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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 19, 2018.


As you may have noticed, I haven’t been writing Prospectuses for quite some time. I’m taking a small step back from doing them since I have a new job at ESPN and I’m in charge of writing another daily morning post at Crossing Broad. Safe will be handling the majority of the Prospectuses while some of our other writers will also contribute more on that side. I’ll still be writing on any news and notes that come around.

What You Missed

The College Crosse Year in Review series continued with Rutgers on Friday. We’ll recap Lehigh on Monday.

Bellarmine added Kyle Bernlohr and Steve Soriano to complete their full-time coaching staff.

Lacrosse The Nation

The Denver Outlaws won their third MLL championship in five years with a 16-12 victory over the Dallas Rattlers.

Outlaws attackman and former Notre Dame Fighting Irish star Matt Kavanagh was named game MVP with four goals and five assists, one point short of tying a championship record.

The Rattlers were led by a couple of four point efforts from former Duke Blue Devils Jordan Wolf (3 Gs, 1 A) and Ned Crotty (2 Gs, 2 As).

In other MLL news, New York Lizards attackman Rob Pannell was named league MVP. And he got a pretty big check.

Here were the other league awards given out on Friday:

  • Warrior Offensive Player of the Year: Rob Pannell, New York
  • Warrior Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Dunn, Dallas
  • Cascade Rookie of the Year: Chris Cloutier, Denver
  • Tito’s Vodka Coach of the Year: Bill Warder, Dallas
  • Brine Goalie of the Year: Niko Amato, Chesapeake and John Galloway, Dallas
  • Maverik Player’s Choice Award: Mitch Belisle, Boston
  • David Huntley Man of the Year: Scott Ratliff, Atlanta

Switching to the college side of things, High Point Panthers associate head coach Pat Tracy is leaving the program after seven years.

Lafayette completed their coaching staff with the addition of former Ursinus assistant and interim head coach Ian Moore as a volunteer assistant.

“Ian is a bright, young coach and we’re extremely excited to have him as part of our family,” [Pat] Myers said. “It’s clear that his core values align perfectly with those of our program and he’ll be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes.”

Moore comes to College Hill after a stint at Ursinus (Pa.) where he served as an assistant coach and the interim head coach over the past two seasons. During that span, he coached four all-league performers, including two on the first team.

“I would like to thank Coach Myers, Sherryta Freeman and the entire Lafayette athletics administration team for providing me this outstanding opportunity,” Moore said. “I could not be more excited to be a part of this new era of Lafayette lacrosse dedicated to hard work, toughness and brotherhood. I am grateful to have the chance to positively impact the lives of young men at one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country, and I am ecstatic to work with and learn from such a phenomenal group of coaches.”

Here’s our updated coaching tracker (without volunteer assistants).

We’ll have something more formal soon.

Plenty of freshmen have moved in to their new home for four years.

Ohio State head coach Nick Myers welcomed his entire team back to Columbus with a party at his place, which included a ton of crabs!

The Utah Utes were a part of the school’s Fanfest yesterday!

Head coach Brian Holman also took part in an interview at the event. He unveiled the team’s second game will be at home against the Mercer Bears on February 9. The complete schedule will come out in September.

The defending champion Yale Bulldogs are getting new turf, which will also include heaters to melt snow and ice.

Elsewhere, Lenny Padilla of profiles new Michigan State Spartans head coach DJ Lubs, a former All-American at Florida Southern.

Lubs, 27, replaces Cam Holding, who stepped down last week to continue his playing career. Holding, a native of Caledonia, was named Coach of the Year. Lubs was an assistant coach last season with MSU when the Spartans went 18-1 and won their first national championship. The lacrosse program is a club team and plays in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.

”The (MSU) board members liked me and I have a good rapport with the players,” Lubs said. “They reached out to me and expressed how they wanted me to take over. It was hard for me to say no.”

Lubs graduated from Rockford High School in 2009. He was a part of a young Rams program that included Mike DeWitt, who is the current Rockford boys varsity coach.

”I’ve been apart of a lot of first with lacrosse,” Lubs said. “Me and Mike played on the first 5th/6th grade team in school history. Going through high school, I played Rockford football. So I was apart of a great culture and I knew what it took to be good and how to get the most out of my teammates.”

3D Lacrosse and True Lacrosse are in Denver Country District Court after 3D accused one of their former employees of conspiring with True to establish their first ever team in the state. More from Brendan Pedersen of BusinessDen.

The lawsuit centers around [Ali] Giovannone’s last two weeks with 3d Lacrosse. It alleges that, after putting in her two-week notice on July 2, Giovannone informed players she was leaving the organization to join True Lacrosse and invited them to join her.

The lawsuit says that Giovannone’s contract with 3d Lacrosse had a nonsolicitation clause that prohibited her from trying to recruit her former players for at least two years.

3d Lacrosse says in the lawsuit that when it came to recruiting its Denver team, True Lacrosse “had no other viable way of attracting girl lacrosse players to its platform.”

True Lacrosse “knew the invitation to join [them] had to be personal in order to be effective, preferably from coaches who actually coached the girls at the time or in the past,” 3d says in the lawsuit.

The Vancouver Canucks have asked one youth team to turn in their jerseys that feature the Johnny Canuck logo after their tournament this weekend. The NHL team says the youth team didn’t get permission to use that logo.

The NLL’s Saskatchewan Rush will fly an Iroquois flag at all of their home games moving forward.

World News

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the pacific, 200 miles away from Fiji and Tonga.

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Video of the Day

What happens when you drop a refrigerator off a 45 meter tower?

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