Weekly Mashup Presented by Natalie Portman Rapping

Each week the Weekly Mashup brings you links to some of the articles you may not have seen that involve lacrosse or lacrosse players. Here are some of the news-makers from this week. The Weekly Mashup is presented by Natalie Portman.

New CNN.com’s World Producer is a Former Lacrosse Player from St. Albans… Amar Bakshi is the site’s new World Producer. Based out of New York, Bakshi will work closely with Fareed Zakaria and his team as well as Time.com to build out CNN.com’s digital foreign affairs coverage.

Lacrosse Tourney Boosts Economy… It also infused an estimated $1.2 million into the local economy, mostly through payments to hotels and restaurants, said county Commissioner Jack Mariano, who attended two days of the tournament.

Decision Day Nears for Funding of 5 Cal Sports… Save Cal Sports,” a group spearheaded by baseball alums and designed to preserve all five programs, has gathered more than $15 million in pledges.

Cornell Lacrosse and Dream Factory Team up for Blood Drive… The Cornell Lacrosse Team and the Dream Factory of Central New York are working with the American Red Cross to co-sponsor its sixth annual blood drive to kick off the Save the Day campaign for the 2011 Season.

An Unofficial Stab at 2011’s Preseason Poll (Part 4)… Here is the fourth installment of the 2011 poll compiled after last year’s national championship. These rankings could – and probably will – change based on transfers and seniors granted fifth years of eligibility, so please take this with a grain of salt.

Lacrosse Squad Mourns Former Captain… The Lehigh athletic community tragically lost one of its own last Monday.

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