W elcome to another 2014 edition of Crosse Clicks! Providing a weekly rundown of the most interesting things that recently happened in the whole wide world of lacrosse, Crosse Clicks is to the lacrosse enthusiast as SparkNotes is to the above-average student. Be sure to check out last week’s issue if you missed it!
Just to recap… Each Crosse Clicks will include an LAS Update, our Contest Queue, and the main event – a list of the most interesting links we’ve found from lacrosse the interwebz over the past seven days. All that topped off with unique imagery made with infinite love for the game. We hope you enjoy!
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The Furman men’s lacrosse team took on No. 16 Lehigh, kicking off a new era for Furman University Athletics. Junior midfielder Kenny Meinsen tells all. #1oVE (The Paladin)
Geoff Shannon provided a nice prospectus of NCAA Football National Signing Day as it relates to NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (IL)
The Princeton University athletic department continues to unveil its list of the top 25 men’s lacrosse players to bleed black and orange in the past 25 years: Part I (25-21), Part II (20-16), Part III (15-11), Part IV (10-6), Part V coming soon (5-1). (GoPrincetonTigers.com)
The Army men’s lacrosse team just picked up a verbal commitment from Evan Condon, a stud athlete at Mercer Island High School in Washington State. Mercer Island has pumped out some incredible players over the years, a few all from the same family, too! Peter Mahony, a senior middie, will follow in his brother Greg’s footsteps to Yale next fall. (MI Reporter)
Radford University in Virginia has announced some big changes to its athletics programs, including the removal of the diving and swimming programs and the addition of an NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse program. The new lacrosse team will begin competing in 2016. (Southwest Times)
Ben DeLuca, formerly the head coach of the Cornell men’s lacrosse team, has joined John Danowski’s Duke coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Don’t worry, the Blue Devils recognize the challenge of repeating. (GoDuke.com, Baltimore Sun)
Writer Edward Lee shares an in-depth look at the upsides and downsides of conference realignment in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. Meanwhile Bill Kiser ponders if the ACC is the nation’s new men’s lacrosse super-conference. (Baltimore Sun, NewsObserver)
Syracuse men’s lacrosse enters the 2014 season facing high expectations from fans. When it comes to joining the ACC, Desko tells all. Plus, we also found out that Jordan Evans, the newest #22 for Cuse, loves Chipotle and Harry Potter. (Baltimore Sun, Syracuse.com)
Two of the Seton Hall University women’s lacrosse players who were in last year’s bus accident are suing the bus company. (TribLive)
Ryan Izzo is back at UMass and better than ever. A little adversity makes one stronger. Expect big things from the UMass captains this year. (Daily Collegian)
Speaking of UMass, the school newspaper a special lacrosse issue last Thursday. Pretty cool to see! (Daily Collegian)
The Washington & Lee athletics department will be chronicling the men’s lacrosse team this season, publishing a blog called “The Season.” (GeneralsSports.com)
Everything you want to know about the top NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse teams can be found here. (Baltimore Sun)
Week 6 of the National Lacrosse League came with a couple of bullets, a major stuff, Mark Matthews’ OT game winner, and Casey Powell’s 3 goals and 6 assists. (NLL)
The godfather of lacrosse in Shreveport, Louisiana, will be well remembered by his players, family, and friends. We wish the best of luck to the Byrd High School boys lacrosse team in 2014! (Shreveport Times)
Quint Kessinich shared a list of 26 stories he thinks you should follow during the 2014 NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse season. (Baltimore Sun)
And while we’re talking about Quint, why not mention Paul Carcaterra, Mark Dixon, and Ryan Flanagan, too? These ESPN college lacrosse analysts recently dropped their top storylines, teams, and players to watch on ESPNU. (ESPNMediaZone.com)
The new Elon University women’s lacrosse team kicked off its inaugural season against the Duke Blue Devils last Friday. Virginia Crotty, MLL star Ned Crotty’s little sister, is an assistant coach of the Elon squad. She played at Duke 2008-11. (The Times News, GoDuke.com)
The University of Virginia bookstore is running an online UVA Lacrosse Pick’em Contest and offering up some great prizes for Wahoos fans everywhere. (UVA Bookstore)
And while we’re on the subject of the Wahoos, did you hear what UVa head coach had to say about the Richmond Spiders? The Wahoos faced off against the Spiders in front of 4,249 fans in Richmond’s first ever NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse game, barely pulling out a victory 13-12. (Times Dispatch, Daily Progress)
The Northwestern women’s lacrosse team enters 2014 with an underdog mentality according to midfielder Christy Turner. (CBS Chicago)
The men’s club lacrosse team at Silpakorn University International College is looking to make a big-time comeback in the Great Lakes Lacrosse League this season. The Saluki recently lost two key players, including the club’s president, to NCAA Division III Illinois Wesleyan. (Daily Egyptian)
Press Box Baltimore held an interview with stud defensive midfielder Connor Curro of NCAA Division III Stevenson. Curro seems like a humble kid. He said the team enters the season with a bit of chip on its shoulder this year. (PressBoxOnline.com)
With “the greatest offensive threat in North Carolina men’s lacrosse history” gone, the Tar Heels have adopted a new approach. Don’t expect any one player at UNC to net 37 goals and drop 43 assists alone this year! (Daily Tar Heel)
Loyola men’s lacrosse head coach Charley Toomey says, I paraphrase, “Yeah, I’m down for instant-replay.” (Baltimore Sun)
Former Harvard men’s lacrosse all star Mike Ferrucci (’98) has seen better days. Turns out his hedge fund in London has experienced a slow collapse over the past few months. (efinancialcareers)
Lacrosse Magazine invites you to meet Mac Freeman, senior vice president of business development for the Denver Broncos and president of Denver Outlaws. (LaxMagazine.com)
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Congratulations goes out to Santa Cruz, California, lacrosse pioneer Bob Shaw. Shaw who was inducted into the NorCal Lacrosse Hall of Fame over the weekend. A well-deserved honor. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Lacrosse all star Jeremy Thompson visited a group of First Nations athletes in Edmonton at the beginning of the month. The kids are preparing for the North American Aboriginal Games this summer.
Cleveland.com spoke to John Carroll University‘s new head coach Brian Small about playing lacrosse in bad weather, what it’s like to be an African-American lacrosse coach, and his experience so far living in Ohio. (Cleveland.com)
A record 38 nations will compete in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. LAS will be there. Will you? (WorldLacrosse2014.com)
Student Sports Lacrosse has released a “Boys’ Best Known Records” list for high school lacrosse. How many names can you recognize on this list? (StudentSports.com)
The highest-scoring midfielder in Princeton men’s lacrosse history and he’s still got another season ahead of him, too. Tom Schreiber wants that NCAA hardware.
Former Syracuse All-American attackman Matt Doyl has taken the reigns of the Florida State men’s lacrosse program. Welcome to the MCLA, coach. It’s the Wild Wild West. (FLN)
Speaking of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, the league recently announced a partnership with the HEADstrong Foundation. Apparently every MCLA player will be wearing limegreen shoelaces this year! (MCLA.us)
Did you spot the Drew University women’s lacrosse team on TV during the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Me either! (LAS)
STX has become an official equipment partner of Major League Lacrosse. Now you will see more pro lacrosse players will where their gear. (LAS)
Alas, I leave you on a high note: Watch this 80-yard miracle lacrosse shot, and get excited for the season!
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