Only one game on tap today, but any day with a college lacrosse game is a pretty good day in my opinion. Providence & BU have a nice regional rivalry going and if today’s game is anything like its been the last two years, we are in for a real treat in Rhode Island.
Below is today’s Big Board. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage, clicking on the Stream/TV cell will take you to the broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game. There is no radio broadcast of the game. All times East Coast Standard, per usual. Let’s go to the Big Board!!
Providence vs. BU: This will be the 8th meeting between the two schools, with the Firars leading the series 4-3. Providence could easily have a 6-1 advantage in the series, were it not for consecutive overtime losses to the Terriers in 2017 & 2018. Losing by one or OT was a bit of thing for Providence last year, as coach Gabrielli’s lads lost six games in 2018 by a single point or in overtime.
BU fans have a lot to be excited about this year, in particular, star Chris Gray. The Terriers sophomore led the team in assists (40) & points (71), in addition to his 31 goals his freshman year. Providence will be in a great deal of trouble this afternoon if Gray gets loose early on in the game.
Before he was the best football coach of this generation, before he led the New England Patriots to eight Super Bowls in 19 seasons — with a ninth appearance on tap Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams — Bill Belichick was part of the grassroots movement that brought lacrosse to Michigan.
Belichick spent two seasons as an assistant with the Detroit Lions in his second job out of college. He was assistant special teams coach on Rick Forzano’s staff in 1976, the team’s tight ends coach a year later, and during his downtime in the spring, Belichick coached lacrosse as a volunteer assistant at Birmingham Detroit Country Day.
“That was a great experience for me,” Belichick said at Super Bowl LIII this week. “It was fun to continue to be involved in the sport of lacrosse, in a different community, outside of Maryland or Connecticut where I played. … At that time the sport was — it’s obviously grown a lot since then, but it was growing into those areas and was fun to be part of the areas outside of kind of the traditional ones, developing it as a sport.”
HEY! I know that kid!
A huge third quarter for Penn State put this game out of reach for the Wildcats. Penn State got its revenge in dominant fashion. The Villanova team spoiled the Nittany Lions’ 2018 season opener, but had no answer for the Nittany Lions’ offensive attack. It was a different story this season, as Penn State emerged victorious, winning by a score of 17-7.
Grant Ament is back
In case there were any doubts about Grant Ament’s abilities coming off a redshirt season, he made a statement against the Wildcats.
Ament showed no signs of rust and was involved in the offensive onslaught from the get-go. He finished the first half with three goals and four assists and was a huge reason why Villanova was playing catch-up for the entire second half.
By the final buzzer, he racked up 10 total points.
The 2019 season may have just begun, but Maryland’s digital video team is in mid-season form.
Check out the debut episode of the In The Crease Podcast with Jacksonville head coach, John Galloway.
IN THE CREASE PODCAST | Dolphins' broadcaster @ssalisbury0 sits down with head coach @JohnGalloway15 for the debut episode of In the Crease podcast. The alums preview the season, this weekend's match up at @UDMLAX, and more.— Jacksonville Men's Lacrosse (@JAX_MLAX) February 1, 2019