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First Call: Duquesne lineman gets a kick out of Seahawks minicamp, RMU & PSU in lacrosse tourney

Tim Benz
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Duquesne’s Matt Fitzpatrick made some heads turn at Seattle Seahawks minicamp recently.

In Monday’s “First Call,” a Duquesne Duke has a memorable moment at Seahawks camp. Also: the NCAA Lacrosse tournament will have a local flavor, a NHL game seven, and rumors about the NFL taking the combine on the road.


The more you can do

When you’re a rookie free agent offensive lineman, you look for any way to stand out.

Do whatever you can to make yourself appear as versatile as possible. Even when it comes to … kicking?

Take a look at Duquesne’s Matt Fitzpatrick end Seahawks rookie minicamp with a walk-off field goal.

On the Dukes’ roster last year, Fitzpatrick — the school’s male student athlete of the year — was listed at 6 feet 3 inches tall, and 300 pounds. That would be considered huge for kicker.

Until you realize Seattle’s previous kicker is Sebastian Janikowski who 6-foot-1, 260.


Local lax

Two schools with local rooting interest made the NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse tournament. Penn State is the top overall seed. They’ll get the winner of UMBC and Marist Sunday at noon. Uh, oh! UMBC in a #1 versus #16 matchup? That could be a problem.

And Robert Morris survived the NEC title game against Hobart with an 11-10 win Sunday.

That’s the second straight conference crown for the Colonials. They visit third-ranked Virginia at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

RMU lost 14-11 in the first round against Maryland last year.


Not a bad start

Well, we’ve got another Game 7 in the NHL playoffs. It’ll be at 8 p.m. in St. Louis.

That’s because the Blues beat the Stars 4-1 in Dallas in Game 6. Watch Sammy Blais hammer this slap shot home on a breakaway.

That’s his first playoff goal in his first playoff game.

Did it remind you of any other playoff goals you can remember?

Yeah. That came to mind for me, too.


Combine comin’ to a city near you?

A story popped up last week suggesting that the NFL scouting combine may be on the move.

Normally, it’s held in Indianapolis. It’s been there since 1987. According to ProFootballTalk, there’s only a commitment for one more year. And with all the success the NFL has had bouncing the draft around from city to city within the league, there is a belief it may try the same thing with the combine.

Or, it could be moved to a glitzier destination, such as Las Vegas or Los Angeles, to make it a more TV friendly event.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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