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  1. 2019 Danes

    I don't want to speak for HOF 2013, but I think he is referring to the image of TD leaving and why. I haven't heard from anyone who spoke personally with TD about the why, but the prevailing impression is that there was a cultural mismatch, and the program doesn't have enough structure. As I have said before the perception is off from the reality, but if that was TD's motivation for leaving I do think there is some truth to that, but in the grand scheme of things in terms of life lessons, I think Irelan is off base, and wherever he winds up he is going to find guys screwing around. Could things be more structured. Sure. But as I have said before, and I can't get into details, but I could tell stories of structured programs where kids are smoking lots of pot, not going to classes and on and on. Originally I thought the head shots were funny, but if I were Coach Marr I would squash it. While there are perception things that if I were boss I would do away with, UA lacrosse is one of the most healthy if not most healthy atmospheres in college lacrosse. While as a parent I wish some things were a bit different, I have said it before and I will say it again, I wouldn't want my kid playing for anyone else.
  2. 2019 Danes

    Agree. I feel good about the contributions the incoming poles can make. An Under Armour All American and an All New England player and I think Sands will be a player. The best incoming group of poles Marr has recruited.
  3. 2019 Danes

    He will be part of next yesr’s Incoming freshmen class. Makes that a really good looking offensive class.
  4. 2019 Danes

    The one transfer out I knew about was just announced so if you didn’t see it, Cougar Kirby decided to transfer out and is going to McGill in Canada. Best of luck Cougar!
  5. 2019 Danes

    I was sent a private message asking about anything I have heard regarding potential transfers and I haven't. There are still a few names swirling in the air, but I haven't heard any potential schools as to where those guys might wind up. As far as our former FOGO concerns I am tired of hearing about it. It sounds as if the departure has in a weird way reinvigorated the guys who want to be part of the team to work even harder this summer and fall just to show that as someone else said there was a team before TD and there will be a team after his departure. What I have hated most about this entire ordeal is that it has made UA the school and team look like second class citizens and that only our former fogo was the person willing to work hard. Now I don't know if those are his sentiments or just what the lacrosse media has put out there.
  6. 2019 Danes

    Wow, hadn't heard that new twist. If true that would be real kick to the cajones.
  7. 2019 Danes Part II

    I imagine not a lot. Arguably the best or one of the best players ever , Lyle Thompson didn't transfer, Connor Fields didn't transfer. My impression is that UA still has a very solid reputation as far as lacrosse goes, and a lot of misinformation regarding the quality of the academics which is what I think will hold back the potential inflow of transfers. This to me is one of the biggest priorities of things to clean up. The question I have thrown out before is what is next in terms of the development of the program? My best guess is that the program will continue to mine the NY state area for Albany kind of guys, the Native American community for a player or two each year, and then a guy or two from emerging areas which we have been doing for the last several years. I am still surprised we are not seeing more out of Canada. I can't recall Albany ever being a big spot for transfers other than a guy or two from a JUCO.
  8. 2019 Danes Part II

    Nothing with as much smoke as the rumor about our eventual transfer. The one name I heard out of Hopkins was not Kyle Marr, but no alleged destination.
  9. 2019 Danes Part II

    I have swung to agree with you that the two way middie system has its advantages at times, but against top tier team with great athletes all over the field you are almost asking the impossible for a guy to play big time offense, the wing on face-off's, and then cover guys all over the field. Tiffany caught lightning in a bottle one year at Brown with a Tewaarton attackmen, two amazing LSM's, a great FOGO, and a great goalie. He is recruiting guys to UVA who wouldn't look at anything other than an ACC or Big 10 and UVA is struggling to make it work. I really think overall we will not see a drop off in goalie play. When JD was hot he was as good as it got, but in some key games like this year's NCAA run his save percentage was in the 30% range. The two rising sophomore's are both very good and will push Nate for the starting position. We have several guys who were freshmen this year who can definitely get up and down the field. I absolutely agree that our SSDM play has to improve, but to be fair I don't know how much of that was fatigue related, as well as preparation. We essentially had 4-6 guys playing both ways; Eagan, Wolfe, both Burgmasters, and McClancy. That is one area where I think Coach Marr really needs to think about. The other issue is the shot clock. It sounds as if it is a done deal, and the only questions are how long, and will the clock start upon possession or once the ball is in the offensive box. If the shot clock is a reality the value of two way LSM's goes through the roof, and the same is true with guys like McClancy, and the Burgmaster's. The pieces are still in place for an NCAA tournament team, but how they are put together will be challenging. There is going to have to be a lot of growth over the summer and the fall, especially form this year's freshmen class.
  10. 2019 Danes

    I promised myself that I would just move on but after reading this article I am more confused than ever. Ok, I promise the last time I think about it. Onward and upward! Last spring, as the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team prepared for its NCAA tournament quarterfinal game against Maryland, TD Ierlan reflected on the path that led the faceoff specialist from Victor High School to UAlbany. Only a small number of colleges, Ierlan said, made him a recruiting priority the way UAlbany did. “They’re one of the few schools that really gave me a chance,” Ierlan said. “I’m just hoping to prove them right.” Now, a little more than a year later, Ierlan has established himself as the top faceoff specialist in the country. And, now, Ierlan will use his final two seasons of college eligibility for someone other than the Great Danes. https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/06/07/marr-confirms-ierlan-is-leaving-ualbany-men-s-lacrosse
  11. 2019 Danes Part II

    Absolutely. Leadership is going to be key and will be an incredible coaching challenge to keep the Dane Train on the tracks.
  12. 2019 Danes Part II

    No idea. I really haven't seen him play much, but what I little I have he could step into a similar role as Sean. He too, has a big hockey background and a nasty shot that is hard to pick up.
  13. 2019 Danes

    I understand the hurt, but I am glad Marr made this decision. He was in a lose lose position, and would have been deemed the bad guy.
  14. Seems appropriate to start a new discussion. 1) Obviously FOGO development. We have two on the current roster with little to no college experience. I have never seen Anthony face off, but he was very good in high school and it seems as if Austin was the the #2. I am sure both got better working behind our former FOGO. Owen Hill is listed as a FOGO/middie. Jones did take the bulk of the face offs in the summer tournament last year, but Weatherby spelled him with the long pole and won more than Jones against Ohio State which was the only game where Jones struggled. I don't know if he took any face offs for Avon or not. 2) Attack rotation - Tehoka, Patterson, Diamond, Casey, Laffin, and incoming freshmen McComber - I don't know who the quarterback is. I still like Patterson playing up top because he is such a mismatch against a shorty, and if he plays down low he will always draw a long pole. How Merrick develops this rotation will be interesting, especially without a proven X attackmen. 3) Middies - S. Eccles, Alex and Jack Burgmaster, proven three with Noah Taylor, Ron John and Chris Ryan seeing minutes. Have to think guys like Schwab and Ramirez step up along with opportunities for incoming freshmen Swingruber and Palandjian . This is a big concern if we stick with the two way middie approach. We will be very small at the midfield position. LSM - lost everybody who saw time I think Spahr may have seen some time at one point, but not positive Close Defense - Dluhy, Perla, Filipowski, Gleason probably battle it out for the starting three pole spots, but based upon how the entire defensive unit played I think as a coach you reevaluate everybody, but you have to think that the first three guys have the edge. The three freshmen poles coming in will be in the mix somewhere. I would think at LSM. Goalie - Nate clearly has the edge ending the season, but I expect a tight competition in the fall with Ramos and Yoquinto as well. Going to need a lot of young guys on the current roster to really step up and work hard over the summer and fall as well and several of the freshmen stepping in right away and playing big time minutes. It is going to have to very productive fall to develop new roles, in the weight room to get stronger, and maybe more importantly who steps up as leaders in a very small rising senior class.
  15. 2019 Danes

    As I said I totally support the position you are advocating, but to me it is about the medicine game, and the larger lesson would be we are going to kick your butt on the field, our team and program is much bigger than any one person.