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justinsimon15

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Just an avid lacrosse fan, one who follows the sport daily and loves to give my opinion on the entire sport. Creator, editor and writer of SB Nation college lacrosse blog COLLEGE CROSSE. Spent two season's working for Coach Desko and the Syracuse Orange lacrosse team as a student manager where I learned more about the sport in one month then I had in 19 years.

I reside in Manhattan, New York and grew up on Long Island.

Studied writing and sports journalism in college and have written for Inside Lacrosse, the Springfield Republican and Patch.com (AOL Owned).

Started writing for SBNation in November and have loved the opportunity they have given me. As the sport of lacrosse grows, I hope to see this website grow as well.

Love all the feedback from everyone!

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Is Nike really praising Syracuse and knocking, oh, I don't know, Cornell or Hopkins? You decide...

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Is Nike really praising Syracuse and knocking, oh, I don't know, Cornell or Hopkins? You decide and sound off in comments. Regardless, the commercial is pretty sweet and makes us all remember again just why it is we all love lacrosse.

The Future is Here: Inside Maverik's 60 Second Commercial

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Maverik Lacrosse debuted their feature 60 second commercial during the Towson-Johns Hopkins game on Friday night. Over the past week, the commercial has been to the lacrosse world what the...

"I just went in and played the best I could for my team," he said. "I saw the ball really well...

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"I just went in and played the best I could for my team," he said. "I saw the ball really well today." One half of the Syracuse Orange goalie rotation, Matt Lerman, on his first career start in the Carrier Dome. Expect to see a lot more from Lerman in coming games. The kid can flat out play and is one of the better ball stoppers Syracuse has had in the past few years. More to come on Lerman, as we will speak with him later this week about the 2012 season and what it meant to start Sunday's 12-7 win over Albany.

The Post Standard

A very "Crooked Arrows" weekend; My talk with Cody Jamieson and Oren Lyons

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With all the hype behind the release of the "Crooked Arrows" trailer (see below) and the world getting a glimpse of the first ever lacrosse movie, I figured I would post something I wrote about a...

Sportsideo goes live; Launches with interview of Greg Peyser

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A new sports website has gone live this morning and it is called Sportsideo. Labeling themsevles as the "Worlds Locker Room," Sportsideo seems like it could redefine what is possible inside the...

Connor English becomes newest member of Cornell Big Red

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Ben DeLuca and his Big Red just got a major boost to their already scary attack unit as former Virginia Cavalier Connor English has transferred to Cornell and will be eligible to play for DeLuca and the big Red in 2012. A Long Island native, English played with Rob Pannell and Steve Mock over the summer, both L.I. natives as well. English was a highly touted recruit out of high school and never really found his way on a crowded Cav's team. With guys like Steele Stanwick, Chris Bocklett and Matt White in front of you, English always seemed to be the odd man out. English has 17 points in two seasons under head coach Dom Starsia. English will fit in nicely with the Big Red, who lost senior David Lau, a guy who put up 28 goals and 21 assists from both the midfield and attack position.

Some answers to the holes at the Syracuse midfield?

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This might answer some of the questions and concerns I wrote about two weeks ago with the Syracuse Orange offense as a whole. In my mind, this really opens the door for Tom Palasek to be the quarterback of this 2012 Orange offense. It seemed many of you fans agree that Palasek is the man you want leading the offense. There is no doubt Marasco has shown signs of excitement from the midfield and a player of his caliber will be able to adjust to the position. The only thing is Marasco is a little undersized for the position, but it will be interesting to see how he fits in.

Someday's I sit and wonder about the next great MCLA team to make the jump to division I. ...

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Someday's I sit and wonder about the next great MCLA team to make the jump to division I. Arizona State has been to the MCLA championship game and lost to Michigan by a goal in 2010. Don't forget about them as a potential option to become the next MCLA team to make the jump to D-I.

Daily Links: The training of a college and pro player

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A few videos to wake you up on this December 22nd morning. Who ever said it was easy to train for lacrosse? Just take a look at the videos below and it will make you realize just how much time...

2012 NCAA Preview: #18 Colgate Raiders

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The Colgate Raiders were an interesting team in 2011. No star players that really jumped out at you. No big wins that stare you in the face and make your jaw drop. Their 11-5 record does make...

Derek Boogard: A boy learns to brawl

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I know we have some hockey fan's on this site and this article from the New York Times about former NHL enforcer Derek Boogard is one of the better expose's of the life of fighter in the NHL. It talks about the road Boogard took to get to the NHL, the fights, the opponents, the battle's with prescription drugs and fears of fighting some of the league's toughest and strongest men. John Branch of the New York Times was able to speak with Boogards parents, Len and Joanne about their beloved son, also known as "The Boogeyman." The article also talks about the trauma the brain takes from repeated blows to the head from opposing fighters and what years of ultimately bare knuckle fighting can do to a person. A great read and the video's, "An enforcers story: Punched Out" are great to watch as well.

The guessing game: Who will emerge as the go to guy for the 2012 Syracuse Orange?

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As the 2012 preseason All-American list was released on Tuesday, a quick scan of the list, (first and second team) saw no Syracuse offensive players on the list. Strange for Syracuse, but could it...

2012 NCAA preview: #19 Harvard Crimson

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In the next coming days and weeks College Crosse will be putting together some previews of Inside Lacrosse's 2012 Face-Off Yearbook top 20 rankings. Today we focus in on #19 on the list, Chris...

NCAA 2012 preview: #20 Penn State Nittany Lions

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In the next coming days and weeks College Crosse will be putting together some previews of Inside Lacrosse's 2012 Face-Off Yearbook top 20 rankings. Today we focus in on #20 on the list, Jeff...

I.L. releases 2012 Coaches Rankings

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No surprise here as the top two don't change between the coaches poll and the media poll. Virginia and Duke one and two respectively. Syracuse takes a big jump going from seven in the media poll to four in the coaches poll. Bucknell cracks the top 10 as well. Coaches top 10 looks like this: 1. Virginia 2. Duke Blue Devils 3. Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 4. Syracuse Orange 5. Cornell Big Red 6. North Carolina Tar Heels 7. Denver Pioneers 8. Maryland Terrapins 9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10. Bucknell Bison Sound off in the comments below. Team previews and College Crosse rankings to come over the weekend and coming week.

Mikey Powell has the itch for professional lacrosse again?

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Yesterday word came out that lacrosse star and current recording artist Mikey Powell has registered his name for the Major League Lacrosse player pool that will take place next week. The same man...

Sad news from Princeton lacrosse

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The wife of Princeton men's lacrosse team Chris Bates passed away after fighting cancer for almost ten years. Ann Bates was 43. As we talk about many times, the lacrosse world is a tight knit community and anytime anyone passes away its a shock and shame to everyone involved in the sport. Our condolences go out to Coach Bates and his family, as well as the entire Princeton lacrosse family.

The dog days of Syracuse

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We all know what has gone down in Syracuse the past week and a half. With the firing of Bernie Fine, the school has been put into the media limelight. Front and center. In the lacrosse world, the...

Paralyzed ex-lacrosse player finds ways to contribute

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Great article from the Hampton Roads Ryan Beale played for Lynchburg before being paralyzed in an accident two years ago. "You just get a perspective on life," the 22-year-old said."

Help a charity by giving some feedback on how SBN and College Crosse is treating you!

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Hello all lacrosse fans!  Hope all is well.  SB Nation is asking for your feedback and opinions on our site and how user friendly it is.  Let us know what can be done to help make your visit even...

Crooked Arrows movie making big steps towards finalizing first lacrosse movie

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The movie that many lacrosse fans are waiting for is almost finished filming and College Crosse has some awesome video footage to show.  Crooked Arrows, a story centered on a Native American...

Orange All-Access' Brian Higgins with his thoughts on Syracuse to the ACC

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Got a chance to talk with Syracuse lacrosse play-by-play man Brian Higgins who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the team and the sport of lacrosse.  Here is what we talked about. Can you...

ESPN's Quint Kessenich:"Unless you've been living under a rock, it wasn't surprising at all"

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ESPN and Inside Lacrosse analyst Quint Kessenich gave me a minute of his time this morning and chimed in on his thoughts about Syracuse shaking up the lacrosse world. According to Kessenich, this...

More thoughts on ACC expansion: Former UNC defenseman Ryan Flanagan

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From all that I have heard from former players and current players of both Syracuse and all four ACC teams, they think this move is a good thing and something they are excited about.  We all know...

Former Orange goalie John Galloway gives his thoughts on the new ACC

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Just caught up with current Rochester Rattler's goalie John Galloway and asked him for his thoughts and opinion on Syracuse moving from the Big East to the A.C.C.   "I think the move to the ACC is...

Some mid day thoughts on the ACC from two key Syracuse names

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Spoke briefly with Syracause Orange assistant coach Lelan Rogers earlier this morning and he said he is "excited" by the news that the Orange will move to the A.C.C. conference. "Good and bad....

Former Syracuse Orange coach and legend Roy Simmons Jr. to speak at Syracuse Stage tonight

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For all of you in the Syracuse/CNY area, don't miss the chance to see legendary Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Jr. speak at the Syracuse Stage tonight (more info in link above). For those of you have haven't listened to a Simmons Jr. story or heard the man speak in public, Simmons Jr. is a man who brings every story to life and leaves every listener in awe. I had the chance to listen to him speak before the 20009 and 2010 men's lacrosse teams at Syracuse and his pre-game speeches were unforgettable.

The Art of Lacrosse

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It wasn't all that long ago that I met two men who truly define what the saying "art of lacrosse" really mean.  Alf Jacques and Vincent Ricasio are two men who have kept the sport of lacrosse alive...

In case you missed it...

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It seems the sport of lacrosse is starting to get some more national recognition as two of the sports biggest names were nominated for awards at last night's 2011 Espy Awards. Cornell's Rob Pannell was nominated for the Best College Athlete of the Year while Virginia's Dom Starsia was up for the Manager/Coach of the Year. Both men lost in their respected categories, but still big news to see the sport gaining some national spotlight and be recognized as one of the top college sports in the country. Also, Maryland's hidden ball trick was one of the final 16 plays that fan's got to vote on and the Orange's Tim Desko's behind the back goal against Starsia's Cavaliers was in the opening montage.

College Crosse chat's with Under Armour All-American Myles Jones

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Standing at 6'4", Myles Jones is easy to find on the field.  A talented three sport athelte out Walt Whitman High School in Huntington, NY, Jones will become a Duke Blue Devil after a short stop...

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