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Florida Town Of Parkland In Mourning, After Shooting At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Kills 17 Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Good morning, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for February 20, 2018.

What You Missed

Reverse Survivor makes its return for the 2018 season.

We recap the weekend that was in college lacrosse.

Lacrosse The Nation

For the first time in five days, members of the Stoneman Douglas boys’ lacrosse team held a practice after a school shooting killed 17 people. The team held practice at Calvary Christian in Fort Lauderdale in the pouring rain, since Stoneman Douglas is still closed. Wells Dusenbury of the Sun Sentinel has more:

Adam Brodsky, 17, said he was on the other side of the school during the shooting, but said he “heard everything” and remembers everything “vividly.” He lost two close friends that day – Joaquin Oliver, who shared the same birthday, and Meadow Pollack, who he had known since preschool.

“It hurts,” Brodsky said. “It really hurts. Thank God some of my friends came out alright.”

The school remains closed through Wednesday and students won’t return for classes until next week. For the senior, being surrounded by his teammates and doing everyday drills are a crucial part on the road to recovery.

“It’s step by step,” Brodsky said. “We’re going to have baby steps. Kids are still in shock. Kids are still feeling it. They can’t even believe it happened. It’s going to take some time. We’ll get back as soon as we can, but we’re not going to rush anything.”

The team already has plans to honor the victims from the shooting. Before every game, the team will wear white shirts that read “17 Strong.” [Ray] Burton said he initially planned on giving them to his players, but after showcasing the T’s on social media, he received constant requests from people wanting to buy the shirts. On Monday, he made them available for sale online and within 30 minutes they had already received over 100 orders. All the proceeds will go to the families of the victims.

Across South Florida, teams will sport these “MSD Strong” decals to wear on their helmets.

US Lacrosse/ Sun Sentinel

Philadelphia will be the new home of LaxCon for the 2019 and 2020 editions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center!

“We are thrilled that LaxCon is coming back to Philadelphia for their 2019 and 2020 events,” Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. “We look forward to welcoming nearly 8,000 members of the lacrosse community from across the country, who will generate an estimated 3,600 room nights for area hotels. Sporting events provide great economic wins for our city and in 2016, generated an estimated $180 million in economic impact while helping to support more than 71,000 hospitality-related jobs in Philadelphia.”

Let’s get to some of the national and conference honors for the week:

ACC:

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Justin Guterding (Duke)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Danny Fowler (Duke)

America East:

  • Offensive Player & Rookie of the Week: Tehoka Nanticoke (Albany)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: J.D. Colarusso (Albany)

Big East:

  • Attackman of the Week: Ethan Walker (Denver)
  • Midfielder of the Week: Connor McClelland (Marquette)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Nick Testa (Villanova)
  • Rookie of the Week: Colin Crowley (Villanova)

Ivy League:

  • Player of the Week: Tyler Blaisdell (Princeton)
  • Rookie of the Week: Steven Cuccurullo (Harvard)

MAAC:

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Mike Fletcher (Quinnipiac)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Will Vitelli (Quinnipiac)
  • Co-Rookies of the Week: Brett Erskine (Detroit Mercy) & Anthony Tebbano (Siena)

NEC:

  • Player of the Week: Max Tuttle (Sacred Heart)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Nick Albanese (Sacred Heart)
  • Rookie of the Week: Luke Frankeny (Mount St. Mary’s)

Patriot League:

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Griffin Brown (Colgate)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Foster Huggins (Loyola)
  • Faceoff Specialist of the Week: Collin Orr (Colgate)
  • Goalkeeper of the Week: Jacob Stover (Loyola)
  • Rookie of the Week: Jeff Durden (Navy)

The Big Ten and SoCon release their individual accolades later today.

Shoutout to Cleveland State Vikings head coach Dylan Sheridan on being named to the USILA Board of Directors!

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board and look forward to assisting the USILA to continue its mission to reward the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes,” Sheridan said. “I’m excited to play a small role in helping recognize the outstanding achievements—on the field, in the classroom and in the community—of our teams and players.”

Along with Sheridan, three other individuals were named to the Board of Directors: Skip Lichtfuss, a U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Famer who was an All-American player at Washington & Lee; Stacie Michaud, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information at the United States Naval Academy; and Brad Wachler, the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Lindenwood University.

Marquette unveiled their new starting attack, which is all freshmen in Saturday’s win over Jacksonville. Joe Amplo hopes they continue their good start, writes Brendan Ploen of the Marquette Wire:

True freshmen Anthony Orsini and Keaton Thomson made their debut on the front line along with redshirt freshmen Griffin Fleming and Colin O’Donnell last Saturday in the 11-10 win against Jacksonville.

Redshirt junior John Wagner scored the game-winning goal against the Dolphins, but the freshmen are seeing heavy usage.

“Hopefully it’s motivation for some other guys to feel like they can step up in a big moment like Johnny did today,” Amplo said.

Orsini scored his first two collegiate goals, recorded an assist and took seven shots in his debut. Meanwhile, O’Donnell added a crucial assist to Wagner’s second goal with 6:25 remaining to give Marquette a two-goal advantage. Thomson also took two shots on goal and picked up a ground ball.

Detroit Mercy toured Everbank Field before their game against Jacksonville tonight:

Furman Paladins head coach Richie Meade recaps Saturday’s loss to Sacred Heart and previews Canisius:

Former Albany Great Danes attackman Lyle Thompson thinks Connor Fields and then Tehoka Nanticoke can break his scoring record, notes Michael Kelly of The Daily Gazette:

“They both can do it. They’re both capable of it. I know that from experience playing within our system at Albany,” Thompson said of head coach Scott Marr’s program. “It’s meant to score a lot of goals, to have fun and to push it.”

Thompson scored a record 400 points during his 2012-2015 career at UAlbany, during which he shared the 2014 Tewaaraton Award with his brother Miles and won the 2015 Tewaaraton Award solo.

During his senior season, Thompson played with a freshman Fields. Thompson broke Cornell’s Rob Pannell’s career scoring record that year with an assist on a Fields goal.

Fields entered his senior season needing 122 points to tie Thompson’s career mark after scoring 117 last season. Thompson — who now lives in Six Nations, where Nanticoke grew up — said he thinks Fields has the ability to outdo what he produced last season, especially given the opportunity to play with Nanticoke, the nation’s consensus top freshman who started his career by winning America East Offensive Player of the Week and America East Rookie of the Week awards.

Maryland Terrapins goalie Dan Morris will represent the Philippines in this year’s FIL World Championships!

Schedule note: Saturday’s Canisius-Furman game will be played at Radnor High School in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Returning to Florida where the FHSAA hopes the required helmets rule for girls’ lacrosse will cut down on concussions.

The Syracuse Orange are ready to rebound from Saturday’s big loss to Albany:

Sunday’s Ohio State-Jacksonville game in the Moe’s Lacrosse Classic will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on tape delay at 9 PM.

The Delaware Blue Hens women’s team explains why they stripe their sticks:

Syracuse added a former field hockey All-American to their women’s lacrosse team for the season.

MCLA news: Missouri State has begun their season going 3-1 in the Lone Star Alliance Conference.

Philly Jawns

With Michal Neuvirth out for “weeks”, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired goalie Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings for draft picks.

World News

Albertsons is going to buy Rite Aid.

Video of the Day

Here’s Fergie’s interesting rendition of the National Anthem from Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. Do you like it?

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