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Season Summary The MAAC was not a strong conference in 2018. Nearly any team could win the conference, and that was true with Canisius, the fourth seed in the conference tournament, taking home the conference championship in stunning fashion.
But first, they had to get through the regular season. It was a roller coaster ride for Mark Miyashita in his first year as head coach and it started off on a bad note with a 13-12 loss to Dartmouth in the season opener. But they did have three wins against Binghamton, Furman, and Cleveland State, all of which came within two goals. After winning three of their first four games, the Golden Griffins would win three games in their final 10 regular season matchups. Prior to edging Siena in their MAAC opener, Canisius got blown out by Colgate and Albany and also suffered a 10-goal loss to Hobart after the Siena win. They stopped the bleeding temporarily by crushing Marist by 11 goals, but would then go on a three-game losing streak against Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Quinnipiac. They did defeat Manhattan to end the losing skid and also clinched a spot in the MAAC Tournament. They ended the regular season with a tough one-goal loss to Monmouth at home, which would be the first of three games decided by a goal.
Onondaga Community college lacrosse standout Austin Staats has renounced his remaining college eligibility in favor of declaring for next month’s National Lacrosse League draft. The news comes via an updated list on the NLL website which details the players who have made that choice. Staats is projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Staats, an attackman, could not be reached for comment Sunday. Last week, he said he was deciding between declaring for the draft or returning to OCC this fall to finish his degree there. Had he taken the second route, Staats said he hoped to be eligible to play Division I ball in the spring of 2019.
In the last 15 to 20 years, the landscape of youth team sports has undergone significant change on the national level. Locally, the area’s summer youth baseball and softball programs have also been impacted. At the turn of the 21st century, there was little to distract young ballplayers from playing summer baseball or softball. That, however, is no longer the case. A study conducted by the the Sports and Fitness Industry Association from 2009 to 2014 for ages 6 to 17 found that baseball (by 4.3 percent), as well as other major sports like football, soccer and basketball, are on the decline.
Fast-pitch softball had a modest increase (1.6 percent) A major concern stressed for baseball was pace of play. There is more to do today than there was then. There are more sports offering year-round opportunities and some kids are specializing in one sport. There are travel teams. Some are more interested in new technology. Lacrosse arrived on the scene with its faster pace that has drawn some kids away. The bottom line is that there are many more options for young players today than there were in 2000.
The shrill grind of metal on metal and the crash of helmet on helmet echoed Saturday through Wheel Park as 16 athletes in wheelchairs sped up and down the outdoor rink. They smashed lacrosse sticks into each other’s backs and slammed into the white wall bordering the rink, all while nimbly tossing a ball. Every so often, a player and his chair is toppled over in the chaos. Wheelchair lacrosse is not for the fainthearted. More than 100 players in 10 teams from across the country suited up for the Wheelchair Lacrosse national championship Friday and Saturday. The tournament, hosted by the Colorado Rolling Mammoth team, based in Denver, showcases the sport, which is becoming increasingly popular among athletes with and without a disability.
The Nipissing University Lacrosse team pitched in to help paint the inside of the new Gathering Place on Cassells Street Saturday. Executive director Dennis Chippa said players put the first coat of paint on the walls in the dining area and primed and prepped the cooking area. “There’s still some work to do but they were a tremendous help.” The city’s soup kitchen is expected to open late September. Chippa said they are now in the finishing stages which means flooring, painting bathroom fixtures, trimming still have to be done.
A page pulled from the history books played out on the shores of Nanaimo’s harbour Sunday, as the Snuneymuxw First Nation welcomed athletes who arrived by canoe for the 2018 Presidents Cup National Lacrosse Championships. “That was awesome. That is just special,” said Jim Anduchow, Manager of St. Albert’s Lacrosse Team. “Something, coming from Alberta we’ll never, ever experience again. It’s well done.” In the spirit of reconciliation, a traditional peace welcoming took place with the athletes bearing gifts as they were welcomed ashore by Snuneymuwx Chief Mike Wyse and council. “We wanted to welcome our guests in a traditional way,” said Chief Wyse. “So we thought well let’s bring em forward and show them honour and respect.”
If you’re a lacrosse fan, you might want to remember the name Kyler Francis. The 13-year-old Georgia Junior Swarm Bantam player stole the show Saturday night with an unreal goal against the Buffalo Junior Bandits. Video of the goal since has gone viral, and even scored Francis the No. 1 spot on “SportsCenter’s” top-10 plays.
Here’s a great video on Puerto Rico Lacrosse.
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American Airlines is bringing a lot of firsts to the Philadelphia International Airport and to North America overall. Come 2019, the carrier will add flights from PHL to four new European cities: Berlin, Germany; Bologna, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and, Edinburgh, Scotland. When the flights go live, PHL will be the only airport in North America to offer nonstop flights to Bologna and Dubrovnik. Plus, the flights to Berlin, Bologna and Dubrovnik will be served for the first time from Philadelphia. With the new service, PHL will offer nonstop service to 19 capital cities.
“We are excited that American is not only adding new international destinations from Philadelphia, but introducing cities that have never been served from PHL,” said Airport CEO Chellie Cameron in a statement. “This is great news for the entire Philadelphia region and to our connecting passenger base as well.”
Dogs are the best. They keep their humans active and happy, and they can make even the darkest days feel a little bit lighter with their sweet and loving welcome when you get home. But as with most things, great benefits come with great expenses — and dog ownership can cost a pretty penny. According to a new Rover.com survey of 1,500 adults in the U.S., dog owners spend much more than they think they do.
Respondents believed they spent anywhere between $26 and $75 per month on their dog, while data suggests that the average expenses related to dog ownership add up to $153 per month. This number does not take into consideration the initial costs associated with first getting a dog, including adoption fees, surgery for spaying or neutering, or dog beds.
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