GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for February 5, 2018.
What You Missed
We had a kind of busy Saturday in college lacrosse!
Lacrosse The Nation
There was one game yesterday...no not that one, but we’ll get to that one later.
The Jacksonville Dolphins came out as surprise victors over the Navy Midshipmen, 12-7. You can check the box score here.
Jacksonville’s five-goal second quarter proved to be the deciding factor in the win. Eric Applegate and Dwayne Mattushik each scored twice in that span. Mattushik had five goals on the day, and Applegate finished with a hat-trick and one assist.
The Dolphins also had the edge in face-offs and in goal. Hunter Forbes went 19-of-22 on draws against a Midshipmen team that did not have Joe Varello. Hunter Sells, the former Johns Hopkins commit, made six saves in the win.
Navy was led by Christian Daniel at attack and Ryan Wade at midfield, who both had a goal and two assists. Casey Rees returned with two goals, along with Chris Hill. Ryan Kern made 15 saves.
Three Stars from the game:
⭐️⭐️⭐️: Hunter Forbes, FOGO, Jacksonville (19-of-22 on face-offs, 13 GBs, 2 As)
⭐️⭐️: Eric Applegate, M, Jacksonville (3 Gs, 1 A on 6 shots, 4 GBs, 2 CTs)
⭐️: Dwayne Mattushik, A, Jacksonville (5 Gs on 8 shots, 2 GBs, 1 CT)
The Dolphins are at Duke on Saturday, while Navy is at College Park to take on the defending national champion Maryland Terrapins on Saturday.
US Lacrosse Magazine has Villanova going up to 13th and Penn State dropping to 17th in their top 20. Quint Kessenich for Inside Lacrosse has his updated top 20 (and then some). No Media poll for this week.
Elsewhere, the Yale Bulldogs defeated the Syracuse Orange, 13-8, in Cuse’s final scrimmage before Saturday’s home opener against Binghamton.
Speaking of the Orange, check out this great men’s and women’s lacrosse guide by The Daily Orange!
Towson’s Shawn Nadelen is ready to move on from last year’s great season, pens Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun:
“That was for last year’s team, and that’s how I want them to treat that,” he said. “That was for them. This year is for us and for this group, and I want them to understand the work ethic that needs to go into being able to compete every day in practice and get the best out of each other in practice every day and stack those days together leading into a game and stacking those weeks together into hopefully a very successful season. But I want those guys and our team to understand that it’s always a process, it’s always work, and it’s something that we have to commit to not just on the field, but off the field and how we handle ourselves and how we work on and off the field together. So understanding that last year was last year and that it’s over and done with and that this is a new year and a new season with some new players in the program, we’re trying to make the best out of it as we do every year.”
From replenishing an offense decimated by graduation to tackling a non-conference schedule that includes national runner-up Ohio State and fellow semifinalist Denver to holding off Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Tigers have plenty to occupy themselves.
Meanwhile on the women’s side, the Arizona State Sun Devils are preparing for their first ever season. Nick Sheehy from The State Press has more:
This lacrosse season marks a very significant milestone, not just for ASU, but for the conference as a whole. The Pac-12 is starting its first women’s lacrosse season as a conference, and joins the ACC and Big 10 as the third Power Five conference to offer the sport.
The Sun Devils’ season will start with six non-conference matchups before Pac-12 play. Then, the Sun Devils will play two games each against Colorado, California, Stanford, Oregon and USC.
“We want to be able to compete – we are in a tough conference even though it’s the first year of the Pac-12,” [Courtney] Martinez Connor said. “It’s going to be a tough conference kind of like when the Big Ten first began. They started out as a dominant conference, and the Pac-12 isn’t going to be any different. We are going to be one of the top three conferences in the country, and that says a lot in your first year competing.”
Junior attack Kerri Clayton said the team is fine tuning before the regular season starts.
“We are working on just offensive sets... ,” Clayton said. “If they cover us in one area, we will be able to thrive in another so just working on the small details before our first game.”
Well...the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions!
Celebrations were wild last night.
Bitcoin goes below $8,000.
Video of the Day
Super Bowl LII highlights because Go Birds.
And the trophy presentation.
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