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College Crosse Prospectus - June 14, 2018: World Cup Of Lacrosse; OCC Lacrosse Coach Chuck Wilbur Is Stepping Down

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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 June 14, 2018.

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Chris wrote a fun article about how a Division I men’s college lacrosse champion would be decided, FIFA World Cup style.

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicking off tomorrow morning in Russia (and the United States, Canada, and Mexico getting to host the greatest tournament in 2026 in the first ever 48-team tournament), we’re all in the soccer mood here at College Crosse. You might see us turn into a Nigerian soccer site for the next couple of weeks. Have you seen their jerseys?! So with the World Cup in mind, what if the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse champion was decided by a World Cup-style tournament? That’s where we come in.

Onondaga Community College lacrosse coach Chuck Wilbur is stepping down.

Onondaga Community College men’s lacrosse coach Chuck Wilbur is stepping down after 17 seasons with the Lazers, the school announced on Wednesday.

Wilbur is accepting a new role at OCC as Retention Specialist. In this job, Wilbur will focus on student athletes and Native American students to help them enroll and succeed at OCC, and take their next steps to employment or transfer upon graduation.

”I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge as retention specialist at OCC. One of the most rewarding parts of being head coach at OCC for 17 years is that I get to work with students every day, helping them become not just great players, but great students and great leaders,’’ Wilbur said in a statement. “I am so proud of the accomplishments that the OCC Lazers have had over the years and of the privilege I have had to serve as their head coach. At this point in my career and in my life, it’s time for new head coach to take the Lazers to the next level and for me to take on this new opportunity and new professional challenge.”

Monmouth left Germany and the lads are now in Prague.

Check out Chris’ review & preview of VMI.

With the 2018 college lacrosse season complete, it’s time to start looking back at how all 71 teams did during the season, as well as what to expect from each squad for 2019. We already started looking ahead to 2019 with a few of our team recaps, kicking things off with Hampton and NJIT, as well as a check in with St. Bonaventure and Utah. So with that, let’s continue the recaps!

Blessed: 11-year-old kid collects lacrosse gear for children around the country.

Sam Terreros, 11, is helping kids learn the sport he loves so much. “I collect really anything that has to do with lacrosse,” he said. Terreros has been collecting cleats, sticks, pads, and more from his teammates and coaches to deliver around the U.S. “We’re gonna take this gear and take it to Miami,” Terreros told 2News at one of his lacrosse drives. Terreros got the idea after watching a video about kids playing lacrosse in the Bronx. “I felt really touched by it, so I was like, ‘We gotta help these kids,’” he said. So he collected some boxes of gear and hopped on a plane to New York with his family. “Oh they loved it,” Terreros said of giving out the gear. “They were all like, ‘sit next to me’ or like, ‘by my friend.’”

This is a pretty cool video for anyone looking to get their speed up this summer.

Maryland women’s lacrosse didn’t make it to the title game. That’s a down year.

The press conference after the Maryland women’s lacrosse team’s NCAA tournament semifinal loss to Boston College featured red eyes and a palpable sense of disappointment. Maryland came just a few plays short of advancing to the national title game — and for a program that had played in the past five championships and won three, ending the 2018 season in the final four was a shock. “We end the season having lost two games by a total of three goals,” coach Cathy Reese said. “That’s a pretty good season.”

Still, two losses is more than the Terps suffered in the previous two seasons combined. While Maryland lost a handful of contributors from its undefeated 2017 campaign — including Tewaaraton Award winner Zoe Stukenberg and National Defender of the Year Nadine Hadnagy — the team was expected to continue its dominance. Reese praised the development of her defense, where the team had most of its turnover during the offseason. It finished as a top-20 defense in the country, allowing an average of 9.91 goals per game and holding opponents to five goals or fewer in four games. “This group was young and we were tested early,” Reese said. “It’s not about just the wins and losses at the end of the season, or even throughout — it’s about what we’re doing to get better.”

Our boy Skyler with some inside information.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Jersey, Jersey, Jersey has done it again: 2026 World Cup with final at MetLife in N.J.

Just one day before the 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia, the FIFA Congress voted to award the United bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States the 2026 World Cup. The joint North American bid defeated the bid of Morocco 134-65, with one vote for “None of the bids”. Seventeen sites across the United States are in the running to host, including Philadelphia and East Rutherford, NJ, which will host the 2026 World Cup Final at MetLife Stadium.

It will come 32 years after the U.S. first hosted the 1994 World Cup, an event which kicked off the popularity of the sport in America. It will also be played during the 250th anniversary celebrations of the country, founded in 1776. Mexico will host games for a record third time, after the 1970 and 1986 editions. The 2026 tournament will be the first to have 48 teams. The current format has 32 teams, split into eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the round-of-16 knockout stage. It will be the same for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

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First human case of plague in Idaho since 1992 confirmed in Elmore County child.

A child in Elmore County was confirmed to be infected with the plague this week, according to the Central District Health Department, marking the first human diagnosis in Idaho since 1992. The child is recovering after receiving antibiotics. Cases of plague in Idaho were diagnosed in squirrels as recently as 2016, though none have been found in southern Ada County or Elmore County this year. It is unknown whether the child was exposed to the disease in Idaho or during a recent trip to Oregon.

Your GIF/Video for June 13, 2018

The Dumbo trailer dropped and it looks good!

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