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Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Friday, Aug. 4

By Paul Krome, 08/10/17, 3:15PM EDT

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Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world:

1. The Mercer Island Lacrosse Club made some history, becoming the first team from the U.S. to play in Russia. Our Matt Hamilton checks in from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the Washington state team's goodwill visit continued with exhibitions and instructional clinics. And plenty of curiosity from the locals.

2. Canisius put an end to the offseason coaching carousel, yesterday hiring alum and former Sacred Heart assistant Mark Miyashita as men's team coach. Miyashita, a member of the school's hall of fame and former player in the National Lacrosse League, replaces Randy Mearns, who departed June 20 to become the first coach of St. Bonaventure's new varsity team. Miyashita graduated from Canisius in 2003 as one of the program's best players historically.

3. Next year will mark the 10th edition of the US Lacrosse Nationals, and the national governing body will celebrate it at shiny new DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del. The annual tournament for bragging rights among the 300,000-plus youth members of US Lacrosse features many of the best teams from across the nation in the 14U, 13U and 12U age groups. It's set for Aug. 2-5, 2018.

4. The Denver Outlaws signed young Denver City Lax product Ezekiel Brown as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he brought the team some good luck last week, reports Inside Lacrosse. Kudos to all involved.

5. The Outlaws did not have as much luck last night in a rematch with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, falling 23-19 in the regular-season finale. Chesapeake rookie Josh Byrne scored seven goals to finish the season with 39, breaking Kieran McArdle's rookie mark of 34 set in 2014 with the Florida Launch. The Bayhawks finish 7-7 and out of the playoffs.

Denver missed a chance to lock up the MLL's No. 1 seed in the playoffs, but it can do so Saturday by virtue of an Ohio Machine loss. Whether it's by choice or by lack of availability of Invesco Field, the Outlaws will host their Aug. 12 semifinal at Peter Barton Stadium on the campus of the University of Denver. The smaller venue should make for a great atmosphere.

WHAT WE’RE READING

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Second Chances: Part 1 takes an inspiring look at how lacrosse is transforming lives the Ferris School in Wilmington, Del.

https://youtu.be/c-ylmEKVrR4

USA Insider captures the sights and sounds of the International World Games, which included lacrosse for the first time this year. Team USA defeated Canada for the gold medal July 30.

https://youtu.be/S5dN1B0_G_U

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • We'll have a retrospective on the career of midfielder Greg Gurenlian, who will play his final Major League Lacrosse regular-season game this weekend. The Lizards still have a shot at the playoffs to send the Beast out on a high note.

  • Fred Opie is scheduled to release another edition of his weekly podcast.

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