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College Crosse Prospectus - July 20, 2018: Rutgers & Colgate Coaching Carousel Update; Turning Points Crossecast; Chris Jastrzembski To ESPN

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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 20, 2018.

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Shout out to The Kid Chris! As confirmed last night, our boy Chris is taking his talents to Connecticut as a new Production Assistant at ESPN!! #TrulyBlessed

We are so happy for Chris, as no one works harder than The Kid. I’m obviously biased, but I think he’s the best young lacrosse journalist out there and is soon on his way to much bigger and better things in sports journalism. We’re obviously ecstatic that he’ll still be bantering with us here at College Crosse and look forward to all the great thing to come. Congrats, Chris. We all love working with you and you deserve all the great things coming your way.

Coaching Carousel: Eric Seremet to join Rutgers’ lacrosse coaching staff and Colgate narrows down head coach candidates.

After being suspended indefinitely by the Air Force Academy, former Falcons head coach Eric Seremet has been hired by Rutgers as an assistant coach, multiple sources tell College Crosse. Seremet will replace Jim Mitchell, who became Bellarmine’s head coach on June 20, as the team’s offensive coordinator. Seremet spent nine seasons as head coach at Air Force and was the top assistant at the Academy for seven years. He led the Falcons to an ECAC Championship in 2014, the team’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1988, and two consecutive SoCon Championships in 2016 and 2017. Prior to his time at Air Force, Seremet spent time at Cornell, Stony Brook, and Dartmouth. There’s no word on what Air Force will do at head coach. There’s a potential chance interim head coach Bill Wilson remains at the post for another season.

Jake & Ryan are back with another trip down memory lane.

If you enjoyed last week’s episode where Jake and I did a deep dive into unusually bad seasons, you’ll love the one we whipped up this time. In this special edition of College Crossecast, we attempt to mark the turning points of several NCAA Lacrosse teams, for better or for worse. The premise is simple. We answer “where can we pinpoint the game or event that caused a program to be where they are right now?” It ended up being a fun exercise and we tackled quite a few teams along the way. Here’s a rundown of the teams we covered Johns Hopkins and Virginia: Have we mentioned last week’s episode?

Lots of drama down at Bullis as hundreds sign a petition in defense of lacrosse coach, but head of school says he hasn’t been fired.

More than 900 people have signed an online petition in support of highly successful Bullis lacrosse coach Jeff Bellistri, claiming the school’s administration and board are “actively trying to forcibly strip” Bellistri of his duties as coach after an email sent by a school official Monday said he would be replaced. When reached on vacation Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Gerald L. Boarman, Bullis’s head of school, denied the claim suggested by the petition, saying Bellistri was still “both a teacher and a coach at Bullis.” He insisted that Bellistri had not been fired, that there was no future plan to do so and there is no other coach in his place. Boarman said he did have a recent conversation with Bellistri about the direction and long-term sustainability of the nationally ranked team but that removing Bellistri from his role was not the topic of discussion. As of Thursday afternoon, Bellistri had not responded to messages left for comment, and neither had Bullis boys Athletic Director Andres Parra, who sent the email Monday that led to the wave of support shown for Bellistri.

Here’s a heart-warming story out of Florida: High School lacrosse team from Immokalee raises money for Spring Break trip to Orlando.

Teammates & lacrosse community mourn the loss of Archer Amorosi at a recent game.

On a table set up next to the lacrosse field at Minnetonka High School were three things: Archer Amorosi’s home and away lacrosse jerseys and his helmet. As they took the field Wednesday night, the Minnetonka team rolled the ball to the midfield position where their teammate usually stood. All the players on the field and bench took a knee, some released white balloons and held a moment of silence. Hours before, Westwood Community Church in Excelsior held a funeral service for the 16-year-old, who was shot July 13 by two Carver County deputies. Lacrosse teammate Luke Tollefson spoke at the funeral. After the lacrosse match, he remembered his close friend as a fierce competitor. “When you play with him you just see the incredible passion and the drive that he has for the game, whether it be football or lacrosse, anything he does, he just had incredible passion,” Tollefson said.

Chipotle was named the presenting sponsor of US Lacrosse Nationals.

US Lacrosse today named Chipotle Mexican Grill the presenting sponsor of the US Lacrosse Nationals, the national governing body’s signature youth tournament set for Aug. 2-5, 2018, in Frederica, Del. The 10th annual US Lacrosse Nationals, fueled by Chipotle, will bring many of the nation’s best 14U, 13U and 12U boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams to state-of-the-art DE Turf Sports Complex for high-level competition in a fun atmosphere. “Chipotle has been one of our organization’s most supportive partners, and we are thrilled to evolve that partnership to include Chipotle as the presenting sponsor of our premier youth event,” Brett Hurwitz, vice president of marketing and communications at US Lacrosse, said.

Friend of the lax program, Alex Ricker-Gilbert, gets a contract extension at Jacksonville.

In 2016, Jacksonville University named Alex Ricker-Gilbert their Athletic Director, making the then 28-year-old administrator one of the youngest Division I ADs in the country. On Thursday, Jacksonville University President Tim Cost announced a new title and five-year contract for Ricker-Gilbert, now the Senior Vice President & Athletic Director. “Alex has done a tremendous job creating excellence in the department through active and engaged leadership,” Cost said. “He’s professional, organized and decisive. During his time as Athletic Director, our more than 500 Division I student-athletes have achieved unprecedented success in the classroom and at graduation, we have substantially upgraded our athletics branding, fundraising and sponsorships, and we have enhanced our fans’ game-day and ongoing experience.”

“In my time at Jacksonville University, I have seen a colossal shift in not only the status of the athletic department, but more importantly the trajectory of our future,” head men’s lacrosse coach John Galloway said. “This positive change is a direct reflection of our leadership. Alex Ricker-Gilbert has empowered every member of this department, and his vision has reinvigorated athletics at JU. The entire campus community is blessed to keep Alex as he continues to pursue a student-centered experience for our teams. Selfishly, I am just thankful that I will have the privilege of continuing to work for my mentor and friend as he leads us into a new age of JU Athletics.”

A cool 2005 movie about Syracuse legend Mikey Powell was recently uploaded to YouTube.

A story of two lacrosse stars gone west.

Becoming a Division I athlete is a difficult thing to do. Millions of students play for their respective high schools every year in addition to private teams and AAU groups. Very few go on to reach the Division I level.

In Groton, two young individuals -- Connor Donahue and Nicki Wilkinson -- went on to the Division I level in consecutive years. Both of them are lacrosse players and both went cross country to the University of Denver, which runs a high-powered lacrosse program.

Donahue graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in 2014 and just finished his career at the University of Denver this year. Wilkinson attended Groton-Dunstable High School and graduated in 2015 and will be starting her senior year with the Pioneers in the fall.

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FINALLY something good to read on the internet: The ultimate guide to where to eat in Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse Square is Philly’s most contested restaurant neighborhood. It is the place where all our best and all our worst notions of ourselves are laid out plain for everyone to see. It is the center of Center City, the heart of swank Philly and day-to-day Philly both at the same time. For restaurateurs, it’s expensive to operate in but also offers the biggest draw. Rittenhouse is where Philly lunches, where it power-dines, where it brunches as if brunch were a contact sport.

It contains multitudes. A corner burger-and-beer bar can be just as important as the fanciest French restaurant. Philly-style fast-casual — that counter-service, glossy-industrial, put-everything-in-a-bowl model that’s like the Chipotle of everything but Mexican food — gets refined every day in Rittenhouse at a dozen different outposts offering everything from falafel to lobster rolls. And for a serious restaurateur, that Rittenhouse address means a lot. An investment, certainly. A weight of seriousness. A sense of having arrived, no matter if it’s the first location or the 10th that finally finds a space within the fluid borders of this neighborhood.

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Three mummies found in mysterious sarcophagus opened despite curse fears.

If you believe in curses, it’s always going to be a bit of a risk to open an ancient sarcophagus and disturb the spirits within. But archaeologists went ahead and did it, finding three decomposed mummies inside a mysterious black granite sarcophagus. Egyptian media had raised concerns that they could be about to unleash 2,000-year-old vengeance on the city of Alexandria, but things seem okay so far. It was discovered next to a stone head made of alabaster, and was filled with sewer water. The stone casket was found during construction work for new buildings. It was left unopened since it was found 20 days ago.

Your GIF/Video for July 20, 2018

This sounds like a bad idea: Guy eats 10,000 calories at Dunkin Donuts.

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