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AlbanyFan2018

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  1. 21 minutes ago, nysteve661 said:

    Comparison, feel free to agree or disagree.  After several seasons of NCAA appearances, the past few seasons have had suspect recruiting, mediocre play, poor in-game adjustments, and a staff of former players.  Yes, I am talking about Marr and the Lax team BUT you can say the EXACT same thing a year ago about Brown and the bball team.  And look what decision was made by Benson even with 20 years of service by Brown.  Marr has 22 years so could Benson be thinking the same if this season( or two) is poor??  

        I could be off my rocker or 3 months from now, it happens.   Just seems eerily similar.  

    I am probably going to share a very unpopular hot take as well and say I agree with you. Scott probably has earned employment for life, but the loyalty to former players in terms of coaches has to end, and you need a staff that pushes you as a coach and the program forward. I will give them the benefit of the doubt of 2-3 games to see the improvement, but this is the same story since after the final four.

    I just don't know how a staff decided five days before the first game of the season to ditch the offensive philosophy? What is gong on in fall ball and the time between getting the guys back on campus until now? How does the team not come back in shape? I just haven't seen the sort of player development you see at other top tier programs. The conditions looked pretty miserable, but that was a pretty pathetic showing. Cornell hadn't played a game in about two years and doubled us up.

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  2. 24 minutes ago, HOF2013 said:

    Just terrible fundamentals, Long stick not moving their feet.  Pee-wee lacrosse-type passes.   Man up for a MINUTE and NO shot into the net.  LS's cannot seem to get the ball across midfield when we get it.  THAT is coaching.........period!  Come on coaches - gotta get on some asses and get them moving.  Just looking bad...................

    Down by 2 for almost an entire period and had 10 turnovers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Really was a bad showing. It will be interesting to see the final stats, but to lose a game by eight, and could have been worse where we had the better FOGO on the day. The team wasn't ready to play. When I heard that they were run hard on Monday to get ready for this weeks game and then that they changed from two way middies to not this week just shows me that the program at the moment is in trouble. We'll see what the improvement looks like from game one to game three, but that was really disappointing.

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  3. 12 minutes ago, nysteve661 said:

    I shut it off already, down 5 zip in 1st quarter.  May be a long season.  

    Kind of what I was saying pre game and what I expected. For the last 2-3 years feels like they are just throwing spaghetti on the wall and hoping to see something stick. I don't understand the player development and personnel decisions after the final four run.

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  4. 3 hours ago, dslyank said:

    The above article and one in the Schenectady Gazette talk about a 6 attack Attack. The end of an era; the end of the two way middies?? UA & Marr pioneers of the two way middies and IMHO that brought UA into the forefront of D1 LAX. Sorry to see it go; but with invention of the shot clock and mass substitutions every time a team crosses midfield either way, appears to be the rule of the day. These mass substitutions and waiting for all the attacks in place before "attacks" begin is counter to increasing the "pace" of the game IMHO. But I guess a team has to adapt.

    I read that and what bothered me was not the change, but the fact that it took them until a week before the first game to realize we don't have there personnel to run a two way middle system. Almost no one does it in D1 lacrosse, because there are very few players who are truly elite at both, and even if you are it is hard to be at your best playing both ways in a game like lacrosse.

    Guys like McClancy and Osika were rare breeds, and I applaud Scotty for making the change, but this should have been figured out in the fall not during the week of the first game. This leads me to other concerns I have had for several years, but that is for another time.

    Go Danes!

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  5. 1 hour ago, dslyank said:

     

    A little surprised by this? Did not hear the interview; but never heard Scott be anything but positive, even when their was little or nothing to be positive about?

    At the zoom, he was talking about a split of our OOC games would put UA in a good spot for an at-large. Also, said VT most important game on UA schedule; not worried about perhaps the most difficult OOC schedule in the country. Sounded like a very confident coach. 

    Brown scrimmage must have been really BAD, to get Scott so pessimistic on 104.5. Anyone else hear the interview? Anyone know was it archived & how to access?
     

    He definitely lowered the bar and talked about a lot of very young players at attack and moving Hogg back to being just a one way offensive player versus playing two way middie. Sounded to me like he is banking on going very young on offense, and hoping to round into form by the time the AE schedule rolls around. I didn't see either scrimmage but based upon the report I got from the Brown scrimmage the offense was not very good and struggled after the first quarter FWIW.

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  6. Sounded like Coach Marr is lowering the expectation bar. Once again when asked about the offense and no mention of Yunker. No idea if he is hurt or just buried on the depth chart.

    He talked about the team not being in great shape and they were run hard at practice today, on a Monday of game week??  One of the things that changed 4-5 years ago, I don't remember, but the team went away from a run test.  I heard various reasons and why, but that was not a positive interview, and sounds like it could be a tough year.

  7. 2 hours ago, dslyank said:

    AS predicted vt out of top 20 and a slot behind UA in also getting votes. And it looks like another tuff year for lcc? Gleason in TU, said last year 0-8 misleading after most loses by 1 or 2 goals. After being doubled up (7-14) by LIU (new to D1 lax); I wonder if Gleason and the rest of the UA alumni coaching staff are having second guesses about their crosstown move.

    I know it is early too make posts like this and the one above; but I'm just anxious for UA to get going for real and to have something to really blog about.

    Anyone, know or hear anything else about the scrimmage @ Brown??

    No reports from Brown beyond what I was told by a Brown parent, that Albany came out fast and then the offense sputtered the rest of the way. Similar to the defense. He didn't know our roster to know who was playing when and how much so that color isn't very useful.

  8. Thanks for all the updates. I don't know the status of Ramos, but I would have bet the ranch he would be the starter. He is still on the roster, but who knows if he is one of the guys who is injured. Curious to hear Yunker not mentioned.

    I got a quick report from Brown today from a friend who was there. Sounded like Danes got off to a fast start and then the offense went into hibernation the rest of the day. No idea who played and how much such take that with a grain of salt.

    Colgate lost a heartbreaker to a decent High Point team so that is a decent point of reference. 

  9. 4 hours ago, dslyank said:

    Any update on Saturday 2/5 scrimmage @ Colgate listed as 4:30. Does Colgate have an indoor practice/game facility?? Weather is NOT encouraging Friday/Saturday.

    I would consider going to the scrimmage, if I knew it was definitely ON and weather permitting. Could use some information, if anyone knows?

    I believe and I will try to confirm, but the game against Colgate is in Albany at the Affirm indoor facility out by the airport. I was told a 4pm start against Colgate and there is supposed to be a 2nd scrimmage the following week, and I will try to track down someone who knows the details.

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  10. 34 minutes ago, dslyank said:

    Actually overall I thought UA played pretty well. Offense will be as good or better than ever {final four year excluded.} Defense as usual will be the BIG question mark????????Ramos looked good after his slow start; even spectacular @ times. Two or three others used, all made some tough saves and tough to tell if goals allowed were their faults or not. But other than Ramos, all the goalies seemed to have issue with their clearing passing. 

    BU was a monster of a team and when I commented they had to out weigh us 20 lbs per man, a father I was sitting next to said maybe 30. This initially caused some issues with UA's clearing game; but when UA stoped trying to run threw & over them, UA was much more successful. UA was definitely superior to BU, passing, making plays and finishing. BU scoring was a lot of one on one and brute force.

    Like last weeks alumnae game, UA seemed to be making a conscious effort to NOT slide defensively. I am sure this caused some goals in both games; I am NO expert but I think working on sliding less or at least when to and when not too will benefit UA's defense in the long run.

    Regan looked very good at the X; except he appeared to be favoring a leg a couple of time running off the field [looked like cramping maybe]; but one point he had to helped off with looked like a knee injury {but he did return later.} #27 & 36 both took a lot of FO's with mixed results. 27 appears very quick but is small and gets beat up physically and had numerous face-off faults (maybe he is too quick for the officials?) As mentioned in my other posts he had back to back 30 second penalties in the second game.

    The starting attack and second attack if you will were assume. The midfield seems deep with a lot of weapons; some issues with clearing; but once on offense they can score and pass. #22 Jacob Moran was very impressive, as were a number of other of the new middies. Did not see Peter Salit at all who often stated last year. The real question can any of the middies play defense and help the in-close guys who appear in need of a lot of HELP.

    #41 Winky-Wade a 6'5" attack might be fun to watch. Don't think he played much early; but in the second game they were feeding him high [almost like Ali-ops in BB]; he fanned on a couple but also nailed a couple in.g

    Great to hear that Ramos played well, and hope he gets the opportunity to play a full season. Disappointing to hear about the defense.  That will have to improve with the AE improving.

  11. 2 hours ago, dslyank said:

    Games were played @ turf fields outdoor @ Afrims. Game 1 UA vs BU.  Side by side was Vermont vs Marist. In game 1 UA fell behind immediately 0-5; but got going and qtr scores were 3-5, 4-3, 6-3, 3-5; for a 16-16 tie. I actually had the score 18-17 UA. In game 2 UA again immediately fell behind by 4 and lost by that exact amount to Marist—2-5, 5-3, 3-5, 1-2 =11-15.  UA did use a lot of 2nd & 3rd string in game 2. Also, gave up 3 straight goals in the 3rd period because of 2 straight 30sec face off penalties.

    On the other field Vermont beat Marist 18-7 I think. And then BU beat Vermont by 3 or 4 I think. 

    Will write some comments & highlights tomorrow and hopefully others @ the game will also!

    Thanks, I had to fly down to Atlanta at the last minute so couldn't make it. You can never tell too much from these fall games since teams are trying to look at different things, and there were always surprises in the depth chart when they start back up in the new year.

  12. On 10/16/2021 at 9:58 AM, dslyank said:

    I went to the alumni scrimmage last night. Not much gained to report. Played in a downpour mostly and players wore different numbers than the roster indicated and some #s used for multiple players. First observation #6 Regan Enders won every face-off he took--obviously he is definitely an upgrade over previous Danes at the X. #36 also took some face-offs but with mixed results. Will Ramos was introduced with the graduated seniors from the covid years in the pre-game ceremony . Scott gave a nice speech & introductions; but could't the university provided him a mike?? Only younger goalies used; Ramos did not play at all, plus being introduced with the graduated seniors--not sure what that means for this year??

    NO DEFENSE was played what-so-ever which is pretty typical in a game like this.[at least no-one was needlessly sliding.]  Passing was perhaps the worse I've ever seen--which is/was expected from the alumni; but even this early, is a little unsettling from the regulars. Offensively, #23 or maybe 24 nailed a couple really long range shots and #0 Pessemeti (I think) had some nice goals. Hogg & Tucker each had at least one. Did not see Yunker at all; not even sure he suited; but with number switching hard to tell.

    Scott did mention next weekends Fall Ball tournament. Boton U, Marist & Vermont I think; but did NOT offer any info on TIMES & PLACE??

    Anyone else there last night want to ADD/DISAGREE/WHATEVER greatly appreciated!

     

     

     

    The games are scheduled at 12:30pm and 3pm at the indoor facility out by the airport. I don't know the order of who we play, but that is the latest I heard from one of the current parents.

  13. On 10/13/2021 at 12:14 PM, dslyank said:

    2018. As always, thanks for your insights and assessments. Have you heard any more about the alumni scrimmage? Is it still this Friday, and time/place??

    Nothing new to report from the original info I received that it is Friday 8:00pm at Fallon. I haven't seen anything on social media or on the UAlbany web site promoting the game.

  14. 22 hours ago, dslyank said:

     

    2022 Roster NOW up. Looks like stocking up on middies?  Reading Bios, no one stood out as a "future star" {maybe Winky-Wade?}.  Interested in your comments, seems you have/know more incites on recruits? Interesting, brought in another grad transfer goalie? Seems we could use HELP on defense; but I did not notice much there?? Hope I'm wrong.

    Good to finally see the roster up. I haven't seen as much club lacrosse, but know some of the guys from high school. I think it is a solid group, and I personally like the big class of middies. IMO post Osika, McClancy the midfielders as a group have been the weaker link. You have to have studs in the middle of the field to not only provide a scoring punch, but to allow the poles to play defense. One of the things that has confounded me for years has been the slide package. Going back to when Perla played the middle and the last two years or so with Kunz, the pole in the middle was sliding like crazy and IMO creating offense more times than not for the opposing team. 

    I thought the poles as a group were actually solid, but the breakdowns happened at middle, usually with smaller guys who just couldn't match up against the elite teams we would face in the NCAA's. It was rare to see a pole actually get beat, of course it did happen, but to me it was what the poles were being asked to do, and middies getting beat on alley dodges which then forced the poles to slide.

    I don't know anything about the transfer goalie, but I always have liked Ramos and thought he got a bum deal when he was thrown in during big games and under the circumstances did well. I hope he earns the starting job, and gets to play a full season.

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  15. 17 hours ago, cwdickens said:

    You are ranting to the wrong people, many threads within the BigPurpleFans forum about the dysfunctional UAlbany Sports Administration .... Focus for lacrosse on Social Media, has been on Trey, Blaze and Miles.... In part to our relationship with the PLL.... In addition lots of interest about one Great Dane in the NFL on the forum... Hope you are feeling better... If not why not email Scott Marr directly...actually one of the few who will respond

    When you are the parent of a kid in the program while they are playing there really isn't room to say anything even if it is well intentioned. You would be surprised even at this level how many parents in one way or another politic, but I don't think it ever swayed any of the coaches.

    After we were done I did share some comments. Scott is always very pleasant, and genuinely a good person, but as a mid major sort of program Albany has to work harder and do it better.

     

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  16. A quick rant now that I can.

    For Pete's sake update the roster. I know it is a little thing, but speaks volumes about the program and selling the program. I looked at a ton of rosters and of the top 30-40 teams Albany is the only program with no updates.

    STOP living in the past. Just about every bit of social media is about former players. Great to honor them because it was a great run to be part of, but time to move forward an focus on making the current roster better rather than dwelling on the past.

     

    Rant off

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  17. No longer have any skin in the game, but this was passed on to me.

    Looks like two opportunities to see the team in Albany this fall.

     

    October 15th is the alumni game, and I understand there will be some sort of ceremony for the graduating classes which were disrupted because of the virus. I think I may make it to that for sure to see some of the guys. Then on the 23rd will be the fall ball scrimmages. I was told the indoor field out by the airport, but that seems odd, but maybe the other facilities are booked.

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