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On our “Seasons” suite of College Crossecast episodes, Jake and I have been looking back and analyzing the past in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse. To wrap things up, we decided to have a little fun, and think about what didn’t happen and how that changed up the lacrosse landscape.
On this episode, we do some lacrosse alternative history. This isn’t your tired Civil War or World War II or Cold War theories, this is the fun stuff. Like what would happen if a game went a different way, or if a coach decided to stay or leave, or if conference realignment didn’t play out the way it did.
We start off with some scenarios our loyal Twitter followers brought up (3:00). Then Chris and Safe had some ideas of their own, ranging from titles changing hands to different conference setups than we had gotten this decade (20:49). We come up with some scenarios of our own (45:00), ranging from the earlier days of the NCAA era to the not-so-distant past of North Carolina’s national championship run.
Season Summary UMass stood atop the CAA for the first time since 2012 and also arrived back on the college lacrosse scene.
But it didn’t start pretty at all for the Minutemen. They began the season 1-4 with a 12-goal loss to Army West Point in the season opener. After beating Scared Heart, UMass suffered defeats to Harvard, Yale, and Albany. But that’s when their schedule got much easier. They knocked off wins against NJIT, UMass Lowell, Hartford, and Brown before entering CAA play, where they would finish undefeated in conference play.
They had two one-goal wins over Drexel and Delaware, which was also their first two conference games. UMass continued to dominate in the CAA Tournament, finishing off Hofstra and Towson to win the conference championship.
Chief Petty Officer Second Class Robert Cook spent a few weeks this summer with a whistle between his teeth. He was one of 91 referees from around the world who officiated the 47-team quadrennial 2018 Men’s World Field Lacrosse Championship, July 12 to 21 in Netanya, Israel.
“It was my honour not only to be selected to represent Canada, but also as the only active member of the Canadian Armed Forces,” said CPO2 Cook, who is also the head referee with Juan de Fuca Lacrosse. He attended two selection camps before finding out he had been picked as one of 15 referees from Canada to officiate in the tournament.
The normally mild-mannered CPO2 Cook admits he had trouble containing his emotions after receiving a phone call from Andrew Corbould, Canadian Lacrosse Association Officials Chairman, in February telling him he was going to Israel. “I take great pride in being a referee and I was the only one from Vancouver Island selected and one of five from British Columbia.”
Robert Mooney ’19 has already left his mark on the Yale Athletics history as a starter for the men’s lacrosse team, which won a national championship this year.
But Mooney has now set a new challenge for himself — putting a second Yale team into the history books, as he trades his lacrosse stick for shin guards this fall and suits up for the Yale men’s soccer team.
“Every team has different dynamics, goals and expectations and it is exciting to be a part of a program on the upswing and seeking their first Ivy League title in some time,” Mooney, a high school soccer player, said of joining the team. “Coming from a team that has achieved its loftiest goal, I hope that I can help the [soccer] team accomplish [their own goals]. It’s just amazing to be out on the field playing again.”
Trevor Tierney is a two-time US national team lacrosse goalie. He won two national championships at Princeton where he played for his father, All of Famer Bill Tierney. Trevor earned All-American honors, and a national goalie of the year recognition. He played professional field and box lacrosse and he is served as an assistant coach at the University of Denver for his father. As you will hear, Trevor Tierney is not your typical jock. He’s engaged in researching and teaching on the mission driven athlete, leadership, and the relationship between alcohol and collegiate athletes. Tierney takes us through his high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate lacrosse journey the injuries he endured while performing as one the top lacrosse goalies of his generation, as well as his journey as a coach and graduate student.
Stand up, Lafayette Lacrosse.
Jeff Tambroni and Penn State men’s lacrosse team will be hosting free youth lacrosse clinics for first through eighth graders in partnership with Centre Lacrosse on Tuesdays from September 11-October 2. The clinics will be on September 11, 18, 25, and October 2, at the new Panzer Stadium from 6-7 p.m.
What’s Up, PhilaJersey?
SEPTA and Miller Lite are teaming up for the sixth year in a row to give Eagles fans (and whoever else) a free ride on the Broad Street Line. To commemorate the Philadelphia Eagles’ home opener (and help prevent inebriated fans from making less-than-safe choices), SEPTA and Mueller, Inc. have joined forces to offer free SEPTA rides next Thursday, Sept. 6 for travelers on the BSL.
Miller Lite Free Rides will last from 4 p.m. through midnight. The Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons at 8:20 p.m. “Following their winning season, we want Eagles fans to continue to celebrate responsibly,” said Diane Wagner, alcohol responsibility manager for MillerCoors, in a statement. “We’re proud to partner with SEPTA and Muller Inc. for the sixth year in a row to offer football fans transportation on their first home game of the season.”
When Minnesota hosted Nebraska at TCF Bank Stadium last year, the game featured charismatic new Golden Gophers coach P.J. Fleck, a home team fighting for a bowl berth and a big-name opponent. The announced attendance was 39,933—an OK crowd for a crisp November day in Minneapolis—but it didn’t tell the whole story.
Only 25,493 ticketed fans were counted at the gates, 36% lower than the announced attendance and about half of the stadium’s capacity. More than 14,000 people who bought tickets or got them free didn’t show up.
College football has an attendance problem. Average announced attendance in football’s top division dropped for the fourth consecutive year last year, declining 7.6% in four years. But schools’ internal records show that the sport’s attendance woes go far beyond that.
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