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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 15, 2018.

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Over in Israel, the highlight of the day features the United States and Canada in a rematch of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship gold medal game. That group play matchup gets started at noon on ESPN2. Sadly, it’s the same time as the second half of the FIFA World Cup gold medal match. Decisions (or DVR).

Both teams have won every World Lacrosse Championship since it began in 1967. A much needed written preview from Matt DaSilva of US Lacrosse Magazine is also attached.

“It would be inconsistent with our coaches and the way that we’ve handled the entire process — from tryouts to training camp to practices to these games — to put more stock in that round-robin game,” said U.S. midfielder Paul Rabil, who played in the 2010 and 2014 games, earning MVP honors for the gold medal-winning team in 2010. “The way they’ve gone back and forth and the way the championships have ended up, there’s people calling this a game of jockeying for position. But we’re just competitors. We want to win, and they want to win.”

Some Team USA veterans are taking a page out of the Canadian playbook by downplaying the significance of Sunday’s game, which will be televised live on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. local) from the Wingate Institute in Netanya.

“Certainly it’s an important game, but you also have to know that you can’t treat the first Canada game like it’s the championship, because it’s not,” U.S. attackman Rob Pannell said. “I look back to 2014, and it was opening day, it was opening ceremonies, it was a night game, it was in a big stadium — you put so much into it, and it really felt like a championship game.”

“This is certainly going to be a different atmosphere,” Pannell added, noting that the July 21 championship game will be in the larger Netanya Stadium, where Team USA opened against the Iroquois on Thursday. “It’s not in the main stadium. It’s not opening day. It’s a good thing. We’re trying to build to that last day and to make sure we’re our best on that last day.”

As for games yesterday, Canada and the U.S. took care of business quickly. Canada routed Scotland, 22-3, while the United States had no problem dealing with Australia, 19-1. But in the second half, backup goaltender Jack Kelly suffered a non-contact injury which looked very serious. He could be done for the tournament, and possibly even longer.

Elsewhere, the Iroquois Nationals 18-7’d England. The Iroquois take on Australia today, along with a bevy of other games, some of them have already wrapped up.

Scotland has former NFL lineman and new Syracuse Orange football color commentator Adam Terry on their sidelines.

Outside of the Blue group, playoffs have begun. Here’s results from the Upper, Middle, and Lower brackets as of 9 AM this morning.

Finally, check out Quint Kessenich’s daily blogs from Netanya. Besides his latest, make sure you read his daily blogs from the past four days.

Elsewhere, Aly Messinger’s goal with 19.5 seconds left gave the New England Command a 12-11 win over the Baltimore Brave in the inaugural WPLL championship.

Philly Jawns

Pizzadelphia was held at the Navy Yard yesterday. It was sold out. Because who doesn’t like pizza?

World News

The FIFA World Cup Final is this morning between France and Croatia! Kickoff is at 11 AM. Again, it’ll run into the USA-Canada lacrosse game. DVR one, watch the other.

There’s only one Blockbuster store remaining.

Video of the Day

Speaking of soccer, Everton defeated poor ATV Irdning 22-0 in a friendly. Some of these goals are amazing.

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