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  1. Not terribly well researched, but the first comments I have seen on the upcoming season. Otherwise not much to add. https://www.collegecrosse.com/2019/7/25/8929689/college-crosse-2019-men-ncaa-college-lacrosse-year-in-review-41-albany-great-danes-america-east-marr
  2. The early buzz is he wants something more blue collar. Hard to get more blue collar than the Danes, just saying.
  3. Chase can play either, but played middie for Loyola, and I want to say was a 2nd team AA as a freshmen. No idea why he is leaving. I thought it was odd after he was originally committed to Syracuse to decommit and go to Loyola. He is playing with Tehoka and Ron this summer so there is a strong Albany connection. Would be a huge addition.
  4. Hopefully the Danes are in the running for Chase Scanlon who is leaving Loyola. Have to believe we are actively working that one.
  5. I wonder if the world tour is a way of figuring out where to place franchises long term. I didn't see an attendance figure, but there appeared to be more butts in seats this week despite the rain. The production value of the games is much better than the MLL so we'll see. The fact that we are seeing pro lacrosse on NBC is pretty exciting and the games have been entertaining even with the WWE fights.
  6. Just shows where this program has come, and why I am confident the Dane Train will be back. Watching this game makes me sad that Connor wasn't even close to 100%, and so proud of the program. I hope every current Dane is watching this game.
  7. I tend to agree that last year was a perfect storm that led to a down year. Not many if any teams could sustain the loss of 4-5 All Americans lose a coach, and throw in some drama and replicate the prior year's success. Not only was Scott involved with the FIL so was Merrick as well. I am not sure if that hurt the season, but I would think it definitely set us back recruiting wise, and maybe beating the bushes for a FOGO once the loss of TD was finalized. Look how UNC has struggled after they caught fire and won the NCAA, UVA struggled for years with top notch talent, Hopkins isn't Hopkins anymore. It is tough out there. From what little I have seen and heard, I think the coaches knew the AE was weak, and kept HOPING we would find some chemistry, catch fire, and get hot at the end of the season. That just never did happen, and this is just me speculating , but I don't think they knew how to handle the adversity this year, and they just couldn't find the right combination of players. I suspect that this past year's team needed more of a kick in the butt than love, and the hammer probably should have been dropped sooner. You see that now with players being cut. I can't recall that ever happening in recent history. I think there will be more attrition in the fall. I know the team got the message of you better be working hard this summer.
  8. The way early too 20’s rolling out and no Albany anywhere. Not that I am surprised. I could see a bounce back like Towson this year if the pieces fall into place.
  9. I hope you are right but going to hard to imagine too many changes at attack with Patterson and Tehoka returning. I would have liked to have seen Yunker and McComber see more consistent minutes, especially down the stretch. There absolutely is an open spot at X, but the real opportunity is going to be at midfield. There is going to be a lot of competition for playing time.
  10. Richie LaCalandra from Trinity Pawling is an All New England West attackmen. Pretty serious chops to get that. Haven't heard much else about him.
  11. Definitely have to get bigger and stronger in the middle of the field. I thought that was going to happen this year, but you saw a lot of pretty easy goals given up by our defensive midfielders. You never know how kids transition from high school to college. There is definitely an opportunity for a few guys on the roster now and new faces to make an impact at midfield, and probably less so at attack. I think LSM, Goalie, and most of the defense is pretty set, but will be some new faces for sure on the man down with three of them graduating.
  12. Agree - if it were called like a regular game there would have been 15 or so man ups. Personally, I liked the way they called the game, but definitely inconsistent.
  13. UVA was one horrendous call from being knocked out in the quarters. They made the most out of their opportunities, but had a few gifts along the way. Starting with the run in 2012 or so, I want to say UA had one top twenty recruiting class.
  14. The refs definitely let them play. In a regular season game there would have been laundry all over the field. TD's numbers were good, but the stats IMO were misleading. To his credit he won a lot of contested ground balls which improved his stats. When it mattered most UVA won the face offs.
  15. If anybody watched the game yesterday, UVA put on a clinic on ground balls.
  16. The team just never, ever came together. I've gotten a bit of a debrief on some things, but it just wasn't their year.
  17. Yes, three on top of the graduating seniors, and I am just about certain that Gleason and Lyons went ahead and graduated and will not be back for red shirt senior seasons.
  18. Looks like three guys leaving the team, and there are increased expectations placed upon the team this summer.
  19. Tehoka's game absolutely needs to evolve for him to fulfill his ranking and potential as a player. When you are as skilled as he is, and 235lbs in high school you can run over and through everybody and pretty much do whatever you want. In college when you are playing against other men, what you were able to do in high school often won't translate at the collegiate level. Tehoka has the vision and skills that I know he can do that. The days of him just being a bull dodger isn't going to work when teams know they can double or triple him. With Connor last year you didn't dare slide off of him which gave Tehoka a lot more one on one's to do his thing. If you watched the Townson game, Casey could be a Sunday for us. What Sunday does better is use his size. Too often, Casey shoots from the side or three quarter and effectively gives away his height advantage. At 6'4'' if he shoots over the top and gets to 5 and 5 that shot is just about impossible to stop or if he develops a question mark. He could shoot over just about every defender in D1 lacrosse. The big question for me is who can run the offense from X? I haven't seen enough lately of the incoming class to say, but I think right now the leading candidate is Yunker. Laffin and Diamond excel at off ball play, but Davis does have the ability to run at X, and I think he hit the lone question mark dodge I can recall all season against UVM. We seem to have a log jam of off ball guys. I just don't think Jakob is well served by making him the quarterback.
  20. Having coached a bit, watched a ton of lacrosse, and been through the recruiting process as a parent twice, I don't put much stock in most of the rankings. I heard early on that Yunker, Weathersby, and probably McComber were the three freshmen who could come in right away and make an impact. Often times things have to break the right way for a guy to get his shot. I would have like to have seen more consistent runs for Yunker and McComber on offense and see Weathersby play more close. I think Hay's future is more at LSM unless he really hits the weights. Based upon what I had heard I am optimistic that Swingruber and Palandjian can play a well, but both were hurt most of the season.
  21. We had two top 100 recruits this year, one five star - unfortunately neither of them made an impact. Arguably the two best freshmen were not ranked or mentioned by anyone coming into UA. I am very optimistic that our two, touted 2018 recruits will be pan out and make an impact, and the two who showed the most promise will continue to improve.
  22. Given the success over the last five plus years, anything less than not qualifying for the NCAA's should be considered as falling short, but it is going to get harder and harder to do that as teh rest of the AE catches up or has caught up, and our ability to schedule and beat teams which would give us an at large resume. Towson this year is a good role model for UA. They made the final four I want to say two years ago, fell off last year, and were a sixth seed this year and would have received an at large big if they hadn't won the CAA. Academically Towson and UA are probably more academically similar in terms of overall profile, both are in lacrosse hotbeds. Having been to both campuses several times I might give Towson a slight overall nod in terms of the whole package but it is close. We've just about flogged the pony to death about what did or didn't happen this year, and I still don't know the whys and why nots. Overall I think it was a perfect storm of events from a vastly new staff, major hits to graduation, injuries in the fall, and it never came together. I'm worried about our facilities on a national level, but not so much within the AE. I think i mentioned this in a very old recruiting topic, but UA has to do a better job of selling its academic strengths. In recent years Coach Marr really delegated a lot of the recruiting to his assistants. I think Maloney will be great on the recruiting trail, but with an overall younger staff he'll need to get more engaged. We have a very good rising senior class which I think will lead the way during the off season.
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