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College Crosse Prospectus - February 13, 2019: New Crossecast, Weekend Takeaways

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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 13, 2019.

College Crosse News

We dropped a new Crossecast yesterday.

We start off the 2019 NCAA Lacrosse season with lots of big name programs with anything but rational fanbases losing games. What does this mean? COLLEGE LACROSSE IN CRISIS. And we’ve got the College Crossecast to get you through CRISIS MODE.

I’m joined by Safe, Chris, and Jake as we look back at the week that was in our review episode of our new biweekly format that goes into full swing this week. And thank goodness we started that format, as we’ve jammed pack a lot of takes in an 83 minute span. First we dive into Duke IN CRISIS (1:00) before dissecting Syracuse IN TOTAL CRISIS (9:00). We go into Saturday’s games where Penn State and Loyola are in anything but a crisis (25:30) but before long we have to tackle Johns Hopkins IN CRISIS (40:25). Then we wrap up with the rest of the weekend (54:30) before everybody reminds me how terrible my Top 20 poll was (1:07:00).

Check out Skyler’s Week 1 Takeaways post he put up yesterday.

Of the preseason Inside Lacrosse Division-I women’s lacrosse poll, 16 of the 20 ranked teams took action over the opening weekend. (Loyola, Princeton and Penn will all open next Saturday, while Stony Brook has the latest season-opener, on Feb. 22.)

Here were some of the key takeaways from the first three days of regular season action.

The ACC is stronger than ever

On the men’s side, much has been made of the ACC’s struggles so far (Duke losing to High Point and Syracuse falling to Colgate) but on the women’s side, it was nearly a clean sweep for the conference, spare lowly Louisville.

North Carolina started its 2019 season at home against the team that accounted for two of its four losses in 2018: James Madison. But in Saturday’s rematch at Chapel Hill, everything turned up Tar Heels.

#GrowTheGame

Episode 1 of Overtime with Paul Carcaterra dropped yesterday. Paul’s first guest was Denver coach, Bill Tierney.

Bill Tierney’s name has been intertwined with the game of lacrosse since the 1970s, when he got his start as a player for then-Cortland State. He made his mark during his 21 seasons at Princeton, winning six NCAA championships.

Already one of the most legendary coaches in the sport’s history, Tierney added to his lore while at Denver in 2015. The Pioneers became the westernmost NCAA men’s lacrosse champion by taking down Maryland.

Tierney is the subject of US Lacrosse Magazine’s new podcast, “Overtime.” Hosted by ESPN analyst and former Syracuse All-American Paul Carcaterra, the podcast will dive into the best stories the sport has to offer.

Here’s another great video from Providence.

I have a feeling that UMass vs. Ohio State is going to be a good one this year.

After being knocked out of the top 20 following its loss to Army last Saturday, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team has a chance to secure a statement win this Saturday when it hosts No. 12 Ohio State at Garber Field.

While it is important to seize every game from the get-go, it will be especially critical for the Minutemen (0-1) to stifle Ohio State early on this Saturday. So far this year, the Buckeyes are outscoring opponents 10-3 in the first quarter.

“They’re a hard-charging group from the first whistle to the last whistle, so you have to be ready for sure,” said coach Greg Cannella.

This play is gonna haunt me throughout the year.

Rabil’s PLL gets investment from Alibaba’s Joe Tsai.

The upstart Premier Lacrosse League, which begins its inaugural season on June 1, has a new high-profile backer: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. billionaire Joe Tsai. The league just closed a Series A funding round that was led by Tsai, who also owns a stake in the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets. He’s joined in the investment by Hildene Capital Management President Brett Jefferson, who played lacrosse at Syracuse University, and the Raine Group, which led the league’s initial round in September. Terms of the latest financing deal weren’t disclosed.

Shipping up to Jersey, ohhh ohh ohhhhh.

Just some Bearcats having fun.

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What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Philly has its own Spider-Man.

Who I am: Dan Reilly (@subwayspidey), Philly’s resident Spider-Man, 20.

Why I wanted to become Spider-Man: I thought this character’s body, stature, and agility was amazing. He’s also really relatable. He’s everybody — just a guy who has a lot of hardships and is struggling. I resonate with him a lot. Spider-Man lost his uncle, and I lost my sister when she was five. When his uncle passed away, Spider-Man had the responsibility to help his aunt and pay the bills. When my mom and dad separated, and my dad left the picture, all the responsibility landed on me, and I had to figure out how to help my mom. To see what Spider-Man went through, he was inspiring.

World/National News

No more peanuts and Cracker Jack for this minor league club.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack? Not anymore at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, where the Hartford (Connecticut) Yard Goats play. This season, the Class AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies is becoming what’s believed to be the first professional sports venue to go completely – and permanently –peanut-free. Peanuts are one of the most common and deadliest allergies in the U.S, especially among children, like seven-year-old Henry Blakesley of Wrentham, Massachusetts. “Baseball games are really challenging for someone with a nut allergy, because everyone’s throwing shells around,” said his father, Ben. “For my son, if he has any kind of contact, if he steps on a peanut and takes off his shoe, he could go into anaphylactic shock. A lot of people think if they have an EpiPen, they’re fine, but it’s not enough. If the airway closes, that’s it for them.”

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