Face Off Philadelphia

Face Off Philadelphia

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships were at the Linc this weekend and the 700level undoubtedly had a man on the scene.

The D1 semi-finals were played on Saturday. The tailgate scene was strong to quite strong. The Level got involved in some hardcore beer pong at approximately 9am. Kids with lacrosse sticks everywhere and surprisingly they allowed sticks into the stadium...so far there have been no reported slashes or cross-checks from the stands. As for the games Duke ran away with the early game beating the Terps 18-9. This game was over at the half and since re-entry was allowed the second half of this game was best watched from the tailgate outside.

The second game between Hopkins and UVA was an instant classic. Hopkins had a 6-3 lead entering the fourth quarter, but Virginia scored four times to take a 7-6 lead with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left in regulation. After the Cavs' seventh goal, a thunderstorm caused a 46-minute delay. A majority of the crowd of 45,275 waited through the delay, and the fans were awarded with a classy conclusion. Just 20 seconds after play resumed, Hopkins all-American Kyle Harrison tied the score, 7-7, on a blast from 10 yards. With the game tied Virginia held the ball for 2 minutes then called a timeout with 37 seconds left to set up a final shot. Matt Ward ripped a shot with 12.7 seconds left to give the Cavs' a 8-7 lead and what seemed to be a trip to the Final. But the undefeated and #1 ranked Blue Jays won the face and found the back of the net with 1.4 seconds on the clock. JHU went on to win in with 50 seconds left in OT.

The D II and D III championships were held on Sunday with New York Tech beating Limestone 14-13 in OT (Division II) and Salisbury pulled out a last second 11-10 victory over Middlebury for the D III Championship.

Hopkins beat Duke on Monday 9-8 in a Championship game that lived up to the hype. Yesterday's attendance, 44,920, set a championship-game record, breaking the previous mark, 43,898, set last year in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Here is the recap of this game from the Inquirer.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P