Daily Collegian:
“At the end of the day, you have to live with some of that,” [Jeff] Tambroni said. “Because he does get to know a face-off guy and he’s got strategies and techniques that he uses as counters. And today it worked for us.”
The patience and trust payed off. After taking a one-point deficit into the halftime break, Penn State owned possession. Arceri finished 16-of-26.
“We just have to stay with him,” Tambroni said. “I was proud of coach [John] Hogan because he just stayed with Gerard the whole time today, never lost faith in him and Gerard certainly repaid that.”
Arceri credited the turnaround to his wingmen.
Division III UNW will be added to the Midwest Lacrosse Conference in 2019.
Shoutout to William Penn, a NAIA school, that will be adding men’s and women’s lacrosse starting in 2020!
Disturbing news: One Jamaican national team player was stabbed this past weekend in Jamaica.
The LOVE statue is coming back!
Video of the Day
Some guy decided to make artificial earthquakes.
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