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College Crosse Prospectus - April 17, 2020: Pietramala “Thankful” For 20-Year Run At Johns Hopkins & Drake Porter To Return To Syracuse For 2021 Season

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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 April 17, 2020.

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I promised myself I wouldn’t cry: The great Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun talked to Dave Pietramala about his long tenure at Johns Hopkins.

An unfamiliar time has gotten even stranger for Dave Pietramala. Thirty-four days after the 2020 campaign for the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, the university elected not to renew its relationship with Pietramala, who had helmed the program for the past 20 years and was in the final season of a four-year contract extension.

Syracuse fans are going to be happy about this: Drake Porter will return to the Orange for the 2021 season.

Drake Porter will be back in the net for the Syracuse lacrosse team in 2021. The senior announced on Wednesday that he will take advantage of the NCAA’s granting of an extra season of eligibility to spring sport athletes whose seasons were cut short by the coronavirus.

Check out the new Pio Fever Podcast from the University of Denver.

American Athletic Conference adds Old Dominion as an affiliate member in women’s lacrosse.

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced that Old Dominion University will join the Conference as an affiliate member for women’s lacrosse beginning July 1, 2020. With the addition of the Monarchs in 2020-21, The American will have six schools that compete in women’s lacrosse - Cincinnati, East Carolina and Temple as well as existing affiliate members Florida and Vanderbilt.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome the Old Dominion women’s lacrosse program to the American Athletic Conference as an affiliate member,” Aresco said. “Collegiate women’s lacrosse is an up-and-coming sport and we are excited to add the Monarchs to our outstanding group of schools. I want to thank ODU’s distinguished Athletic Director, Wood Selig, and his able staff for their work in bringing a second Monarch squad to the American Athletic Conference. ODU currently competes in women’s rowing in The American. I look forward to the continued development and success of women’s lacrosse in our Conference.”

Yesterday was Bill Belichick’s birthday. Shout out to lacrosse’s best ambassador.

Call me Mr. Brightside: Local Alabama high school lacrosse players looking on the bright side during quarantine.

Jack Haley is a senior at Bob Jones High School and has quite the resume in the sport of lacrosse, which means he’s lost more than just his senior season. Haley was expecting to represent team USA at the Student-Athlete World Team Competition this summer in Spain, but now that isn’t in the schedule anymore.

Syracuse.com caught up with Nick Mellen to discuss his decision to forego a 5th year with the Orange.

Nick Mellen meant business from the first minute he stepped onto the field for Syracuse lacrosse. Mellen, a highly acclaimed defender out of West Genesee, made his debut with the Orange in the team’s season-opener against Siena in 2016

Big news out of Drexel.

Parents of Mount Tabor lacrosse player Matthew Gemmell hold college signing day ceremony in back yard.

That all changed this spring thanks to the shutdown by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Gemmell family, however, wasn’t going to let Matthew, a lacrosse player at Mount Tabor, be denied his day in the sun. Matthew’s parents, Beth and Larry, put together a makeshift signing day in their back yard complete with a lacrosse goal as the background.

Nice throwback video from UMass.

This one’s for all you UNC fans: Catching up with Manheim Township alum Caton Johnson, goalkeeper for No. 4 UNC men’s lacrosse.

Two years ago, Caton Johnson was the Manheim Township senior goalkeeper helping the Blue Streaks capture a state championship, the first of any kind for a District Three boys lacrosse program. It put a bow on a stellar prep career as he then turned his attention to the University of North Carolina, where he’s been verbally committed since he was a freshman in high school.

What’s Up, New PhilaJersey?

Blessed: Coronavirus workers get loud salute from buses, trains and ferries.

Dubbed “Sound the Horn,” transit workers saluted their colleagues with the simplest of tributes, blowing the horn of their train, bus or ferry at 3 p.m. Transit agencies including NJ Transit, PATH, PATCO, SEPTA, Amtrak and the MTA joined NY Waterway and Staten Island ferries in the tribute.

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Talk about tele-commuting: NASA employees are running the Mars Curiosity Rover from home.

NASA hasn’t abandoned its Curiosity Mars amid the coronavirus pandemic — instead, they’ve transitioned to controlling Curiosity from their home offices after NASA instructed its employees to work remotely, according to a NASA update.

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Here’s a nice video to end the workweek: Two-month-old rhino calf takes first steps at Denver Zoo.

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