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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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2011 Under Armour All-American Classic Player Profile: Kyle Keenan

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The 5'11", 170 pound attackman out of Smithtown West high school (same school that produced Rob Pannell) was a force to be reckon with in 2011.  Tallying 40 goals and 38 assists, Keenan led his...

2011 Under Armour All-American Classic Player Profile: Mike Daniello

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The second straight brother on out player profile series, Mike Daniello comes out of John Jay-Cross River High School in Westchester, N.Y.    The brother of 2010 Syracuse Orange leading scorer...

2011 Under Armour All-American Classic Player Profile: Jimmy Bitter

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Jimmy Bitter will follow his brother Billy's footsteps as he continues the Bitter tradition at North Carolina.  The 5'8" attackmen is slightly undersized and a little on the lighter side (155lbs...

2011 Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic set to get underway this weekend

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With the 2011 Under Armour All-American Classic about to get underway this weekend, its a good time to bring you all up to date on some of the players who will be participating in the Senior game...

Wagner names former Virginia All-American Matt Poskay new coach

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Congrats to Matt Poskay as he has been named the next head coach at Wagner University. I know Glaude will say nothing can save Wagner but Poskay is a step in the right direction. And look at it this way, Wanger can only go up from here, right? Poskay was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009 and has been fighting the disease since. Incredibly, Poskay battled the disease and led the MLL with 52 points in 2010. ""Lacrosse-wise and athletically, they're making the turn in a right direction with some recent hires," Poskay says. "It's in a great location. Student-athletes that want to come experience the New York City lifestyle but be a little bit removed, this is the right fit." (via insidelacrosse.com) Poskay is the name that is needed with a program like Wagner, that has had a hard time recruiting top tier talent. A solid resume and reputation in the sport, Poskay has ties to his alma mater and his roots in New Jersey.

Georgetown's Davey Emala transferring to North Carolina

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Great news for the Joe Breschi and the North Carolina Tar Heels as former Georgetown Hoya attackman Davey Emala will be headed to Chapel Hill in the fall. Emala will have two years left at UNC as he finished his sophomore campaign with 35 goals and 48 points to lead the Hoya's in 2011. As Breschi loses Billy Bitter to graduation, he now adds a more than capable replacement in Emala.

Seems like the Midshipmen have hired Ryan Wellner?

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According to the Baltimore Sun's main page, the Navy Midshipmen have hired the white version of Rick Sowell.  A major gaffe by the Sun had assistant coach Ryan Wellner pictured as the next head...

Confirmed: Sowell to become next head coach at Navy

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"It's a special place, to be quite frank. It's the Naval Academy," Sowell said of what attracted him to Navy, noting though how tough it was to leave Stony Brook. "I'm excited about my future, but this place obviously means a lot to me. It's tough — bittersweet." (via Insidelacrosse.com). So the ship has a new captain. Its now time for Sowell to right the ship that was a 3-10 2011 season. Sowell is set to make $300,000 as Navy's eighth head coach.

Sources: Stony Brook's Ricky Sowell Expected to be Named Navy Head Coach

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According to sources, it looks like Seawolve's coach Ricky Sowell will take over the vacant head coaching spot at Navy. Sowell will replace Richie Meade, who led the Midshipmen for 17 years and amassed a record of 142-97. Some will say Meade was forced out at Navy by atheltic director Chet Gladchuk and legendary Army coach Jack Emmer had something to say on Meade's dismissal as well. "Richie has totally poured himself into the culture of the Naval Academy," Emmer said. "He's all about developing these young guys from a leadership standpoint to be better officers in the United States Navy. … He loves that role, and I can't imagine his former players would do anything but stand on their heads for Richie." (via The Baltimore Sun) Sowell will have big shoes to fill, as Meade was a household name at Navy and brought the Midshipmen to prominence with their 2004 National Championship appearance. Sowell has put together a nice program at Stony Brook, recruiting some great talent from across the nation and Canada and coming within one goal of knocking off Virginia in 2010 and moving to the Semi-finals. A late loss to Hartford in the 2011 America East Championship will haunt Sowell and his Seawolves players as Stony Brook had too much talent to lose that game. The former St Johns and Dartmouth head coach and Georgetown assistant, Sowell's resume speaks for itself and he is more than qualified for this position. There is no doubt that recruting will be a little harder as Navy is a top-tier academic program.

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Is Title 9 really a "roadblock?"

Wanted to get all of your opinions on Title IX, Nine, 9 (whatever you want to label it as) and if it really is the roadblock that is holding up the expansion of lacrosse Sound off in the...

2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team: A bloggers go at being part of the committee

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I took a stab at putting together my own 2011 NCAA All-Tournament team and before I go any further, the "All-Tournament" team is really the "best players from the last four teams remaining" team,...

2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship: Attendance Way Down For Virginia-Maryland

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Sean Keeley gives his thoughts on why the 2011 National Championship game had the lowest attendance since 2002 and some reasons why the attendance has gone down since the 2008 game between Syracuse and Johns Hopkins

2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Good teams find ways to win

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It was just over two weeks ago when the Virginia Cavaliers found themselves in a dogfight of a first round matchup with Bucknell.  It was the same old Virginia team we had seen the entire 2011...

Denver Pioneers media day from Baltimore

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Mark Matthews, Cameron Flint and the rest of the Denver Pioneers had some fun in Baltimore during their media day.  Watch some of the interviews from some of the players and coaches.

I will be heading down to Baltimore tonight in preparation for tomorrow's semi-final...

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I will be heading down to Baltimore tonight in preparation for tomorrow's semi-final action. Should be a great weekend of lacrosse and i'll be sure to give you all up to the minute updates from M&T Bank Stadium.

To have it be at this moment, in this game, against this opponent, on this field. Couldnt have...

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To have it be at this moment, in this game, against this opponent, on this field. Couldnt have asked for anything better.

Virginia head coach Dom Starsia's response when asked what it meant to get win number 327, which moved him ahead of Jack Emmer and made him the winningest coach in Division I lacrosse. Starsia, who was born just about 10 minutes from Hofstra University, got the record breaking victory on the field in which he coached his first game ever.

We [Cornell] played about as bad as we've played all season long. Credit to Virginia. They came...

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We [Cornell] played about as bad as we've played all season long. Credit to Virginia. They came out and executed early and often and forced us to play from behind most of the day. This loss is squarely on my shoulders.

Cornell coach Ben DeLuca on his teams performance in the first 30 minutes of yesterday's quarterfinal loss to Virginia.

2011 NCAA Tournament Breakdown: Duke vs Notre Dame

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A preview of the final game of the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals. Duke vs Notre Dame

2011 NCAA Tournament with some national news coverage

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Lets see what the USA Today has to say about this weekends Quarterfinal matchups

John Galloway eager to get his chance to face Maryland

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Remember that game in 2009 when Syracuse faced Maryland in the Quarterfinals at Hofstra? Remember who the goalie was? Wasnt John Galloway, i'll tell you that much. Junior Al Cavalieri put on a show while earning his first career victory against the 'Terps. Galloway plans to be in net (stomach illnesses aside) and is excited for his first chance to face the 'Terps.

Syracuse play by play man Brian Higgins gives his thoughts on the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals

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Brian Higgins, Syracuse Radio play by play man joins College Crosse for a breakdown of the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals

They do a lot of things well on offense. Ryan young is a really good feeder and dodger and Grant...

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They do a lot of things well on offense. Ryan young is a really good feeder and dodger and Grant Catalino has a cannon. We saw them earlier in the year, but they're a much different team than what we saw. We [the defense] need to communicate and slow down their transition. Their transistion game is very solid and that is something we need to control.

Syracuse defenseman John Lade on the Maryland Terrapins and what he thinks about Ryan Young and the 'Terps offense.

A Little More Background on Denver's Mark Matthews

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From the Denver Pioneers' athletic site, here's a profile of the Canadian attackman that is set to shake-up the NCAA Tournament:

2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Breakdown: Who is Mark Matthews?

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Brief overview of Denver attackman Mark Matthews

2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Breakdown: #3 Johns Hopkins vs #6 Denver

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An in depth look at one of the four quarterfinal games from the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament. A preview of Johns Hopkins vs Denver

Ahh the hidden ball trick, never gets old! Plus entire highlight reel from Maryland-UNC

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Ahh the hidden ball trick, never gets old! Plus entire highlight reel from Maryland-UNC

Some Highlights to get your morning going...

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Some Highlights to get your morning going...

2011 NCAA Tournament Breakdown: #7 Virginia vs. Bucknell

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A game preview of Virginia-Bucknell, a big game in this year's NCAA lacrosse tournament.

2011 NCAA Tournament Breakdown: ESPN's Anish Shroff Joins College Crosse for a ND/UPenn Preview

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ESPN anchor Anish Shroff joins College Crosse for a 2011 NCAA lacrosse tournament preview and gives his thoughts on the Notre Dame/UPenn game

2011 NCAA Tournament Breakdown: A Former Player's Perspective

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Former Syracuse Midfielder and 2008 National Champion John Carrozza gives his thoughts on the 2011 NCAA Tournament

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