GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here’s everything you need to know for March 27, 2018.
What You Missed
Some members of the Virginia Tech women’s program were caught singing a racial slur after a win.
Here comes Rutgers, as Dan Arestia writes.
There’s plenty of men’s Tewaaraton favorites, but on the women’s side, it’s pretty much between Kylie Ohlmiller and Sam Apuzzo.
Thanks to a culture change, St. John’s is 6-2 after a one-win season.
Lacrosse The Nation
Let’s get to some of the national and conference honors for the week:
After posting 18PTs in two wins, first against Boston University in OT & then over Dartmouth, @HarvardMLax senior attackman Morgan Cheek earns @warriorlax/@USLacrosse Player of the Week honors with his record-breaking performance. ➡️ https://t.co/FlT9BIbYd2 pic.twitter.com/11zrkBD9pZ— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) March 26, 2018
Men’s lacrosse National Player of the Week (March 27): Morgan Cheek, Harvard https://t.co/PWCdIlhDwk pic.twitter.com/WAdaN75QOa— Baltimore Sun Sports (@BaltSunSports) March 27, 2018
With 14PTs & 12DC in two wins over Yale & UNC, junior attacker Sam Apuzzo led undefeated @BCwlax to its longest win streak in program history, earning her @brinelacrosse/@USLacrosse Player of the Week honors. ➡️ https://t.co/206hfHvWQd pic.twitter.com/FkBLi7mfQL— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) March 26, 2018
- Offensive Player of the Week: Brendan Bomberry (Syracuse)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Nick Mellen (Syracuse)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Sean Eccles (Albany)
- Defensive Player of the Week: J.D. Colarusso (Albany)
- Rookie of the Week: Tehoka Nanticoke (Albany)
- Attack Player of the Week: John Wagner (Marquette)
- Midfielder of the Week: Trevor Baptiste (Denver)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Cole Blazer (Marquette)
- Rookie of the Week: Keegan Khan (Villanova)
- Player of the Week: Reid Bowering (Drexel)
- Rookie of the Week: Chris Connolly (UMass)
- Player of the Week: Jeff Teat (Cornell)
- Rookie of the Week: Kyle Salvatore (Harvard)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Steven Coss (Canisius)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Brian Corrigan (Marist)
- Rookie of the Week: Logan Shamblin (Detroit Mercy)
- Player & Rookie of the Week: Marc O’Rourke (Bryant)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Alex Heger (Robert Morris)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Will Sands (Bucknell)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Matt Gilray (Bucknell)
- Faceoff Specialist of the Week: Conor Gaffney (Lehigh)
- Goalkeeper of the Week: Ryan Kern (Navy)
- Rookie of the Week: Chris Gray (Boston University)
The Big Ten and SoCon release their individual accolades later today.
Looks like Albany’s Connor Fields will play in tomorrow night’s game against Harvard. Head coach Scott Marr told reporters he had a sprained right MCL. Have you ever heard a coach tell reporters about injury specifics? +1 to him.
One reason for UMBC’s lack of offense: Injuries. Add star attackman Ryan Frawley to that list, who’s out indefinitely with a thumb injury according to Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun:
“We’re hoping we can get him back this week, but who knows?” [Ryan] Moran said Monday morning of Frawley’s status. “Right now, we’re down all three. That’s kind of the boat that we’re in, and we’re replacing them with some young guys, two freshmen right now. That’s the season for you. You’ve got to try to stay as healthy as you can.”
Moran said he has never coached a team that lost its top three attackmen, but dismissed the notion that UMBC is feeling snakebitten.
“Sometimes you dodge those bullets, and I’ve been on teams where we’ve kept everybody that’s important healthy the whole year,” he said. “And then this is kind of a first for me, and it’s an area where we were very thin to begin with. So those are the breaks sometimes. But talking to the players, these situations that you get in now are really going to help you get better coaching in the immediate and give you better experience moving forward throughout your career. You’ve just got to keep trying to put a positive spin on it and move forward. To our credit, even with the younger guys and a different starting attack, what they did statistically against a team that just beat Notre Dame, I thought it was pretty impressive. Their goalie made 13 saves, and we generated 42 saves and only had six turnovers and had perfect clearing. Those are some of the important improvement stats.”
Penn State Nittany Lions FOGO Gerard Arceri is an elite draw taker. But Andrew Rubin of The Daily Collegian asks if he can reach the top of the FOGO mountain:
He’s third in the nation with a win percentage of 70.4 percent. Arceri only trails Baptiste at 75.1 percent and Ierlan, who has won a mind-numbing 84 percent of face-offs.
With two years of eligibility left after this season, Penn State coach Jeff Tambroni was asked if he thought Arceri could reach Baptiste’s level in time. Either way, it’s shaking out that Ierlan and Arceri are going to compete for supremacy starting in 2019.
“It’s tough to compare one face-off guy to the next,” Tambroni said. “I think he has in some way, shape or form, for us, what he does for us, the significance of his success I think he already has. Trevor Baptiste is a phenomenal face-off specialist, I would love to see the two go against each other.”
When asked about it, Arceri said he thinks he has what it takes to stand out from the group of elite face-off men across the country.
“If me and the wings stay on the same page, keep working as hard as we have, maybe work even harder, I think the sky is the limit,” Arceri said.
Thanks to a number of former Maryland Terrapins, lacrosse is growing out west, reports The Diamondback’s Scott Gelman:
Lacrosse’s popularity in Washington began in Seattle, [Drew] Snider said, but his organization helped expand it to the rest of the state.
The duo then founded CitySide Lacrosse, which organizes leagues and travel teams to take to the East Coast. Four years after its inception, the program has 4,000 kids, Snider said. Most of its events are sold out or close to it. Other youth programs in the area have wait lists.
”Lacrosse is getting out there and people are aware of the sport because there is NCAA lacrosse on ESPN,” Snider said. “It’s a combination of that and players like myself originally from the West Coast [who have] gone and played on the East Coast and come back home to start coaching.”
Despite lacrosse’s increased popularity in the region, field conditions challenge its growth, Snider said. With rain often in the forecast, cities try to push the group’s clinics and games to one of the few turf facilities in the area.
The NLL ref who made one of the greatest penalty calls explains that said call:
VIDEO: You've seen the viral video of the Best Penalty Call Ever. Now hear from the ref @nllref12 who gives his full explanation of it. @MammothLax @NLL @ZackGreer88 @StealthLAX @DenverChannel #Lacrosse #NLL pic.twitter.com/I2yTG78lcv— Alison Mastrangelo (@AlisonM_TV) March 26, 2018
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov almost scored a lacrosse-style goal.
Markelle Fultz played in an NBA game last night!
Wendy’s has a mixtape. That was a weird sentence to write.
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What shoes does Shannon Sharpe like?
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