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College Crosse Prospectus - February 11, 2019: Weekend Recap, Utah Makes History

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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 February 11, 2019.

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There was a lot of craziness over the weekend with multiple top 20 teams losing. You can find all the box scores and recaps of the games from Saturday here. Below are some more recaps from this past weekend.

Here’s Chris’ post for Troy Nunes on Syracuse dropping its season opener at home to Colgate on Friday.

It’s not the start everyone was expecting for the Syracuse Orange. And you could say the same for the Colgate Raiders. The Raiders came into the Carrier Dome and pulled off a wire-to-wire 12-9 upset of the Orange in front of 2,698 spectators in Colgate head coach Matt Karweck’s debut.

Karweck, along with offensive assistant coach John Crawley, came over from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Defensive assistant coach Chris Cooper came from the Binghamton Bearcats, so the entire staff has plenty of experience with playing Syracuse. It was scoreless for the first five minutes of the game before Colgate put up three straight goals to start the scoring.

Syracuse would put up two tallies in the final minute of the opening quarter, including one from Andrew Helmer in transition with five seconds left. But the Raiders would go on another 3-0 run to begin the second quarter before a David Lipka goal would send the Orange down 6-3 at halftime.

Penn State broke a nearly 43 year old record on Saturday when the Nittany Lions dropped 27 goals on Robert Morris.

Penn State broke a program record that stood since 1976 thanks to contributions from a multitude of different sources. In their rout over Robert Morris, the Nittany Lions broke the program record for single-game scoring of 26 goals by one, defeating the Colonials 27-10 to get their revenge from last season’s surprising loss. The usual faces made their presences felt in this one. Attackman Grant Ament continued to ride the hot streak he started in the Villanova game that saw him put up 10 total points, a nation-leading number. While he didn’t reach that lofty total against Robert Morris, his one goal and six assists came close to matching his Week One production.

Maryland was able to hold off Richmond thanks in large part to its face-off play.

In his first 14 trips to the faceoff X on Saturday, Maryland men’s lacrosse’s Austin Henningsen found nothing but success. But the faceoff specialist’s 15th draw was most critical. As he stepped up to grapple with Richmond’s Ryan Murray — the Terps’ advantage reduced to one goal with 2:01 remaining after a fourth-quarter implosion — Henningsen ripped the ball left and flipped it to midfielder Wesley Janeck to secure possession. Maryland ran down the rest of the clock to survive an early-season upset scare.

Henningsen and Justin Shockey, the Terps’ experienced faceoff specialists, provided an advantage over the Spiders. And with the game on the line, Henningsen’s 15-for-15 day proved imperative to ensure a 2-0 start to the season, offering extra possessions for the attack to build a lead capable of withstanding Richmond’s late surge.

Virginia starts off season with a loss at Loyola.

After losing to No. 4 Loyola in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament, the No. 6 Virginia men’s lacrosse team traveled to Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore Saturday, hoping to exact revenge in the first game of the season.

However, Loyola (1-0, 0-0 PL) used tough defense and efficient offense to overpower Virginia (0-1, 0-0 ACC) as the Cavaliers suffered a 17-9 non-conference loss.

While Virginia was on the board first, courtesy of junior midfielder Dox Aitken, Loyola responded with three consecutive goals to take the lead –– one the home team would not surrender for the rest of the game.

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian with an article on UMass’ OT loss to Army.

It was an explosive start to the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team’s season.

UMass (0-1) opened its season against Army West Point, an annual tradition that has occurred since 2011. In the past four years, the Minutemen have suffered losses to the Black Knights (1-0). Their losing streak continued, as the Minutemen fell in overtime, 12-11.

The Minutemen came out strong, holding a 27-13 shot advantage, seven of which were goals. Freshman Gabriel Procyk buried three of those goals, along with sophomore Chris Connolly, red-shirt junior Billy Philpott, junior Devin Spencer and sophomore Kevin Tobin to finish out the first half with a 7-6 lead.

In his first game as a Minuteman, Procyk racked up five points (four goals, one assist). Connolly registered seven points in two goals and five assists.

Here’s a good article about Utah’s win against Mercer over the weekend, the first win in program history.

Josh Stout scored seven goals to lead the Utah lacrosse team to its first win in its history, 13-9 over Mercer on Saturday afternoon. Although Mercer scored the first goal of the game, the Utes scored the next five to take a 5-1 lead after the first period. The Utes led 9-6 at halftime and Mercer rallied back in the third to make it a one-goal game, 9-8, but the Utes ended the third quarter strong with a goal and also scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to pull back ahead by four goals in the final minutes.

“I thought our guys did an awesome job today playing Utah lacrosse,” Utah head coach Brian Holman said. “Tough on ground balls, we stuck together. It’s the first and hopefully we’ll get a few more. We talked last week being a little bit of an anomaly and I thought this was more Utah lacrosse. I thought our guys were more comfortable. We talked about swarming them and being diligent on ground balls, and the things that we can do well, I thought we did a good job. I want to thank Coach Hannan at Mercer for bringing his players out here.

Soon

The Daily Orange with an article on the new shot clock.

With an early two-goal lead during Friday night’s season opener against Syracuse, Colgate couldn’t use its faceoff domination to a time of possession advantage. In the past, repeated faceoff wins coupled with long possessions could prevent comebacks.

Now, that can’t happen.

Sandwiched between an STX sign in one end zone and a Saab advertisement in the other, an 80-second shot clock forced Colgate to shoot. The Raiders’ bench screamed at the 15-second mark to warn the players on the field. But after the second shot of the possession went wide of the net, a Colgate attack rolled the ball out of bounds and the officials signaled the other way. It was one of three violations combined between the two teams in Syracuse’s first game with the shot clock.

Writing out this week’s ballot was difficult.

FOX 40 with a nice segment on the John Mack Lacrosse Tournament.

For many local lacrosse players the John Mack Tournament is a chance to showcase their skills... but for one group of boys from North Carolina-- this tournament helped change their lives.

The Charlotte Secondary Club Lacrosse team made their lacrosse debut here in the Southern Tier 5 years ago.

The organization came together to bring a lacrosse program to kids in North Carolina that may not have the money to play the game or for communities where lacrosse wasn’t offered.

Bobby Selkin, Head Coach and Director of Charlotte Secondary Club said, “We had kids who’d never played a game before”,‘“I said I need to get these guys experience... The only tournament I could find was the John Mack Tournament... so I was like alright we’ve gotta take a trip to New York “!

Girl’s lacrosse team spreads smiles with Miracle League in Bristol, CT.

Some days, it’s just all fun and game for the East Catholic girls lacrosse team. They may be hard at work at practice – hoping to return to the Class S state title game for a second straight year – but in between, the Eagles are busy with something just as important. “I love this program. It’s a good way to be with people and make them happy,” senior Macy Wilcox is talking about their clinic at The Miracle League in Bristol. “We do it twice a year every year, so I’ve done it four years.” The Miracle League engages children with special needs or disabilities in different sports. When the Eagles visit, that means lacrosse.

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I probably tempted fate one too many times with all those #SpringSport Tweets: New Jersey expected to get hit with two rounds of snowstorms.

Back-to-back storms are heading for New Jersey, starting Sunday night, but they’re targeting different parts of the state. South Jersey will get snow in the first storm, North Jersey will get hit in the second storm when it arrives Monday night, and Central Jersey isn’t forecast to get much more than a dusting from either.

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Speaking of snow, Seattle’s been buried with the stuff this winter and more is on the way.

The Pacific Northwest has begun getting hit by an unusual series of winter storms that started on Friday and was expected to stretch into next week, while parts of California began to get pummeled with snow.

Areas around Seattle received four to six inches of snow during the city’s second bout of winter weather in the past week, a storm that is likely to stretch until late afternoon on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologists predict even more snow throughout the next week.

The storm that hit the area earlier this week dumped two and a half inches on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and up to 12 inches on smaller cities outside Seattle.

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