IT’S TIME! After EIGHT LONG months, college lacrosse is back!! Now, it’s obviously not a full slate of games and lots of teams won’t be playing for another 2-3 weeks. But who cares about details?! COLLEGE LACROSSE IS BACK, BABY!!
We have 10 games on tap today, with a majority of them starting at 12:00 & 1:00. The College Crosse Game Day Live Stream is up in the air, as The Kid Chris has practice this morning, but here’s Chris’s first Power Rankings for the 2018 season to hold you over until the games begin.
Additionally, you can find today’s Big Board directly below. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the Stream cell will take you to the broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game. Unfortunately, not every game is going to be streamed today, but we got links for most of them, so we gonna be alright. Anyway, without further ado, let’s go to the Big Board!!
College Crosse Big Board For February 3, 2018.
|Time||Home Team||Away Team||TV/Stream||Live Stats|
|Time||Home Team||Away Team||TV/Stream||Live Stats|
|12:00||Lehigh||NJIT||Patriot League Lacrosse||Live Stats|
|12:00||North Carolina||Lafayette||ACC Network Extra||Live Stats|
|1:00||Rutgers||Robert Morris||BTN Plus ($$)||Live Stats|
|1:00||Bryant||Manhattan||NEC Front Row||Live Stats|
|1:00||Duke||Air Force||ACC Network Extra||Live Stats|
|1:00||Penn State||Villanova||Live Stats|
|1:00||Boston Univ.||Providence||Patriot League Network||Live Stats|
|6:00||Clevland St.||Ohio State||Lax Sports Net||Live Stats|
#LaxVegasLines: 2/3 Official Lines pic.twitter.com/LhBsoneb3X— Lax Vegas Lines (@LaxVegasLines) January 31, 2018
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Games To Watch.
Since there are only ten games to watch, I would advise you to watch them all. However, if your time is limited, here are the games that you really shouldn’t miss today.
- Air Foce vs. Duke: Last year the Fly Boys took down the Blue Devils in Durham in a game that actually wasn’t that close. This year, however, Duke is coming into the game as the number team in the nation and will most certainly look to avenge last year’s loss. Adding to today’s intrigue is the fact that Air Force hasn’t announced if the entire team has been reinstated after players and coaches were suspended during the fall pending an investigation into the program. This will be everyone’s first chance to see whether or not Air Force will field a full squad in 2018.
- Providence vs. Boston University: This should be a great game between two of College Crosse’s darlings. Moreover, given the quality of both teams, you can make a case that this is the best game of the day that you are going to see today (PSU vs. Villanova won’t be streamed today and Rutgers vs. Robert Morris is behind a paywall). If this game is anything like last year’s #WhitneyInOT special, we are in store for a very entertaining afternoon in Boston, Mass.
#WhitneyInOT @BUMensLacrosse @Marisa_Ingemi @SexyTimeLax— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) February 5, 2017
Video from @GKessFilms pic.twitter.com/QAXsdXvwkM
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it, check out our podcast with Paul Carcaterra which was taped on Thursday night.
BEWARE OF BEARS!!!
Great article from the GAWD Edward Lee of the Baltimore sun: Ryan Kern one of few Navy men’s lacrosse players scrambling to watch Super Bowl.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Kern’s top priority is making enough saves to help the Navy men’s lacrosse team win its season opener Sunday against Jacksonville. His next objective is finding a way to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII later that evening. Faceoff between the Midshipmen and the Dolphins at D.B. Milne Field in Jacksonville is set for noon. But the Southwest Airlines flight carrying the players and coaches back to Annapolis is not scheduled to depart until 7:15 p.m. and land until 9:05 p.m.
The timing of the plane ride has left Kern, a Middletown, Del., resident and senior long-stick midfielder George Uhrich, an Ambler, Pa., resident scrambling to watch the game.
“I will have my Eagles jersey in my bag, and me and George Uhrich found out that it’s Southwest Airlines,” Kern said Thursday. “So they should have the game up [via WiFi]. I have the NFL Network on my phone, so that I’ll be ready to load it up and watch it as soon as we get on the plane. I have it figured out. But I’m still more focused on the Jacksonville game.”
Speaking of the intersection of lacrosse and football: Patriots’ Belichick has maintained his Maryland and lacrosse roots.
The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse players were starstruck.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was visiting their practice in Baltimore for the first time in the spring of 2007, and most of the players choked up when saying hello to one of the best-ever NFL coaches.
Since then, the players who have rotated through the program have become comfortable around Belichick. Belichick started visiting Johns Hopkins’ practices and games about three times per year after developing a friendship with coach Dave Pietramala in 2006, learning all of the players’ names and chatting with them individually.
An Annapolis, Maryland, native, Belichick played lacrosse and football at Wesleyan University. While he’s paved a legacy in coaching football and will try for his sixth Super Bowl on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. against the Philadelphia Eagles, Belichick has maintained his connection to lacrosse throughout his 42-year coaching career.
“There is a great passion that he has for the sport,” Pietramala told Capital News Service. “He’s very, very knowledgeable of the game.”
Shout out to Lynchburg men’s lacrosse. This video is hilarious.
Song of the day
What other song could there be for the first Saturday of a BRAND NEW college lacrosse season?! HIT IT, MYLIE!!