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Lacrosse Is Back!

After this past weekend, it can truthfully said that college lacrosse is back in full swing.

Thank goodness.

Below is going to be one of the year’s best goals and it only happened a few days ago. On Feb 8, Johns Hopkins was playing the Naval Academy when Hopkins pulled off “the ol’ hidden ball trick.”

It’s a thing of beauty.

Johns Hopkins midfielder Joel Tinney fakes a flip to teammate John Crawley for a hidden ball trick that fools enough of the Navy defense to leave the goalie totally unaware and enables Tinney to bomb it into the net from a step outside the box.

For those who think that this was the goalie’s fault, it’s not. The goalie cannot really see if the exchange between the two Hopkins players took place. (The ball is white and in white crosses with white webbing.) It’s up to the defender to call out where the ball is. He didn’t and the resultant 40 yard laser beam goal was the result.

All we can say is “thank goodness lacrosse is back!”



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Quarterfinals.

championship_lacrosse-m_di-LogoThe NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championships resume this weekend with four games on the schedule.

On Saturday, Albany plays number one ranked Notre Dame in Denver at 3:00 EDT. Last year the two teams met in the quarterfinals with Notre Dame coming from 5 down in the closing minutes to eek out a one victory, 14-13. Notre Dame has never won a lacrosse championship and Albany has never made it to the lacrosse championship weekend. Albany has the best player in lacrosse in Lyle Thompson and many think he is the best player ever. People will be pulling for Albany because of the Cinderella factor, but make no mistake about it, Albany is good.

The second game is Ohio State vs. Denver at 5:30 PM. Ohio State is becoming a legitimate lacrosse power while Denver relies on talent from 17 different states and countries. The teams are mirror images of each other running similar offenses. That may help the defense who will be used to playing the pick and rub styles of the offenses. At least one time during the game the television cameras will focus on Denver coach Bill Tierney on the field yelling and screaming at the officials. He has the history as a coach to where the announcers will say his antics are passionate and the officials will give him slack they would not and do not give other coaches. Just because you are in the lacrosse Hall of Fame doesn’t mean you get to act like a 5 year old.

On Sunday, the action moves back to the east coast in Annapolis. Johns Hopkins plays Syracuse at noon followed by the Maryland Terrapins taking on their old ACC rival North Carolina at 2:30 PM.
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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

championship_lacrosse-m_di-LogoThe NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championships start today.

We are happy campers.

All of the tournament games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks which makes us even happier.

The complete tournament bracket can be seen here but the schedule of games for this weekend is:

    First Round: Cornell vs. Albany Ithaca, NY May 9 at Noon ET
    First Round: Maryland vs. Yale College Park, Md. May 9 at 2:30 p.m. ET
    First Round: Notre Dame vs. Towson South Bend, In. May 9 at 5 p.m. ET
    First Round: Duke vs. Ohio State Durham, NC May 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET
    First Round: Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins Charlottesville, Va. May 10 at 1 p.m. ET
    First Round: Denver vs. Brown Denver May 10 at 3 p.m. ET
    First Round: North Carolina vs. Colgate Chapel Hill, NC May 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET
    First Round: Syracuse vs. Marist Syracuse, NY May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET

If there is a first round “upset,” we think that Hopkins may knock off Virginia. The Wahoos have not been playing well as they were early in the season and Hopkins has found a new gear after being forced to play with a sense of desperation just to make the tournament.

The tournament concludes on Memorial Day weekend with the semi finals on Saturday May 23 and the finals on Monday, May 25th up in Philadelphia.

In related lacrosse news, a new sports network devoted solely to lacrosse will begin in January 2016:
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World Lacrosse Championships!

Lacrosse-World-Championships---ROHWhile some of the sporting world will be turning their attention to a game where the participants are more actors than players, where the actual sport is watching the grass grow, and where putting the ball in the goal is rare, the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships will be taking place until July 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

The Championship opened play with the US beating arch rival Canada 10 – 7 on Thursday night.

Nine new countries will be a part of the 38 team tournament where 142 games will be played over 10 days. Two of the new nations competing are teams from China and Uganda.

In addition to the FIL World Championship, more than 150 teams are already registered for the boys’ youth and men’s elite/master’s World Festivals, which will be held in conjunction with the world championship at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Holy face dodge Batman! That’s a lot of games!

If you are in the Denver area, we hope that you’ll stop by. Tickets are more than reasonable including total packages for all of the games.

Failing to visit the mile high city, the ESPN family of networks are going to be carrying a lot of the games, including all of the games involving the United States as well as a good chunk of the games from Canada and the Iroquois Nation.
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NCAA Killing The Golden Lacrosse Egg?

Golden-Egg-Lacrosse-ROHThis weekend M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Finals.

The semi-finals are today, with #1 ranked Duke taking on #5 Denver at 1:00 PM followed by No. 7 Maryland versus No. 6 Notre Dame at 3:30 PM. At stake is a spot in the Championship game on Monday.

There is an on-going remarkable sideline to the Duke team – a team that has come all the way back from the “Duke lacrosse scandal lie.

Come Monday, Duke’s Casey Carroll hopes to play the game he loves while saluting the sacrifices he and others have made for their country. When better than Memorial Day

for a former Army Ranger to end his college lacrosse career in the NCAA championship game?

“That [scenario] would be great for so many reasons — but, of course, it’s one game at a time,” said Carroll, 29, a starting defenseman for the top-seeded Blue Devils, who play No. 5 Denver in the Division I semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. At 3:30, No. 7 Maryland plays No. 6 Notre Dame. The winners advance to Monday’s title game at 1 p.m.

Perhaps no one in this year’s Final Four would fit better on Monday’s stage than Carroll. The Baldwin, N.Y., native graduated in 2007, a first-team All-American with one year of eligibility remaining. Instead, he joined the Army and served four deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite volunteer combat unit, before returning to Duke for graduate school and one last fling at lacrosse. He prepared to come back for last season, but a torn anterior cruciate ligament pushed back his return to 2014.

Forget Carroll’s age — he’s 10 years older than some teammates — or the fact that he hadn’t played in 2,447 days. He started Duke’s opener, a 16-10 win over Jacksonville, and earned honors as Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

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Terps Beat Duke.

Maryland-Duke-Metal-ROHWe haven’t commented much on lacrosse this year but it is back in full force.

Yesterday our beloved Maryland Terps took on the Duke Blue Devils at College Park. Coming into the game, Duke was ranked number one in the nation and with the Terps ranked second.

Going out of the game, Duke won’t hold onto their top ranking as the Terps beat Duke 10 – 6.

Over the past few years, Maryland has had a great defense. Saturday was no different.

Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) scored seven straight goals and held the Blue Devils (4-1, 0-1 ACC) scoreless for 26:26 starting in the middle of the second quarter until the fourth quarter.

That is nearly two quarters without allowing a really good Duke offense to score. As a friend sometimes says, “that’s ‘pert darn amazing.”

It was small things that Maryland did right that give them the big advantage in this game. While they lost the face-off battle 11 to 8, they countered that by causing 10 turnovers. They also outshot the Blue Devils 44 to 36, and collected 32 groundballs to Duke’s 26.

“We got five extra possessions off the ride,” said Maryland coach John Tillman. “That’s almost a half quarter of offense. You add that in with winning the groundball war in the second half, now all of a sudden you are looking at an extra quarter.”

What is even more amazing and perhaps exciting if you are a Maryland fan is that last week Maryland traveled north to Syracuse and beat the then number one Syracuse Orange 16 – 8 up in the Carrier Dome where Syracuse is nearly invincible. That game included a stretch where Maryland held the ‘Cuse scoreless as the Terps went on an 8 – 0 goal run.
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Duke Wins NCAA Lacrosse Championship.

Duke-Lacrosse-Ball-ROHYesterday Duke won the NCAA National Championship in Division I Men’s Lacrosse over Syracuse University 16 – 10.

The game did not start out well for Duke as they found themselves down 5 – 0 early in the second quarter.

When asked what he was thinking about losing by that much after the game, Duke Coach John Danowski said “I thought it was over.”

But it wasn’t over – not by a long shot.

Duke want on a 12 – 1 run and never looked back. It was an amazing performance in a championship game that was played in front of 24,000 people at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the end of the game and with the victory in hand, Duke did something very classy and sportsmanlike. The first was with time still on the clock, a Duke attackman had the ball in front of the open net. He could have scored easily as time ran out. It would have meant adding his name to the record books, but he didn’t shoot. He held onto the ball and let the game end.

The second thing happened after the game. There was the typical whooping and hollerin’, and there were the team managers passing out tee-shirts and hats proclaiming Duke as the champions for the Duke players to wear.

Like many sports, lacrosse has a tradition of shaking hands with the other team after a game. So while Duke was celebrating, the Syracuse players and coaching staff waited.
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May Madness.

NCAA-Lacrosse-And-Stick-ROH The NCAA Division I Men;s Lacrosse Tournament starts today.

Over the next 3 weeks, 16 teams will vie for the championship which will be held on Memorial Day weekend at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 27, 2013.

You can see the entire bracket here.

Our beloved Maryland Terrapins (10-3) are seeded #6 in the tournament and stay at home to play Cornell (12-3.) This is a game between two teams that for the first month of the season were ranked 1 – 2 in the country, so these teams have some talent.

Maryland’s offense has been struggling, but last week they scored 18 goals on Colgate, which hopefully means the offense is back and can take the pressure off the Maryland defense, which has been solid.

It should be a great tournament.

Here’s the complete schedule for the first weekend with times and TV coverage:

NCAA DI First Round
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Noon
First Round: Lehigh at No. 5 seed North Carolina
Eamon McAnaney & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2 / WatchESPN

2:30 p.m.
First Round: Yale at No. 8 seed Penn State
Joe Beninati & Stephen McElduff
ESPNU / WatchESPN

5 p.m.
First Round: Detroit at No. 2 seed Notre Dame
Mark Dixon & Matt Ward
ESPNU / WatchESPN

7:30 p.m.
First Round: Albany at No. 4 seed Denver
Booker Corrigan & Jamie Munro
ESPNU / WatchESPN

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