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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 26, 2018.

What You Missed

There’s still a good amount of women’s lacrosse head coaching vacancies to fill.

Our Year in Review continued with the Mercer Bears of the SoCon.

The big one from yesterday: Albany Great Danes associate head coach Liam Gleason is expected to become the next head coach of the Siena Saints. Spectrum News also reported this later in the afternoon after our story.

Utah is preparing to transition to Division I on Sunday.

Lacrosse The Nation

Virginia Cavaliers verbal commit Connor Shellenberger grew on and off the field after his first season with Bullis in Maryland, pens Ron Counts of The Daily Progress:

He made it home on most weekends, but the rising senior was away from home for the first time. Shellenberger is also an only child, and he moved into a home with three children.

“I was kind of responsible for myself for the first time, and it helped me grow up,” Shellenberger said.

[Jeff] Bellistri was concerned about how Shellenberger would adapt to life away from home, but it was his parents who brought it up during their visit to Bullis’ 110-acre campus.

“They said ‘He’ll be away for two years, and that will be hard, but he’ll be right back in Charlottesville for the next four, and we’ll be right there,’” Bellistri said. “It’s what he wanted, and it has turned out to be a positive experience.”

We have another transfer! Former Monmouth Hawks attackman Logan Posner will head south to Jacksonville. He’s a product of St. Paul’s in Maryland.

Our friends at On the Banks wrote about Rutgers getting former Detroit Mercy midfielder Brennan Kamish.

The FIL officially announced Coquitlam, British Columbia as the site of the 2022 FIL World Championships!

“The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is pleased to partner again with the city of Coquitlam, the organizing committee, and the Canadian Lacrosse Association to stage a FIL World event,” said FIL President, Sue Redfern. “FIL is actively evolving its World events and is confident that the host Committee under the leadership of Mr. Cliff Pascas will again conduct an event that FIL and the International Lacrosse Community will be proud of.”

CLA Bid Committee Chair, Cliff Pascas said, “On behalf of the Bid Committee and the City of Coquitlam, we are delighted to host this world class event and welcome the best Men’s Lacrosse teams to British Columbia.”

The 2022 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championship will be played at the Town Centre Park using the Percy Perry Stadium, the same venue where both the 2008 and 2016 Men’s Under 19 Championships were held. This will be the first Men’s Senior Championship, where the number of National Teams will be limited to 30.

Also, the FIL has agreed to a partnership with the Olympic Channel!

The MLL All-Star game is Thursday night. Former Brown Bears Tewaaraton winning attackman and current member of the Florida Launch Dylan Molloy will now play in the game.

Team USA will wear these nice navy matte lids and white uniforms:

Speaking of the game, we still don’t know where it’ll be streamed or broadcasted.

Game 1 of the College World Series was postponed to tonight, meaning a possible Game 3 would now be played Thursday night instead of Wednesday. ESPN currently has an MLB game scheduled for that night, which would probably be relegated to ESPN2, which was rumored to be a place where the MLL All-Star game would air.

In JuCo news, Onondaga Community College has named Eric Miccio as their next head coach, replacing Chuck Wilbur:

Miccio (pronounced MICK-ee-oh) is a graduate of West Genesee High School where he led the Wildcats lacrosse team to the 2008 New York State title. He continued his playing career at OCC where he won back-to-back national championships in 2009 and 2010. Miccio was a two-time academic All-American and a team captain during his sophomore season. He also earned a degree in Humanities & Social Sciences from OCC in 2010.

Miccio transferred to SUNY Oswego where he played two more years of lacrosse. He was a team captain and achieved all-conference status. After earning a degree in Human Resources Management, Miccio began his coaching career at Oswego as an assistant. He was hired as head coach of Mercyhurst in 2016. He was named the Region’s Coach of the Year in 2018.

“I’m honored to be coming home to Central New York with my family and taking over a legendary program at a place which had such a significant impact on my life. So much of what I accomplished as both a student and an athlete is due to the two years I spent here learning and growing under the guidance of Coach Wilbur and his outstanding staff. I look forward to working with our student-athletes, the college and the community as we continue the great tradition of Lazers Men’s Lacrosse,” said Miccio.

“Coach Miccio brings a strong understanding of the game, coupled with a passion to be a mentor, teacher and advocate to the young men on his roster. He is a strong competitor who understands the culture and tradition that we have built at Onondaga and has the skills and ability to continue that work. Eric’s connections with the community, combined with the familiarity of working for a SUNY institution and head coaching experience at the NJCAA level made him the best candidate for this position. I’m very excited to have Eric join our team,” said OCC Director of Athletics Mike Borsz.

“I am excited Eric will be returning home and leading this program that means so much to so many people. Eric’s work ethic as a player here was second to none. He will continue our legacy as one of the premiere programs in the nation. He has my full support,” said former Head Coach Chuck Wilbur.

St. Bonaventure Bonnies head coach Randy Mearns is bringing in players that have really high goals for the team’s first incoming class:

Check out UMass Lowell’s season in review, which saw the River Hawks make the America East tournament for the first time in program history.

Bryant’s gonna have a nice new home:

The Dartmouth Big Green announced their annual team awards.

Over the weekend, some of the best high school stars from the west came out to Frisco for the Adrenaline All-American Game.

Philly Jawns

The search for a pilot who landed a plane on a Cape May beach continues.

World News

Toys ‘R’ Us is officially closing on Friday.

Video of the Day

A car built with only LEGOs? It happened.

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