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College Crosse Prospectus - July 14, 2018: New Crossecast; High Point’s Year In Review

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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 14, 2018.

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Ryan and Jake did a really interesting podcast looking back on seasons that sticked out to them, starting out with three bad seasons for blue bloods.

Jake and I decided to have some fun and do a podcast series where we look back at past seasons that jumped out at us. It’s a fun deep dive into fascinating seasons. And we start off by looking at bad seasons for some of lacrosse’s biggest blue bloods.

In this edition, we tackle the 2007 Syracuse team that went sub-.500 and missed the NCAA Tournament (6:00). Then it’s onto the first Johns Hopkins team to miss an NCAA Tournament in the modern era from 2013 (34:00). We wrap it up with a look into Dom Starsia’s final years at Virginia from 2013-16 (59:00). Because this wouldn’t be a Crossecast without digressions, Jake goes off on the Emmy nominees (1:29:00) and we have a great idea for Johns Hopkins (1:36:00).

The Boy Chris took at look at High Point’s 2018 season.

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’ve already begun looking back to 2018 with some team recaps thus far and continued our series this week with UMBC, Providence, Drexel, and Army West Point.

So with that, let’s continue the recaps!

#47 High Point Panthers

Conference: SoCon

2018 Record: 6-8 (6-1 in SoCon play)

Postseason: Lost to Jacksonville in SoCon semifinals

Head coach: Jon Torpey (6th Year)

Statistical Leaders

Goals: Connor Robinson (36)

Assists: Asher Nolting (36)

Points: Asher Nolting (66)

Faceoffs: Davis Sampere (154-of-287; 53.7%)

Ground balls: Davis Sampere (83)

Caused turnovers: Terrell Sands (16)

Goals against average: Tim Troutner Jr. (11.21 GAA)

Save percentage: Tim Troutner Jr. (53.1%)

Oregon lacrosse head coach Katrina Dowd resigns.

Oregon has lost yet another women’s athletics head coach. On Friday, Oregon announced that lacrosse head coach Katrina Dowd had resigned from the position and that assistant coach Becca Block would become the interim head coach as the program looks for a new head coach. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be the head coach at Oregon, and I have certainly had a great experience,” Dowd in the press release. “I enjoyed working with our tremendous group of student-athletes, and leaving them is a very difficult decision. At this time, I am interested in pursuing other opportunities, but I will always have great memories from my time at Oregon.”

BOSS Shay of Yale chats with USA Today about recruiting.

This week, I had the great privilege to sit down and talk college recruiting with Coach Shay. From how to get noticed by a program like Yale, to how you can be sure you’re making the right college decision, here is what he had to say.

Q: Physical talent aside, what are you looking for in a player?

A: We try to recruit as much toughness, as possible. More hustle and less show. There’s just no substitute for that mental and physical toughness and that’s what really catches our eye. These days, I would say it’s pretty universal that much of playing a sport is all about flare. You see guys that play with the idea that if it looks cool, then you should do it. Unfortunately, flare isn’t going to get a lot done, at this level. Functional team plays and consistent effort is what is going to win you games.

What it really boils down to is this: we need to recruit the best guys in the country. We want to find guys that are good enough to come in and beat out the guys on our current roster. The longer we’ve been doing this, the harder that gets. But, that’s a great problem to have!

BIG UP, AFRICA!! Uganda wins it’s first game of the World Championship.

Here’s a great post: An Oral History of the 1998 World Championship.

Twenty years later, the 1998 men’s world championship final between Team USA and Canada remains among the greatest games — and events — in lacrosse history.

“A lot of people think it was the greatest game ever played. It depends on what moments you’re watching. I thought it was for about two and a half quarters.”

— BILL TIERNEY, U.S. COACH

“I can’t even remember, how far down were they?

— DAVID MORROW, U.S. DEFENSEMAN AND WARRIOR FOUNDER

“For a while they were calling it the greatest game ever. The comeback. The overtimes and everything else. For me, I remember a loss, and disappointment. To get so close and not get it done, it was disheartening.”

— GARY GAIT, CANADA MIDFIELDER

“Thank God it went the way it was supposed to go.”

— JOHN DETOMMASO, U.S. DEFENSEMAN

“THE GAME WAS SO EPIC THAT EVERY SO OFTEN I’LL THROW IT ON AND WATCH IT. THERE’S A BETTER VERSION THAN I’VE EVER SEEN ONLINE NOW. IT’S PRETTY UNBELIEVABLE THAT IT ALL HAPPENED. YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE SCORE AND ITS 11-2 IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND YOU CAN’T BELIEVE HOW THE GAME COULD HAVE GOT TO OVERTIME. IT WAS SCARY AND SURREAL.”

— MARK MILLON, U.S. ATTACKMAN

UNC’s work on Fetzer Field is on schedule.

Before the weather turns cold and the calendar flips to 2019, the look of the University of North Carolina’s middle campus and athletic facilities will have a completely revamped appearance. A massive, multi-site building project has made Raleigh Road’s curve through the middle of campus a literal construction zone.

Much focus has been on the indoor football practice facility and the two adjacent outdoor practice fields, one with synthetic turf, the other with natural grass. The practice facility was a promise made to by the Carolina athletic program to UNC head football coach Larry Fedora. It is a key aspect of a football program to keep pace with the competition in the never-ending athletic facility arms race.

Attached to the new indoor football practice facility will be the Fetzer Stadium complex. The home of the UNC men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, the complex will include wrap-around seating which will bring Carolina fans much closer to the action on the field.

WE DID IT!!!

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Here’s an interesting post about the dedicated sailors of Philly’s rivers.

The Delaware River is extremely choppy when I sail for the very first time. I’m on a small boat with three members of Philadelphia’s Liberty Sailing Club, who tell me that the whitecaps of the water, which glisten in the hot afternoon sun, are caused when the current flows in one direction (out to sea, in this case) while the wind blows in the opposite.

The river looks a little fierce — to me, at least — when our skipper instructs me to turn the boat upwind. I push the wooden tiller as the crew scrambles about the boat, yelling about adjusting the sails. Before I know it, I’m dipping down toward the Delaware as the boat lurches, and the whitecaps are now just behind my back. I jump to port (the left side of the boat, which is now several feet above the height of the river) and prepare to capsize. This is it, I think. Hopefully the Delaware isn’t as nasty as it seems. I look around. None of the crew members appear even the slightest bit alarmed, so I start to relax. “Is this normal?” I ask Bill Weist, our skipper.

World/National News

Better to just stick with fries: McDonald’s Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora Illnesses.

McDonald’s Corp. MCD -0.38% removed salads from 3,000 restaurants in 14 states after the products were linked to gastrointestinal illnesses in Iowa and Illinois. Iowa’s Department of Public Health said Thursday 15 people in that state reported getting sick with cyclospora infections after eating McDonald’s salads between late June and early July. The Illinois Department of Public Health said 90 people have been sickened by cyclosporiasis, and that a quarter of them reported eating salads from McDonald’s before becoming ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday that 61 people in seven states, including Iowa and Illinois, have become ill from cyclosporiasis linked to McDonald’s salads, with two hospitalizations. There have been no deaths.

Your GIF/Video for July 14, 2018

This is actually pretty brilliant.

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