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College Crosse Prospectus - August 15, 2018: Cautious Shot Clock Pessimism; New Crossecast; Detroit Mercy 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 August 15, 2018.

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Special thanks to Monmouth associate head coach Andrew Geison for this thoughtful Op-ed about why he is cautiously pessimistic about the new shot clock rule. This post brings up some very interesting points that haven’t been raised in the days since the announcement.


I know, I get; I’m a Debbie downer. I’m the guy that tells you to turn down your music and then lectures you about John Coltrane. Nobody wants to get stuck talking to the ‘unintended consequences’ guy at a party. So I appreciate the fact that you’ve taken a few minutes out of your day to hear what the fun police have to say.


Perhaps it’s the pugnacious nature of a defensive coordinator, but I want a street fight. I want a toe-to-toe battle for every inch of the field. There is nothing more invigorating than a possession in which the flow of the offense draws three or four slides, we are forced to rotate and recover in unison, and finally a well-timed double puts the ball on the ground leading to a scrum where we out-physical our opponent.

The post immediately struck a tone with readers.

Chris, Ryan, Jake, & myself put up a pod yesterday discussing our thoughts about the shot clock and the other new rules from this weekend.

If you may have heard, the NCAA Lacrosse rules committee decided to bring a shot clock to men’s lacrosse. Chris did a nifty podcast to get some coaches’ reaction to the new rule. But you know what else you need? A second podcast, but with the opinions of our writers.

The usual gang’s on for a summer podcast to break down our thoughts to the new NCAA rules. Safe, Chris, and Jake join me as we talk about the shot clock (8:00) and how we think it’ll affect the game. We bring up the zone defense and other arguments as well (21:00). We also talk about the return of the crease dive (32:00), the shortening of the substitution box (34:37) and the NCAA emphasizing good old sportsmanship (36:10) in something that we all know is Ohio State and Syracuse related but nobody loves a talking point more than the NCAA. There’s also a new video replay rule apparently (39:30). We wrap up with a little discussion on who benefits from the new rules (43:20) before Chris takes us on a journey around the coaching changes throughout college lacrosse.

Detroit Mercy, COME ON DOWN!!! You’re the next contestant in our Year in Review series.

Season Summary 2018 was a historic year for the Detroit Mercy program, earning a program-best nine wins as well as a record five MAAC wins. The Titans also set records for goals, assists, points, shots, shots on goal, and goals against average.

The season nearly started with a surprise upset against Notre Dame. But after leading 6-4 with 8:11 left in the third quarter, the Fighting Irish scored six unanswered goals to end the upset bid. After an overtime win over Mercer, the Titans lost four of their next five games, including tough losses to Ohio State and Air Force. But Detroit Mercy took advantage of the wide open MAAC conference, with their only loss coming against Quinnipiac in late March. Their 5-1 conference record was good enough for the second seed in the MAAC Tournament after doubling up on Cleveland State.

BOSS Belichick was rocking a fresh new lacrosse hoodie the other day. This time he was repping Croatia lacrosse.

It wasn’t exactly notable that Bill Belichick wore a hoodie during a WEEI radio interview on Monday afternoon. No other New England resident is more synonymous with that particular piece of apparel. What was more striking was Belichick’s choice of hoodie. Prominently displayed across the front of the hoodie were the words “Croatian Lacrosse,” accompanied by a small checkered pattern customary of the Mediterranean nation.

It’s no secret that Belichick – whose family is originally from Croatia – is proud of his roots, but by adding lacrosse into the mix, he was able to combine two of his favorite non-football things.

Who’s on first: La Crosse city officials are considering moving the “Lacrosse Players” replica featuring the “Welcome to La Crosse” sign.

The replica of the “Lacrosse Players” sculpture that sits on Rose Street would be moved about half a mile north under a proposal discussed Tuesday by city officials.

Under the proposal, the statue would be moved from where it sits across Hwy. 53 from the La Crosse Family Restaurant atop a lit “Welcome to La Crosse” sign to the Eagle Watch area just south of Interstate 90’s Exit 3.

“We’re just trying to make it accessible to more people,” said Mayor Tim Kabat.

The statue is a reproduction of Elmer Petersen’s steel sculpture erected in downtown La Crosse in 1981, which depicts three Native Americans playing the game lacrosse. In 2005, the scaled-up replica created by Sparta artist David Oswald was placed on the city’s North Side.

“Something special” for Worsley playing on Team USA at junior worlds.

Fresh off a plane from Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan, Canada, Kyle Worsley was ecstatic. The South Carroll High School graduate and former Times boys lacrosse all-county first-team selection had just finished representing the United States at the International Indoor Junior Lacrosse World Junior Lacrosse Championship from Aug. 8-12. Worsley tallied one goal and two assists in the round-robin tournament against Team Canada, the eventual champions, and Team Iroquois. And while Team USA failed to secure a point in the competition, the experience was unforgettable for Worsley.

Shout out to Taz for giving us a shout out.

The Rattlers are playing for the MLL title this weekend. Here’s an interview their president gave to Fox 4 Sports in Texas to preview the game versus the Denver Outlaws.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Chris and I are definitely going to have to do a podcast on this.

If you live in, say, California and you want a cheesesteak but can’t stand nacho cheese and bell peppers, Pat’s King of Steaks now has you covered. Cheesesteaks from the legendary spot became available on Monday through Goldbely, a San Francisco–based company that brings iconic local foods to people in far-flung places. By Tuesday morning, says Pat’s owner Frank Olivieri Jr., the orders were coming in from all over the country. And fast. “Now we’re in the process of packing hundreds of sandwiches and sending them out already. [Orders are] coming in like wildfire,” Olivieri tells Philly Mag. “We’re shipping to Connecticut, we’re shipping to Arizona, we’re shipping to Minnesota, Colorado. Not a corner of the country’s untouched at this point.”

World/National News

Vienna tops Melbourne as world’s most liveable city.

Vienna has dislodged Melbourne for the first time at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, strengthening the Austrian capital’s claim to being the world’s most pleasant city to live in.

The two metropolises have been neck and neck in the annual survey of 140 urban centers for years, with Melbourne clinching the title for the past seven editions. This year, a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe as well as the city’s low crime rate helped nudge Vienna into first place.

Vienna regularly tops a larger ranking of cities by quality of life compiled by consulting firm Mercer. It is the first time it has topped the EIU survey, which began in its current form in 2004.

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