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College Crosse Prospectus - February 6, 2019: ESPN Releases 2019 College Lacrosse TV Schedule; Salisbury Empire Strikes Back

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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 6, 2019.

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Blessed: ESPN dropped its 2019 college lacrosse schedule yesterday.

ESPN will again offer more than 420 regular season college lacrosse games across ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, ACC Network Extra and ESPN+ this season. ESPNU and ESPNEWS will televise 29 matchups, with more than 390 available on ESPN3, ACC Network Extra and ESPN+ via the ESPN App.

Highlights

All television matchups feature ranked opponents across men’s and women’s schedules

Sixteen of the top 20 men’s teams on Inside Lacrosse’s preseason poll will appear on ESPN networks

Yes. Yes. Let the hate flow through you: Salisbury men’s lacrosse fueled by movie theme in hunt for 13th national title.

The Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team appears to be a fan of the George Lucas “Star Wars” franchise.

Dubbed “The Empire” of Division III lacrosse, while also receiving a tweet from Star Wars’ actor Mark Hamill prior to last year’s national championship, the Sea Gulls once again showed their fandom with the release of the 2019 season poster.

Titled “Gull Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” the poster features several athletes stationed with their lacrosse sticks that have been designed to look like lightsabers – the well-known weapon of the Jedi and Sith.

But the “The Empire Strikes Back” message is the mindset Salisbury has on its road to the national championship.

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Check out Anonymous Eagle’s Marquette women’s lacrosse preview.

With the Marquette women’s lacrosse season getting started on Friday, it’s time to take stock of what head coach Meredith Black has for her seventh season at the helm. We’ve already taken stock of the returning players on the roster, which means it’s time to look at the freshmen on the roster here. We’ll wrap up the season preview down the road with a few questions that we have about the season in general.

This is our look at the freshmen on the roster, which involves 10 players in their first year of college at Marquette and one redshirt freshman transfer from San Diego State. Somehow, the transfer might be the player that’s most familiar with the Golden Eagles and how head coach Meredith Black runs her show. Be sure to keep all of our discussion of the returning players in mind when looking at this run through to see who has a good shot of finding their way into a notable role in the lineup or at the very least in the rotation.

Make sure you read Anonymous Eagle’s Marquette men’s lacrosse preview as well.

We’re winding our way towards Saturday’s 2019 debut for Marquette men’s lacrosse, so it’s probably about time that we officially kick off our season preview. As is tradition around these parts, we’ll break this down into looks at the guys who are coming back from last season, the newcomers to the roster (not just freshmen, we’ve got transfers, too), and then a few questions about the season as a whole.

Let’s briefly address Marquette’s losses from the 2018 roster before diving in to who is coming back. Jordan McKenzie was a reliable long stick midfielder last season, while Colin Riehl and Teddy Goltzman were cogs in the rotation as midfielders. Owen Weselak helped provide depth on face-offs, but the big pieces that are missing are Zachary Melillo and Cole Blazer. Melillo is easily the best face-off man in Marquette’s still young history, and the same can be said for Blazer when it comes to MU’s goalkeepers. Those are two key spots on the roster that Marquette is going to have to figure out how to replace what amounts to program legends, and that’s not going to be the easiest thing in the world. Thankfully, the roster is loaded up literally everywhere else with veteran faces, so the transition at face-off and in net should be relatively simple and pain-free.

Preview the first ReLAXin with Carc filmed at Rutgers.

Looking good, Drexel.

St. Joe’s will be led by its youth in 2019.

The St. Joe’s men’s lacrosse team has added 14 freshmen to their 2019 roster after after graduating 12 players last season.

According to Head Coach Taylor Wray, all of these first-year student athletes will have an opportunity for significant playing time, but freshman attack Ryan Doran is at the forefront.

“There’s been an opportunity for a lot of these freshmen to compete and get themselves on the field and I think that’s been exciting for them,” Wray said. “It’s certainly motivating for an athlete when you feel like there’s an opportunity to earn a spot and get some time early in your career.”

Investigation into women’s lacrosse at Fresno State completed; no rules violations found.

An independent review of the women’s lacrosse program at Fresno State, initiated after complaints from parents and former players about coach Jessica Gigilo and her operation of the program, found no evidence of NCAA rules violations, institutional policy violations or athletics department procedural violations.

“We have received the final independent investigatory report which found no violations of NCAA rules and no evidence of mistreatment of our student-athletes,” athletic director Terry Tumey said, in a statement. “We will continue to support coach Jessica Giglio as our head coach and together will be focused on providing positive championship experiences for our student-athletes.”

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Do you live in the Philly area and need a company that’ll deliver oats to your door? I got you, fam.

We’ve all had those mornings where we hit snooze so many times that breakfast becomes a no-go. But many of us make skipping the most important meal a habit: A 2015 study surveying 10,000 Americans showed that more than half of the nation doesn’t eat breakfast every day. It makes sense — forgetting to eat is an unfortunate side effect of our #2019 overscheduled lives — but it doesn’t do your body any favors. A new local company, though, thinks we don’t have to choose between a healthy diet and a busy lifestyle. In early January, Jennifer Moulton and Maia Grauer launched Filli (CUTE!), a startup that makes and delivers overnight oats to select Philly zip codes on a weekly basis.

Also ..... WE DID IT!!!

World/National News

Tinder for dogs? Yup, there’s an app for that.

If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right.

Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners.

Called GetPet, the app was launched last month and is getting hundreds of new users daily and already has made a few matches. It joins a growing market of apps for people looking to adopt a pet, including PawsLikeMe and BarkBuddy.

“It is like Tinder, but with dogs,” said Vaidas Gecevicius, one of app’s creators. “You can arrange a meeting with the dog — a date.”

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