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College Crosse Gameday: How To Watch, Attachments, & Open Thread For April 22, 2018

Three big games on tap, with five of the six teams playing in the top 20.

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After Friday’s Patriot League finale and Saturday’s chunk of games, there’s not a ton of games today. But on paper, all three games are of high quality.

College Crosse Big Board For April 22, 2018

Time Away Home Stream Live Stats
Time Away Home Stream Live Stats
1:00 PM Albany Yale ESPN3 (6 PM on ESPNU) Yale
2:00 PM Ohio State Maryland ESPN2 Maryland
7:00 PM Penn State Rutgers BTN Rutgers

Skittles Scale!

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Game Previews

  • Albany @ Yale (1 PM): The good news is that the Great Danes got Connor Fields and Justin Reh back in time for this weekend. They played well in their returns against Binghamton. But the bad news is they just played on Friday. Will short rest hurt Albany’s performance. I wouldn’t think so, but who knows.
    These two teams are very equal. Both teams are in the top four in scoring offense, top six in assists per game, top 11 in scoring defense, and top 10 in face-off percentage. Last year’s game in Albany was fun, and I would think with Fields, Tehoka Nanticoke, JD Colarusso, and TD Ierlan against Ben Reeves, Jackson Morrill, Jack Starr, and Conor Mackie will provide us with an even more entertaining game.
  • Ohio State @ Maryland (2 PM): This is a rematch of the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament championships, but things have certainly changed for both teams since their last meeting in May. Both teams have lost important senior contributors, but where Maryland has continued to succeed in life without Matt Rambo and others, Ohio State has faltered lately. They lost their last five games before last weekend’s 8-5 win over Michigan. This is a must-win game for the Buckeyes if they want to keep their Big Ten Tournament chances alive. A win over the Terps could get something going before next weekend’s matchup at home against Rutgers.
  • Penn State @ Rutgers (7 PM): SUNDAY NIGHT LACROSSE IS BACK! This game is big on two fronts. The first for Big Ten standings, as Penn State and Rutgers are in 3rd and 4th place respectively. But this game means a ton more for at-large consideration for the NCAA Tournament. Both teams are 8-4 with some bad losses in their resumes. A win for either team could help them in a weak bubble.
    The Nittany Lions got a big upset last week at home against Johns Hopkins thanks to a one-legged Gerard Arceri and seven points from Nick Spillane, who has emerged as a fine replacement for Grant Ament. Rutgers has played well against it’s Big Ten competitors, but has suffered one-goal losses to Johns Hopkins and Maryland that has once again hurt their resume. A win over the Nittany Lions can keep them alive for at least one more week.

Here’s some game notes and previews for today’s games:

We also have a Maryland preview from our good friends at Testudo Times!

Tacos and tanks in College Park? WHO SAYS NO!

Speaking of Spillane, Penn State wrote on his new role, which was a struggle at first:

“Whether I had a really good game or a bad game, everyone’s confidence in me has just stayed really high,” Spillane said. “That’s made it so much easier knowing that everyone is behind me and supportive because it’s definitely not easy to step into a role like that.”

One of Spillane’s biggest supporters and mentors has been Ament himself. Even though Ament has been sidelined this season, he has remained actively involved with the team.

Although Ament has been a source of help and advice for everyone on the team, he and Spillane have forged a special relationship as the season has progressed.

”He’s been great with staying involved,” Spillane said. “I talk to him about what he sees throughout the game because he has a great mind for the position and the sport in general. It’s definitely been an open conversation between him and myself throughout the entire year. He has given me some pointers throughout games and practices, so he’s definitely made my transition a little easier.”

The Lions are all ready for today:

This was a sweet goal by Richmond’s Ryan Lanchbury:

Catch up with today’s Prospectus as well!

Song of the Day

It’s still morning in places that aren’t in the Eastern time zone!

Games start at 4! I’ll see you out there!