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AlbanyFan2018

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  1. 14 hours ago, dslyank said:

    Thanks for the update. Do you know if it is alumni vs alumni or vs current "roster?" And if you catch a time, I would go over to watch. Speaking of roster, I know you mentioned the cuts before; but I am still surprised. Not really Scotts style. Always seemed the type of coach who felt the more the merrier. Also, last years roster - "some" departing seniors + this years recruits (about 10-12) does NOT seem out of order with other schools?? If anything the # of 2022 recruits listed on inside lacrosse is low compared to most.

    ps speaking of seniors who WANT to return, I definitely was able to identify one playing in the Canada Scrimmage; but I guess that does not mean he is a lock for the roster??

    Anyhow, thanks and appreciate your continued input/insights.

    I would assume it is the alumni against the current players, but I just saw one of the earlier posts where someone reached out to Coach Marr and the reply was only the scrimmage up in Canada. But for what it is worth from what I was told there is an alumni game of some sort going on today at 4pm, but no idea where they are playing.

    One of the recent grads I ran into was a key player, and I have to believe the coaches would have love to have him back, but he chose not to play another year and start his career. This is second hand information so can't say for sure, but my understanding is that the guys who returned for another year needed more credits to graduate, and there were guys who could have returned who were ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives.

    Getting back to the cuts, I agree with you that isn't Scot's style and believe some of it was sort of necessary to get the roster back under fifty or so, and given the struggles the past few years as a way to see who was willing to really work and get rid of guys who were just happy to be around.

  2. On 9/28/2022 at 8:37 PM, cwdickens said:

    When I asked Scott, he stated the Canadian games as the only event for fall ball .... no mention of an alumni game ... I am keeping my thoughts about why no fall ball at UAlbany ....

    I believe there is an alumni game on Saturday. Don't know any details other than that some of the guys are heading down to Albany tonight. 

    As far as the roster goes, I would bet they haven't updated it because there are a lot of cuts coming, and they don't want to add players and the have to remove them. The word I heard late this summer is that the cuts were more about bloated rosters because of the covid years, and getting it back in line with historical numbers.

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  3. I ran into two players last week, and it sounds like very few of the seniors are coming back, maybe just one perhaps two at most. They also said there will be quite a few cuts so it will be interesting to see the roster when it comes out. No idea if that will be before or after fall practices start. I think I recall hearing Coach Marr on the radio show say that with the covid classes that he might have to make cuts to get the roster to a manageable number.

  4. 57 minutes ago, cwdickens said:

    If there is ever a day that Great Dane Athletes could use your support .... today is the day .... I have seen a handful games this season .... yes the women's game is different than the men's game however ..... our women athletes play a great game and deserve our support and our voices in the stands .... we need to seek our revenge against this green tide called Vermont

    Done! Will be there cheering on the Lady Danes.

  5. 17 hours ago, HOF2013 said:

    I think everyone, including the coaches are happy that season is over. As far a defense getting worse.  Don't necessarily COMPLETELY agree.  Played very well against Yale and Penn [except for 4th Q against Penn].   VT has beaten us 7 or 8 in a row.  That creates a mental issue for a team, especially playing at their home.  Just saying. 

    My main bitch is leaving Sr.  Close D LP in even though it is OBVIOUS they can not move laterally and can not slide and are slow [unnamed 'leader"].   Going forward  I think D coach needs to start working on more Man and at least CHALLENGING at close quarters rather than this 3 - 5 feet.  Many teams have been firing away from 10 -15 yards because of that.  They have tightened up on coming around the corner near the goal but what good is that when they do NOT Challenge guys with the ball in front of the net??  That partly depends on talent, which goes to recruiting but also goes to coaching - staying to far from the competing attack players [our close def is just too slow].

    By the way how do these other schools get Sr and Grad transfers and we do not?  Maybe Rhetorical but..................  VT had how many, Binghamton had how many?   Rutgers who is ranked top 3 had 8 or 9 Seniors who transferred in.  I have a good friend who is a Rutgers grad and was excited about that - I guess it worked for them too..........

    We need some big FAST - at least laterally - Long stick close D guys...................won't solve all the issues but will help.

    I think Marr does an excellent job with what he has.  COACH if you are reading this, you have enough ATTACK, seems that is always the focus.  Get some long stick two-way middies and big laterally fast and quick reacting close D........  Other teams in the league seem to get them.

    Great post. I wish I knew what the root cause was for the defensive breakdowns. If it were me, I would have said we are going to cover your six guys with our six guys and if you beat us great. From my distant vantage point it seemed like they were lost, and when you are creating offense for your opponent that is usually more about being confused than being physically beaten.

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  6. 52 minutes ago, cwdickens said:

    To clarify an earlier statement. I am not advocating a coaching change for MLAX ..... my choose of words do not represent my true feelings.... I truly appreciated all the accomplishments achieved by Scott Marr .... further all his good works for the many communities of which he is part of cannot be overstated

    I wasn't reading into your post about moving on from Coach Marr, and I agree with you. The decline since the final four appearance has been pretty fast and deep, and the seat should be getting a bit warm.

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  7. 5 hours ago, cwdickens said:

    Despite repeated assurances during the season, I saw no overall improvement in the team's performance. Thank th lacrosse gods for the Siena, Stony Brook and Syracuse wins.

    There has already been a couple of announced changes in the Big East.  After another horrible season by a UAlbany men's team, if Mark Benson decides to make a change I will not be upset.

    To answer "D's" question about whether it seniors are eligible for a COVID year.  Per Dionne Palandjian, her son intends to return for his COVID year, provided Scott Marr wants him back.  

    I would say overall the team got worse, especially the defense. I think I said if I were Vegas the over/under on wins was going to be 4 1/2 and we just got the over.  I have no idea if Scott's seat is getting warm, and I think he has earned some time to work through this, but if I were Benson I would demand some changes and I think it begins with bringing in an experienced assistant with no ties to the program. It is long past time to go outside the program.

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  8. 8 hours ago, dslyank said:

    OT. Speaking of seniors; anyone know where Covid extra year eligibility stand??? Is this the last year where players can op for a extra year; or have we already reached the end of Covid extra years???

    If I am remembering correctly, I read an article a while ago saying Yunker would be the volunteer coach after this season. I think there are at least two more seasons of Covid repeat that still needs to work its way through the system before things return to normal.

  9. 44 minutes ago, jimbo said:

    Looks like the Dane Train faithful have sat this one out. Others have said it, but it’s becoming glaringly obvious....the team needs a defensive minded coach on staff. Next, they play Vermont. Vermont’s head coach spent 7 years as the DC for UNC. Some of the goals Penn scored looked so easy that one wonders if there’s a plan at all to defend against the quick strike off of unsettled/transition situations.

     

    I was just able to watch the replay on ESPN. I heard Mike on the broadcast say we played no zone, and maybe it was because we didn't want to show it again to UVM. I am not sure if I agree with that at this point in the season. As you said the defense is a mystery, and seeing the same mistakes over and over by the same group of guys just doesn't make sense. None of us know what they are being asked to do, but he either has the wrong combination of guys out there or he has confused the living daylights out of them. Either way that is a coaching problem.

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  10. On 4/16/2022 at 5:33 PM, dslyank said:

    Left @ the ½. The only positive I can say besides this Team SUCKS (and if you think that is Not a positive statement, I can’t say/write what I’m really thinking); so for the positive UA did win the face-off battle against one of the best f/o guys in the country (for all the good it did them. )

    Thats all I have to say. The End.     {of the season more than likely??}

    I should have left at the half!

  11. I had to pull over the car during Roger's interview with Coach Marr. You could absolutely hear the frustration in Scott's voice.  I disagree with some of the comments about this being a poorly constructed team. Clearly there isn't an offensive horse on this team the coaching staff can ride as we have had in the past. There are some good athletes on the team, but not the high end guys like an Osika or McClancy, but we do have some solid guys in the midfield who can get up and down the field, and while we don't have the Lyle or Connor at attack there is a skilled group of guys.

    For the life of me I don't understand with a talented offensive mind, and Canadian in Thomson as the OC we are not running a more Canadian style offense based upon cutting, two man games, and quick passing. We don't have anyone who can break down a defense so why do we continue to see guys trying to do that? I am not going to single out players, having had one that was sometimes ripped on the forum, but we have guys repeatedly dodging into tackling dummies, trying to beat guys from X and it just ain't happening. If a defensive trio can't play a lick of non zone defense then we have the three wrong guys out there or they are being asked to do the wrong things. I think it is a combination of the two. The lack of off ball awareness is mind blowing. There has to be a combination of three guys, or maybe it is tweaking one or two that allows them to play better as a group. in past years it was a small middle getting beat which caused the defense to have to over rotate, but this year that is not really the case, and we just can not play defense.

    We have a one game season on Friday, and then the Yale and Penn games assuming we win, which we absolutely should, are basically scrimmages the last two games to figure out what the heck is going on, and restart for the AE playoffs. If I see the same garbage, and same guys playing defense and offensive guys dodging into walls then I will have to officially give up on the Danes until we have some major shake ups in the coaching staff/philosophy.

     

  12. 19 hours ago, cwdickens said:

    Watched today's ESPNU Sunday's game with Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes..... two top ten teams ..... watched Rutgers put a beat down on Ohio State 18-7 ..... the ESPN announcers repeatedly referenced the numbers of transfers that make up the Rutgers team ....  Fifteen members are transfers, ranging from undergraduate transfers to graduate transfer ..... from DI to DIII schools ..... one thing in common .... proven success on the college lacrosse field .... Is this something we need to do more of? .....my previous posting above references Rutgers .... I saw the difference transfers can make..... further, the ESPN announcer referenced the Rutgers coaching staff demonstrated the ability to blend transfers into their existing team....

    We do have several JUCO/transfers making an impact on the roster now. I suspect if Covid had hit during our Thompson/Fields run we would have had a number of top transfers come to Albany. I couldn't even guess why Rutgers has become a top landing spot for so many players, other than playing in the Big 10. OCC will probably be our top pipeline for JUCO transfers, and I never heard if the coaching staff actively scours the top JUCO programs, and not sure what the hit rate is of guys moving from JUCO to Div I.

  13. 4 minutes ago, HOF2013 said:

    The group of folks who always sits together where my seats are all said that this was an amazing turnaround.  Looked like a different team than the one that played the first 6 games.   They were NOT out-hustled, finally started to actually TAKE SHOTS, were AGGRESSIVE.   Coaches FINALLY kept the better FOGO in the game.  Hate to say it but Karnes seems to do a better job from the up position than Endres.  Just facts.   If they can continue to play with this passion the league title may not look out of reach.   Maybe being over-optimistic but...................................

    Well said. We have all been waiting to see that sort of fire from the team and the coaches. I talked with a few of them at the tailgate and you saw a definite positive feeling. A win will do that, but I got the sense as you said that whatever personnel adjustments that were made as well as how we are playing offense and defense have given them more confidence. 

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  14. 15 hours ago, cwdickens said:

    With a great first period .... Albany successfully held back a strong comeback attempt, in the late stages of the third period and fourth period by Stony Brook to win I2 - IO ...... for 3 periods our goal tending was much improved .... offense showed some life .....hopefully this effort carries over to UMass-Lowell

    Definitely more of a Dane Train sort of effort. We don't have the offensive firepower, but if they play that hard the rest of the way they can still grab a tournament spot by winning the AE tournament. Can Bingo be the team to beat?

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  15. On 3/19/2022 at 6:14 PM, dslyank said:

    Was the fund raising letter directed to alumni? Never did get a lacrosse appeal this year like previous years? Only usual GDAC & UA Foundation stuff??

    Also, like I always say I’m no lax expert of any kind, but just don’t get how Scott sees anything positive about UA’s defense????

     

  16. 22 minutes ago, Dane96 said:

    Has Marr lost his fire- legit question.  He has done so much to the game, at great personal sacrifice.  There was talk about him leaving (I forget when, but he publicly alluded to it) to do other things.    

    Hard to say if Scott has lost the fire or not. As I have said many times I believe he has the job as long as he wants it. From my vantage point during the recruiting process and while we were part of the team, Coach Marr is a big time delegator and relies upon his assistants more than a lot of coaches as well as strong senior leadership. I think Scott needs to reevaluate his commitment level, and surround himself with a staff that complements his strengths and weaknesses. 

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  17. 9 minutes ago, cwdickens said:

    Went to the game.... was hoping for a lot better .... what has happen to our ability to recruit quality athletes for lacrosse ..... defense for what is worth non existent ..... an offense that spends it time passing the ball around too far out to make any meaningful plays ....our goalies ....the days of Blaze sadly gone ....bell weather game .... I disagree with AlbanyFan his assertion "we have bad for several years"...we have hit hard times 3 of the last 4 years ....... I do not know all the problems with lacrosse; however as a season ticket holder for Football and MBB, the effort from the lacrosse team smells as bad as the effort for Football team and Men's Basketball team 

    You lost me on one part of your post. I have said that I thought at the tail end of our time with the program that at least from my perspective I saw this coming, and it started when TD left the program.

    I agree with everything you said, and in the recent fund raising letter, Marr was praising the defense which again was lackluster at best.

  18. 18 minutes ago, nysteve661 said:

    Eighteen goals to Bing at home, mindboggling.  I can understand not hanging with Cornell and Maryland ( Cuse, Yale, Penn still to come) some years cause we don't have the horses every year(ie. 2018) but when we are getting asses kicked by Bing and probably SBU, Lowell, UMBC, and UVM are going to beat us then changes will be necessary.  Thought today was the day the team would turn the corner.  A couple of more shovel fulls of dirt were dug for the coach and staff after that mess.  The team morale has to be in the sewer too.

    I was hoping that the Maryland loss would fire everybody up, but wow I can't believe how rock bottom things are now. I have been sounding the alarm bell for awhile now, and hoped I would be wrong, but this is just sad and extremely disappointing. The program has been lost for several years IMO, and the chickens have unfortunately come home to roost.

    Time for a complete overhaul.

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