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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for March 11, 2018.

What You Missed

We recap a busy Saturday, including Albany’s win over Maryland and the return of the 18-7 score.

Chris Blewitt scored four goals for Saint Joseph’s in their first win of the season over Monmouth, from our newest contributor Jake Schmied.

To begin the weekend, the Michigan Wolverines took down the Air Force Falcons on Friday.

Lacrosse The Nation

Take a read at some other recaps of games from yesterday:

DePauw lost to Denison, but they won with this goalie goal!

We also have one game on tap for today, with Detroit Mercy hosting Air Force!

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This is a great tribute done by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas boys’ lacrosse team:

Current Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan and Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis once played on the same lacrosse team growing up in Brampton, Ontario, pens David Singh of Sportsnet:

“It’s weird to say, but I actually prefer to play lacrosse over hockey,” Monahan says. “I love both games. But when I got drafted to the OHL and I had to start training in the summer and had to give up lacrosse, that was really difficult for me.

“It’s something that I still always think about.”

All that time spent in the lacrosse box seemed to only enhance Monahan’s skills on the ice. His hand-eye co-ordination and timing became refined and he learned how to roll off checks. Monahan developed into a dynamic forward during a hugely successful three-year stint with the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL, before the Flames drafted him sixth overall in 2013.

Ennis says his father, an avid hockey fan, was the first one to point out to him that Monahan had become a promising prospect.

“I was not surprised,” Ennis admits. “But to hear he was doing so well, and was a top pick in the NHL, was crazy.”

With the Stony Brook Seawolves women’s program, head coach Joe Spallina’s vision of the current powerhouse began at Adelphi, from Kenny DeJohn of Newsday:

“I had to use my reputation and track record at Adelphi more than I used anything I could show at Stony Brook, other than [LaValle Stadium]. It’s a lot like free agency. If you’re not in one of those top markets or programs, sometimes you have to overpay for a free agent. Early on, maybe we threw a lot of money at some kids we knew were program-changers.”

Adelphi transfers Frankie Caridi, Demmianne Cook, Claire Petersen and Michelle Rubino, as well as Florida transfer Janine Hillier, joined Spallina in his first year and helped stabilize the program.

Spallina mentioned 2017 graduate Dorrien Van Dyke, redshirt seniors Courtney Murphy and Brooke Gubitosi, and Tewaaraton Award finalist Kylie Ohlmiller as players who came later and made an impact when Stony Brook was still a middling mid-major.

“They trusted me. They trusted a vision,” he said. “When you look at the recruiting pitch now, it’s different. Back then, those kids came to me based on a vision after maybe being overlooked by some other places. I’m obviously forever in debt to those guys for that.”

In Division II, Lenoir-Rhyne is using their balanced attack to have their best season yet, writes Aaron Schnautz of the Hickory Record:

Greg Paradine, who has been the Bears’ only men’s lacrosse coach since the program began in 2011, said the strong non-conference schedule, coupled with his team’s high national ranking, has provided plenty of early tests.

“We’re gonna get an opponent’s best shot,” Paradine said. “If we want to be a championship-caliber team, we’ve got to learn to give every team we play our best shot.”

Shots – and goals – have come in bunches for the Bears. They’ve scored double-digit goals in every game this season, ranking 15th in the country with 13.7 per game. They also lead the SAC in shots, racking up nearly 300 in seven games.

“We’re young on the offensive end,” Paradine said. “We’re playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the offensive side of the ball. As those guys develop and get more confidence, I think we just continue to get better and better.”

The Bears improved to 7-1 with a 13-11 win over Wingate yesterday.

Philly Jawns

The Villanova Wildcats won the Big East Tournament in men’s basketball, meaning another win for Philadelphia!

World News

Richard Sherman will join the San Francisco 49ers on a 3-year, $39 million deal.

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