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AlbanyFan2018

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  1. 13 hours ago, HOF2013 said:

     

    Many of the guys are young.  I expect improvement.  Young guys look very good -  defense has been good.  Trying to compare one team to another, in a totally different situation is a waste of time in my mind.  You have to paly with the kids on the team.  They are starting to come together - they looked better today after that sluggish first 1/4.

    Completely agree with you, each team will develop its own identity. I'm just saying pump the breaks a bit when we anoint any team the second coming of the great Dane Train teams. We need to see those complementary stars develop and emerge, and I am sure Scott will tinker a bit with the lineups until he finds those players that play best play off the other guy's skills.

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  2. I'm not ready to reinstitute the Dane Train just yet. I was at the Colgate game and wasn't sure what to think with no real preseason, so many guys out, and Colgate is not very good.

    Since I no longer literally don't have a dog in the fight take this with a grain of salt, and I am very partial to the Dane Train years so take this nit picky analysis as a comparison to those teams. 

    The one weakness compared to the Dane Train days  is at midfield, except Ron John. There are no McClancy's or Osika's on this team, who can play both ways at a high level, especially big and fast enough on defense. That is the achilles heal on this team that will probably show up against someone like Syracuse or into the tournament against another top Big 10 or ACC team. Those two guys were very, very special players.

    IMO Scott needs to settle on an attack that has the best complimentary skills. I didn't love the Tehoka, Patterson, Hay line. Too many guys playing with their back to the goal trying to bull dodge all the time. We need someone out there who can breakdown a defense off the dodge instead of the endless bull dodges. That works against Hartford it won't against Cuse or anyone in the ACC. I think the 3rd attack should either be Hoog or Yunker, probably Hogg since he is a bit quicker. Ron John is great on that move he makes to the goal and scored twice today, but other than that you don't see anyone who can split dodge or make a fast alley dodge to get a defense spinning. I think Patterson coming out of the box is the play since he is such a threat shooting up top, and I'm not sure you can be a truly elite offense without an amazing X attack men. We have a load of talent, but not sure it is Dane Train equivalent when you had off ball Reh, Connor dodging, feeding and shooting, and Tehoka as the man child freshmen.  That was a special combination of talents. 

    Totally agree with the comment above about the revolving door at face-off and overall wing play. Other than the two TD years that has been a consistent issue.

    The very good thing about this defense is the length. I don't agree it is the most athletic, but it is definitely the best combination of size and athleticism Scott has ever had.The most athletic IMO was Dhluy, Simms, and Perla. No one on this team has the footwork of Stone Simms, but the length is a great advantage and they use it well. 

    This is potentially the most balanced and deepest team that I can ever remember and should be a tournament team if they can win the tournament. I don't think the AE will get two bids.

     

     

  3. 2 hours ago, dslyank said:

    CAA teams are playing mostly in-conference; with multiple games against the same opponent. A few regional ooc games with limited travel to fill out schedules will be allowed. Does not look like its leaves many options for UA or the AmEast to get some games with. Perhaps Drexel. Hofstra maybe--not much else other than for umbc. Of course, I could be totally wrong as things are so up in the air and my information is from the fall.

    I still think AmEast best bet in-conference only/MOSTLY??

    But I do agree AmEast needs to announce soon and get moving forward. Did read Duke was to play Vermont 2/7; but that has already been canceled. A lot of teams, especially in the SOUTH having real games (not scrimmages ) as early as 2/6-7. Many have been practicing 2-3 weeks already and have had pretty nearly full fall ball activities. I do not think UA has had a full team together since March and with new additions; I believe playing in-conference only will alleviate some of the competitive disadvantages we will be up against, especially early on. I know bid and NCAA tournament time playing in-conference only could hurt UA. But IMHO, do not see how getting beat-up by teams who have had MUCH more opportunities to prepare is going to help UA. ALL thoughts, opinions, disagreements welcomed.

    Anyone KNOW if UA has even started on-field full team practice yet??????????????

    I talked with one of parents who still has a son playing and he told me that they are supposed to start practicing next week. I may have heard this wrong, so don't quote me on this, but I think one of the hold ups was the procedure of getting kids back on campus with the virus, testing, quarantining and what not.

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  4. 1 hour ago, dslyank said:

    From a fan perspective, I believe it is a bit of an overload. Same with facilities---IMHO, do not believe UA has the facilities to handle; and at the very least, even if logistically possible, it can't be good for the facilities maintenance, up keep & longevity.

    Spring Sports should have FIRST PREFERENCE & CONSIDERATIONS. Winter second & fall sports only if able to do without affecting Spring teams and leagues. My bias may be speaking as Lacrosse is my favorite sport; but I make the Spring First argument, based on the fact that Spring Sorts have already suffered a full season loss and should NOT be penalized twice. IMHO, If facilities are an issue, Spring Sports SHOULD have first considerations in all instances.

     

    Well the good news for lacrosse is that with Fallon having new turf, I would think minimum impact for the men and women. Could make for some tough parking if football is a go in the spring.

  5. 53 minutes ago, cwdickens said:

    Good observation, he may even express an interest.  However; Hopkins has not been the same team for a few years plus Scott's son has graduated from Hopkins.  Unless Scott no longer feels appreciated at UAlbany, he is staying.  His roots to the Capital District have grown deep.

    I would think the probability is pretty low as well, especially if his daughter takes the extra year.  If Hopkins were to reach out, Coach Marr would have to take the call. 

  6. 10 hours ago, 518Lacrosse said:

    Correct and I agree.  I’ll add that everyone isn’t always on the 4 year plan to graduate. It wasn’t the strongest class in the world and the replacements are already on board or coming.  Probably better use of the resources to just move on.  I would be surprised if more than 2 stay but not surprised if none do.  I suspect there will be plenty of transfers from expensive private schools.  If we take any on, that would eat into the allotment but that’s when SUNY prices become an advantage.  In my opinion, the NCAA should’ve just said it’s very unfortunate but it’s a lost season for all involved.  This will have impact for the next 4-5 years.

    As of right now I think no more than one or two seniors may come back. I agree with you that the NCAA policy while well intentioned was a mistake with too many unintended consequences.

    No idea on Tehoka, but it wouldn't shock me if he doesn't return. The Native players are very tight, and his best friends are moving on. 

  7. 2 hours ago, HOF2013 said:

    Well FO has been killing the team all year.  Freshman was 1 of 4, Altimari was 1 of 6, LP was 5 of 17.  We must be around 30% overall.  Hard to stick with them when they are losing - the long stick actually did better later in the game.  As a coach the responsibility is not to caress egos at this point, it is to try to win games and get ready for the league schedule.  You know as well as we all do that when you can't get possession - with that crazy 80 second rule - it is hard to overcome.  A team that gets rebounds and ground balls has an opportunity to keep shooting and possessing the ball.  Our kids were more aggressive today and got more ground balls and we started scoring, especially in the 2nd half.  BUT winning so few FO is hard to overcome, especially against top 15 teams.

    Pepe and Kuntz both had 3 ground balls, Piseno had 4 and Casey had 4.  There were 4 guys with 2 and 5 guys with 1 each.  Some guys who get a lot of time at close D had zero ground balls!!

    Panic may be a poor word choice, but it just seems like an odd way to manage the position and I think I said panic, because even in the fall games, when it is all about improving and seeing what you have, the coaches gave the fogo's little to no rope.

    The video from Maryland is usually like watching ants it is so bad, and it sounded like it wasn't great, but I may be wrong on Danny, but I don't think he had the chance to get into a rhythm. It takes a time or two to get the ref's cadence, and then to adjust and counter what your opponent is doing. Four face offs over the course of a game just doesn't seem like the best way to figure out if you have to jump from your FOGO to facing off with poles. I guess that is why I used the word panic.

  8. 2 hours ago, HOF2013 said:

    So one of you guys who knows.  What defense were we in the second half?  I liked it over-all.  On the side where the two freshman were playing [the right side facing the goal]; Fingar and Pepe; they gave a little too much room a couple of times and Maryland took advantage and scored BUT they did a good job as freshman.  As I said I personally was impressed with the defense the second half - yeah I know I bust them a lot, but go to give props when I think the deserve it.  I just [and I am sure the coaches would agree] can't get over the dismal FO wins.  Even against league opponents we have to do better........................

    Zone defense about 80%-90% of the game 

  9. 32 minutes ago, Luke D said:

    Appreciate your support of the program.  Just wish people had the respect and courage to judge and criticize openly.  Nobody is forcing these people to play at Albany.  If they aren’t happy with the coaches and the program they should either not play or transfer.  The negativity from father to son is contagious and only hurts the team.  The reason I say to own what you say and say who you are is because the people ripping the coaches are the same people shaking their hands and telling them what a great job they’re doing when they are face to face.  

    Luke, appreciate your comments and I mean that with total sincerity. This venue is a way for many of us to vent, regardless of our affiliation, and if anyone had been at the game yesterday everyone's ears would have been burning. Not snide comments directed at the coaches or any players, but many of the sentiments I read from the in game comments from other posters were being expressed in real time. Whether or not the comments are correct, partially correct, or totally off base, the stats are what the stats are.

    In his own very professional way, even Mike at the home broadcasts has highlighted a lot of this. I did watch the replay and the LSN commentator talked about the hedging on defense which was creating offense for UMass. That is what I was referring to in how Perla was getting beat up about last year by many posters. Kunz appears to be playing that defensive role this year, and he is being asked to do a lot, and while trying to do a lot he is often caught out of position. Both are and were very, very good players being asked to do a very difficult thing. And no I am not related to either Matt or Stephen, but have a ton of respect for their games. 

    To allay you fears, I never talk with any of the boys about anything lacrosse related other than supporting them and the team with food and a loud supporting voice from the stands. I am also not one of those parents who communicates, talks, or pats on the back any of the coaches. You are correct that does happen. As I am sure you can appreciate all of the players need to stand or fall on their own efforts and merits.

    It appears some guys got comfortable with things, and I for one am happy to see many of the freshmen seeing early playing time. If you have read anything I have written I was an early advocate for some of them to play early and they would be integral to the success of the team going forward. 

     

  10. 2 minutes ago, Clickclack said:

    I watched a few minutes. Honestly need to reboot the whole program. There is ZERO to work with for next year. Need like an entire new roster. Who ever is the chief recruiter needs to be reassigned to clean toilets. 

     

    On pace to lose by 34...how is this possible? Isn't this a d1 program? 

    It is always disappointing to see how fast things can unravel. This team looked like it had a lot of potential and some unfortunate injuries.

  11. Just now, Luke D said:

    That goes for everyone commenting.  If you are a true fan or played for Albany you should have no problem saying who you are.  If you know nothing about the sport or are a parent of a kid who can’t get it done then you can hide behind your username.  
     

    Luke Daquino - nothing to hide from

    Hey Luke - sorry you feel that way. I don't call out players like many on this forum.  What I have said is that I don't like players being put in positions where they can't play to their potential. What do you disagree with? In fact I was defending a player who was getting ripped because I don't think the poster understands what the player is being asked to do.

    This team has not been prepared to play. I am not sure how you can dispute this? We don't play good team defense, we don't face off well, we are not good at ground balls, and our man up offense isn't very good either. I don't say player X is horrible, or anything remotely like that. 

  12. 13 hours ago, PrisonMike said:

    Incredibly frustrating

    I've said it before, and it probably isn't popular, this is a poorly coached team.

    Just look at how a player disappears and doesn't see the field one game and is in on the first or second rotation the next game?

    There is just about zero accountability for certain players. Seeing the same mistakes, over, and over, and over again. That is the on the coaches.

    The defensive philosophy or lack therefor is horrible. I know a lot of people are banging on Kunz, but a lot of what you guys are seeing is how he is being asked to play. It was the same with Perla last year. It was horrible live, and I am not sure I can stomach watching it if LSN archives games.

  13. I guess I am not seeing what the rest of you are seeing. I even went back and watched the game again. Harvard puts up 14 against us, and only 8 against Holy Cross and 10 against UMass. That isn't a great trend for us.

    I think the offense is starting to find its way, but I am still confused by what we are doing on defense and man down.

    I don't know what to make of UMass, but the real test will be on Saturday against Maryland. 

  14. 13 hours ago, PrisonMike said:

    This team is good when then can control the faceoff and don't have to play defense. Altimari looked good at times but his complete lack of effort when in pursuit after losing faceoffs gave harvard multiple fast break goals, coaches cant let that happen. Unsettled/ transition defense is horrible, nate didn't play well for three quarters but the defense is constantly giving up high percentage opportunities and leaving him out to dry. Hay has work to do, I don't think hes one of the top three close defenders on the team. Otherwise, the defense plays hard and with a lot of effort and has done well creating turnovers and forcing shot clock violations.

    Theres no Fields or Thompson on this team but Patterson and Nanticoke are the best, and most experienced players on offense, and should be initiating most of the time. Tehoka might not have elite vision as a passer but he seems to be feeling doubles better this year and moving the ball when he needs to. He gets defenses rotating and out of position. The offense as a unit feels like its lacking an identity and hasnt hit its stride completely. Could be due to patterson and John missing preseason and fall ball. Theyre getting good looks but havent been cashing in on the "easy" and high percentage looks. What happened to Mccomber? Hes been MIA the past two games.

    Its been touched on by others but the team doesnt look well coached at times.  Theres sloppy play, unforced turnovers and sometimes lack of effort. Theres still work to be done if this team want to win the AE and be competitive in the tournament. 

    Unrelated to the game, but as someone who can make it to games the video production of the online streams has gotten worse this year. The commentators are great but way too often the cameras are following players sub off the field or are focused on midfield while theres action going on out of frame. 

     

    I took a few notes on the replay.

    - as far as the transition of the face off. I understand one of the knocks on Altamari in the past was his fitness and ability to take multiple face offs without wearing down. On just about every transition take a look at where the wings were. They were on the offensive side of midfield which totally opened up the fast break opportunities. Especially look at the play of the LSM's on the face offs. There were often out of position and not in a position to impact Harvard's transition opportunities.

    - McComber. No idea but did see Swingruber on the field and Eccles who hadn't played any until the last two games. The bigger mystery to me is Ramierez. He is the one middle who can consistently beat his man on a dodge and get the defense rotating. I don't think he got on the field yesterday. Like HOF, I like seeing more bodies in the midfield as they are productive. It looks like Burgmaster is still not 100% and hopefully he continues to heal, because he does have a cannon for an outside shot.

    Diamond and Yunker - I like to see Diamond still getting some time. Yunker finally changed levels in front of the cage and Davis needs to start finishing his opportunities, but I like seeing him in the mix.

    Schwab - I don't think he played yesterday. I saw someone on crutches on the sideline and don't know if that was him or not. I wasn't able to stay for the tailgate so didn't get a chance to socialize after the game.

    The offense is starting to get its act together. After a bit of a shaky start, Patterson really started to play great and you could see him moving better and better as the game went along and he was able to do a couple of really nice finalizers behind the cage to shake free and get the Harvard defense spinning. This could be the most well balanced offense Albany has ever had. No Thomson or Fields, but the combination of Tehoka, Patterson, Yunker, Hogg, John, Casey, and one other threat can be a very potent offensive group. I think the missing part is a middle who can effectively dodge the alley. I still think we are very vulnerable to a zone defense.

    Goalie play - I never have a problem with a coach pulling a player, especially a goalie for a mental health check, but the stat line and the reality yesterday were not the same. I know more about what is going on with the other side of the field, but if you pull the goalie and if nothing is getting addressed with the close defense and LSM play then something is horribly wrong.

    Fortunately we didn't have to play a ton of 6 v 6 defense, and when we did because of a great 10 man ride, Harvard rarely had a lot of time to run their offense. I think the biggest improvement and kudos to someone, was in the play of the defensive middie play. It wasn't an immediate beat on the alley dodge. That was a massive improvement. I think Kozar is playing lights out for the most part. It looks like Kunz is playing the role of the defender in the crease who has to cover up mistakes, and be the QB of sorts of the defense. From what I understand from how they try to play, that is a very tough position to play and will often times make it look like he is out of position. It is pretty clear after three games that Kozar is going to lock up on their number one offensive player. Like you I don't understand what is going on with the third defensive position. Hay just doesn't seem to play defense, and I still haven't seen anyone say if you try to get in front of my goalie I am going to put you on your rear end. 

    Filipowski seems to still be playing with a knee brace so maybe that is why he isn't getting a shot, but if that is the case, and mobility is an issue, then why would the roll him out on the man down unit when you need to be moving and rotating? 

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