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College Crosse Prospectus - January 7, 2019: Ed Lee Breaks Down Maryland’s 2019 Schedule; Jacksonville’s New Lacrosse Only Facility Unveiled

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation! Thanks for making us a part of your day! We hope you all had a great holiday season and wish everyone a wonderful 2019. It is good to be back. Here’s everything you need to know for January 7, 2019.

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The GAWD Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun did a breakdown of Maryland’s 2019 schedule.

Maryland has released its schedule for the 2019 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Terps, who went 14-4 last year, captured the Big Ten regular-season championship and fell to Duke, 13-8, in the NCAA tournament semifinals.

10: Maryland will play 10 games by the end of March for the first time in 12 years. The 2007 squad also played 10 games in its first two months and went 10-6 before losing to UMBC in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

9: The Terps have finished the season ranked in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s top 10 in each of the past nine years. The last time the Terps fell outside of the top 10 was in 2009, when they finished at No. 13.

Jacksonville’s lacrosse only facility looks pretty sweet.

This is a couple days old, but US Lacrosse ranked Yale #1 in its Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20.

Defending NCAA champion Yale is the top-ranked team in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20, as published in the January edition of US Lacrosse Magazine.

Despite graduating a transformative senior class that included Tewaaraton Award winner Ben Reeves and five other players drafted by Major League Lacrosse teams, the Bulldogs reloaded, most notably landing All-American faceoff ace TD Ierlan as a transfer from Albany.

Duke, which lost to Yale in the 2018 NCAA championship game, starts 2019 in the No. 2 spot. Maryland, which has advanced to the final four in seven of the last eight seasons, is No. 3. Cornell and Virginia, both coming off big-time bounce-back campaigns, round out the top five.

Early to bed, early to grind for the lads at LSU.

Chris blessed us with a comprehensive look at every new lacrosse program in 2019.

One of my favorite annual posts is finding out which schools are adding lacrosse for the 2019 season. We all know the Division I programs starting up, but there’s also plenty of schools at the other levels. This year, institutions from Division I all the way down to the NAIA are getting set to begin a new era with the addition of at least one lacrosse team to their list of sponsored athletic programs. Let’s see who’ll we’ll be welcoming this year (h/t The Growth Blog).

With over 600 votes in over this past weekend, Pat Spencer won our recent who’d you’d want if you were starting a lacrosse team today poll.

Former UVA standout Michael Leahy to lead Woodberry Forest program.

Michael Leahy helped lead the University of Virginia men’s lacrosse team to a national title in 1999. Leahy is returning to Central Virginia with aspirations of leading Woodberry Forest’s program to championship glory. This spring, he will serve as an assistant to Spotty Robins during his final campaign for the Tigers before taking over the program in the summer of 2019. “We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Leahy to Woodberry,” Woodberry Forest athletic director Matt Blundin said in a statement. “His rich background in lacrosse along with a contagious passion for teaching the game will make Michael a perfect fit to develop our boys as players and people.”

Lights, camera, action: UNC looks like it can’t wait for the season to begin.

Level up: National Lacrosse League commissioner eyes further Canadian expansion.

Nick Sakiewicz has overseen the addition of four teams to the National Lacrosse League since becoming its commissioner three years ago. That might seem like a lot for an 11-team league, but as far as he’s concerned, he’s just getting started.

The NLL added teams in San Diego and Philadelphia this season, and franchises in Halifax and New York will begin play in the 2019-2020 season. Sakiewicz plans to add teams on both sides of the border in the coming years, but recognizes that the sport’s base will always be in Canada.

”I’m really bullish that we could be a seven- or eight-team league in Canada,” said Sakiewicz on Friday. “I love the country. I think the fans are some of the best fans that we have in our league. Box lacrosse is a 150-year-old sport and has a great heritage and history in the country.

Trust the Nick Myers process.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

The Eagles beat the Bears yesterday!!

Cody Parkey sat by his locker with a glazed look, struggling to explain how he did it again. The Chicago Bears’ embattled kicker somehow managed to nail yet another upright and hit the crossbar while missing a 43-yard field goal in the closing seconds of a 16-15 wild-card loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. ‘’You can’t make this up,’’ Parkey said. It was a cruel and appropriate end to a season in which he managed to hit uprights while missing field goals and extra points six times. This one came at the worst possible moment.

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The king of Malaysia abdicated the throne over the weekend.

Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday in an unexpected move, after just two years on the throne. The palace said in a statement that the 49-year-old ruler had resigned as Malaysia’s 15th king with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term. No reason was given in the statement. It marked the first abdication in the nation’s history. Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of northeast Kelantan state, took his oath of office in December 2016, becoming one of Malaysia’s youngest constitutional monarchs.

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