Is that the NFL’s music? Yes, post-Super-Bowl planning for the NFL is in full swing, only this time, it actually affects lacrosse. First up, former Penn State lacrosse player Chris Hogan, most recently of the Jets but more famously of the Patriots, announced that he would be entering his name into the 2021 PLL Entry Draft. Hogan, who was waived by the Jets due to injury this season, hasn’t played top-level lacrosse since leaving Penn State but does bring a lacrosse background and a bunch of experience.
Somehow, Chris Hogan is not alone. Dalton Crossen, a former lacrosse player recruited by the likes of Notre Dame, has apparently signed directly to Chaos. The former Colts practice squad member hasn’t played lacrosse since high school but did enter the PLL player pool in 2019, allowing him to be signed off waivers by Chaos now that he’s signaled he wants to try his hand in the league.
Do NFL-level athletes make these rosters, especially given the influx of talent from MLL? I’d think the answer would be no, but who knows. In Chris Hogan’s case, he probably wouldn’t leave any shot at NFL money if he wasn’t guaranteed a spot behind closed doors. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do in his return. Focusing on guys who haven’t played in that long over MLL talent seems strange to me, but hey, whatever works.
That’s the biggest news of the week, but it’s not the only thing that happened in the last seven days. This is the lacrosse news for the week of Feb. 8-15, 2021:
Last Week in Lacrosse
-The Week 1 Inside Lacrosse media poll dropped today, with Duke remaining at No. 1. There’s a new top five, though, with multiple ACC teams on the move.
-The Fresno State women’s lacrosse team has five former players suing the program, alleging sexual discrimination. The players are trying to prevent the program from being cut in the process.
-Ryan Tierney’s Hofstra team lost in overtime to St. John’s, but Tierney still dropped a whopping 11-point performance for the Pride.
-Speaking of old lax players coming back, former MLL/NLL star and Army captain Garrett Thul has announced that he’s retiring from the Army and will return to try out for both the PLL and NLL this season.
-Greyson Torain, former Navy lacrosse star, has officially received his wings, becoming an official Navy pilot.
-Lacrosse is back in the SportsCenter Top 10! This time, it’s Mercer’s Collin Stewart.
-Unfortunately, more COVID-19 cancellations this week, as VMI-Colgate was called off.
Get Caught Up on LAS Content!
Miss out on what we did last week? Here’s a recap of some of our top content from the last seven days:
Weekly Rankings: NCAA DI Men’s Preseason Ballot
The return of Ryan Conwell’s NCAA Division I Men’s weekly rankings are back after a long hiatus. Check out how preseason ballot after Week 0 reintroduced us to college lacrosse for the first time in way too long.
Peru’s Ben Acosta Is Underage, Not Underprepared – World Lax 2018
Ben Acosta, now a freshman at Florida Southern College, made his international debut for Team Peru at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship as a teenager. Back in 2018, we spoke with him, his family and teammates about his impact on the program and the role Peru has played in his life.
World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Quiz
How well do you know the international box game? Test your knowledge with this 13-question World Indoor Lacrosse Championship quiz, then show off your perfect score or pretend you never took it after going 4-for-13. It’s okay, we won’t tell.
Terry Foy Joins Going Offsides to Break Down DI Lacrosse
CEO of Inside Lacrosse Terry Foy featured as the Going Offsides guest last week, breaking down the Ivy League’s decision to cancel its season, Week 0 games, Division I expansion and more.
North Carolina & Chris Gray Keep Flying – DI Rundown Week 1
Ryan Conwell’s weekly rundown of NCAA DI action takes a look at North Carolina’s high-flying offense, Duke showing signs of why it received all the hype, Virginia holding off Army and more.