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College Crosse Prospectus - February 8, 2019: Friday Night Lacrosse With Syracuse vs. Colgate, & UVA Prepares For Loyola On Saturday

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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 8, 2019.

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Check out our Game Day post for information on the Syracuse vs. Colgate game tonight at 7:00 PM in the Carrier Dome.

Only one game on the schedule today, but I don’t think our Empire State readers are gonna mind, as the Syracuase Orange open up their 2019 season against regional rival Colgate. Head coach John Desko gave some of his insights as his team embarks on the 2019 season. I’m obviously a Hopkins Boy through and through, but there’s nothing like seeing coach Desko holding court in front of a Upstate New York press gaggle on the eve of a new Syracuse season. It just feels right.

NBC 29 did a segment on UVA men’s lacrosse as the team prepares to travel to Baltimore to play Loyola on Saturday.

The college lacrosse season begins with a bang this weekend. It’s a Top-10 showdown, with 6th ranked Virginia playing 4th ranked Loyola in Baltimore on Saturday. Lars Tiffany begins his third season as head coach of the ‘Hoos. The team returns it’s top two scorers from last season, All-Americans Michael Kraus and Dox Aitken. Virginia beat Loyola 13-12 in overtime in the season opener last year, but the Greyhounds ended UVa’s season with a 14-12 victory in the NCAA Tournament.

The first 300 fans and first 300 students get free Loyola Lax beanies at Saturday’s game versus the Cavaliers.

I know this guy is ready for the Wahoos this weekend. #FreePatSpencer

Navy looks to go a little more up-tempo in 2019.

Rick Sowell has been around long enough to not to put too much stock into preseason scrimmage results. However, the eighth-year Navy head coach also knows it would be foolish to completely discount what happens in those settings. Sowell feels he has seen enough since the start of preseason practice to conclude the Midshipmen are very skilled on the offensive side of the field and have the potential to score in bunches.

“We have some slick sticks, a group of guys who can really bang the ball around,” Sowell said. “Obviously, we need to prove we can do it when the games count, but I’ve been very encouraged by what I’ve seen out of our offense. We’ve been putting up a lot of points in scrimmages.”

Any school that mentions us in a post is definitely getting in the Prospectus.

JHU men’s lacrosse has high hopes going into 2019.

Every Memorial Day, men’s lacrosse comes to a close, and teams turn the page to a new season. New faces come, old faces return and valuable faces leave. The fall and summer become endless, as the anticipation of the first game of the season grows ever larger.

For the 2019 Blue Jays, the anticipation will come to a head on Saturday, Feb. 9 during a matchup with crosstown rival Towson University and once again on Saturday, Feb. 16 during the Battle of Charles Street against Loyola University Maryland. Two weeks, two rivalry games, a schedule that will force the Blue Jays to come out of the gate firing in 2019.

The Jays will do so while trying to replace a talented senior class with a significant amount of experience and a dash of youth. This year’s freshman class was ranked fifth in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and is headlined by the nation’s number one overall recruit, attacker Joey Epstein.

Towson is gonna look fresh in these throwbacks on Saturday.

Check out this great interview of coach Drew McMinn on the eve of his eighth season at Robert Morris.

Speaking of the Colonials, make sure you plan accordingly for their game versus Penn State this weekend.

Here’s an article from the Daily Collegian on tomorrow’s PSU vs. RMU game.

This will also be the second revenge game Penn State will play this season. In 2018, the then-1-2 Colonials stunned the Nittany Lions with a come-from-behind victory. Robert Morris would go on to have a successful season after righting the ship in Panzer Stadium. The win was the start of a five-game winning streak. The Colonials compiled a strong resume after winning the NEC Tournament for the first time in school history, and they managed to get into the NCAA Tournament by beating Canisius. The run would come to an end when they faced Maryland, who they challenged early but couldn’t take down in the first round.

Siena, UAlbany men’s lacrosse meet in scrimmage today.

The Siena and University at Albany men’s lacrosse programs will meet again on Friday after a two-year hiatus. Great Danes head coach Scott Marr said it’s a cause for celebration. They’ll face each other in a scrimmage at 5 p.m. at Casey Stadium. Admission is free. Both coaching staffs consist of Great Danes alumni who played for Marr, including new Saints head coach Liam Gleason.

UMass is going to look nice in these new jerseys!

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Comcast and the Cordish Companies announced new details for Pattison Place, an $80 million office tower near all the stadiums in South Philly.

An exciting new office building in the heart of the Philadelphia Sports Complex is expected to provide a major boost to the city and state economy. Comcast Spectacor and the Cordish Companies announced new details for Pattison Place, an $80 million, Class-A office tower that will be located right next to Xfinity Live!

Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle and BLT Architects, Pattison Place will feature 200,000 square feet of new construction, a 4,000 square foot lobby, expansive 35-foot ceiling heights and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows in the building will also provide panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, surrounding sports complex and neighboring Navy Yard.

World/National News

R.I.P. to MLB legend Frank Robinson.

Frank Robinson, the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame slugger and baseball lifer who played a key role in the team’s first World Series championship, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was 83.

A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues. A Triple Crown winner, he was a member of two World Series champion Orioles squads. He hit 586 career home runs, 179 of them as an Oriole.

Robinson passed away in his Los Angeles home surrounded by his wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle and other family and friends. Brooks Robinson spoke to him a few days before his death.

Your GIF/Video for February 8, 2019

We all need something pure like this to end the work week.

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