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College Crosse Prospectus - July 4, 2018: Hobart Year In Review; Yale Lacrosse Is Hot Right Now; Happy Birthday America

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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 4, 2018.

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Hey Hobart, COME ON DOWN!! You’re the next program up in our Year in Review series by The Kid Chris.

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 yesterday with Furman.

So with that, let’s continue the recaps!

#55 Hobart Statesmen

Conference: NEC

2018 Record: 4-10 (1-5 in NEC play)

Head coach: Greg Raymond (5th Year)

Statistical Leaders

Goals: Justin Scott (32)

Assists: Chris Aslanian (24)

Points: Chris Aslanian (47)

Faceoffs: Matthew Pedicine (189-of-287; 65.9%)

Ground balls: Matthew Pedicine (101)

Caused turnovers: Christopher Willman (16)

Goals against average: Sam Lucchesi (9.50 GAA)

Save percentage: Sam Lucchesi (48.1%)

Yale’s pretty hot right now: Yale lacrosse experiencing newfound notoriety after winning national title.

The most notable change around the Yale men’s lacrosse team in the month since it beat Duke for the national championship is the newfound popularity.

Andy Shay said the Bulldogs who worked his summer youth lacrosse camp a year ago weren’t asked for a single autograph. Last week they were swarmed for signatures, none more than Final Four MVP Matt Gaudet, whose goal-scoring ability and pro wrestler looks made him the most recognizable, though not right away.

“He cut his hair and shaved,” Shay said. “So it took the kids a little while to realize it was him. But his hand probably still hurts from signing so many autographs.”

More essential to building on recent success, the championship has invigorated off-season workouts and is having a major impact on the recruiting trail.

The Iowa Gazette did an article about how Johns Hopkins won more Big Ten titles than Iowa did last season.

This may be a bit difficult to process: Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame won more Big Ten athletic championships than Iowa during the 2017-18 school year. That’s kind of an oddity given, you know, neither of those two universities are actually in the Big Ten.

But Johns Hopkins is a sports affiliate member of the Big Ten in men’s and women’s lacrosse, giving the league six men’s and seven women’s programs in that sport. Those are Johns Hopkins’ only two Division I programs. Its other 22 are Division III. Hopkins defeated Maryland 13-10 in this spring’s conference-tournament final. The two schools have two Big Ten titles apiece in the four-year history of Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournaments. Hopkins has won nine NCAA D-I titles since 1974. Good get, Big Ten.

Nice segment from Newscenter 1 on a lacrosse clinic in South Dakota headed by some pros, including Kyle Harrison.

Stickball; the Creator’s Game; lacrosse - a popular East Coast sport, born of nomadic Native Americans, is experiencing a revival in South Dakota. Two NCAA coaches and a championship-winning MLL midfielder held a lacrosse clinic at the Star of the West Sports Complex, where they polished the little details that will take their game to the next level. Kyle Harrison, Ohio Machine midfielder, took a boys group under his wing, while Liberty Flames assistant coach Nina Dunay and Seton Hill Griffins assistant coach Sam Struss gave a girls group their expert lessons. Harrison started out with a lesson that represented his teaching style: laps. He would later include push-ups. “Lacrosse isn’t casual ... however, whatever pace you practice at is probably the pace you’re going to play a game at,” Harrison said.

Rogers State University is very bullish on adding lacrosse.

The NCAA has statistics on just about everything. One of the statistics states that for every athlete that plays college athletics, they bring an average of 4.1 more students to college with them ... students who pay their own way. That turned on a light bulb over the head of Rogers State University Athletic Director Chris Ratcliff. “We were looking at enrollment and how we can help,” Ratcliff said. “You can do it through sports and adding teams. A lot of these sports can pay for themselves.”

Those sports being considered are volleyball, tennis and women’s lacrosse. The lacrosse idea can happen fairly quickly. “Lacrosse might be quicker if we do it right,” Ratcliff said. “The only thing that is preventing us now is locker room space and coaches offices. If you want to add anything, you want to do it correctly.” But why just women’s lacrosse? Is it a Title IX problem? “It’s not Title IX,” Ratcliff said. “Women’s lacrosse is gaining in popularity in the midwest and it’s growing. Title IX does not come into it. We could probably add men’s lacrosse, but women’s lacrosse is growing.”

It’s a movement!

Well played, BOSS Woolley: Coach proposes in front of team.

It was a storybook proposal when lacrosse coach Bobby Woolley, Crystal Callahan’s boyfriend of three years, popped the question in front of his entire team.

May 30 happened to be her first day off in eight days, Callahan said. She had an appointment to get her hair done, then texted Woolley to see if he wanted to go to Annapolis to get pedicures together.

“So, we get our toes done, and he says, ‘Hey, just get your fingernails done, as well, while I run to Sam’s Club for the businesses, and I’ll just pick you up,’” Callahan said.

Wooley often has her hair and nails done, so she didn’t think anything of it.

After she got home, she said she cleaned the house, took Bella, their dog, for a walk, answered a few emails, took a nap and woke up to get ready for the end of the season lacrosse banquet at the Kent Island American Legion. Woolley is the head coach of the Kent Island High School boys lacrosse varsity team.

To celebrate Shack Stanwick’s first MLL goal, the JHU men’s lacrosse Twitter account shared a video of Shack & Kyle breaking down film from JHU’s win over Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke adds Brooke Griffin to its women’s lacrosse staff.

Duke University head women’s lacrosse coach Kerstin Kimel announced Tuesday the addition of Brooke Griffin to the Blue Devil staff as an assistant coach. A member of the U.S. national team, Griffin comes to Durham from Towson, where she spent the 2018 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach during the Tigers’ run to the NCAA second round.

“I am excited to announce the addition of Brooke Griffin to our coaching staff,” Kimel said. “In our search, we were looking for someone who possessed very specific qualities and experience. Brooke checked every box and then some. First and foremost, she has quality experience coaching the offensive side of the ball, with success, at the highest level collegiately. Additionally, she has an excellent reputation as a teacher who has a keen appreciation and love for skill and player development. Finally, Brooke is still playing and competing at the highest level as a member of the U.S. team and the Baltimore Brave, where her experience will no doubt have a positive impact on our current student-athletes. Brooke’s personal experiences as a student-athlete, leader and coach align perfectly with our program’s core values, making her an excellent fit for Duke lacrosse, Duke athletics and the greater Duke community.”

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

World’s biggest bounce house comes to Philly this weekend.

There are some childhood activities we never truly outgrow. At least, that’s what Cameron Craig, cofounder of the Big Bounce America, says.

The Big Bounce America, an all-ages bounce house, was officially inaugurated into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s biggest bounce house on June 30. There are two separate parts to Big Bounce America: There’s an inflated, candy-colored castle and a “bounce village,” located steps away. The structures include such attractions as a ball pit (and slide), basketball court, obstacle course, lights, confetti, and a DJ. They are a whopping 20,000 square feet (roughly the size of seven tennis courts).

Oh, and it’s coming to the Philadelphia area, in Delaware County’s Chester Park this weekend.

Will Smith got a mural!

World/National News

I don’t have FS1 so I am definitely part of the program: World Cup TV ratings in the U.S. are down 42% without American team.

The lack of a U.S. team caused a big viewership drop for World Cup telecasts. The 48 group stage telecasts on Fox and FS1 averaged 2.069 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That is down 42% from the 3.54 million average on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC four years ago and down 15% from the 2.429 million average on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC eight years ago. Excluding games involving the U.S. team in previous World Cups, the average declined 28% from the 2014 tournament in Brazil and was up 1% from the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Most group-stage kickoff times this year were morning EDT, starting as early as 6 a.m., and the latest matches began at 2 p.m. Games in 2014 started mostly from noon to 4 p.m. EDT, while in 2010, there were many matches at 10 a.m. and some as early as 7:30 a.m.

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