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AlbanyFan2018

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  1. 9 hours ago, HOF2013 said:

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    I am not sure the sloppy play can all be hung on the coaches,  We all have to remember there are a LOT of freshman and sophomores playing a LOT!!  I do like to rotating in of players.  I would like to see sticking with a couple of kids a little longer.  Not going to name names this week.  We all know there will be a few times when even the best Def player will allow an easy goal.   The real frustrating thing for the guys in our section was the lack of going after dropped balls.  Watching the other team go and pick it up without challenging for the ball!

    You are right if a defender or goalie never got beat then no one would ever score. The problem with the defense is that it isn't getting better and the same mistakes are happening over and over again. Our announcers do a nice job, and as the home team guys they are on the gentle side when it comes to critiquing players, but when they are saying the same thing week after week, and it isn't getting addressed then it makes you wonder what is going on.

    Lots of guys, which I like, are getting in the mix on offense. I know you what continuity on defense, and I don't know if it is the scheme or the personnel, but it isn't getting it done on defense.

  2. 4 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. 

     

    As far as McComber goes I really don't know. I think it was the Cornell game and he took one ill advised shot, was pulled and never to be seen from again. There seem to be some players who have no leash and others who have very, very long leashes.

  3. 1 hour 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. 

     

    Spot on.

    Just saw the game is on demand now and am watching it.

    I'll just bite my tongue and agree with just about everything you have said, especially regarding the coaching and inability to make in-game adjustments. 

  4. 52 minutes ago, nysteve661 said:

    Is it just me or is Siekirski letting in alot of goals that should be saved?

    Like I was saying, Nate is stopping everything, solid goaltending, lol.

    I'll need to watch the replay later, but my gut reaction with the exception of maybe one or at most two goals, Nate got hung out to dry by the defense and stood on his head a the end of the game to cover up other defensive blunders.

  5. 1 hour ago, DanesRGood said:

    I watched the replay last night because I missed it live.  I'm very happy to see them beat the #12 team in the country.  Yes, there was sloppy play, yes Drexel missed some opportunities but so did UA. I counted at least 3 times where their goalie made a great save on a very close shot or we missed an easy scoring opportunity so it goes both ways.  

    That was a mistake - Drexel was not ranked. Their only game was against High Point which looked like an OK loss, but High Point got throttled by Cornell worse than we did.

  6. 13 hours ago, HOF2013 said:

    Well stated but I still disagree that we stole one.  I absolutely think we gave them almost 1/2 of their goals.   We also had bad passes out of bounds, missed balls, a LOT of unforced turnovers.  If you look just at the end of the game yes I agree BUT if one looks at the entire game it's almost like we tried to give it to them.

    A couple of the kids do very well with stick checks.  I don't have a problem with some not getting body-to- body hits. Some just don't have the build - I see they are in the weight room - I posted a video that I found somewhere.

    Do the coaches sit with the team and go through the game films?  I assume they must.  THAT is a great teacher - the film doesn't lie.

    I actually really like using subs frequently.  However, there comes time on Defense especially where they need to settle on  a group.  Also the wings being constantly changed is a little discomforting.  They all were aggressive - some don't seem to do as well. 

    The reason I would say it was a bit of a gift is that despite competing against a solid FOGO we still got killed on ground balls, especially one's around our goal. If you go back and watch the replay, there were 4-5 transition opportunities late in the game where the defense failed to hustle back into the hole where Drexel had very high percentage scoring opportunities and didn't cash in on any of them.  

     

  7. 6 hours ago, dslyank said:

    Not sure which middie getting beat the most. I kind of like using many of them, keep them fresh and also the new NON-TWO-WAY system may take some getting use to, especially for those accustomed to going two-way. I agree Siekerski has NOT been especially sharp either week, but he has been facing pretty potent attacks both weeks, and UA's D is definitely a work in progress. Been wondering about the health of Sands who looked very good in the St J's scrimmage, even if he only played late>

    Not sure why you feel the win was a gift. Thought UA played pretty well overall and if any thing I thought UA worked for their goals while quite a few of Drexel"s were gifts from UA errors. Also, Drexel solid team overall--lost to High Point by a late goal I believe. Some on IL thinking Drexel can be a factor in the caa.

    I thought it was a pretty well played game live, but after I watched the replay today I definitely felt we got away with one. Down the stretch Drexel had 4-5 opportunities where the defense was not hustling to get back and they had very makable transition opportunities. On one of them Kozar made a nice play and got his stick in the way and disrupted one, Siekerisi while he didn't have a great day stole one, and the other they just flat threw the ball away.

    I was very happy to see the influx of defensive middies. That will pay dividends in the future. I was happy to see the coaches realize that Yunker needs to be starting.

    I think the defense will improve as the bigger defensive middies get their feet wet and mesh with the four long poles. The overall hustle on defense needs to improve and someone needs to start owning the crease. Too much happy stick checks and not enough body.

    I like working in some of the freshmen. That will be valuable down the road, but a little too much of that when their are experience guys who can play and deserve the benefit of the doubt.

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  8. 1 minute ago, HOF2013 said:

    Sorry wrong kid. I apologize!  I meant Schwab # 42.  From our view it was easy to see he was getting beat almost every time in close by the attack guy taking a step or two to the left and he was not sliding with him and letting him take a wide open shot.  At least 3 goals were scored that way...  Sometimes he was losing by a step from 10 yds out.  We all were watching him today and  the Freshman Fingar.  Not quite as much though .

    I believe it was Fingar who had the rough day. I want to say he got beat at least three times, and Schwab was probably once. The defense got a lot of gifts. The goals against don't reflect the quality of the team defense. Siekerski didn't have a great game, but he stole a few when we had total breakdowns. Drexel at least 4-5 transition opportunities. 

    Very happy for the boys to get the win, but Drexel handed that one to us with a bow on it.

  9. 1 minute ago, HOF2013 said:

    Well they did not start but did play.  pepe should play far more than Kozar. Kozar got beat virtually EVERY TIME he wa sonthe field today.  They did rotate lines.  Maybe they'll settle next week and see who really should be on the field!!

    Rarely disagree with your takes, but have to on this one. IMO Kozar is probably our most solid man on defender. Both of the freshmen had so so days at best, and once again one of the other starters refuses to ever body up. I have high hopes both Pepe and Piseno, but after what I have seen with real bullets flying, both are getting way, way too much time on the field. Filipowski and Barrow have earned the advantage over both of them \.

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  10. 8 minutes ago, nysteve661 said:

    Well,  much better than last week, good job.  But watch the turnovers.  Anybody there at game?  Was the bright sunshine and the white snow banks making it hard to pick up the ball?  Many TO's were unforced.  

    It was a pretty decent day weather wise. Late in the game the sun did seem to cause a few turnovers, especially when Drexel had a couple of clean breaks and I think one of our late turnover was due to the sun.

  11. 11 hours ago, Club lax legend said:

    As an alumni I agree that we have come to expect higher levels of performance, but Kyle McClancey and Adam Osika aren’t out there playing.  We lack the horses in the middle of the field needed to beat the top teams.  On a positive note we are young at midfield and it should get better. Having Ron John back will be an offensive boost.

    Teat had 5 points and was able to get great looks for his teammates the whole game.  I guess we have different definitions, but he had total control of the field in the 6 on 6.

    Adam is a guy who probably never got the recognition he should have gotten and was just a solid player. In the rain when UNC was about to complete the comeback he basically said I am going to score and stemmed the tide near the end of the game.

     

  12. 18 minutes ago, dslyank said:

    Left game when it was 19-8; ready to throw the towel in on the season. Thought I'd watch the replay before setting myself un-fire. Still pretty upset, but did see a few good {at least hopeful} things by watching the replay. 

    First what I did not like and most of which has already been said here. SAME issues as last year: cannot pick-up GROUND BALLS and pure and simple do not get rebounds and second chance opportunities, while giving up WAY too many of BOTH. Therefore UA spends too much time on defense. In football time of possession is a major predictor of success and IMHO it holds trump (like in cards not presidents) also. In the third period today UA had the ball for exactly 30 seconds of the first 6 minutes; after words I lost count but anyone there or watching saw how little UA had the ball. IMHO this is why last year was a disaster and why I am almost ready to concede this year. I have NOT mentioned face-offs, but most certainly it enters into the lack of possessions' scenario. My comment here is unless you have a stud, stick with SOMEONE and let him get better. Changing on every face-off accomplishes NOTHING IMHO. Even if the fogo loose all/most, at least you know what you got and can react and hopefully adjust. UA won for years without a stud fogo; but they never played fogo roulette before last year and today.

    I too was surprised at some of the players who got significant minutes today. 2018 please do not stop posting your insights. We know you are in a precarious situation and must hold back at times; but we still appreciate your analysis and input, even when you obligated to hold back. Of course I understand and respect your choice to continue posting or not.

    I did see some encouraging passing and play making WHEN UA was able to get the ball; especially in the fourth QTR {which was still most definitely against cornell first string.} Also, UA held Teat scoreless in the first half. He did not get an assist until the on-slaught was well in progress. For the game he was listed with 1 goal and 4 assist, but at least two of those were not true assists, as they were just passes and the goal scorer made a couple of solo moves. The offense definitely was more crisp  after half-time when Patterson was moved to the four and Tehoka-Yunker-Hogg played up front. Wished they could have done this sooner and got more possessions [but that is kicking a dead horse.}

    You nailed it with the FOGO roulette. You would think after the fall and spring that they would be willing to stick with at least one guy for a bit., Then they don't use the only long pole who actually won face off's last year. There was a whole lot of head shaking going on after the game, and this one rests right on the shoulders of the coaching staff. 

    None of us are at practice, but the lack of development at FOGO and in the midfield is particularly upsetting.

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  13. 1 hour ago, HOF2013 said:

    Not sure I agree but..... Faceoffs.  Have to win faceoffs, the freshman finally stated winning a few and we started scoring a little. 3rd Q we did not win ANY.  D was also awful, it's hard to leave the D on the field for 2/3 of the game and win, especially when the Off is taking stupid shots and giving the ball right back..   A couple of guys allowed at least 3 goals each by being out of position or sliding poorly.   If Marr doesn't get pissed at some guys little will change.

    I am going to cut Tehoka a little bit of slack. In the past he tried to do too much and today he probably should have pressed it more. It all started by letting Patterson play after little to no practice since last season. That disrupts just about all of the chemistry and all of a sudden puts guys in different roles.

    The offense could have scored 3-4 in the first few minutes but it was a mix of very poor shot placement and some good saves by Irelan. It was like a football game when the team squanders a few early scoring opportunities, and you know it is going to bite you in the butt. Hogg, will cut him some slack, took a lot of poor shots early, and in time he will be a very good player.

    The face-off wings and FOGO's were terrible except for the play when Barrow caused the turnover and scored. You can't necessarily blame the guys because every FOGO, unless he is winning it clean, does something a little different.

    The team defense was putrid with middies getting beat and one defender in particular who was just waving his stick at people and refused to use his body.

    This will probably be my last post, because there is so much more I want to say, but it isn't appropriate to do so. There is still a ton of talent, and I assumed there would be some early bumps in the road, and if they hold it together then come AE time, the team could be in a good place. I am just fed up with the coaching, accountability, and player development. 

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  14. I think the offense will be fine today, but got a whiff of the overall depth chart and some odd if not interesting decisions if they are correct. 

    We'll see if Patterson is really good to go and how he meshes not having played in either of the scrimmages. I'm more concerned with the defense and will be interesting to see how patient they are.

  15. No real prognostication from me, but based upon how the team competed against West Point in the fall, and their start this season, I think the Danes have a ton of upside. 

    I'm confident we will be able to score on Saturday, but again my key is going to be off ball defense with the guys not on Teat keeping their heads on a swivel , and not letting Teat carve the defense up on the inside. 

  16. 16 minutes ago, dslyank said:

    Pretty hard to predict this game with both teams playing their first. Both teams under achieved last year; yet pollsters, IL, etc still seem to rate cornell pretty high (top 15, even 10 in some.) Not really sure why? cornell could not stop a shot, BAD on face-offs, and committed a huge amount of penalties. While Teet perhaps the best in the game still runs the offense, their O did graduate some fire power. Don't know if they have been able to shore up the D or not? 

    So I'm going to go out on a limb and predict a decisive UA win. UA's offense is MUCH improved and will get a measure of revenge by blazing a lot of goals past Irelan's brother. We will do well at face-off, with wing support and the defense (which was IMHO Not UA's issue last year) is even better this year.

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    I'm not sure who you put on Teat,  but whoever it is they stay in his gloves and make him play with a hand off of his stick. They could try to shut him off with someone like Bradley or Schwab which was a common tactic against him last year.  He is such a deadly passer, that the pole on the backside better not be cheating to help or the back pipe will be open all day.

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  17. 8 minutes ago, dslyank said:

    another thought:  since Tehoka, Hogg and Yunker seem to be firing on all cylinders this fall and winter preseason; why not use Patterson as the 4 attack, which historically has been his strongest position?

    That's a great question, and if I am a betting man while he will be listed as attack, I bet Jakob plays more up top. I think the main reason you put him at attack is that he is always on the field, and if he plays that 4th attack spot coming on the field he could get caught up in transition and might have to wind up playing some defense on who knows how good of a knee.

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  18. For the first time in a number of years the team starts the season at home against an opponent who doesn't have a game under their belt.

    Hard to extrapolate too much from the scrimmages, but the offense appears to be much more in sync. We'll see how quickly Patterson assimilates into the offense, and who winds up being the primary ball carrier. Either way will be tough to cover the 3-4 guys who see the bulk of the playing time at attack.

    Cornell was weak at face off last year so we should be in that 50/50 range.

    Team defense will be the key in my opinion. I think it is going to be a very high scoring game, and wouldn't be surprised if the combined score is in the mid thirties if the cold weather doesn't impact things too much.

  19. 1 hour ago, dslyank said:

    https://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/UAlbany-men-s-lacrosse-holding-itself-accountable-15040764.php

    2018, maybe they are finally listening to you. Ever since TD left and perhaps even before you have cautioned the team atmosphere may have been too loose. I hope all the accountability talk NOW is not just lip service and produces improved results in games and recruiting. But I hope UA does not stray too far away from their free wheeling and let the players PLAY style. I like the new more professional look and approach, but must admit I do miss the head shots.

    I wish I had that kind of pull with the coaches!

    When you are winning the little issues can get swept under the rug, and it has been good to hear that while it still fun, things have tightened up a bit.

    The most obvious change has been Tehoka. Not that he was a problem but he just seems like a different guy, and has a chip on his shoulder. I think in the past guys who were doing it really right were not necessarily rewarded, and certain players were not held accountable and that showed last year.

    If doesn’t hurt to have a very solid freshmen class and more in the pipeline to keep guys on their toes.

    I think not having the third scrimmage was also a good thing. It is allowing them to heal up and really work on fundamentals. I understand the practices have been very demanding.

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