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  1. I wasn't saying that. I think we can agree that there have been some glaring issues that go under the rug because we keep winning. As much as I realllllllyyy don't like Quint, he has been right that the AE schedule makes it hard to get better. That is why I am happy we played Yale and under tough circumstances. I think even with a healthy Fields we would have lost. Yale is playing GREAT right now. They are so under rated it isn't funny. 6 guys taken in the MLL draft speaks to that. I just wanted to get ahead of the "THIS SEASON IS OVER" talk. I agree with you on another point.... put Fields in one of those braces you see lineman where and stick him on the crease.
  2. Wow.... not to be critical of other posters but it was 1 really bad game. A game where one of the best players in the history of college lacrosse goes down with and injury in the first quarter and one in which we faced one of two face off men who is about as skilled as ours but stronger. If we have to play Denver or Yale in the first round, yes we might be done for. That is not going to happen. Maybe in the second if the committee hates us as much as I think. The thing I am most concerned about is the fact that the staff has had 4 years to figure out the ten man ride going back to the collapse against Notre Dame in the Qfinals and somehow seems to still be perplexed. I have heard to connor will be able to play in some capacity when we need him. He might be moved to an off ball position, like he was suppose to be doing against Yale, but he will be playing none the less. In future games against all teams not named DU and Yale, this is how I expect the game to go. TD wins the vast majority of face-off's, we tone down the offense a bit and use the 4 dodge (wing dodge) and use the initial dodge and pick/roll to generate a slide then sling it to the opposite high mid who now has a clear 1-1 and see what happens. The more "cautious" offense leads to less time on D which allows them to play harder for longer. If you think our D is the problem, it isn't.... Stone is one of the best UA has EVER had, if not the best. Our D gives up goals because they get worn down and aren't as tuned in due to the reliance on our offense to score a ton of goals. I would hope that the guy getting paid the big bucks gets the clearing situation figured out in a hurry. That's my POV.....
  3. SO a few remarks both past and present. 1. I am not sure why our man-up unit is so poor so far this year, we usually have a great unit which is a result of great shooters, excellent vision (esp. by Fields up top) and well schemed patterns designed by Merrick. It doesn't look like they are in a funk, but maybe they (coaches) believe they are talented enough to just freelance, which against top D1 teams with good DC's is never the case. I know a lot of coaches are NOT big on the whole "flip/fake flip" thing, however from my POV, if you run a F/FF at the top of the set, it forces the top defender to guess which guy has it, forcing a rotation without the ball traveling an inch. That is very valuable. I'm no coach but I have at least a dozen man-up looks in the ole thinker that generate multiple options, not the one hitter types. Additionally, when it is a 30 second penalty, why do 95% of teams waste 24 seconds throwing the ball around the outside, it makes no sense to me even if you do have a great 6-6 offense like the Danes. 2. I still feel like this teams greatest asset outside Fields is the fact that teams have to put a SSDM on either Patterson or McClancy. It showed up big time in the UMD game and in a prior post I did an analysis of output by those 2 based on type of defender. I think LaxFilmRoom would be proud. McClancy does not get anywhere near the credit he deserves but it will show on draft night when I guarantee he will be a top 10 selection. His stamina is ridiculous. Does anyone know what the current team does for conditioning? Is it strictly by doing high tempo drills or does Scotty still make them get on the end-line for "4-stops"? Also- which team will be the first to put a shorty on Reh and get toasted for doing so? My guess -- UVM. 3. Jared Bernhardt for UMD is scary good & if he and his coaches ever figure that out, watch out for UMD (and I hate UMD). He is so quick and fast he toasts every D guy on him, but for some reason they get away from him. I.E. game vs UA, he scored the 1st goal unassisted on a simple run from X, but they never got it back to him in that spot. 4. I give Nanticoke a pass. I recall Scotty always giving freshman the same pep talk about how Fr. year is a roller coaster and how you have to try to manage the highs and lows. UMD had a great D guy smothering him all game and it looked like he got a minor knee injury on that first dodge.... 5. Speaking of. I LOVED that set they ran multiple times in the first quarter where they brought Fields or Tehoka out top and put 5 along GLE. While you can't run it multiple times in a row, I hope they keep sprinkling it in because both of them can draw that slide easily and have their head up looking at 5 v 4. 6. Someone tell Reh I love him. He gets lost in the shuffle but I know he will be good for 3-4 games of 4 goals +, especially when UA faces lesser competition that try throwing junk defenses at them. Woooo that's all I have. Thanks for reading. Thoughts & opinions always welcomed.
  4. Maryland's D is really really good. UA's D can't solv Connor Kellys throwback passes.
  5. I really liked the opening set with fields dodging into a 1-4..... But don't do it 4 times in a row, mix things up a bit!
  6. I can't wait to see what we do against a title contender like Maryland. With all due respect to Syracuse, I think they are still a year away from a trip to MDW. Although, that win looks even better with each passing Syracuse victory. The battle I am most looking forward to is........ coaching staffs. I think the world of Liam and Merrick in terms of X's and O's, and obviously Marr does a great job of being the CEO -- motivation, etc., however, it is a fact that they got out-coached against Tillman and crew in the quarterfinals. Simple things like moving Rambo to up top to let him dodge downhill and use his unique size/quickness ratio absolutely killed us and we had no adjustment for it. Let's Go SUNY!
  7. While I tend to agree on the assessment of Patterson, one big thing to keep in mind is that Syracuse opted to put the LSM on McClancy, which allowed Patterson, an attackmen, to dodge against a short stick all game. ANY division 1 attackmen should be able to beat a shorty with their eyes closed. Since then, Patterson has been getting the LSM. The scoring directly reflects that. Patterson vs the LSM has 2 goals in 3 games and against shorties he's had 4 goals in 1 game. McClancy had 1 goal when getting the LSM vs Cuse and 5 goals in 3 games when getting a short stick defender. It also provides further evidence that playing a 4th attackmen works and we are starting to see other teams implement the same strategy (I.E. Notre Dame. McClancy is a consensus top 10 MLL draft pick. The number of D1 teams who have so much firepower that a top 10 midfielder draws a short stick match-up is one. I think one wrinkle that we may see UA implement against UMD is to decrease the number of defensive shifts McClancy takes in order to keep him as fresh as possible for the offensive end. On another note - I am interested to see if T.D. has added any significant counters to his game. Looking back on the quarterfinal loss to UMD, they threw out their #2 FOGO who went from a stand-up stance and did a rake (I'm not 100% on this). This move allowed him to scrap for the GB with the advantage of already on two feet as opposed to T.D. who had to get up off one knee. I obviously can't argue with the results thus far, but UMass showed that teams will at least make the faceoff competitive
  8. Logan Wisnauskas is a transfer from Cuse and is very good. As typical, UMD has a entire starting attack of guys that would be #1 guys at other schools. The question is, does the UA defense have it in them to play a full game and does Gleason have the adjustments needed. Last year's QFinal got out of hand because of the inability of UA to stop Rambo dodging from up top
  9. Pardon my lack of political correctness .... UMass just joined Drexel on the #MeTooMovement
  10. IMO UMass was the mid-major power in the era just prior to UA's rise. In 2002 they missed out on the FF by losing to Hopkins in OT, in 2006 they came from the 10 or 11 seed to make it all the way to the championship game losing to that all time great UVA team in a route and in 2012 were 15-1 and ranked #1 for portions of the year. The good ole Garber Gorillas. Ideally, TD will do his thing and the offense is crisp allowing UA to rest their starters in advance of the UMD showdown. Does anyone know if the team is flying to Maryland? I don't know what the athletics budget is like these days but we use to fly to 1-2 games a year and this seems like an ideal situation to do so. IMO that bus ride costs a team half a goal at least.
  11. Oh good to know. I live in Syracuse and I'm a CPA, so unfortunately until April 15th, my ability to watch the Dane's in person is limited to when they come to the Dome. I watch all their games on the stream though and I do thank the good lord every night that they switched to GoogleCast. The product is legitimately 10x better. I happen to like no commentators as well. Keeps me focused on the action and since Eaman McAnaney left to go do Sportsnite there are only a few commentators I enjoy.
  12. I happen to know that a guy I played FB with donated at LEAST that much to build the stadium - before the Casey's gave their 10 Mil gift. That doesn't shock me one bit. With all respect to the Casey's (& I mean that literally) it is too bad UA didn't build in some way to show appreciation to all those "little guys" that help fund capital projects and general operations. The Casey's deserve to have the stadium named after them, but what about a "hall of faces" that show a photo, name, and maybe even a short bio of all contributors over say $10,000 and then a plaque with a listing of everyone else who contributed something as part of the "2020" campaign that seemed to go on for 20 years. I could be wrong but if there is anything of the sort on campus or in the stadium I have surely missed it. Tell your teammate "thanks" for me for helping transform the UA campus
  13. @NYSteve661 - I was thinking the same thing, however, I know Duke schedules games with a 2 day turnaround on purpose to prepare his team physically and mentally for the final 4. Modeling after Duke isn't the worst idea I have ever heard, even if it's just a product of the circumstances. I'd imagine it would help settle the nerves of a team embarking on their first trip to Memorial Day Weekend if they can look back to a weekend in early March where they handled 2 quality teams in 3 days. Now thegame at Maryland 4 days after.... that's just plain mean. GO DANES!
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