Here is your daily weekday update on the latest on what is happening in the lacrosse world. Pat Spencer wants to take on pro basketball, Young Harris (NCAA Division II) has canceled its lacrosse season as of yesterday and an long pole playing the wing in a way that all goalies wish they could play their position on today’s Crosse Clicks.
Today’s Top Lacrosse News: March 5, 2020 — Crosse Clicks
- Last year’s Tewaaraton-winner Pat Spencer of Loyola made his move to play college basketball last year in his final season of NCAA athletic eligibility. One of the greatest college lacrosse players in our sport has been excelling on the court for Northwestern Men’s Basketball this season, averaging 10.5 points in 29 games for the Wildcats, while shooting 44 percent from the floor. Spencer had a career-high 23 points against Bradley on November 25.
ESPNfeatured Spencer in an article on its site and created a video piece around the multi-sport athlete who has aspirations of playing professional basketball.
“Basketball’s my first love and it’s something that I want to pursue,” he said. “I get one shot.”
To read the article and watch the video, please click here.
- The Young Harris Men’s Lacrosse team had its season cancelled yesterday after the athletic department released a statement that said that:
After careful thought and observation, Director of Athletics Jennifer Rushton and I decided that it was not fair to ask Coach Goldsmith to expend his emotional, mental and physical energy with a group of student-athletes that has communicated and exemplified its unwillingness to adapt. Therefore, effective immediately, I am canceling the remainder of the Men’s Lacrosse season.
The statement alluded to a difficult culture of the program that apparently became to difficult to sustain. Twitter accounts that have claimed to be involved in the program or have some knowledge of the situation have said on the platform that there may be more than meets the eye to this story. The university did address the importance of handling Title IX complaints, which according to the school has not yet received “any formal complaints from any individual associated with the Men’s Lacrosse Team.”
- Maryland Women’s Lacrosse redeemed itself its loss to Syracuse last weekend after the game had been moved from the Carrier Dome down to Washington, D.C. The Terps bounced back against No. 17 Navy last night taking down the Naval Academy 16-7 against its former legendary coach Cindy Timchal. Read the recap by clicking here.
- Take a look at some of the top photos from Week 14 of the National Lacrosse League by clicking here.
- Major League Lacrosse released its Supplemental Draft rosters yesterday. One interesting thing of note was Callum Crawford, the NLL star and player listed on Chrome LC’s roster of the PLL in March of last year was listed as being taken by the Bayhawks in the draft. It is the first player we are aware of who has been at least protected by the MLL that had already left for the PLL last season. The vast majority of player transfers between leagues has gone to the Premier Lacrosse League, and it is always hard to tell the true nature of contracts, using Tyson Bell as an example of how he was signed by Chaos LC, but wasn’t necessarily a playing contract as he did not see any playing time. Is this at all significant? It’s not very likely, but at least it has piqued our interest. Read more about it by clicking here.
- The Premier Lacrosse League held its 2020 PLL Entry Draft Lottery yesterday. The Entry Draft is scheduled to be on March 16, at a time yet to be determined according to the PLL website. The PLL’s newest team, Waterdogs LC, will have the first pick in the Entry Draft. Waterdogs picked up Connor Kelly with the No. 1 pick in the expansion draft earlier this year.
The Entry Draft order:
1. 🐶 Waterdogs
2. ⚔️ Chrome
3. 🐂 Atlas
4. 🏹 Archers
5. 🐍 Whipsnakes
6. 🌲 Redwoods
7. 🦂 Chaos
— Premier Lacrosse League (@PremierLacrosse) March 4, 2020
- South Carolina’s Derek Isaac and Sean Anderson were named the MCLA US Lacrosse Players of the Month for February. Isaac has won 77.1 percent of his faceoffs for the Division I Gamecocks thus far, while Anderson anchors a defense that is allowing less than eight goals per game on average while also getting it done on the offensive end by averaging 3.1 points per game on 15 goals and seven assists thus far. Read more about it by clicking here.
ESPNannounced its second annual GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase that will be available on ESPNU and ESPN3 on April 25-26. Top teams from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will faceoff at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, New York in a battle to be recognized as the nations’ top high school team. Read the release by clicking here.
Stuff That’s Not That Boring
- This guy featured below is basically the embodiment of everything that goalies ever want to do to the opposing team during games, but aren’t ever able to. They’ve got to let that pent-up aggression out somehow.
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