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College Crosse Prospectus - February 5, 2019: Week 0 Top 20 Poll and 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 5, 2019.

College Crosse News

Here’s our Week 0 Top 20 Poll.

Despite there being only about a dozen or so games last week, we forged ahead with our weekly College Crosse Top 20 Poll. Think of it as a more refined preseason poll, with the added benefit of some games to inform one’s picks. As usual, Chris, Ryan, Adam, Jake, Skyler, & myself all participated in the voting over the weekend. Directly below you can find each of our ballots. (#Transparency) Below our ballots you can find the official College Crosse Week 0 Top 20 Poll. Please let us know your thoughts about our picks and who you’d choose for your top 20 in the comments section.

Chris’ Week 0 college lacrosse weekend takeaways post is a must read.

Week 0 has come and gone.

The first 12 games of the 2019 college lacrosse season are in the books, and it did provide some talking points to discuss leading into the first big week of the regular season.

You can check in with the recaps and box scores of games that happened this past weekend and preview what’s to come this upcoming weekend in our composite schedule. And make sure you take a look at our latest Top 20 poll for Week 0.

The Boys Are Back

Missing an entire year due to injury is tough in any sport. But to bounce back with a 10-point effort in your first game back is incredible.

Grant Ament put up three goals and seven assists as the Penn State Nittany Lions trounced the Villanova Wildcats 17-7. Ament contributed to Penn State’s first four goals and nine of their first 10. Overall, Penn State’s starting attack recorded eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. And don’t forget the rise of freshman TJ Malone, who added a hat-trick in his debut.

LOOK AT THE GOD!

WETM 18 NBC did a segment on Cornell.

The Cornell men’s lacrosse team is preparing for their upcoming season. The Big Red won an Ivy League Tournament title and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals last season and finished with a record of 13-5. Cornell returns seven starters including First-team All-American Jeff Teat. The Big Red were selected fifth in the USILA Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Peter Milliman was promoted to head coach last May after spending one season as the interim head coach. Cornell begins their season at Hobart on Friday, February 22nd.

Back to work for Ohio State.

GREAT question: Why does Syracuse play its first 7 games at home?

The Syracuse lacrosse team will get an extended chance to find its footing on familiar turf this spring. When the Orange opens its 2019 season Friday against visiting Colgate, it will mark the first of seven straight games SU will play in the Carrier Dome. The Orange then closes with four of five on the road. That’s a very unusual run of home games to begin the season, but there are two primary reason for it. First, the Colgate game had to be moved from a likely May 4 spot between the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. A format change in the ACC Tournament requires that league teams keep that in-between date open in the event that they host the tournament title game.

Everyone wants to be a lacrosse player: Michigan St. baseball uses a goalie net as a pitcher’s net for practice before their season beings. (H/T @JRMurphy42)

Speaking of Syracuse, check out Chris’ post on Syracuse’s scrimmage with Yale this past weekend for Troy Nunes.

The Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse team wrapped up their spring scrimmages with an exhibition against the defending national champion Yale Bulldogs. It wasn’t pretty. The unofficial final score was 18-14 in favor of Yale according to Syracuse’s official release, but the Bulldogs took a 17-6 lead after three quarters when they took out their starters per the Syracuse.com recap. Yale went up 4-0 in the first three minutes of the scrimmage and ended up leading 6-1 after the first quarter. They’d win the next two quarters 6-3 and 5-2 respectively. The Orange would take the fourth quarter 8-1 before Yale won the “fifth quarter”, which was with a running clock, 3-2.

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Experienced Marquette aims high in 2019.

Coming off a 6-8 season and attempting to replace two all-conference performers at the most important positions on the field may not seem like a recipe for success, but for the Marquette University men’s lacrosse program head coach Joe Amplo sees numerous reasons for optimism entering 2019. “I know we’re inexperienced (at faceoff and goalie) based on guys who have worn the Marquette jersey but the other positions we’re not,” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “We have experience at most positions, defense obviously we return a bunch. On the front line, attack, we have experience with Johnny (Wagner) and Tanner (Thomson). The good thing is we have depth at the midfield, we have depth on the offensive end.”

Well played, Princeton.

Here are all 15 of Lehigh’s goals versus NJIT from this past weekend.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Who said malls are dying?: Here are all the stores we know of coming to the American Dream mega-mall.

With nearly half of the 3 million-square-feet at American Dream devoted to retail, it’s going to be a shopper’s paradise. And Triple Five, the mall’s owner, says it won’t just be typical shopping -- merchants are required to have an experiential component within their stores. At last count, the project was 75 percent leased so there are even more stores we will learn about in the coming months, as the project nears its expected spring 2019 completion date. Here’s what we know, so far.

World/National News

Super Bowl ratings were the worst in a decade.

The score for the New England Patriots’ win yesterday over the Los Angeles Rams was historically low and so is the viewership for Super Bowl LIII. The CBS broadcast game out of Atlanta was seen by a total audience of 100.7 million, according to CBS Sports. That number comes from when you add up everyone who watched on CBS the network, CBS Interactive, NFL digital properties, Verizon Media mobile properties, ESPN Deportes television and other digital properties. Besides being a very unique bundling spin on Super Bowl numbers that previous broadcasters haven’t shamelessly taken, that’s the first time the NFL’s big game on a network as fallen beneath 100 million viewers since 2009 when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII.

Your GIF/Video for February 5, 2019

One “purrito” here with extra hot sauce.

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