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College Crosse Prospectus - September 4, 2018: Georgetown & Syracuse Year In Review; Football Down, Lacrosse Up In Virginia

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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 September 4, 2018.

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2018 Men’s Lacrosse Year in Review: #12 Georgetown Hoyas.

Season Summary: It was a wild season for the Hoyas that involved peaks and valleys throughout the season. But in the end, Georgetown took home their first ever Big East crown and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.

Originally not on anybody’s radar to start the season, the Hoyas started off 2018 with six straight wins, beating High Point, Robert Morris, Towson, Mount St. Mary’s, Marist, and Hobart. A few good teams in that span, especially the NEC champs and the defending CAA winners. Suddenly, the Hoyas were looking like a team to keep an eye on.

But just before Big East play, the losing started. In a span of about a month, Georgetown lost four of their five games, beginning with a very surprising defeat against Drexel. That followed with an overtime road loss to Marquette to start Big East play and a low-scoring home loss to Denver by a goal. Despite leading by two goals entering the fourth quarter, the Pioneers came back with three tallies in the final frame to take the win. They stopped the bleeding with a win over Providence but could not get by Loyola in a midweek showdown thanks to a 4-1 second quarter by the Greyhounds.

2018 Men’s Lacrosse Year in Review: #11 Syracuse Orange.

Season Summary After a thrilling 2017 season filled with one-goal games, 2018 was a bit of a step back with tons of younger contributors. It also didn’t help that most of the fall was wiped out due to a mumps outbreak.

But once the team got back together in late November, it was business as usual for the Orange with a dominating 21-4 win over Binghamton in the season-opener. But the scripts were flipped in their annual rivalry game with Albany. Despite being down 4-1 at half, the Great Danes outscored Syracuse 11-2 in the second half to take home a rare victory inside the Carrier Dome. But for the next two weeks, the “old” Cuse showed up in thrilling fashion. The Orange exploded on offense in the second half against Army West Point and won the game on a Ryan Simmons goal thanks to a deep dime by Dom Madonna in triple overtime. One week later in their ACC opener against Virginia, the future made their impact in another thriller against the Cavaliers. Eight of the team’s 12 goals were scored by freshmen or sophomores, with half of them coming from Tucker Dordevic.

The Fire Rises: Lacrosse seen as one of the reasons for low participation in football in Virginia.

Many in Hanover County point to lacrosse and its recent rise. At the start of the decade, supporters of lacrosse in Hanover County were fervently working to create high school programs that would receive Virginia High School League approval. Now, almost a decade later, all four schools have growing boys and girls lacrosse programs, and Atlee’s boys lacrosse team has played in three Class 5 state championship games.

A major reason for the explosive growth of lacrosse in Hanover County is the presence of Blackhawk Lacrosse. Opened in 2001, Blackhawk offers children as young as first-graders opportunities to learn and play the sport in the fall, winter and spring. Though it doesn’t offer travel teams, Blackhawk conducts high school leagues in the fall, which are a direct competitor to high school football.

What time is it?!?! GAME TIME!!

The 2018 ACC Championship Watches have arrived for the squad.

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Prosecutor who helped clear Duke lacrosse players has died.

A state prosecutor who helped exonerate three former Duke lacrosse players after they were accused of sexual assault has died. James Coman died Thursday from heart disease at a hospice in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 75. His daughter Kimberly Coman Hunter confirmed the death.

Is Lars ever not grinding?

No Rest - Just Getting Better

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Brooke Gubitosi, a former Stony Brook lacrosse star, relishing new role as ball person at U.S. Open.

For a front-row seat at the U.S. Open, it’s hard to beat being a ball person. So Brooke Gubitosi, a recent Stony Brook University grad from Northport, is about as close to the action as one can get. On Saturday, Gubitosi worked the Madison Keys-Aleksandra Krunic noon match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the tournament’s main show court. “I just think it’s so cool to be around professional athletes,” she said. She herself is an elite athlete, having been a two-time all-American lacrosse player at Stony Brook.

“I’m not a tennis player,” Gubitosi said. “I love tennis, to watch tennis. I come here every year with my dad, and my dad always made a joke about, ‘You should be a ball person.’ I saw a commercial or something on YouTube about a tryout.

Speaking of Stony Brook, congrats to Kylie Ohlmiller on her new endeavor.

First Hartford family dinner of the year!

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

OPRAH LOVES SOUTH JERSEY!

Bernie Blanks knew days ago that TV personality and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey was going to attend the Whitesboro Reunion Festival on Saturday, but he didn’t tell anyone. “It wasn’t hard to keep it a secret,” said the 75-year-old president of Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro Inc., the group that organizes the event each year. “We’re very appreciative of her coming to celebrate the 30th year. It means a lot to the Concerned Citizens and the community.”

But even he didn’t know she was going to speak to the crowds of people assembled under a white tent at the Martin Luther King Center. It was the speech made by township police Chief Christopher Leusner about the department’s focus on intervention, education and prevention that inspired her to share her thoughts, Blanks said. The department has trained all their officers to change their thinking from, “What’s wrong with this kid?” to, “What happened to this kid?” Leusner said, adding the goal is to reduce the impact of childhood trauma through partnerships in the community.

I was in the city yesterday and oh boy was it good to be home.

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Tragic: Brazilian museum goes up in flames.

Firefighters dug through the burned-out hulk of Brazil’s National Museum on Monday, a day after flames gutted the building, as the country mourned the irreplaceable treasures lost and pointed fingers over who was to blame. The museum held Latin America’s largest collection of historical artifacts, and the damage was feared to be catastrophic. One official told a Brazilian news outlet that as much as 90 percent may have been destroyed. Some parts of the collection were stored at other site.

For many in Brazil, the state of the 200-year-old natural history museum quickly became a metaphor for what they see as the gutting of Brazilian culture and life during years of corruption, economic collapse and poor governance. “It’s a crime that the museum was allowed to get to this shape,” said Laura Albuquerque, a 29-year-old dance teacher who was in a crowd protesting outside the gates. “What happened isn’t just regrettable, it’s devastating, and politicians are responsible for it.”

Your GIF/Video for September 4, 2018

This is actually pretty brilliant.

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