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College Crosse Prospectus - July 7, 2018: Albany Coach Scott Marr To Assist Iroquois Nationals; Air Force 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 7, 2018.

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Albany head coach Scott Marr will be an assistant coach for the Iroquois Nationals at the 2018 World Championship.

How much coaching will be necessary? Scott Marr isn’t sure. But he is excited to find out. “It’s an opportunity to be with one of the best attack units — top-three, at least — in the world,” Marr said. “Really, in the history of the game, to be honest.” Marr, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse head coach, is set to serve as an assistant coach for the Iroquois Nationals men’s team at the FIL World Lacrosse Championship. The tournament starts Thursday in Israel, and the Iroquois Nationals’ roster includes several current and former UAlbany players. “And we have such superstars that can really play,” Marr said.

That class of players is led by recent UAlbany alumni Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson, brothers who shared the Tewaaraton Award in 2014 before Lyle Thompson won the award solo in 2015. Fellow UAlbany alumnus Ty Thompson, too, is on the Iroquois Nationals’ roster, along with current UAlbany players Ron John and Tehoka Nanticoke.

The Fly Boys of Air Force are up next in our Year in Review series by our boy, 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 this week with Furman, Hobart, Fairfield, and Mount St. Mary’s.

So with that, let’s continue the recaps!

#52 Air Force Falcons

Conference: SoCon

2018 Record: 5-10 (3-4 in SoCon play)

Head coach: Bill Wilson (Interim)

Statistical Leaders

Goals: Nick Hruby (27)

Assists: Matthew Schwartz (8)

Points: Nick Hruby (34)

Faceoffs: Trent Harper (152-of-287; 53%)

Ground balls: Trent Harper (68)

Caused turnovers: Jeremiah Hemme (12)

Goals against average: Braden Host (8.87 GAA)

Save percentage: Braden Host (47.3%)

The Peterborough Examiner looks back at Canada’s first World Championship back in 1978.

Forty years ago tomorrow, July 8, 1978, Canada made lacrosse history. On a soccer pitch in Stockport, a suburb of Manchester, England the Canadian team defeated the United States to win the World Field Lacrosse Championship. This was the third world field lacrosse championship. The first was played in Canada in 1967 as part of the Centennial celebration. The Peterborough Lakers, defending Mann Cup champions, represented Canada in the four-team event. A round-robin game between Canada and England was played in Morrow Park here in Peterborough. Team USA was undefeated in the event, beating Australia in the gold medal game. The next event was in Australia in 1974. A team made up of mainly players from British Columbia’s Western Lacrosse Association represented Canada. Again, the Americans were undefeated and again beat Australia in the gold medal game.

The more you know ....

Here’s a great video from US Lacrosse featuring members of Team USA preparing for their game versus MLL All-Stars.

MLB Network’s Robert Flores talks about the #LaxDad life in this post from Sports Business Daily.

TRAVEL BALL: Both of my sons are big time lacrosse players. They can’t get enough of it. This weekend I’m headed out of state for a tournament for them. Our last three weekends have actually been dominated by lacrosse events -- it’s a family affair and serves as part of our summer vacation. Growing up in the South I wasn’t really exposed to lacrosse but it’s something that both my sons really enjoy. It takes a commitment, but we enjoy it. There’s a little down time for me on these weekends. It’s almost a mini-working vacation. You get a chance to hang out and meet some of the parents and get to know them a little bit. We will leave Friday, probably get home Sunday afternoon and then will most likely just recover after being out in the sun the past two days.

Blessed: Lacrosse community uplifts coach Tom Nugent as he battles cancer for the 2nd time.

Something as simple as a heartfelt message of hope and love can have a profound impact. It has for Tom Nugent.

Battling cancer for the second time in four years, Nugent, a 1990 Moeller grad who’s spent 22 years coaching lacrosse at Sycamore and Elder, said he felt lucky to have the local lacrosse community behind him, offering thoughts and prayers as he underwent his second surgical procedure for renal carcinoma.

“The lacrosse community as a whole is definitely one that gets behind the people that are a part of it and I really was so touched by everyone reaching out with everything that was going on with Matt Stratman and Lakota West,” said Nugent. “My situation is not great but their situation is totally different … I just felt really lucky.”

20 questions with Villanova’s Christian Cuccinello.

Christian Cuccinello has been pretty busy the past few months. A senior attackman at Villanova, Cuccinello was drafted into Major League Lacrosse shortly before graduation, picked by Atlanta in the fourth round. He started a new job in management consulting at Accenture in Philadelphia. But he has also been spending weekends playing for Atlanta. A United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Academic All-American, Cuccinello also earned All-American honorable mention.

He finished his senior season with 33 goals and 24 assists for a team-high 57 points. He is tied for fifth all time with 168 career points, eighth with 97 goals and seventh with 71 assists. Cuccinello, a former All Daily Record Lacrosse Player of the Year at Mountain Lakes, has seven goals and seven assists in his first five professional matches — all but one of which were Atlanta losses.

Shout out to Uganda.

Dr. Karen Sutton Named Chief Medical Officer By Federation of International Lacrosse.

Dr. Karen Sutton has been named Chief Medical Officer for the Federation of International Lacrosse, it was announced today, only weeks before the 2018 World Championships in Netanya, Israel.

Sutton has been US Lacrosse’s Team Physician for the U.S. Women’s National Team as well as a member of its highly-regarded Sport Science & Safety Committee. She also has served as team physician for the 2017 U.S. Women’s World Cup team. She has been a leader both internationally and nationally providing player safety policy, injury prevention, and best practices and development for the sport of Lacrosse and its athletes.

“It’s with distinct pleasure we’re able to welcome Dr. Sutton as the Chief Medical Officer for our organization,” said FIL President Sue Redfern. “Dr. Sutton brings both on-field experience as an athlete and in-depth medical knowledge to the position. Combined with her background in the medical development area of our sport, she is an ideal fit.”

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Wanna do breakfast in Philly properly? Check out this article from Philly Mag.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s what your mom always told you, and she was absolutely right.

In Philly, we take this to heart. Neighborhood breakfast joints have always been an important part of the fabric that holds things together here — just as important as the street corner bar or the closest Wawa. And now, with every mini Restaurant Row sprouting all-day cafes and modern luncheonettes, the pancakes-and-egg-sandwich scene in Philly is only becoming more crowded.

All of which is good. Because screw brunch, right? Brunch is for dilettantes and newlyweds. You want to get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood, you meet them over a 7 a.m. Tuesday breakfast of black coffee, eggs and scrapple at a chrome-and-formica diner where the cooks have been banging out the platters for thirty years, non-stop.

Brunch is for strangers. Breakfast is for friends. And here’s where to find all the best joints, no matter where morning finds you.

World/National News

Tiger vs. Phil for $10M? Yes please.

The greatest match that never was almost took place on July 3 in Las Vegas, a prime-time TV special that was to have pitted Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson in a $10 million winner-take-all, 18-hole death match. The negotiations, involving a major television network and various corporate entities, couldn’t quite be consummated in time but Woods and Mickelson and their people remain committed to making it happen as soon as it’s feasible. “We’re working on a different date,” Mickelson said on Thursday. “I thought it was done for the 3rd but obviously it wasn’t.” Woods’s representatives declined to comment.

The seeds were planted back in April, at the Masters, when Tiger and Phil played a much-ballyhooed practice round together. Mickelson has a history of using press conferences to further his business interests, such as at the 2010 Players when he repeatedly raved about Five Guys hamburgers only to have it revealed the following week that he had purchased Southern California franchise rights to the burger chain.

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