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The Patriot League did it again! BU stunned Bucknell last night with a one goal win over the Bison, while Lehigh dug deep and took out Colgate to advance to the Patriot League semi-finals. Catch up on all the action from last night here.
Boston University 12, Bucknell 11: It appeared Bucknell would take home an expected victory en route to Friday’s semifinal against Navy. But a 6-0 BU run that started with 4:14 left in the third quarter gave the Terriers the one-goal upset. BU held the Bison scoreless for the final 21:04 of the game, which says a lot. Will Sands had a surprisingly down day, only recording two assists. Sean O’Brien had two goals, Tommy Sopko added three of his own, and Connor O’Hara had a goal and two assists. Midfielder Tom Smith was the main producer on offense with four goals and one assist. Christian Klipstein made four saves and gave up 11 goals in 49:19 of time. After being named the league’s Rookie of the Year, Chris Gray led the Terriers with five goals and four assists on eight shots while also recording two caused turnovers.
As analytics continue to transform the way players are evaluated on the field, a number of prominent executives in the tech industry have made forays into professional sports ownership. Nearly four years after Steve Ballmer’s purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers, tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro have become a fixture on pro sidelines. Further north, Sacramento Kings co-owner Vivek Ranadivé encouraged TIBCO, a software company that he founded in 1997, to construct a social media network built particularly with Kings’ fans in mind.
Now, Eccalon CEO Andre Gudger plans to have a similar impact on Major League Lacrosse. Last week, Gudger’s Atlanta Blaze utilized big data and predictive analysis to guide its decision-making on all nine of its selections at the 2018 MLL Draft, including No. 2 overall pick Connor Kelly. Hours earlier, MLL approved the sale of the Blaze to Gudger, capping a three-and-a-half month process.
Under former U.S. president Barack Obama, Gudger brought in e-business enabling solutions to meet the small business goals of his office with the federal government. Prior to founding Eccalon, Gudger served under Obama from 2011 to 2017, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, as well as the Director of the Office of Small Business Programs.
”I’m going to bring that same mentality, that same philosophy into Major League Lacrosse,” Gudger said. “We had info at our fingertips that some of the other teams might not have had.”
Albany attackman Tehoka Nanticoke bulls his way in front of the Syracuse goal , pushes free of the swarming Orange defense, and scores. The rout is on. The lacrosse season opener couldn’t have unfolded better for the Great Danes, who stunned the Orange 15-3 in February behind five goals from the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Nanticoke in his college debut — inside the not-so-friendly confines of the Carrier Dome, no less.
It was just the second victory for Albany in 17 games against Syracuse, the most successful program in Division I with 11 national titles. That first victory was 16-15 in double-overtime in 2013, so the score made this one significant.
“In our program’s history, that was huge,” Albany coach Scott Marr said. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a big deal.”
In his 18 years at the helm, Marr has transformed the Great Danes into an offensive power, in large part by attracting remarkable Native American talent like Nanticoke to help guide Marr’s uptempo offense. Albany has led the nation in scoring four of the past five years and this year achieved a program first — the top ranking in the nation. The run lasted six weeks.
“It was nice to have No. 1 beside our name, but our goal is to be No.1 at the end of the year,” Nanticoke said.
Hopkins vs. Maryland is the biggest game of the weekend.
As a goaltender, Teanna Sieben knows a little pain just comes with the position. In fact, she embraces it. “When I get bruises, it just means I saved it,” Sieben said. “It brings excitement and I just love seeing the look on their face, of disappointment because I saved the shot.” You see, Sieben has never been one to shy away from a challenge. She’s faced them since day one.
Sieben was born with influenza pneumonia. The medication she received to treat the illness left her with profound hearing loss. “I got my first hearing aid when I was two, but then my hearing got worse,” she said. “So I got my first cochlear implant when I was five.”
The fact that this year’s young SU team went undefeated in the ACC, and controls its NCAA destiny this week at the conference tournament in Virginia by meeting the host Cavaliers Friday night in the semifinals (8:30 p.m. ET / ESPNU), is a testament to the coaching staff and the handful of veterans mixing with a majority of young players who’ve both grown up (4-0 ACC mark), and taken their lumps (five defeats), against that tough list of opponents.
In an era of post season games often times being separated by a matter of inches, as if a particular shot hit the crossbar or pipe instead of lighting the scoreboard, the margin of error is slim to win two NCAA games and advance to the Final Four, something that has eluded the Orange since 2013.
The Pios are 10-2 this season and are currently ranked in the top five in the country. They’ve won six straight games. “We’ve been playing well offensively as of late, and the new thing for us is we’ve been playing great defensively,” said Tierney when referencing his team’s 13-6 win over Providence on Saturday.
“I love this team’s unselfishness. I really do. We don’t have any big time superstars other than (faceoff specialist) Trevor Baptiste. A lot of very good players who are willing to play in a system and give up their ego for the good of the team and they’re really showing that now.”
THE CAPTAIN reviews the Delaware game.
The so-called “fastest sport on two feet” took a gigantic leap this spring, and Dunlap is on the cutting edge.
Lacrosse is in its first season as an Illinois High School Association-sanctioned sport. Of the 78 boys teams, Dunlap is the only one south of the Chicago area. Among 61 girls teams, O’Fallon in southwestern Illinois is the only one from outside Chicagoland. So far.
The Washington school board is expected to decide in May whether to add lacrosse next spring. Notre Dame also is considering the sport. Morton and Bloomington-Normal have strong lacrosse clubs, and high school students from East Peoria, Eureka, Mackinaw, Metamora, Peoria and other communities are participating on club teams in the area.
”Anytime you add additional offerings for your students, that’s exciting,” Dunlap athletics director Katie Cazalet said.
The Eagles are relishing the idea of being pioneers in central Illinois, but they hope more area teams join the cause.
”We’re all really excited,” Dunlap coach Jeremy Frosch said. “Any lacrosse player across the state is thrilled that Illinois is taking on lacrosse as a fully sanctioned and recognized sport at the high school level. It’s just great for the growth of the game. More people are going to be exposed to it and hopefully we see more young kids playing because of that and hopefully it keeps growing as a sport and hopefully it will be as prevalent as football across the United States.”
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The temptation has always been there. As mom whipped up a homemade batch of cookies, you couldn’t resist dipping your finger into the bowl for a taste of the dough. Then, when you became an adult, you’d buy a roll of pre-made raw cookie dough, take it home and dive in, never intending for any of it to make it into an oven. Now you can indulge your cravings in a store that specializes in serving up, well, raw cookie dough. Dough Life offers a range of raw cookie dough flavors served chilled in cups and in waffle cones, dipped out just like ice cream, crowned with a variety of toppings of your desire. Founded in upstate New York by Joseph Francabandeiro, the company expanded there and is heading south into New Jersey.
Caren Turner, a Port Authority board member who oversaw the ethics committee, bullied a pair of Tenafly police officers during a traffic stop that involved her teen daughter during the Easter weekend, the video shows. She demanded the officers address her by her title and to know the specifics of the traffic stop. The cops refused to entertain her requests, other than to briefly explain that the vehicle was not registered and would be towed. “You’re just here as the driver,” an officer told Turner. But Turner insisted she was “here as a concerned citizen and a friend of the mayor.”
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