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“This is obviously a special night for Loyola University Maryland, our program and the Spencer family,” said Head Coach Charley Toomey. “It has been a joy to watch the development of Pat through high school and his final lacrosse game collegiately. People see what Pat brings to the program on the field, but as the head coach, I appreciate everything that he has brought to Loyola lacrosse in the classroom and in the locker room.
Grant Ament is a tremendous player, was a worthy candidate, & is probably the early favorite for the 2020 award (Eri_Barrister Note: alongside Joey Epstein), but Spencer merited the award this year as well. Congrats again, Pat. We think you probably should’ve had an award by now, but better late than never. #FreePatSpencer
Remember the #FreePatSpencer campaign? Your boy has come so far. *wipes tear and makes “it’s dusty in here” joke*— My Mom Calls Me Dan (@1987Sucks) May 31, 2019
Maryland women’s lacrosse goalkeeper Megan Taylor won the Tewaaraton Award — given to the nation’s most outstanding lacrosse player — the Tewaaraton Foundation announced at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Just days after the Terps’ national championship win, Taylor became the first goalkeeper to ever win the award in either men’s or women’s lacrosse since its inception in 2001.
The 2019 D1 men’s lacrosse season is over. So, technically, the 2020 season has begun.
We will not apologize for immediately looking forward to a new season. Think of the rankings below as a thought experiment—a mere mind exercise, if you will—as we head into the offseason. These can and likely WILL change by the fall, and certainly by the time February 2020 rolls around.
But early rankings can be a helpful way to organize the D1 landscape based on losses to graduation, trends over the course of the year (and recent history), and the incoming classes of freshmen. Here’s how things look like for us just a few days after Virginia took home the title:
10. Virginia posts back-to-back 20-goal games
In mid-April, Virginia welcomed in-state foe VMI to Charlottesville and, behind seven goals from freshman Xander Dickson, the Wahoos cruised to a 24-5 win. Things didn’t get much better the following weekend for Marist, which watched Virginia jump out to a 14-5 lead by halftime and surrender just one goal in the second half of a 22-6 victory. It was the first time since 2006 that UVa scored more than 20 goals in back-to-back games.
In Central New York, there is a strong lacrosse culture and that influence is helping the game grow well outside our borders. The latest example came this past weekend as Virginia won its first national title since 2011. Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany is from LaFayette. Decades before Lars Tiffany led the Cavaliers and before Monday’s gatorade bath, he was living on a bison farm in LaFayette and playing lacrosse.
Not many people get to win their last game. Although it’s perhaps every athlete’s dream to finish their collegiate career with a national championship and ride off into the sunset, reality is often more harsh. And for Duke’s talented crop of seniors, they came up just short of a fairy tale ending.
Lacrosse may not be the most popular sport in America, but this summer it may beat everyone else out for sheer business drama. The sport has been dominated since 2001 by an organization called Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and its most famous player was Paul Rabil. But Rabil was frustrated with his old league. So he hung up his cleats and, along with his brother Mike, decided to launch a competitor. Their new Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) kicks off on June 1, with games airing all summer long on NBC.
Zach Sence couldn’t finish playing his favorite sport this spring. The Moeller High School junior, however, put that into perspective as he supported his varsity lacrosse team friends, whose season ended May 24 in the Division I regional final. Sence has spent his entire life learning valuable lessons the hard way as he has been dealing with a congenital birth defect in his heart.
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Two New Jersey students were among the eight contestants who outspelled the dictionary and were declared co-champions of the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee. Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill and Christopher Serrao of Whitehouse Station were among the teenagers who survived 20 rounds of spelling, including 12 of them in the evening. As each student correctly spelled their final words, they raised their arms in triumph or jumped for joy as the audience rose to their feet each time. Bee officials acted after they managed to weed out just half of the 16 students who had made the prime-time finals Thursday evening.
Heavy duty vehicles line both sides of many of the winding two-way streets in the Hollywood Hills, making them treacherous single-lane thoroughfares. Construction workers wave stop signs as trucks laden with glass and steel back slowly out of driveways. Empty parcels of land all over Los Angeles’s poshest neighborhoods are being transformed into lavish mansions with price tags in the tens, or even hundreds, of millions. “Every time I drive up there for any reason, if I return without getting my car dinged I breathe a sigh of relief,” says Andy Butler, a real-estate marketing consultant.
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