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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 2019 Danes

    I've hashed and rehashed my thoughts on this. I totally support Coach Marr and the athletic department if they stick to the conditional release, but I say just move on and spend all of your energy on the guys who want to be UA student athletes, the recruiting trail, and in road mapping life after a great senior class and the number one or two FOGO in college lacrosse. There are still way more positives than negatives. I think life after the Thompson's proved that the program is more than any one or two players and the bus can keep on rolling. The main reason I would grant TD an unconditional release is clearly this isn't about wins and losses. The Danes have been a top 3-5 program since TD stepped on campus and a top 10ish program during the years before he came to Albany. If you read the reporting from College Crosse, the guy who was out front of this story paints a picture that can't be repaired, and IMO there really isn't any chance of a reconciliation. Is the program perfect, no, but one would be hard pressed to find three finer men to be coached by on a pretty big stage. I do think TD's dissatisfaction should be used internally by the staff to think about some things. Some are out of their control such as the resources other AE teams are putting into their programs, the broader institutional support for the program in terms of equipment, facilities, and what not. Ironically, the two teams with the most dominant FOGO's didn't play in the championship game, and DU only won one national championship with Baptiste in his freshmen year, when it was more about the Wes Berg's of the world. It isn't the end of the world for Albany, and I think the team comes back in a big way next year.
  11. 2019 Danes

    I think there is too much bad blood at this point and best for all parties to take the high road, and move on.
  12. 2019 Danes

    Now that you mention it I do recall us having a FOGO who switched to Navy. You are right about guys looking at the roster and that will influence their decision. I am sure there was many a FOGO who crossed Albany off their list knowing they would be sitting for 2-3 years.
  13. 2019 Danes

    Unless something new has come up I think it is still a conditional release.
  14. 2019 Danes

    It is a recently new phenomenon, but even before this current wave there were several dominant FOGO’s.
  15. 2019 Danes

    Well Austin and Anthony now have a lot of extra motivation to put in a lot of work this summer. I have never seen Owen Hill face off.