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College Crosse Prospectus - August 22, 2018: Towson’s Jon Mazza Reportedly Granted Full Release; St. Joe’s 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 22, 2018.

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Big news from Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun: Jon Mazza granted full release from Towson men’s lacrosse team.

Attackman Jon Mazza has been given his release to transfer from the Towson men’s lacrosse program, coach Shawn Nadelen said Tuesday evening. “He was granted his full release,” Nadelen said in a text. Mazza, who was expected to spend his senior year with the Tigers, scored 16 goals and assisted on eight others for a career-high 24 points in just eight starts last season. But the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Davidsonville resident was suspended for the final seven games for an unspecified violation of team rules.

St. Joe’s comes in at #20 in our Year in Review series.

Season Summary The 2017 was a very disappointing year for the Hawks, who went 5-9 without star attackman Mike Rastivo due to a season-ending injury. But despite not returning to how he was in his sophomore and junior campaigns, the grad student helped lead St. Joe’s back to the top of the NEC.

It was a tough start on Hawk Hill, losing their first three games of the season to Fairfield, Providence, and St. John’s. The loss to the Red Storm on March 6 would be their last loss for nearly two months as the Hawks would win all 11 games during that stretch. It began with three wins against Monmouth, Drexel, and NJIT. The Dragons were up by three at half but St. Joe’s managed to score five straight goals in the third quarter to take the lead. Drexel tied it at nine before Nicholas Vernacchio scored on a man-up opportunity with 26 seconds left to win it.

NEC play began with a very low-scoring 6-5 win over Hobart in Geneva. The Hawks led 2-1 with 1:38 left in the first quarter before the next goal was scored by the Statesmen early in the third. Six goals were scored in the third quarter, but the Hawks managed to stay one step ahead to get conference play off to a nice start. After taking care of Wagner, St. Joe’s had a grueling 14-12 win over Sacred Heart, before doubling up on Bryant.

BOSS Shay is set to speak at #LaxCon in 2019.

US Lacrosse today announced Yale men’s lacrosse coach and 2018 national champion Andy Shay as a featured speaker for boys’ lacrosse coaches at the 2019 US Lacrosse Convention (LaxCon), set for Jan. 11-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Shay has built the Bulldogs into consistently excellent program during his 15-year tenure as head coach, culminating in their first NCAA championship and a school-record 17 wins last season. The Ivy League and the Eastern College Athletic Conference named Shay their coach of the year. The specific day and time of Shay’s LaxCon session will be announced later.

Wow, it feels like Yale just won the title and now Fall Ball is almost here.

La Salle named Katie Rhodes its women’s lacrosse head coach.

Katie Rhodes, the top assistant coach at Colgate University for the past five seasons, has been named La Salle University head women’s lacrosse coach, it was announced by Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw on Tuesday. “We are excited to welcome Coach Rhodes to the La Salle family,” Bradshaw said. “Katie has been a part of building a successful lacrosse program at Colgate and we look forward to her bringing that experience to La Salle.” During her time in Hamilton, N.Y., Rhodes was instrumental in the growth of the Raiders program. Over her five seasons with the Raiders, Rhodes helped the team to 41 wins and four Patriot League Tournament appearances. “I am so honored to be named the next head coach for La Salle women’s lacrosse,” Rhodes said. “It is a huge privilege for me to be chosen to lead this fantastic group of young women. I would like to thank Bill Bradshaw and John Lyons for this incredible opportunity. I would also like to thank all my mentors who have helped me get to this step in my career. I am beyond thrilled and cannot wait to get started!”

Good advice from Deemer Class.


Nice article about ESPN’s upcoming lacrosse 30 for 30 “Crossroads.”

The Charlotte Secondary school lacrosse team has a great story to tell. Just ask NBA superstar Chris Paul. “It’s about more than just the game of lacrosse,” said Paul. “It’s just a great story.” Paul thought so much of the team’s story, he produced a film about it. “Crossroads” will air Thursday night at 9 p.m., on the network. For two years a film crew followed the program, a club team fielded largely of at-risk, underprivileged African American boys. Their coach is local surgeon Bobby Selkin. “I know we’re doing tremendous things, but it is crazy to see it on film.” Selkin, who’s children attended the school, helped begin the program in 2015. “We were literally the bad news bears of lacrosse,” he said. “We were horrible.”

A BOSS is only as good as his lieutenants.

I don’t like mimes .... but #GrowTheGame

Shout out to our man, Jason Dumas.

Former BALLER Alex Smith’s Atlas Restaurant Group is branching out to D.C.

Baltimore’s Atlas Restaurant Group, owner of Tagliata, Azumi, the Bygone and others, will make its first foray into Washington, D.C., next spring with two restaurants in the forthcoming Moxy Hotel. The concepts have yet to be determined, but one will occupy the first two floors and courtyard of a Victorian home behind the hotel, according to an Atlas spokesman. The second will be located on the hotel’s rooftop, which is set to feature a retractable glass covering ... Atlas Restaurant Group was founded in 2012 by former professional lacrosse player and Baltimorean Alex Smith.

The boys are back in town!!

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Now that’s a headline: Philadelphia’s runaway-turtle epidemic continues in Mount Airy.

Alright, this is getting out of hand. Earlier this month, we brought you two separate stories about pet turtles that went missing in Philadelphia only to be reunited with their concerned human families. Today, we bring you a third that has not reached the same happy conclusion, as of yet.

Deborah Wilson was kind enough to share the details of an Aug. 10 discovery in the driveway of her home near Ardleigh Street and Wadsworth Avenue in the city’s Mount Airy neighborhood. We’ll let Deborah take it from here.

“Around 3:30 p.m., my husband and I were in the garage engaged in conversation when his eyes began to look over my right shoulder out towards the driveway,” she recounted. “I thought that he was just doing that thing that husbands do when their wives are saying something that they have no interest in hearing.”

World/National News

Oh boy: Hawaii may face direct hit, serious damage from Hurricane Lane to end this week.

Major Hurricane Lane is forecast to close in on Hawaii and threaten lives and property on the islands due to pounding surf, flash flooding, mudslides and strong winds. There is the possibility of Lane making a direct hit on one or more of the islands late this week and into this weekend. The ultimate severity of impacts will depend on the exact track and strength of Lane. Even in lieu of a direct hit, “Lane has the potential of bringing the state of Hawaii serious and perhaps record damage,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

“All residents and interests on the islands should closely monitor Hurricane Lane and pay particular attention to local officials on possible evacuations and preparations,” Kottlowski said.

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