We have a full docket today with thirty-three games on the schedule. Additionally, we have not one, not two, not three, BUT FOUR SATURDAY NIGHT LACROSSE GAMES TONIGHT! God is real, fam. GOD IS REAL! Anyway, strap in, because it’s going to be a LONG day of lacrosse.
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.
College Crosse Big Board For March 24, 2018.
(Ed. Note: For information/entertainment purposes only! #WeDoNotEndorseGambling).
Games To Watch
- Duke vs. Syracuse: While Syracuse still has the Cornell game to play in April, today’s match-up versus Duke is a very important one, as the Orange are riding a two game losing streak and BOSS Desko’s crew could use a marquee win on their resume if they want to make the NCAA Tournament. It’s not panic time in Syracuse, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Orange to win today.
- Maryland vs. North Carolina: Terps & Heels are California dreamin’ tonight. The two schools will be playing in the Pacific Coast Lax Shootout in the Golden State for the second time in three years, with the first being back in 2015. Carolina, like Syracuse, has been struggling in March and really needs this win to get back on the right track. The game will be on YouTube tonight, so the comments section should be quite lively.
- Yale vs. Princeton: This is the 103rd meeting in the series. which Princeton leads 73-27-2. This is usually a very tight game, as seven of the last eight match-ups have been decided by one goal. I’ve taken a lot of grief in the College Crosse DMs for underestimating the Bull Dogs, hopefully, Princeton demonstrates why I was right.
Game Of The Day
Johns Hopkins vs. Virginia: Start your day off PROPERLY with the Jays vs. Cavs at 11:30 this morning. This is the 93rd meeting between the two schools in a series that goes back to 1904 (Hop leads 60-31-1). Both programs have an enormous amount of respect for each other and to demonstrate the significance of the series, the two play for the Doyle Smith Cup. The Doyle Smith Cup is named after JHU graduate Doyle Smith.
Smith served as team manager and statistician for Johns Hopkins under head coach Bob Scott from 1963-1968. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1966 and earned a masters degree in 1968. He received the Barton Cup for academic excellence and the H Club Cup for contributions to athletics at Johns Hopkins. He worked as an assistant sports information director at the University of Virginia from 1968 until his retirement in 1999, serving as the lacrosse team’s statistician for four head coaches--Buddy Beardmore, Glenn Thiel, Jim Adams and Dom Starsia.
With a game slated for Saturday, it appears Holy Cross will not have Judd Lattimore at the helm. According to sources, the Crusaders have placed Lattimore on administrative leave pending investigation. The fourth-year head coach reportedly drew the ire of some parents and players for coaching tactics such as having the team running wind sprints at halftime against Brown. “We are evaluating a personnel matter and the college cannot comment on personnel matters,” a team spokesperson said in a statement. The Crusaders have struggled this season, coping with the graduation of several top players and have dropped to 1-8. Scoring just 5.38 goals per game, the offense hasn’t been able to find itself.
It started as a simple invitation to play the club sport while attending Lock Haven University. He had no prior experience but gave it a shot and Zachary Smith instantly fell in love with lacrosse. That passion never died when he was done with schooling and upon returning to Mifflin County. Instead, he wanted to give boys at the high school another opportunity to play a sport in the spring season.
“I wanted to give kids another choice of sport because it’s basically baseball or track right now,” Smith said. “I know when I was in high school, I never really had an interest in baseball and went out for track just so I was in shape for football the following year.”
In a sport that has aspects of football, soccer, basketball and hockey, lacrosse would be a different change of scenery locally. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work.
Nate Solomon, Nick Mellen, & Jamie Trimboli of Syracuse preview Duke.
Justin Reh was born two minutes before his fraternal twin brother, Troy. That’s not the way it was planned, according to the Rehs, who are valued seniors on the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team. “I was supposed to come out first, and (Justin) pushed me out of the way,’’ Troy said. “That’s what the doctor said,’’ Justin chimed in.
“That’s what my mom said, so we’ll believe it,’’ Troy added. “I had to let (Justin) get some type of confidence in before I started beating him up.” It’s surprising Justin reached daylight first since Troy is one known for being impulsive and aggressive. They’re traits that serve him well as a long-stick midfielder for the top-ranked Great Danes. Meanwhile, Justin is a starting attackman who’s scored 10 goals this season for UAlbany (7-0), which plays at UMass Lowell on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Duke Blue Devils will be hosting the Syracuse Orange this weekend for a Saturday matchup. The Blue Devils are coming off of a week in which it played a Saturday game at Towson and then a Sunday game at Cleveland State. That’s right, two games in two non-home cities in two days. Saturday will be Duke’s fourth straight away game and most impressively, no matter who was on the schedule, the Dukies have won each of those three.
And no, it is not lost on me that Syracuse will play Duke in basketball in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday. Let’s be clear, if the Orange lose that game I will be salty as hell on the Saturday so let’s get that done.
Duke is 8-1 coming into Saturday, the one loss against the Penn Quakers in a 10-9 contest. This is a powerful offensive team but solid at both ends of the field. Given how Syracuse has played recently this will take a heck of an effort if the Orange want to come out with a win.
Song Of The Day
Your boy is moving back to the Garden State for a new job in Trenton in the next couple weeks! Jersey, your boy’s coming home!! Hit it, Puff!