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College Crosse Prospectus - July 25, 2019: Former Syracuse Star Tom Marechek Named IMG Director Of Lacrosse & Revamped MLL Ready For All-Star Weekend Spotlight

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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 July 25, 2019.

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IMG turns to former Syracuse legend to run lacrosse program.

One of the top lacrosse academies in the country has turned to an all-time great in the sport to run its program. IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. has announced the addition of Tom Marechek as Director of Lacrosse. Marechek was a four-time All-American at Syracuse. In his role, Marechek will oversee all aspects of the IMG Academy lacrosse program for boarding school, camps, professional player training and events.

From US Lacrosse Magazine: First-Time MLL All-Stars excited to represent revamped League.

The landscape of Major League Lacrosse has drastically changed compared to previous seasons. This is especially true of the star power in the league. With the MLL All-Star Game approaching, most of the usual suspects one would expect to see on the big stage are no longer with the league.

Speaking of rebranding, MLL Commissioner Sandy Brown spoke to Pressbox about the future of the league & the upcoming All-Star weekend in Denver.

The Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game is coming to the Old Line State for the first time since 2002, and MLL commissioner Sandy Brown believes that despite competition from the newly-formed Premier Lacrosse League, the future of the MLL is brighter than ever. The 18th All-Star Game in league history will take place July 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., home of one of MLL’s original franchises, the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Humble lacrosse pioneer Fred Blowes brings the worlds to Peterborough again.

Without Fred Blowes, Peterborough wouldn’t be hosting the 2019 Women’s Lacrosse 2019 World Championships from Aug. 1 to 10 at Trent University and Fleming College. Blowes co-chairs the tournament’s organizing committee. As the founder of Kawartha Women’s Field Lacrosse, he was instrumental in bringing the world championships to Peterborough in 2007.

LIU’s new look is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Long time Notre Dame administrator (served for nearly 20 years as men’s & women’s lacrosse sport administrator), John Heisler, has been named UCF senior associate athletics director.

Longtime intercollegiate athletics media relations and communications veteran John Heisler has joined the UCF Knights athletics staff as senior associate athletics director for strategic communications. UCF vice president and director of athletics Danny White made the announcement today. Heisler had been assisting UCF as a consultant since April. Heisler will be responsible for overseeing the Knights’ strategic communications department and the continued advancement of the UCF brand on the national stage.

Shout out to all the old school ballers our there.

Free movement is coming women’s high school lacrosse.

Free movement is coming to high school girls’ lacrosse. US Lacrosse announced Tuesday rules changes for the 2020 season that were approved by both the NFHS and the US Lacrosse boards of directors. Paramount among them is free movement, which allows players to move around the field instead of being required to hold their position on stoppages. This rule change, intended to improve pace of play, has already been in effect for two seasons in NCAA women’s lacrosse.

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From NCAA.Com: The way early women’s lacrosse top 25 rankings for the 2020 season.

We know the 2019 campaign just ended about two months ago. But it’s not too soon to project the extremely early top 25 Division I women’s lacrosse rankings prior to the upcoming spring. A lot can change between now and then but it’s still fun to consider who might begin the season as the top teams.

Here are our way-early rankings, beginning with North Carolina — tied for the fifth most national titles (2) in the NCAA:

2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Year In Review

To see all of our Chris’ great posts, check out the 2019 Year In Review section on the site.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Nearly 60,000 people are still without power in Jersey.

More than 57,000 customers in New Jersey are still without electricity two days after a line of thunderstorms downed trees and power lines — and authorities warned restoration efforts could last into the weekend. Most are Jersey Central Power and Light customers in Monmouth and Ocean counties. PSEG is reporting most of its outages are in Burlington and Camden counties.

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You’re probably feeding your cat too much food.

The term “fat cat” is thrown around quite frequently, but usually not to describe actual cats. Well, a new study out of the University of Guelph finds that cats are indeed getting fatter. According to researchers, cats continue gaining weight well into adulthood, and the average weight of a neutered, adult domestic cat has increased over the past twenty years or so.

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