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  1. It is fracking cold here so going to cut them a little bit of slack with the ball handling. Wind chill has to be close to be in the teens. That first goal was on Ron John and not Burgmaster.
  2. Partly, I think it is just how crazy this year is. The top 4-5 teams seem to be separating themselves from the pack. I do think the AE is as down as I can ever remember. Even when the overall conference was weak, UA, UMBC, or Stony Brook had strong squads. That's one of the reasons, while I liked what I saw on Saturday, I don't think we should officially say all is right now. The defense is still giving up too many goals, face off consistency is still a huge issue, and while overall turnovers seem to be improving, too many just silly ones at bad times.
  3. Yes, blow them out, but keep improving. Our man down defense is allowing opponents to score 55% of the time. That has to get better. No idea why that isn't getting addressed. It is so obvious what the problems are. If what I saw on the replay, of fewer two way middies, I like it a lot. Ground ball play has to improve and coordination on the face offs. Too many times the wings are on the wrong side of the ball either allowing an easy exit or a fast break.
  4. I just watched the replay and one thing I noticed, but didn't hear the announcers talk about and it looks like a pretty big change. To me it looks like the coaches are not running many two way middies anymore. The Burgmaster's still took some shifts both ways, but Ashton Bradley and Goldsmith were the two primary defensive middies. Ron John and Noah Taylor unless I missed it didn't take any deliberate defensive shifts as they would in the past. This probably has something to do with Tehoka playing a pure middie role now, but I like what I saw. It keeps our smaller, d middies fresher and I didn't see our d middies getting blow away. Still need to change up the man down. I want to go back and look at the numbers, but I bet we are allowing close to 50% on man down opportunities. Watch how #4 doesn't close out on the last man down in the 4th quarter. SMH
  5. Kunz has been playing a lot and was splitting time with time in the 4 man close rotation, mostly with Filipowski. But with Filipowski now playing a lot of LSM as well, Kunz is staying on the field more.
  6. Only newbie on defense was Kozar getting a few minutes in the 2nd and 4th quarter when he got pulled after giving up a gimmie goal in close. Long poles on the wing other than Fillipowski had a rough day, and on face offs for some reason were both on our offensive side of the field a few times which game them fast breaks.
  7. Dhluy started and played quite a bit. I think he may have a bit of a lingering injury, and when things were rolling they used it as an opportunity to rest him. I think Kozar went in for him, but got pulled when they made a bit of a late run and Erik went back in.
  8. We needed this win, but think overall it was a bit of fool’s gold. UML is a terrible team, and I agree at times the offense looked potent, especially on that big run, but can’t stress enough how bad they were. Should have won that game 20-5 and emptied the bench. That being said ball movement was good but as HOF said it did get sloppy and we played a shorter bench. Man down defense and wing play was still suspect. Definitely good enough to win most AE games this season, but not much of a margin of error.
  9. More news about Siena in the local press this week than the Danes! Oh my, time to right the ship.
  10. The season starts on Saturday for sure. Not going to be an at large bid this year so the only way in the NCAA's is going to be winning the AE tournament. As weak as the AE is looking whoever gets the AQ is probably going to be in the play in game. It is a crazy enough season that any team in the tournament could win the whole thing, but the deterioration in our face off game is really troubling. This is probably the biggest week of practice of the year.
  11. Altamari definitely struggled in the Drexel game and you could say the same about Jones in the last two. Have to assume there is more to the story if they are not even throwing Altamari out there to at least see if a different FOGO can mix things up when the primary guy is having a tough day. Going to be a big week of practice on a lot of fronts. How do you deal with sitting your "best" player? Worst start in a long, long time, and still very unsettled offensive line ups. Laffin should almost be the 4th guy out of the box. He has amazing hands and is one of the best shooter, but just isn't a threat as a traditional attackmen. He has a nice offensive punch, and similar to Eccles, Thomson has to find creative ways to give him hands free opportunities. Kid is just too good of a shooter to be on the bench when we are searching for answers on offense, but I don't think it as a traditional attackmen. At this point Marr has to sh*t or get off the pot with Tehoka. This he's in, he's out isn't going to work. If yesterday was Marr making a statement about poor team behavior then so be it, and just go with the guys you are going to go with and let the chips fall where they fall.
  12. I was able to watch the game on demand, and I have to say the announcers really gelled this week and some great analysis. Mike talked repeatedly about the unnecessary slides. Yes the defense in spurts played really well in forcing 5-6 shot clock violations, but once again 75% of the opponents goals are coming from offense we either directly facilitate or indirectly through an ill advised slide that leads directly to a goal or the eventual breakdown in the team defense when someone else can't recover. Is the coaching or stupid, horrible lacrosse IQ? It really is ridiculous. I wish someone would press Marr and Maloney on this, because it is killing us. Are there other guys on the bench who are better team defensive players, because at the end of the day it is about how the defensive unit plays as a unit and this group isn't getting it done or they are being asked to do something that can't be done?? Offensively the ball movement is very crisp and this is a huge week in practice to figure out which group of players work well together. With or without Tehoka there is no obvious X guy or quarterback. Patterson has the ability to it, and maybe he has to assume that role. Diamond is shifty, but seems to be better as more of an off ball, finisher than initiator. It looks like Marr and Thomson have pulled back from Yunker despite the early praise (unless he is injured). The thing I have noticed is that we are just not a great shooting team. In both the UMass game and yesterday we did have a fair amount of good looks, but just are not putting it past the goalie. I imagine that part of it is we know we don't have a big margin for error and guys are trying to make perfect shots. Is Altamri hurt? in the doghouse? After two sub par performances by Jones something is up.
  13. I tend to agree. While a win would be huge, as bad as last week was on multiple fronts the team has to play good, hard lacrosse for sixty minutes, and get it together before league play starts next week. I think we all knew this year the way to the NCAA's would be winning the AE tourney.
  14. Honestly haven't even heard any rumors about anything. This is pure speculation, but it feels like the real story is the internal friction between coaches, compliance, and the AD.
  15. If you are talking about me I haven't heard anything other than what Coach Marr said and the stories in the paper. We knew something was up pre game at Cornell, but I just thought Tehoka was hurt.
  16. I've been following UAlbany lacrosse closely for five years now, and I never dreamt I would say that Coach Marr is panicking and seems lost. The way he handled the off season, the pre season, and the first four games to include the Tehoka drama really bums be out. We've been spoiled by a great run, and while the 1-3 start stinks it is more about how we got there. No inside information, but prior to Coach Gleason leaving he had been on several head coaching short lists for a couple of years so Marr had to know it was a matter of time. To lose a seven year defensive coordinator and associate head coach as well as Derrick Eccles and replace them with two very young guys seems to not be the smoothest of transitions. I was more perplexed about replacing someone like Gleason with a young, former player with no Division I coaching experience and no real experience coaching defense. I can't imagine another Final Four team making such a hire. I respect Coach Marr's loyalty, and bringing back former players, but you have to find the best guy for the job. The Fall wasn't great and that started with the departure of Tehoka. It wasn't so much that he wasn't here, but IMO and it showed this week, is that Marr has made the team all about Tehoka. i don't blame Tehoka. That is squarely on Marr, and it appears he lost his mind this last week, and ironically Albany has its best offensive output with Tehoka in the line up. I think at the end of the year we'll see that Cornell has a pretty mediocre defense, but it was still an up and down game with a lot of movement. The line up, except defense is a revolving door. Case in point. Cavallo has two very nice man up goals against Cornell and I think he got in on one last night, but the man up unit goes 0-5. Yunker doing a solid job, not great, but as a freshmen doing well and he is pulled and McComber is out there basically starting. It makes no sense. The defense. Marr continues to say the defense is playing well. I am not sure what he is watching, I think he conflates good goalie play with defense. The defensive rotation was changed quite a bit and they are clearly leaning on four guys; Perla, Flip, Kunz, and Dhluy. It appears that Hay who was seeing some LSM minutes was benched except for man down, and both Barrow and Gleason's time at LSM was cut down with Flip playing a lot of LSM last night. That is a pretty big change on one day of practice. Not that the defense has been very good and some changes are warranted, but I don't know. I continue to see the same horrible team defense for the most part. I don't think I can count on my fingers and toes how many times I saw defensive guys, middies included, who just left there man to go help when no help was needed, only to have UMass pass it to the open guy for an open shot. It was ground hog day all over again. I thought the play by play guys were just OK last night on the stream, but agree 100% about what they were saying on face offs. I saw Altamari dressed, but can't say with 100% certainty he was good to go, but how do you not at least throw him out there for a few face off's to see if he can win a few? Sometimes it us just a style issue, or giving the opposing FOGO a different look to break his rhythm. If Altamari was healthy I would be saying WTF???? Just really, really disappointed. As long as experienced players can continue to make the same mistakes over and over again with no apparent corrections then it will be a long season. I am not sure what other options there are at certain positions. It isn't time by a long stretch to throw in the towel, but the coaches need to take a hard look at what they are doing, really evaluate their performance, who they are putting out there, and the players need to stay committed to one another. I have no reason to believe that isn't the case, but when you are used to winning, and winning covered up some warts, it is easy for things to fall apart.
  17. I think Marr completely mismanaged the Tehoka situation and is making Tehoka bigger than the team. This is on the coaches. I just saw Marr's post game comments where he said the defense kept them in the game. Nate kept them in the game. I would agree that the offense is struggling but how could it not with the constant shuffle of players on the 6 v 6 and man up? While some of the individual components on defense are doing well the team defense continues to be sub par, but Marr either doesn't focus on it or has his head in the sand.
  18. That's the double edge sword of playing a few guys both ways the whole game. They just get worn out, and the team doesn't do the sort of conditioning to have certain guys play those kind of minutes. The team defense is just flat out bad, and from what I hear no changes on the horizon.
  19. Just unacceptable. This team wasn't ready for the Syracuse game and definitely wasn't ready today. Maybe we are not making more about the departure of Coach Gleason as a steady hand, but what I am seeing is a coaching staff grasping for straws game by game and quarter by quarter. Older guys making the same mistake over and over. Today was a big step back. The AE looks pretty mediocre top to bottom so all is not lost, but we need to see some improvement ASAP.
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