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Some goals, you got to see to believe. University at Albany men’s lacrosse junior defenseman Matt Perla — who never previously had taken a shot in a college game before Wednesday night — had one of those against Harvard in the Great Danes’ 14-6 win at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
With Harvard looking to force a turnover using a 10-man ride — a defensive tactic involving a team’s goalie leaving the goal to directly defend an attacking player — in the fourth quarter, Perla took aim from more than 50 yards out and delivered the game’s top highlight. His first college goal made for a sensational moment, as his long shot zipped past a diving Harvard goalie Robert Shaw’s attempt to race his way in front of the ball.
“I honestly just heard Coach say, ‘Shoot it,’ so I shot it,” said Perla, whose goal put UAlbany up 12-5 with 9:22 to go in the game. “It was a little bit lucky, but it went in — so, happy with that.”
“It was wide open and it was just awesome when it went it,” UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said.
So this happened tonight... MATT PERLA from @ualbanymlax with the absolute BOMB from 50 yards out! @notthefakeSVP how bout some #SCtop10 love for the Great Danes?!? #GreatnessLivesHere #DaneTrain pic.twitter.com/EvwLoaaAjU— UAlbany Sports (@UAlbanySports) March 29, 2018
For more than five years, Jake Pulver has saved a voicemail on his phone. The recording is short – just 50 seconds long – but its message looms large to this day.
“It was from my club lacrosse coach, Ric Beardsley,” says Pulver, “and it was just him saying that I should look at other schools because Cornell and the other Ivies didn’t want me.”
A month prior to receiving that voicemail, Pulver had attended the Cornell lacrosse program’s prospect camp, in hopes of getting recruited by the Big Red. Unfortunately for the Manlius, New York, native, the Cornell coaches weren’t interested in the undersized defenseman.
Shout out to the Colonials.
Andrew Pollack keeps a keen eye on his stopwatch as his St. Thomas Aquinas lacrosse players sprint past him. Nowadays, being on the field as the team’s statistician is an especially welcome respite from a parent’s worst nightmare. His 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was shot to death in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre on Feb. 14, one of 17 students and staffers killed. “It’s emotional every time I come here, because the kids feel my pain,” Pollack said. “Coming out here takes my mind off of everything that goes through my head during day, which is painful. I can’t even describe how bad it is because I don’t want anyone to go through what I’m going through. “But at least when I get on the field with these kids and see them play – it takes my mind off everything.”
The first thing you notice about Kyle Lauletta? His feet. They’re quiet. He’s like a puppy dog walking on cotton. Maybe it’s his lacrosse background (you did know he played lacrosse back in the day didn’t you?). Lauletta is quite comfortable operating off play-action or rolling out to either side. His accuracy on the run is excellent. Of the quarterbacks I’ve studied in this draft, he throws it as well as anyone on the move, at least in the short to mid-range areas.
Lauletta’s also football-smart. His coach at the Senior Bowl, Bill O’Brien of the Houston Texans, lauded the former Richmond Spider for his ability to process the information daily and then apply it on the field. Lauletta capped the week by earning the game’s MVP, further solidifying his rise from FCS unknown to a potential second-day pick. It’s all happening… Lauletta’s release is quick. I’ve heard it compared to Jimmy G’s. Let’s not get crazy. Garoppolo’s release is one of the best in the league. With Lauletta, you can see it coming, but those mechanics are sound and it looks like he’s eliminated a quick windup that showed up on tape more than once. That allows the ball to come out quickly and when it does, he’s usually on point. Lauletta completed 65 percent of his throws this past season with 28 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.
To say that the Rutgers men’s lacrosse loves to play at home would be quite the understatement. Dating back to 2015, the Scarlet Knights are 19-1 at High Point Solutions Stadium with nine of those wins coming against ranked opponents and six of them coming against Big Ten competition. The only loss? A triple-overtime heartbreaker last season against eventual National Champion Maryland. This season, Rutgers has already defeated one ranked opponent in current No. 10 ranked Syracuse and will host its highest-ranked opponent on Sunday night in No. 6 John Hopkins.
With their only other home games remaining against No. 15 Michigan and unranked Penn State, the Blue Jays could very well represent the highest-ranked team to come to Piscataway in 2018. “We just have a different energy when we play here,” said senior midfielder and captain Christian Mazzone. “...We got the crowd behind us, we play in a great stadium and you can just feel the electricity in the air. It’s a great feeling.”
Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala was not about to hit the panic button when his team lost two of three games to open the season. He knew where his players needed to improve, mainly with avoiding unforced turnovers. The Blue Jays refocused and have put together five consecutive victories since losing to North Carolina, 13-11, Feb. 23. Three of those five wins have come against ranked opponents, which has been a boost to Johns Hopkins’ RPI. The Blue Jays are now one of the hottest teams in the country as they get set to open Big Ten play at Rutgers April 1. Johns Hopkins showed its resiliency by overcoming a seven-goal halftime deficit to beat No. 10 Virginia, 15-13, to win its second straight Doyle Smith Cup March 24. It was the first time in the 135-year history of the program that Johns Hopkins overcame a seven-goal deficit to win a game. It was not the start Pietramala wanted, but he was happy with the end result. “I was greatly disappointed with how flat we were in the first half and the toughness we lacked, but in the second half, we played lacrosse the way we’re capable of,” Pietramala said.
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My family loved the Franklin Institute’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit, which recently closed after a five-month run. The Inquirer called it “ambitious” and “tremendously inventive.” But not everybody was quite so pleased. A 50-year-old Pennsylvania woman named Chien-Hui Lee has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Franklin Institute, alleging that the Terracotta Warriors exhibit and the marketing surrounding it were “deceptive” and “fraudulent.”
In case you missed the exhibit, a brief recap. Back in the mid-1970s, a man in China was digging when he found pieces of terracotta in the ground. It turned out to be a huge archaeological find — thousands of life-sized terracotta statues, buried more than 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor.
The problem, according to Lee’s lawsuit, is that most of the statues in the Franklin Institute’s exhibit were actually fakes, or, as museums prefer to refer to them, replicas. (Some press outlets did note the presence of replicas in the exhibit.) And Lee says that she didn’t pay to see replicas, because replicas weren’t what the museum had promised.
Sea turtles have evolved to use their flippers as hands, grasping jellyfish and even karate-chopping their prey, scientists have found. Previously it was thought that the brains of the reptiles were too small to handle the dexterity required for manipulating objects with their limbs. Instead, it was thought they simply used their flippers to swim and change direction.
But after scouring photos and videos of marine turtles, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California have discovered the creatures are surprisingly nimble. The images showed turtles karate-chopping and carrying jellyfish prey, rolling a scallop along the seafloor, grasping coral to eat the sponge clinging to its surface, and pushing against a reef for leverage while ripping loose an anemone. In fact, the researchers identified at least eight different kinds of flipper manipulation, including ‘holding’, ‘digging’, ‘striking’, ‘tossing’, ‘leveraging’, ‘swiping’, ‘corralling’, and ‘pounding’. They were even seen licking their ‘fingers’ after eating.
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