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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 20, 2018.

What You Missed

I dropped my latest Bracketology earlier this morning.

If you missed our latest College Crossecast, here it is!

Lacrosse The Nation

I SEE YOU BILL!

STX unveiled their new helmet, the Rival:

Obviously it takes a lot of Cascade’s innovations and used them for their own helmet. But it’s definitely an upgrade over the Stallion, but still needs work. Reminds me of an old Brine helmet combined with a newer Cascade helmet, whether it’s the R or the S.

Terry Foy of Inside Lacrosse released his midseason freshmen rankings. After Tehoka Nanticoke, who’s right behind him?

It’s going to be a big day for Bucknell!

Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse has more on the team’s seniors:

Bucknell sustained its lone league loss on March 3 to Navy, a game in which the Bison led by a goal at the half. After dispatching Holy Cross and Boston University, a midweek tilt against Penn provided another challenge, but the Quakers won on a last-second goal spurred by some late clock confusion and a misplaced timeout.

It’s been a big run since then. With wins at Loyola, Army and then-No. 3 Yale before coming home to beat Mount St. Mary’s and Lafayette. Along the way, the Bison have built up one of the nation’s most efficient offenses (No. 5).

Talent. Buy-in and attention to detail.

“It’s a stronger attention to detail,” said [Sean] O’Brien. “An overall sense of leadership. We have four captains, but in reality we have 13 of them throughout the senior class. Every senior is a leader in a different way.”

“When you’re eating right, when you’re putting in extra work. When you’re not dogging, it’s easy to tell the younger guys not to,” said [Frank] Fedorjaka.

Keep up with them on Instagram today!

After a big win over Johns Hopkins last week, the Penn State Nittany Lions are still in the NCAA Tournament hunt, as Gary Lambrecht of US Lacrosse Magazine writes:

“I’m really proud of the evolution of this team and how they’ve dealt with adversity. I love the way they’ve just gone about their business,” [Jeff] Tambroni said. “There aren’t a lot of egos in the locker room. We don’t have a lot of standouts in the ‘elite [player]’ conversation. We’ve got great senior leadership, and we’ve never given up on the plan or on each other.”

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Big Ten’s four-team tournament picture could experience significant changes, as teams try to secure the highest seeds possible. Not even fifth-place Ohio State (6-6, 1-2), which plays at Maryland Sunday night and is in dire straits, is out of it yet.

“One week, you might feel good about yourself. The next week, you feel like it’s a must-win game,” Tambroni said. “The minute you start talking about packing your bags for a conference playoff game, everything changes. You can’t take a breath in this league.”

One of those leaders isn’t a senior. Instead, it’s junior Chris Sabia, pens Shane Connelly of The Daily Collegian:

Sabia has a unique aura surrounding him. Everyone on the team points to him as the one who keeps spirits high no matter the situation.

Whether it’s after a close loss, a hard practice or just a bad day, Sabia will find a way to be positive. It’s an aspect of his personality that he’s proud of and one that he’s held onto throughout his life.

“You have to work at it,” Sabia said. “Obviously there’s times where you’re like ‘oh wow this stinks’ and you get down on yourself, but you have the guys around you propping you up and helping you out.”

Sabia has a very strong bond with his teammates. It’s evident on the field, as Sabia and the defensive unit can be seen in their patented huddle hyping each other up before the face off.

“They’re one of the reasons why I play and why I try to compete so hard,” Sabia said.

Great news for the Albany Great Danes: Connor Fields is playing.

What’s better than Joe Spallina? Joe Spallina mic’d up!

For the first time ever, Utah defeated BYU 16-8 in MCLA play.

TAKE IT TO THE HOUSE YOUNG FELLA!

Get to know ESPN’s Stugotz.

Philly Jawns

JOEL EMBIID BACK!

World News

Don’t jaywalk in China. It’ll be bad.

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