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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 June 11, 2019.

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Got him: Fairfield hires Andrew Baxter as next men’s lacrosse head coach.

UPDATE: After my initial report on Wednesday that the school would choose Andrew Baxter as their next men’s lacrosse head coach, Fairfield has made it official. Baxter is the team’s fourth head coach in program history. I was told over the weekend administration was completing its background check on their choice.

The university issued a short statement a day after my initial report stating that the head men’s lacrosse search was still ongoing.

Fairfield’s press release is below.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A coaching veteran with nearly two decades of collegiate experience, Andrew Baxter has been named the Head Coach of Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse. Baxter had served as Defensive Coordinator at Yale University since 2013 and was elevated to Associate Head Coach following the 2018 campaign.

“I am thrilled to welcome Andrew and his family to the Fairfield University community,” said Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann. “Coach Baxter brings an exceptional track record of success building championship caliber programs and recruiting hard-working and dedicated student-athletes who achieve with integrity on the field, in the classroom and as campus and community citizens. His professional and personal reputation is impeccable, and he shares a core belief and passion to educate and develop young men through the sport of lacrosse. He emerged through the search process among a very talented pool of candidates as the right man at the right time for the Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse program.”

Amplo talks Navy lacrosse for first time since being hired as head coach.

Joe Amplo was perfectly content as the men’s lacrosse coach at Marquette. He had built a solid program that had become an annual contender in the Big East Conference and had the complete support of the athletic administration. Amplo was the first and only head coach in Marquette lacrosse history, having started the program from scratch when the Milwaukee school decided to elevate the sport to varsity status. The Golden Eagles began NCAA competition in 2012 and needed just five seasons to turn the corner.

Bill Belichick once ‘“guest coached” Johns Hopkins lacrosse and gave a hilarious pep talk.

The Johns Hopkins lacrosse team once got the full Bill Belichick experience. Belichick, who grew up playing lacrosse and is a huge fan of the sport, would show up to Johns Hopkins practices and at one point even “guest coached.” In the latest episode of Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take,” lacrosse legend and Johns Hopkins alum Paul Rabil described what it was like to have Belichick as a coach for a day.

Virginia’s defense led the way in National Championship win.

The Virginia Men’s Lacrosse season started on February 9th in Baltimore, Maryland as the Hoos traveled to face the Loyola Greyhounds. Loyola opened up an 8-4 halftime lead, then cruised to a 17-9 win as the Cavaliers allowed two different players to score five goals apiece. After that game, head coach Lars Tiffany expressed some disappointment in defensive performance. “We tried to hold our slides on defense and they made us pay for that,” Tiffany said. “When we did slide and double the ball, they seemed to find openings. It was one of those frustrating days as defensive coordinator trying to figure out the magic formula and there wasn’t one.”

12-year-old saves ducklings with his lacrosse stick in Arlington Heights.

An enterprising 12-year-old boy rescued eight ducklings from a sewer and helped reunite them with their mother in Arlington Heights. Nathaniel Bray, a sixth-grader from West Chester, Pennsylvania, performed the lifesaving act May 25 while he was visiting his grandparents in the Luther Village retirement community. He, his parents and two younger siblings were in town to attend a cousin’s graduation from Buffalo Grove High School.

South Florida lacrosse player remains suspended over ‘unsportsmanlike’ conduct.

A South Florida high school lacrosse player will remain suspended after officials ruled that his play was “unsportsmanlike,” but the player has hired an attorney to fight the punishment.

The Florida High School Athletic Association’s board of directors decided that Luther Johnson V will remain suspended from all sports until the 10th game of the 2020 lacrosse season, Monday, for making some rough hits.

Oh no: High school girls’ lacrosse team coach is fired after she sent inappropriate texts to students during evenings and weekends.

A girls’ lacrosse coach from a school outside of Boston has been removed for allegedly texting and contacting students on the team during the day, nights, and weekends. It’s alleged that Milton High School’s varsity girls’ lacrosse coach Katherine Phelan, 26, engaged in inappropriate conversations with her players, asking the students about their ‘personal lives’.

The PLL’s new in-game interview feature is getting lots of positive reviews.

The Premier Lacrosse League hasn’t been around for long, but it’s already introduced an on-air feature that other sports should jump on ASAP.

During the PLL’s debut game on NBC between the Atlas and Chaos, Kieran McArdle scored a nice goal on an upper-left, low-to-high rip. What was unique about this moment, however, was directly after the goal, McArdle was interviewed by the booth announcers and discussed how the play unfolded while he was still on the field. He had an earpiece in and was mic’d up too. Skip ahead to 35 seconds into the video for the interview.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

WE DID IT: Drexel Square, a new urban park in Philadelphia, now open.

Drexel Square, a 1.3-acre urban park in Philadelphia, officially opened on Monday. It is just across the street from Amtrak’s 30th Street Station and will be bordered to the east by the old Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper building. For years the area was a concrete parking lot. Not anymore.

World/National News

Ouch: Taping for the new Bond movie hampered as Daniel Craig has to have surgery on injured ankle.

The full extent of Daniel Craig’s 007 related injury was evident as he emerged with a plastic walking cast covering his left foot on Sunday afternoon. The British actor appeared to walk with some discomfort as he made his way across New York’s JFK airport with the aid of two crutches after having ankle surgery on an injury sustained while filming his fifth and final film as James Bond. It was 51-year old Craig’s first appearance in a walking cast since having the operation after he slipped during a high-energy scene on location in Jamaica.

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