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College Crosse Prospectus: This week’s individual honors, Penn State thinking high for potential tournament run

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here’s everything you need to know for April 17, 2018.

What You Missed

Our brand new Top 20 is out, and the Maryland Terrapins lead the way once again.

The Army-Navy game always deliver, and Dan was on hand for this year’s edition.

Lacrosse The Nation

Let’s get to some of the national and conference honors for the week:

ACC:

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Justin Guterding (Duke)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: John Sexton (Notre Dame)

America East:

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Daniel Cozzi (UMass Lowell)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Bollinger (Stony Brook)
  • Rookie of the Week: Tommy Linger (UMBC)

Big East:

  • Attack Player of the Week: John Wagner (Marquette)
  • Midfielder of the Week: Lucas Wittenberg (Georgetown)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Nick Marrocco (Georgetown)
  • Rookie of the Week: Griffin Fleming (Marquette)

CAA:

  • Co-Players of the Week: Jimmeh Koita (Drexel) & Charlie Kitchen (Delaware)
  • Rookie of the Week: Chris Connolly (UMass)

Ivy League:

  • Player of the Week: Michael Sowers (Princeton)
  • Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Donville (Cornell)

MAAC:

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Matthew Vangalen (Detroit Mercy)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Will Vitelli (Quinnipiac)
  • Rookie of the Week: Jake Tomsik (Quinnipiac)

NEC:

  • Player of the Week: Chris Blewitt (Saint Joseph’s)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Alex Heger (Robert Morris)
  • Rookie of the Week: Mike Adler (Saint Joseph’s)

Patriot League:

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Pat Spencer (Loyola)
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Foster Huggins (Loyola)
  • Faceoff Specialist: Joe Varello (Navy)
  • Goalkeeper of the Week: Ryan Kern (Navy)
  • Rookie of the Week: Aidan Olmstead (Loyola)

The Big Ten and SoCon release their individual accolades later today.

Here’s the USILA Coaches polls for Division II and Division III:

USILA
USILA

After Penn State’s first ever win over Johns Hopkins, the Nittany Lions are starting to believe they can make a postseason run, writes Navin Zachariah of Onward State:

“I would say this is a big win. I mean I think honestly every win in the Big Ten is a big win. I do think that playing against some of the traditionally successful teams like Maryland and Hopkins seem to have a different element. Some of it is just belief — a belief that you belong in that conversation,” [Jeff] Tambroni said. “And I think that’s where it starts, that you believe you belong in the same name frame as some of these blue-blood programs.”

And although Tambroni realizes the gravity of this victory, he knows his team has higher aspirations.

“I also don’t want to overblow this because there is a lot of season left to play,” Tambroni said. “Hopefully this just gets us closer to some of our goals that we set this year.”

Could the Richmond Spiders join the ACC? Nope.

With the addition of a sixth member, the ACC would reach the minimum number for an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament (Syracuse is the fifth), but the ACC has no affiliate members (schools from other leagues) that participate in its competition. There is no plan at this time to change that, Amy Yakola, the ACC’s executive associate commissioner, said Monday.

In the NCAA’s latest official RPI release, Maryland tops those rankings, followed by Albany. But the Great Danes top the Men’s Lacrosse Committee’s rankings that were released Saturday.

Despite the top rankings for the Terps, they had a disastrous second quarter against Rutgers. John Tillman wasn’t pleased, as Scott Gelman of The Diamondback notes:

“There were so many self-inflicted wounds,” Tillman said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a lacrosse game where someone had six penalties in a quarter. You can’t expect to win many games doing that.”

The Scarlet Knights’ rally began less than a minute into the quarter with a goal from attackman Kieran Mullins. Then, the Terps’ upped their aggression with a pushing foul on midfielder Roman Puglise with about 14 minutes remaining, putting the Terps a man down.

Rutgers didn’t capitalize on that opportunity but continued to pressure Maryland’s defense and, starting with about eight minutes remaining, scored four consecutive goals to level the score entering intermission.

Maryland’s defense, which allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals just five times this season entering the matchup, continued to be challenged. Mullins ended the half the same way he started it, finding the net to tie the game at five entering the intermission.

”We played a little bit slow in the first half,” said midfielder Connor Kelly, who scored four goals and posted four assists. “Last week’s Penn State game prepared us for this game.”

Patrick Stevens has a new Bracketology post for US Lacrosse Magazine.

Jacksonville’s Hunter Forbes is out here winning awards!

Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle is ready for his return to the sidelines:

Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News gives you the complete lowdown of the Dallas Rattlers.

Cowboys players Byron Jones and Jeff Heath learned some lacrosse skills from members of the Rattlers:

Also in non-lacrosse news, Jones announced his switch to cornerback:

Maryland’s Megan Whittle isn’t satisfied as the team’s leading scorer, pens Lila Bromberg of The Diamondback:

Since she began playing lacrosse, Whittle has displayed eye-catching skills. The Terps attacker has combined that raw talent with an unrelenting drive to be one of the best players in the country for years. And after a first-half goal against Ohio State on Sunday, she’s scored more goals than anyone else in program history.

”It was a really special moment, not just for myself, but for the entire team,” Whittle said. “Being a part of this historical program and being able to set records alongside my teammates is really special. Again, I’m really proud of myself, but I’m more proud of my teammates for giving me the opportunity so I can accomplish all of these great things.”

[Cathy] Reese called a timeout after Whittle’s record-breaking 268th goal so the senior’s accomplishment could be recognized.

But amid hugs and tears of joy, Whittle credited her team with getting her to this point, as she frequently does when asked about her scoring. Her true commitment to her teammates, though, is in her effort.

One team in Minnesota was on the field yesterday. Shoveling snow.

Philly Jawns

Dwyane Wade turned back the clock as the Miami Heat beat the Sixers in Game 2.

World News

Michael Cohen’s third client is Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

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