GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here’s everything you need to know for April 10, 2018.
What You Missed
We got a brand new College Crossecast...Stanley Cup playoff edition. Because we secretly are a hockey site.
Our new College Crosse Top 20 is out. There’s a new #1, except for one person.
Johns Hopkins attackman Cole Williams is having a great sophomore season, as Dan Arestia explains.
Thanks to Maryland’s win over Penn State, the Terps took over the top spot in MOST polls.
Lacrosse The Nation
Let’s get to some of the national and conference honors for the week:
With 8PTs in a dominant 22-13 upset win over Virginia, @PennStateWLAX senior Katie O’Donnell is the @brinelacrosse / @USLacrosse Player of the Week. ➡️ https://t.co/YyOjGjiAxx pic.twitter.com/QmeQ6R1kog— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) April 10, 2018
- Offensive Player of the Week: Michael Kraus (Virginia)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Cade Van Raaphorst (Duke)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Sean Gilroy (Binghamton)
- Defensive Player & Rookie of the Week: Tommy Linger (UMBC)
- Attack Player of the Week: Ethan Walker (Denver)
- Midfielder of the Week: Trevor Baptiste (Denver)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Nick Marrocco (Georgetown)
- Rookie of the Week: Ted Sullivan (Denver)
- Player of the Week: Noah Rak (UMass)
- Rookie of the Week: Max McGuire (Fairfield)
- Player of the Week: Jeff Teat (Cornell)
- Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Donville (Cornell)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Mike Fletcher (Quinnipiac)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Adam Bellamy (Quinnipiac)
- Rookie of the Week: Jake Weinman (Marist)
- Player of the Week: Kenny Massa (Bryant)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Zac Christianson (Robert Morris)
- Rookie of the Week: Shane Fable (Saint Joseph’s)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Sean O’Brien (Bucknell)
- Defensive Player of the Week: Foster Huggins (Loyola)
- Faceoff Specialist & Rookie of the Week: Bailey Savio (Loyola)
- Goalkeeper of the Week: Joe McSorley (Boston University)
The Big Ten and SoCon release their individual accolades later today.
Here’s the USILA’s Division II and III Coaches Polls:
Elsewhere, led by Will Sands and Sean O’Brien, along with countless others, the Bucknell Bison senior class is leading the way for a potential NCAA Tournament appearance, writes Adam Hermann of NCAA.com (and formerly of Bleeding Green Nation and Birds 24/7!):
They came up with a mission, an ethos, and core values:
Mission: Win the Patriot League Championship
Ethos: We are committed, to the Bucknell men’s lacrosse program (and all its values, the system, teammates, and administration); to yourself (accountability for meeting team standards, always striving towards goals); and to the game (respect, understanding what it takes to win)
Core Values: No excuses (don’t make them, don’t let others make them for you); earn everything (nothing’s given, gotta take it); and appreciation (think about how lucky you really are)
The seniors walked into [Frank] Fedorjaka’s office and presented him with the list.
”I was so excited,” Fedorjaka said. Leadership on the field was one thing, but that kind of leadership off the field? Months before the season begins?
He’d never had a team take on that task.
I am in LOVE with the dedication of picking classes during practice:
Some folks just have too much finesse! @kooda_kyle of @PWLC_Lacrosse utilizing some of what @Khartzell81 has taught him. The most casual hidden ball trick ever. #SCTop10 @Inside_Lacrosse @tyxanders @StickStarReport @JoseyRecords @UtahLacrosse pic.twitter.com/ZLVyWcMgMO— StickStar Lacrosse (@StickStarLax) April 9, 2018
UMBC getting love from ESPN!
For James, his growth as a player and as a member of Lehigh lacrosse came from watching and learning from his older brother.
“I’ve been watching (Lucas) play for the past two years,” James said. “I kind of had an edge on all of the other freshmen, knowing a lot of the guys from Lucas, and I knew what the team was like coming in.”
Freshman defender Matt Douglas said growing up and playing lacrosse together was the foundation of both of his teammates’ chemistry and competitiveness.
“When we have our first offense versus our first defense (in practice), there’s definitely an aspect of competitiveness between them,” Douglas said. “You can see that they’re so used to playing together because James always knows where Lucas is shooting, or Lucas knows where the spots are that’ll beat James.”
Each week, the members of Car Ramrod meet with volunteer assistant coach Andy Shilling to get their assignments. Their duties? Learn the offense that week’s opponent will likely run, and tailor their own game to fit how a particular opponent plays; does he switch hands on dodges? does he bull dodge with his right hand only? Does he shoot from anywhere on field?
This fine-tuning is crucial for Towson’s starters, particularly on defense, to get prepared for their next opponent. Car Ramrod goes live against the Tigers’ starting defense every day in practice.
“I read the scouting report on the board,” said Luke Fromert, a redshirt freshman transfer from Mercer University. “He (Shilling) chooses a player you most play like. Most of the time it’s what hand you’re supposed to use. Most of the time, my guys are both righty and lefty, or just all righty. I pretty much model myself after them, watch film on them and try and do what they do; shoot goal line extended, question mark dodges. Just try and model what he does exactly.”
One of the toughest parts about signing on to be a part of Car Ramrod is checking one’s ego at the door. It’s for the betterment of the team. And those guys on the scout team understand their role and how important it is to the Tigers’ success over the years.
Prior to the Syracuse game last weekend, Notre Dame visited legendary stickmaker Alf Jacques.
Well this isn’t good: Canada’s National Lacrosse Team Players Association and the Canadian Lacrosse Association cancelled meetings to try and find a solution for the future of Canada’s national teams, including the upcoming FIL Men’s World Championships.
Ben Simmons isn’t afraid to pick himself as Rookie of the Year and doesn’t think other rookies have been impressive.
Happy Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day! Free ice cream!
Video of the Day
I don’t know why I’m showing a Taco Bell Pop-Tart taste test, but here it is:
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