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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 July 10, 2018.

What You Missed

Emails show the Florida State Seminoles have expressed interest in potentially adding lacrosse.

Our Year in Review series continued with the UMBC Retrievers.

Canada had one final tuneup in North America before heading off to Israel.

Lacrosse The Nation

Our friends at Tomahawk Nation wrote a little bit about the FSU lacrosse story.

John Danowski isn’t going anywhere...besides Netanya. He’s staying as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils until 2023!

“Unequivocally, John Danowski is among the very best men’s lacrosse coaches in the history of the sport,” said Kevin White, Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics. “So, to have him continue his tenure here for at least another five years is phenomenal for Duke. Already the winningest Division I coach in the history of the sport, John has won three NCAA championships, and coached 69 All-Americans and 41 All-ACC players while at Duke. Equally impressive are the five ACC Scholar-Athletes of the Year and 22 Scholar All-Americans he has mentored during his 12 years in Durham.

“In the enterprise of college athletics,” White added, “there are people who are simply coaches and there are those who are true leaders – men or women who impact the young student-athletes they coach in profound ways. John is a once-in-a-generation leader within the men’s lacrosse landscape. We are extremely blessed to have him continue with us here at Duke, and look forward to many more amazing moments for his program.”

“Coaching at Duke University is special, and we are humbled for the opportunity to continue here,” Danowski said. “To be a part of this community – and, in particular, Duke University and its athletic department – is extremely rewarding and we could not be more appreciative of Dr. White, Dr. (Chris) Kennedy and everyone else who plays a role in the achievement of our program. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past 12 years, and we will strive for continued success academically, athletically and socially in hopes to represent our sensational institution in the best possible manner.”

And here he is with other Blue Devil alums practicing in Jerusalem!

Along with the USA, Canada has also landed in Tel Aviv!

However, the Iroquois Nationals have not. This morning, the FIL sent out a release saying the team has been delayed from traveling due to, once again, passport procedural issues. This was the same reason they couldn’t participate in the 2010 games in England.

“The Federation of International Lacrosse is working to assist the Iroquois Nationals and the Israel Organizing Committee to resolve this issue,” said FIL President Sue Redfern. “FIL would very much like to assure the presence of the Iroquois Nationals at the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championship.”

On behalf of the Israel Organizing Committee, David Lasday, Chief Operating Officer of Israel Lacrosse, said, “the Organizing Committee is working diligently to assist the Iroquois Nationals to be able to board their flight to Israel for the Championship. Their participation is very important to the success of the event.”

The unique nature of the Iroquois Nationals has led to challenges procedurally using Haudenosaunee passports for travel and entry into Israel. The Iroquois Nationals are comprised of players from the Haudenosaunee, which is a federation of six Indigenous Nations, including the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations. The Host Committee for the event and FIL are working together with the Iroquois Nationals to solve the current challenges and expect that these issues will be resolved in time to allow the team to be present for their opening game in Netanya Stadium against the USA on July 12.

“As information becomes available, we will release it accordingly,” added Redfern. “We’re very hopeful in working out details and accepting the arrival of the Iroquois Nationals here in Israel.”

Inside Lacrosse’s Matt Kinnear has heard that the team hopes for an answer today, but there’s not flight leaving for Israel until tomorrow.

Sticking with the world games for a second, Detroit Titans defenseman/LSM Trey Kailunas (listed as John Kailunas III on his UDM bio) will be suiting up for Latvia in Israel, pens Steve Kaminski of MLive:

“I found out probably a month ago,” Kailunas said of his opportunity to play for Latvia. “I was at work and on a break. I was looking at their Instagram when they released their roster. I emailed the coach and asked him if that was correct. I was shocked.

”It is a lot bigger than me, to know that I am representing a nation, and most importantly, my family. I owe a really big thanks to my parents and to my grandma because they got me to this place.”

Kailunas joined his teammates in Berlin, Germany, last week for a warm-up tournament before heading to Israel. Kailunas is a defender, and he said communication is of the upmost importance. There is a mixture of Latvian and English speaking players, so learning the Latvian language is key.

”I’m learning it slowly. It has definitely been an interesting experience,” he said. “I don’t see it as a huge obstacle. They have really tried to learn English, and we have tried to learn the Latvian lacrosse terms. It has been a two-way street for that.”

There’s plenty of college players participating over in Israel!

We have some transfer news from Jacksonville and Sacred Heart!

Posner already said he was transferring to JU.

In women’s lacrosse news, former USC assistant Amanda Johansen is heading to Hofstra for the same position.

Some sad news: Former Towson Tigers All-American defenseman Carl Beernink has passed away at the age of 49.

Philly Jawns

The bald eagle population is growing in Pennsylvania. Maybe because the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl?

Brett Kavanaugh is the next Supreme Court justice nominee.

World News

All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been freed from a cave in Thailand.

Video of the Day

The official trailer for season six of Orange is the New Black has been released:

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