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DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Box owns. Lacrosse owns.

I was the dumbass goalie for my high school and college years and christ that was.... something.

E: Also goddamn do I love the sport as much as I loving hate the people in it. It has far and away the bro-iest loving player base and almost all of them are completely loving insufferable. Also lacrosse parents are almost worse than hockey parents.

E2: :eng101: Goalie shafts can be basically of any length they want from attack/middie length to full defensive length, as I recall. More and more these days seem to go with attack length shafts.

DJExile fucked around with this message at 19:34 on Mar 28, 2016

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DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Top Hats Monthly posted:

That's a hell of a hit

I prayed so hard to get chances like that in the field game. Midwest lacrosse wasn't much when I was growing up, so you'd get a lot of long passes chucked to attackmen behind the D.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Speaking of midwest lacrosse, for those that want to see how the game is played almost perfectly on defense, watch Notre Dame. Holy poo poo they always get great goalies and defenders.

E: Ohio State of all people is quietly building a really solid program too. Nick Meyers has done a hell of a job.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Rise from your grave, lacrosse thread!

The D-I selection show is this coming Sunday at 9PM on ESPNU. Quarterfinals will be at Brown and Ohio State. Semis and finals in Philadelphia. Epoch/Inside Lacrosse predicts the following:



Maryland has won 11 straight and has already locked up the B1G. Denver has mostly steamrolled through the season, aside from an odd loss to Penn State and has won the Big East. Their offense has been spectacular. Notre Dame is riding what is still likely the best defense in the nation, but have lost their last 2 games in a huge UNC comeback and tight Duke loss. The ACC tournament was its usual bloodbath and Syracuse came out on top for the 2nd year in a row. Albany murdered America East and has won 9 straight.

Inside Lacrosse posted:

RPI Changes

The biggest development of the weekend was the manner in which the top two seeds clearly separated themselves. With wins over Johns Hopkins and Villanova, respectively, Maryland and Denver separated themselves from the pack of other “top two seed” contenders as they scored Top 20 wins while Notre Dame lost and Brown, Albany and Yale secured non-Top 20 wins. It’s possible that both could lose in their conference semifinal matchup and remain a top two seed, and it's almost assured that advancing to the league championship game will mean that each hosts a winner of a play-in game.

The two most surprising developments in the RPI are Bucknell remaining in the Top 20 and Towson moving in. The Tigers replaced Rutgers, which fell to No. 21, and they appear to have some cushion as they rose all the way to No. 16. Depending on how the CAA and Big Ten Tournaments play (essentially if Rutgers and Penn State lose and Hofstra advances to the CAA championship), there’s a scenario in which Towson could be in at-large consideration if it doesn't win the AQ.

No. 8 Seed

It looks right now like there are three teams in contention for the No. 8 seed — Johns Hopkins, Duke and Loyola. None of the combinations of one of those teams hosting either of the other two should come as a surprise.

The resumes seem to fall pretty neatly from seeds 3-7 —if the only loss in that group this weekend is Yale to Brown in the Ivy championship, the current order would remain IL’s projection (though it’s possible — but unlikely — that the Colgate game could drag Syracuse’s RPI down, including them in the conversation with Hopkins, Duke and Loyola).

Bubble-In

The most interesting spot for shuffling this weekend is in resumes currently ranked Nos. 11-15 — North Carolina’s Top 5 win and two additional Top 20 wins put them top among the group. While Navy and Bryant are very even resume-wise (identical record, three Top 20 wins vs. one Top 5 win), the Mids get the nod because of their superior RPI. However, it’s likely the winner of Villanova-Marquette will jump both Navy and Bryant, nearly securing them an at-large berth.

Bubble-Out?

Rutgers and Penn State should both be big Bryant fans because right now, one of them would be in if Bryant were projected as the NEC champion. The Bulldogs aren’t because of their regular season loss to Saint Joseph’s, however that was the identical scenario by which Bryant secured the AQ last season. If either wins its Big Ten Semifinal matchup (especially Penn State because it’d secure another Top 5 win), it’d be in pretty good shape on Sunday.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Harvard's Joe Lang got annihilated thanks to a floating pass

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




NCAA Bracket is set, schedule as follows:
All times eastern

ESPN posted:

Saturday, May 14

Noon on ESPNU: Duke (11-7) at No. 7 Loyola Maryland (12-3)
2:30 p.m. on ESPNU: North Carolina (8-6) at no. 6 Marquette (11-4)
5 p.m. on ESPNU: Johns Hopkins (8-6) at No. 5 Brown (14-2)
7:30 p.m. on ESPNU: Air Force (15-2) at No. 3 Notre Dame (10-3)

Sunday, May 15
12:30 p.m. on ESPNU: Quinnipiac (11-3)/Hartford (11-6)* at No. 1 Maryland (14-2)
3 p.m. on ESPNU: Towson (14-2)/Hobart (10-6)* at No. 2 Denver (13-2)
5:15 p.m. on ESPNU: Navy (10-4) at No. 4 Yale (13-2)
7:30 p.m. on ESPNU: Albany (12-3) at No. 8 Syracuse (11-4)

*Play-in games Wednesday, May 11

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Shrapnig posted:

Hop had no business getting in, another pandering to Petro(oval office) by the selection committee.

Quint Kessenich doesn't seem to disagree

quote:

Hopkins was holding its breath, rooting for Yale on Sunday. Defensive miscues and failed clears have been the storyline throughout 2016. The Jays manufactured 50 shots against Rutgers losing 14-12, as they let the Scarlet Knights run and counter attack in transition. The good news is that Shack Stanwick and Ryan Brown will get looks against a Brown defense that allows lots of shots. The bad news is that Hopkins’ defense has been really bad since April 2, and Brown can blow up a scoreboard. Hopkins has had 77 goals against in its last six games; that's nearly 13 goals against for a Hopkins defense that's getting worse every week. This game could produce 30 or more total goals and should be very fan friendly.

Here's how he described the first 4 out, for what it's worth

quote:

Harvard (8-8)

The Crimson were all over the map in 2016. Wins over ‘Nova, Duke and Brown are impressive. Losses to Bryant, Penn State, Brown, BU, Albany, Penn and Yale hurt. A four-game losing streak in March is forgettable. Face-off wins were in short supply all year long. Devin Dwyer, Morgan Cheek, Joe Lang and Will Walker had their moments. On Sunday, they had no answers for Yale in the fourth quarter.

Rutgers (11-5)

The Scarlet Knights fell to Maryland in the Big Ten Championship game 14-8 in a game that it never felt like they would win. They beat Hopkins twice in 2016 and are a better team than the Blue Jays, but their overall resume isn't as strong.

This is a team with upside in 2017. RU received major contributions from freshman this year while developing an identity as a transition team capable of lighting up opponents with odd-man rushes and early offense. Jules Heningburg, Adam Charalambides, Casey Rose and Michael Rexrode will form a strong nucleus next year.

Villanova (9-5)

At the end of the day, Nova has two wins of merit over Penn State and Bucknell. A handful of losses to Harvard (OT), Brown, Marquette twice and Denver show lost opportunity. SOS was pretty good, and the RPI was in the mid-teens. Close but no cigar.

Bryant (10-5)

The Bulldogs beat Harvard, Brown and Hartford this season but stubbed their toe in the NEC semifinals against Hobart. Losses to Bucknell, Yale, Drexel, Saint Joe's and Hobart leave no excuses. A weak SOS, playing no teams from the Big Ten or ACC seals their fate.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




DOOMocrat posted:

Anyone here play in the Midwest or south where this isn't really a thing? I've already picked up floorball, kinda want to play the other almost hockey sport.

Ohio reppin', and Top Hats plays in Minnesota. It isn't as much a huge thing as the east coast, but it's picked up pretty well over the last 15 years around here. I grew up in Toledo and there was no sign of it until I got to high school in 98. I went out to high school in Indiana and it was slowly picking up there too.

Nowadays there are a bunch of club and drop-in organizations and beer leagues around the Midwest but you have to do a little poking around to find them. US Lacrosse may be able to help you find some things in your area.

E: Local youth leagues and even high school teams can always use volunteers too, and that can help you learn and pick the game up as well.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




DOOMocrat posted:

Was just lookin' for something rec. Most search results are for dudes named Dallas. Floorball was easy, with all the Nokia campuses we used to have around there were a lot of Swedes and Finns. I'll keep looking.

Check some municipal rec centers and such, they may know where you can find them.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Upsets and poo poo!

Play-In:
Q'Pac beats Hartford 14-9
Towson smokes Hobart 18-5

First Round:

#1 Maryland comfortably beats Q'Pac 13-6
Towson shocks #2 (and defending champ) Denver 10-9
#3 Notre Dame beats Air Force 15-7
Navy upsets #4 Yale 13-10
#5 Brown crushes Hopkins 17-8
UNC upsets #6 Marquette 10-9
#7 Loyola(MD) beats Duke 16-11
#8 Syracuse beats Albany 11-9

Saturday's Quarterfinals at Brown!
#8 Syracuse vs. #1 Maryland - Noon. ESPNU
Navy vs. #5 Brown - 2:30PM ESPNU

Sunday's Quarterfinals at Ohio State!
UNC vs. #3 Notre Dame - Noon ESPN2
Towson vs. #7 Loyola-MD - 2:30PM ESPN2

Navy vs. Brown should be a fantastic defense vs. offense matchup, and ND and UNC played an instant classic earlier this season.

pars posted:

I play in Japan, of all places.

I would be surprised if there is anywhere in the US where you can't find at least some way to play, so long as there is a decent population there. If there are any lacrosse stores in the area that would also be a good place to ask. In Chicago, Seattle and Colorado there were a number of options for leagues to play in, so it definitely exists outside of the east coast.

On another note anyone know where to find highlights for the NCAA Tournament games? Or is it basically pray for someone to put stuff up on youtube?

ESPN.com has a few highlights up.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007





holy poo poo :stare:

E: lol then they won in OT. That is nuts.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Top Hats Monthly posted:

Be careful kiddos! Wear sunscreen! I have a very bleach white hand, dark tan forearm, bleached elbow, and tan shoulders.

:mad:

hahahahaha I remember exactly what this looks like

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Top Hats Monthly posted:

Also I blocked a shot off my inner thigh that was absolutely whipped by an LSM. It looks as bad as you think it might :stonk:. The limp today is real.

I was a goalie myself. The balls are certainly the worst but god inner thigh makes walking just brutal for a day or two.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




That's awesome as hell and good on you for helping to expand the sport :cheers: That Hofstra visit sounds sweet too.

NCAA RESULTS
#1 Maryland handled #8 Syracuse 13-7
#5 Brown escaped Navy 11-10. Fantastic game if you didn't watch it. Navy was spectacular on defense and drat near pulled it off.
UNC stunned #3 Notre Dame 13-8. It was 11-3 going into the 4th quarter. First time UNC has gone to the semis since 1993. Stephen Kelly was 17/25 at faceoffs.
Loyola-MD escaped Towson 10-8. Full credit to Towson, they gave Loyola fits all game.

Semifinals!
May 28
UNC vs. Loyola-MD - Noon, ESPN2
#5 Brown vs. #1 Maryland - 2:30, ESPN2


Really emotional moment for UNC's coach Joe Breschi after the game. He was the head coach at OSU 16 years ago (their game vs. ND was in Ohio Stadium), when his 3 year-old son was hit and killed by an SUV in his parking lot at pre-school. The team dedicated the game to him.

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Top Hats Monthly posted:

North Carolina, good???

Seriously holy poo poo

and Brown drat near pulled it off against Maryland

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




I can respect Maryland but on the other hand gently caress the big ten forever

Go a heels bitch

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Holy poo poo what a start :stare:

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Aaaaaaahahaha holy gently caress UNC

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Wow Maryland moves it well

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Good lord that shot

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




If this game becomes a track meet i will be 100% ok with that

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Top Hats Monthly posted:

:stare:

Also wow "Last time a southpaw hammered like that Apollo Creed didn't get up"

Hahahaha

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Game on, holy hell

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




loving 3 guys sliding, jeez

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Heacock dead

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




God that looked bad

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Aaaaaaa that replay

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




God drat hope those guys are ok, that looked awful

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




:doink:

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Wow

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




UNC is amazing off restarts

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Wow he had all drat day

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Dutchy posted:

i don't normally go "ugh look at that bro just ugh" but every lacrosse player really does look like an rear end in a top hat.

Yeah I love the game but that stereotype exists for a reason.

drat that quick stick

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Holy god that first quarter ruled

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Both defenses looking better

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Jesus this goldstock kid is something

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Top Hats Monthly posted:

If Maryland scores just one more goal this half I think NC is in trouble

Yeah I don't think they can hang in a track meet, they're getting frustrated

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




God Rambo is impressive

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Hahaha that post hit, drat

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DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




That's a good save there at the end

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