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Everything posted by AlbanyFan2018

  1. Wing play and overall GB's other than a couple of the attackmen is an area of improvement.
  2. Only negative which has been talked about is our wing play - if TD doesn't win it wings not getting GB's.
  3. Jacob Patterson with a Lyle Thompson shuttle shot 6-0 - nice hard dodge from X
  4. Cornell goalie having a great game. Patterson with a rebound off of a Fields shot. 5-0
  5. 4-0 end of first quarter doesn't even come close to describing how dominant the Danes were in the first quarter. I bet Albany had the ball for at lest 12 minutes. The score should be 7-8 to nothing right now.
  6. Wow, finally. Put Cornell away. 2-0 Danes. Cornell no shots and really no possession in the first six minutes.
  7. Agree. Thinking back to the Syracuse game I don't know if Fields's was shut down or if he was supposed to be more of a distributor as he was in the scrimmages. It hurt to watch that one again, but he didn't seem to be nearly as aggressive as he has been the last two games, but the competition wasn't the same. If he keeps on the attack Eccles, Burgmaster, Osika, and Drake are going to get a ton of good looks from 10-12 yards. Need to make teams pay when they go for the early double.
  8. I don't know what has happened to UMass lacrosse since Will Many graduated but it is too bad. While the shots didn't go in during the first quarter I really liked the way we were attacking from different spots on the field. It was only a matter of time before the shots started to fall which happened in the second quarter. TD was strong but if he didn't win the ball relatively cleanly in most instances our wing guys were not in position to make a play on the ball. It may be that the coaching staff is confident enough in TD's abilities that the wing's aren't as aggressive in the scrum, but there was at least one instance where the ball came the wrong way and we gave up an easy fast break. Zellen made one really nice play where he boxed out the opposing wing to allow TD to clean up a ground ball. The third quarter was a mess. On this team I always felt that Drake would be the 1A or second option, and great to see him have a big day. When I see some of our middies always shoot underhand and not putting the ball on the cage I can hear all of my old lacrosse coaches cringing. My only other nitpick today is I would like to see our middies dodge with more authority. Close defenders had a strong day, but not sure if UMass was the strongest of tests. And Connor Fields is having a special year.
  9. Most of those turnovers were over and backs. The camera angle wasn't good enough to really see what was going on with those passes.
  10. I am going to stick to my theme of looking for areas of improvement from game game early in the season. Today and Saturday are two big trap games against winless opponents. Offensively still looking for production from Reh, Patterson, et al, as primary initiators rather than finishing off assists from Fields. We are going to need the guy who can get it done against the 2nd or 3rd pole against the Maryland's of the world and to secure the automatic qualifier. Man Up offense percentage. I believe we are under 30%. Transition goals either off of clean face off wins or through our two way middie play. Kyle McClancy had a huge freshmen year, didn't shoot much last year, and has a nice coast to coast goal in each game. Would love to see that continue and someone else step up as we have seen in past years. Flex our muscles at the dot with TD and Zach, and continue to work better as a Face-Off unit. JD just keep on doing what you are doing! Hard to say too much about the defense since so much of it is scheme dependent and it is less clear to me what the scheme is as opposed to the offense. It looks like the 3rd close spot is still up for grabs between Kluck and Perla. At least to my semi untrained eye it looks like we are sliding very early, too early in a lot of instances and JD has been making the stops. I guess the reason I am being so nitpicking is that this is probably the most complete team Albany has had in conjunction with the NCAA field being as wide open as ever. Every team seems to have a flaw and if the Danes continue to improve which they did from game one to game two, it could be a special season. Beat UMass!
  11. https://laxallstars.com/2017-d1-lacrosse-done-gone-crazy-poll/ Some interesting takes on the Danes. My concern about the third attack position and having someone other then Fields being able to initiate was talked about by one of the guys who ranked Albany at #14.
  12. http://www.insidelacrosse.com/league/di/polls/17 Actually not too surprised that Albany even with a pretty impressive victory dropped in the media poll. Stay hungry, get better, and take care of business this week!
  13. I wasn't able to see either of the scrimmages, but it did sound like Patterson lit it up in both of them and Fields was much more of a feeder. I know Coach Marr likes to run the 4 attackmen with one coming out of the box which seems to be mostly Drake and then 2 to 3 pairs of two way middies. I agree with you regarding Patterson which as the previous poster said these next two games while not gimmes are big ones to work out a few more of the kinks. After 4-5 games you are what you are to a large degree so would love to see Patterson get back to how he was playing during the preseason.
  14. Wing play could be better and Irelan was called for one or two violations when he couldn't get the ball out of the back of his stick. IMO the defense didn't play as well as the score might indicate. JD made a lot of great saves on some pretty soft defense which gave Drexel some really good looks. Defense and GB's will have to improve against the upper echelon teams. Great to see Fields put a lot in the goal, but the third attack spot wasn't as productive as it needs to be going forward. You saw Thomson cycling through more players. That needs to be ironed out. Liked the switch by Gleason to Perla in at close defense. He is much stronger at GLE and not getting beat topside.
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