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College Crosse Prospectus - February 2, 2018: Vermont Over Furman In 2018 Season Opener; New Crossecast With Paul Carcaterra.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for February 2, 2018.

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The 2018 season officially started yesterday with Vermont beating Furman 12-6. The Kid Chris did a great write-up of the game and his 3 stars from last night.

Three Stars of the Night

Taking a hockey tradition and using it for lacrosse, because why not.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ - Charlie Erdmann, FOGO, Vermont: The sophomore built on last year’s 53.8% face-off winning percentage by going 11-of-16 (68.7%) in his first game of the season. Extra possessions can be very important, and he dominated in the second quarter, going 4-of-5 during Vermont’s big 15 minute frame.

Shout out to Paul Carcaterra for appearing on the pod last night. Carc was much too gracious with his time as we chopped up everything from how he got into lacrosse to Bill Belichick’s Christmas cookies mailing list and everything in between. Check out Ryan’s post for all the timestamps and the write-up for the episode. You can also listen to the full episode below.

Here’s a great story out of Denver: Officer, Lacrosse Team Help Teen Whose Gear Was Stolen.

Littleton police responded to a case of stolen lacrosse gear earlier this month and saw how much it impacted a teenager at Englewood High School and his family. That prompted an officer to tell the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team which surprised that high school student on Wednesday with brand new equipment. “Our athletic director pulled me out, I saw my dad there and I instantly thought the worst,” said Travis Hastings, 18, a senior at Englewood High School.

He was in calculus class working on homework when he left the classroom, worried he was in trouble. Officer Andy Barnard was assigned the case and talked to Hastings’ parents after they reported the stolen equipment. Barnard knew that gear, worth up to $1,200, was important to Hastings and that he was preparing to play when he attends Augustana College in the fall. “To have part of your life, which in his case is lacrosse, stolen from you like that, especially when you’re about to go through this big change, it can be quite devastating,” said Barnard. He asked the Mammoth if they could help out. They were eager to step in.

ESPNU released their 2018 college lacrosse tv schedule the other day. It’s great to see that the Hopkins & ESPN deal seems to have been re-upped .... well it’s great for me, Adam, and Blue Jay nation at least.

Why you mad, though? #Lacrosse

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“Rees, Torain lead potentially potent offense for Navy men’s lacrosse.”

Head coach Rick Sowell was very encouraged by something he saw during a recent Navy men’s lacrosse scrimmage. Navy had committed a turnover and Richmond was heading the other way with the ball. Junior Greyson Torain, one of the fastest midfielders in college lacrosse, gave chase and quickly caught up to the player clearing the ball.

Right on the heels of Torain was senior Casey Rees, one year removed from undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. That sight brought a broad smile to the face of Sowell, who needs no further proof that Rees has regained the outstanding form he showed as a sophomore. “Casey is back and looks great. He’s not wearing a brace and the speed is there,” Sowell said. “Casey got over the mental hurdle of knowing he could plant and cut with no problems during the fall. Now he’s completely recovered and performing at a high level.”

The GAWD Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun with a great preview of the Jays.

Thursday’s entry is the fourth in a series taking a look at each of the seven Division I programs in this state according to their order of finish from last season. The Baltimore Sun’s men’s lacrosse preview is scheduled to be published Friday, Feb. 9. Wednesday’s visit was with UMBC. This is Johns Hopkins’ turn.

Overview: Courtesy of eight wins through last spring’s first 12 games, the Blue Jays appeared poised to make some waves in the postseason. But they dropped games against archrival Maryland in the regular-season finale, Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, and Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament to finish 8-7 for the second year in a row. Johns Hopkins was picked to finish fourth in the league’s preseason poll.

Check out BOSS Cassese on Lehigh Sports Central to talk about Lehigh’s 2018 season.

After a disappointing end to their 2017 season, UNC is ready to go in 2018.

Inconsistency was the story for last year’s North Carolina men’s lacrosse team. After a 6-7 regular season, the Tar Heels were able to catch fire, win the ACC Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament. This success was short lived, however, as the team was eliminated in the first round of the tournament after losing to Albany, 15-12, which ended its chances of a second straight NCAA title after a 2016 win. The No. 9 Tar Heels will kick off their 2018 campaign on Saturday at noon, when they host Lafayette in Kenan Memorial Stadium, the first game of a three-game home stand. UNC has 19 consecutive season opening wins, and the team will look to keep that streak alive on Saturday, even in a different location.

Check out Episode 1 of Stony Brook’s The Stall.

First you get the culture, then you get the wins: “UVA Men’s Lacrosse Hopes Culture Change Leads to More Wins.”

The guys on the UVa men’s lacrosse team say there’s been a culture change in coach Lars Tiffany’s second season as head coach.

Tiffany says five or six guys that didn’t buy into the team’s up-tempo style last year are no longer on the team. Tiffany says last year’s team was a team of individuals, but that’s changed this year.

”This group is really, really united,” says Tiffany. “I think a lot of coaches say that when you’re 0-0, and the season is ahead of us and we’re all excited, but there’s a big, big difference here between last year and this year. How much we communicate. How much we’re sharing of ourselves. How much we’re sacrificing for each other.”

UVa senior attackman Mike D’Amario says ”This year we’ve really just come together. We’re all, all-in. We all share the same core values. We want to win. We want to be successful. I think the team is out main focus this year.”

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

I thought I couldn’t be more pumped up for the Super Bowl and then the Eagles released this video.

World/National News.

Woof: Anxious people more likely to be bitten by dogs, study suggests.

Jittery postal workers who tentatively approach homes worried they could be bitten by the resident dog, may be inviting an attack, a new study suggests. In fact, adopting a unflappable self-confident swagger could be the best way to avoid a nasty nip. Researchers from the University of Liverpool discovered that people of an anxious disposition are far more likely to be bitten by dogs than people with more relaxed demeanours.

Your GIF/Video for February 2, 2018.

Check out the live feed from Punxsutawney Phil’s winter prediction ceremony from Gobbler’s Knob.

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