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Now that we know what the roster looks like thought it was time to start a new thread.

Tehoka's return will be interesting. I don't think it will be without some speed bumps, but either way having him back is a major positive on offense that went from one of the best ever to pretty thin in one year.

My guess it doesn't change much and that the attack will be Tehoka, Davis, and Jakob, but I think Merrick will  have to figure out how does he get the the best 4-5 scorers on the field at one time despite who played where in the fall. I still think Jakob is much more effective up top because he gives us another mid range shooter, and more room to dodge. Mitch was having a very good fall before he got hurt and Cavallo had some nice moments at attack as well. 

The biggest question to me is quarterbacking the offense. Davis has the shiftiness to do it, but needs to be more decisive with his dodges to get things going. Tehoka is a bull dodger who needs to feel the double better this year and feed off of that, and Jakob is more the pure finisher of the three, but he definitely can get above GLE and hit that low angle lefty shot or toe drag and get in front of the cage.

With Tehoka back, McComber and Mitch as well, probably become man up specialists, with McComber playing as one of the 4th attackmen out of the box. The primary shooting and scoring midfielders are Alex Burgmaster and Sean Eccles. This looks like the biggest unknown and question mark. Who else can be a consistent threat from the midfield? There are a number of candidates, but out of Noah Taylor, Jack Burgamster, Peter Schwab, Ashton Bradley, Chris Ryan, and Ron John we have to develop some outside shooting punch, and dodging ability so that defensives just can't sit on our attack.

If the fall is any indication Jones and Altamari will split duties at FOGO unless one of them gets a really hot hand.

The starting close defense has been locked in for a while with Dhluy, Perla, and Flip. I think we'll see more guys play down low with the shot clock as we press the action. I wasn't blown away with the goalie play in the fall ball games against Hopkins and Army. It seems like Siekierski has won the job, but seems like there should be more of a competition going on.

 

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Right-on summary .THANKS. 

 I think we will be OK at midfield. Seems to be a lot of options there offensively, but as you say the question mark there may be which one's can be effective as two-ways. From what I saw in the fall, Jones and Altamari will do fine @ face-off. Won't be in the 80% range [who besides Irelan is], but mid 60's not out of the realm; and if wings develop 70's possible. I think our D will be a real strength and they may HAVE to be; because I was not impressed with either goalie in the fall. I had Yoquinto ahead of Siekierski; but maybe because he was in against #2-3 offenses {hard to tell in the fall though.}

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6 minutes ago, dslyank said:

Right-on summary .THANKS. 

 I think we will be OK at midfield. Seems to be a lot of options there offensively, but as you say the question mark there may be which one's can be effective as two-ways. From what I saw in the fall, Jones and Altamari will do fine @ face-off. Won't be in the 80% range [who besides Irelan is], but mid 60's not out of the realm; and if wings develop 70's possible. I think our D will be a real strength and they may HAVE to be; because I was not impressed with either goalie in the fall. I had Yoquinto ahead of Siekierski; but maybe because he was in against #2-3 offenses {hard to tell in the fall though.}

Totally agree with you on the goalie situation. I saw all of the games and I didn't see anything for Siekierski to be the #1 and agree that Yoquinto probably looked better and would have liked to have seen him against the #1's.

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I think goal could be an issue.  Unless they have improved a lot since last year.  of course playing time can always help.  They looked outmatched when in there last year, especially Siekierski.

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Goalie is such a hard position to judge and evaluate, even for coaches and experts (neither of which I am.)

 A number of years back I went to an all day fall ball scrimmage @ Yale. I think it was Blaze Riorden's sophomore year and he was firmly established as UA's starting goalie. Yale and Quinnipiac were the other teams participating with UA and Q pretty much dominating Yale who had not really arrived yet. The UA back up goalie (I think it might have been Cross NOT Colassaro) absolutely put on a show. I was sitting with parents from Quinnipiac and everyone agreed he was far and away the best of the 6 or 8 goalies that played that day. Everyone agreed Riorden could lose his starting job. Obviously it never happened and the few times Cross (if it was him) played in a back-up role, he never showed much. So my point; judging goalies in fall ball or scrimmages when you do not really know if they are facing 1st, 2nd , 3rd stringers or even untried freshman and walk-ons is pretty difficult. Add in the fact that which goalie gets help or lack thereof from which defensive alignment.

So let's keep positive and HOPE, there is more to our goalie's than we seen so far.

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Commenting yesterday on Dick's grant to CityLax Albany, George Leveille mentioned that UAlbany would be hosting Siena for a scrimmage on February 9th.

 http://capitaldistrictlax.com/2018/12/10/dicks-supports-citylax-albany/

Great job by UAlbany 50th Anniversary Team member Mike Tesoriero in coordinating the Dick's grant to CityLax!!!

 

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I no longer shop at Dicks or support the company.  My dad knew Dick Stack very well BEFORE he started the company down in Binghamton. They were buddies as young men after WW II. When we were young my brothers and I spent a lot of time with dad in Dick's first permanent store.

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51 minutes ago, statefan said:

so, no Syracuse home game, huh?  who could have seen that coming?

I guess we will have to go out there and humiliate them.

Rumor has it, contract cuse @ UA all but signed, but at the last minute they said they had an unforeseen ACC issue that could not be resolved. Like you say why am I NOT surprised.

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3 hours ago, dslyank said:

I guess we will have to go out there and humiliate them.

Rumor has it, contract cuse @ UA all but signed, but at the last minute they said they had an unforeseen ACC issue that could not be resolved. Like you say why am I NOT surprised.

BS.  Don't play them until they come here

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On the other hand 2 of the other teams that played in foxboro memorial day weekend are visiting Albany in 2019 so that is awesome. 

The team from rt 9 is also just being played in the preseason. no complaints there either.

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Will be an interesting and difficult first few games on the road to start the season. The team will definitely need the extra scrimmage this year. Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates so that they can have a productive preseason. UMass will be a top 20 team when they roll into town so 4/5 first games will be against ranked opponents with all of those teams being better than they were last year.

The hope this year has to be that the team continues to build through the season, and if I had to predict we will need the AE tournament win to make the NCAA's this year.

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1 hour ago, AlbanyFan2018 said:

Will be an interesting and difficult first few games on the road to start the season. The team will definitely need the extra scrimmage this year. Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates so that they can have a productive preseason. UMass will be a top 20 team when they roll into town so 4/5 first games will be against ranked opponents with all of those teams being better than they were last year.

The hope this year has to be that the team continues to build through the season, and if I had to predict we will need the AE tournament win to make the NCAA's this year.

Have to agree that the schedule is tough and the pieces have to gel quickly (unlike what we have been seeing with mens BB) or we could see 1-4 out of the gate.  Don't think any AE teams are improved leaps and bounds over last year to challenge us but can't afford slip ups ie. UMBC in conference games.  Still think face offs and goaltending will determine overall success.  

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