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College Crosse Prospectus - May 5, 2018: Conference Tournament Championship Saturday; Yale Beats Penn; Cornell Slips Past Brown

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It’s the last Saturday before the NCAA Tournament! Selection Sunday is about 36 hours away and we still have a lot of moving parts with Conference Tournament Championship Saturday today. Indeed, six teams can punch their ticket to the dance today by winning their conference’s automatic qualifier this afternoon (well this morning for the winner of Detroit vs. Canisius since it begins at 10:00 A.M.). You can find today’s Big Board directly below. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the Stream cell will take you to the broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game.

Yale put up 21 goals in their game versus Penn last night.

With his team trying to clear the ball early in the first quarter, Jack Tigh caught a pass and tried to cross the midline with three Penn players standing in the way. After being knocked to the ground and jumping up to continue his intended path - with sticks flailing away at the junior midfielder – Tigh, who retained possession the entire way, fired a shot over the goalie’s shoulder into the net.

That was just the first tally of the Ivy League Tournament Semifinal at Robert K. Kraft Field, but it set the tone for the Yale men’s lacrosse team’s record-breaking, 21-6 win over Penn. The first score in a 14-goal margin of victory rarely matters, but this was very different.

”Jack made an incredible play in the middle of the field,” said Yale head coach Andy Shay. “We call that a talent play… when we are not using other guys. Sometimes we have to rely on him, and he’s got a lot of talent.”

#FreeJeffTeat: Cornell survived a scare from Brown yesterday to win 7-4.

Senior Christian Knight set the Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament record, and matched a career-high with 19 saves and the Big Red defense stymied Brown all night in a 7-4 win in the second semifinal at the 2018 Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament at Columbia’s Wien Stadium. No. 10 Cornell will face top-ranked Yale on Sunday, May 6 at 12 p.m. in the championship game with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

Knight’s 19 saves, a number he has reached three times previously, highlighted an unexpected defensive showcase, with Brown’s first-team All-Ivy goalkeeper Phil Goss making 14 saves, good for third in Ivy League Tournament history. The 33 combined saves are the most ever for an Ivy League Tournament game.

Unlike a 19-5 Big Red win over the Bears two weekends ago when Cornell scored the game’s first 11 goals, the offense was never able to get totally on track. Jeff Teat, who spent most of the night patiently waiting to strike while being face-guarded, still ended the evening with a goal and two assists. John Piatelli(two goals, assist) and Clarke Petterson (goal, two assists) also had three-point evenings, while Jake McCulloch was credited with a pair of goals.

The Boy Chris put up a great Bracketology post this morning.

Welcome to our fifth edition of College Crosse’s Bracketology series for the 2018 season! Last time we left you, Bucknell made it back into the NCAA Tournament thanks to everyone on the bubble losing! Here are the 25 remaining NCAA teams that I think still have a chance for making the NCAA Tournament. Some of these teams have no shot at an at-large bid, but could still win their conference tournament today or tomorrow.

Automatic Qualifiers There are only nine AQs, and you can thank the ACC for the odd number (please find a sixth team). For this, we’ll take the top team in each conference tournament, unless they already won their conference tournament (like Loyola).

The NY Times with a great post on the growth of the game.

When my son was born, my in-laws, Long Islanders, showed up with a baby gift: a miniature lacrosse stick. As a Midwesterner, I had never seen one, but I figured it was the Northeast equivalent of putting a baseball glove in the crib.

What little I knew about the game came from acquaintances on Wall Street. Many of them had parlayed their stick skills at Ivy League or Mid-Atlantic colleges into personal connections that led to spots on trading desks, where it can be hard to swing a lacrosse stick without hitting a former attackman.

So it came as little surprise that the Ivy League chose New York to host its conference tournament this year, beginning Friday evening at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at Columbia, where Yale defeated Penn, 21-6, and Cornell faced Brown. The league saw Columbia, and New York City, as a near-perfect laboratory to explore neutral sites for its season-ending event, which in previous years had been held on the home field of the regular-season champion.

Lacrosse’s definition of home turf, however, is expanding geographically as well as culturally. It is among the fastest growing sports in the United States, according to a recent Sport & Fitness Industry Association report, with participation increasing nearly 10 percent in 2017 and by 25 percent since 2012. Meanwhile, football participation has dropped nearly 16 percent and baseball has had just 2 percent growth over the past five years, according to the report.

Exasperated Lacrosse Coach Emails Parents: “Most Of Our Team Focuses On The Fortnight Video Game Instead.”

Find a kid with a tablet or computer these days, and chances are they’re watching or playing Fortnite. The online video game in which players build stairs and walls and then shoot each other has spread like a virus, and it’s derailed at least one boys lacrosse team, to the point where the coach sent out a desperate email to parents in April about how the menace that is “Fortnight” has even sunk its hooks into his own son.

A tipster sent us this email, and in the interest of keeping it whimsical, we have lightly redacted the coach’s plea. The line and paragraph breaks have not been altered.

The Big Ten suspends Jake Fox from today’s Big Ten Championship game.

The Big Ten office today imposed one-game suspensions and issued a public reprimand of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse student Jake Fox and Ohio State men’s lacrosse student Freddy Freibott for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy during the Big Ten Tournament semifinal game between Johns Hopkins and Ohio State on May 3. Both Fox and Freibott were suspended for their actions during an altercation between the teams that occurred near the 9:11 mark in the fourth quarter. Fox will serve a one-game suspension on May 5 in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament against Maryland, while Freibott will serve his suspension during Ohio State’s next contest.

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WOOOOOOOOAH!!! WE’RE HALFWAY THERE!!!: Everything you need to know about Bon Jovi’s Rock Hall of Fame induction airing this weekend.

After 35 years of anthems, stadiums and hairspray, Bon Jovi has finally entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The New Jersey rock icons from Sayreville were officially inducted during a star-studded April 14 ceremony at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, which finally airs Saturday night, 8 p.m. on HBO. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and how Bon Jovi fits into it.

Who is inducting Bon Jovi? The legendary radio host, “The King Of All Media” and longtime friend to the band Howard Stern was on hand in April to welcome the band into the Hall, cracking jokes about Jon Bon Jovi’s apparent feud with Rolling Stone magazine and HOF founder Jann Wenner, the band’s feminine appearance in the ‘80s, and even sang some Bon Jovi classics himself before he handed the stage over to the band.

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Major quake hits Hawaii, prompts further volcano eruptions.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook Hawaii’s Big Island on Friday, prompting fresh eruptions from a volcano that has been spewing lava near residential areas, forcing hundreds of people to flee. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 12:32 pm (2232 GMT) and was centered on the south flank of the Kilauea volcano, which first erupted on Thursday after a series of tremors.

“This is in almost exactly the same location as the deadly 1975 M 7.1 quake,” USGC said in a tweet. That quake killed two people and injured 28. Another 5.7-magnitude tremor had hit the island earlier on Friday and authorities said they expect more seismic activity. The quakes have prompted the Kilauea volcano, one of five active on the island, to erupt. Drone and video footage showed orange magma gushing up from cracks in the ground and snaking through a wooded area.

Your GIF/Video for May 5, 2018

This guy made a Hulkbuster.

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