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AlbanyFan2018

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  1. Have fun at the meet and greet. I hope there is a great turnout. Times-Union article out this morning saying Patterson practiced and is a go against Cornell, Burgmaster still not ready, and not sure on the Ron John situation. Starting attack per the article is Tehoka, Patterson, and Hogg with Yunker and McComber on deck. That is a good problem to have.
  2. Totally agree on the rankings. You have voters who probably didn’t see a fall game, and haven’t talked with coaches or visited practices. I think Quint is right that teams 10 or so through about 35 are more or less a toss up. We’ll see, but it looks like there are 3-5 teams at a different level and then a bunch of teams. The biggest difference maker is the elite FOGO of which we used to have one. Luckily there are not any elite FOGO’s in the conference although the guy from Lowell is pretty good, and I think UVM’s FOGO transferred. I think he only AE team in the tournament will be whoever wins the conference tournament which is why I suspect Marr will hold out Patterson and Burgmaster unless they are really 100%. Altamari started out number one last year. I don’t understand what is going on with that. He got almost no reps in the fall games. I saw the first but not second scrimmage and I’m not sure there is a big separation between him and Jones. I think at some point Marr will put the best athlete out there to muck it up against the better fogo’s And he’ll roll with Altamari or Jones against the weaker teams.
  3. I felt early on that UA was a legit 15-20 team, but maybe have tempered my expectations based upon the injury situation and no apparent improvement at the face off. That being said the amount of overall team depth is probably as good as it has ever been. When 40% of your starting lineup basically hasn’t played yet and as well as they have played is a good sign. Coach Matt has been very low key so far and I wonder if that is on purpose. I just listened to the IL podcast from last week and they were talking about Tehoka and how he is now invisible after a huge box season. Those who have seen him in the scrimmages know what I am talking about in terms of how different he is this year. The key is going to be getting Ron John and Patterson back on the field and into the flow of things, goalie play will have to be a bit better than it has been, and the face unit whether it be the FOGO or wings playing better.
  4. Wasn't able to see any of that Maryland game, but they must have really turned it on in the 2nd half.
  5. Hopefully any guys who are on the fence academically can pull it together. I am a bit concerned on some of the injuries at this point and that we couldn't get a few key guys healthy in the off season. I got a few more reports after the St John's game. My hunch, no inside info, is that unless Patterson and Burgmaster are a clear 100%, we are not going to see them until the UMass game, but I will be happy to eat some crow on the prediction. Players want to play, but the fact that none of them have played in either scrimmage (no inside info) is that they are not ready to go. Chemistry or lack of, was such an issue last year that if Marr felt comfortable playing them they would have been on the field. The sliver lining is that the trio of Tehoka, Hogg, and Yunker is a more than competent trio. I agree with the comment above that McComber likely gets bumped when Patterson returns, and from what I have seen, while I love Burgmaster's outside shot I haven't seen enough consistency from him to see him as one of the top 3-5 players on the team. With the maturation of Tehoka, if Patterson can play at a high level, the combination of Tehoka, Patterson, Yunker, Hogg, McComber and then throw in some middle production from Burgmaster, Schwab, Casey and a few others and you suddenly have a Dane team with a lot of offensive punch. On defense I love the physicality that Kunz and Kozar are brining. I love Hay's technical skills, but just don't see him as a close defender unless he hits the weight room. I believe that Filipowski has been nicked up but don't know what may be hurting, and it will be interesting to see if and when he is good to go what the starting trio will be down low. Face off's are going to be interesting. I imagine we will see a lot of double poling and once again if things go south a pole on the face off. One change I noticed is that we are running three LSM's so expect to see a lot more pressure on the face off and overall really trying to force the action defensively. If we can't get to 50/50 I think Marr will throw the kitchen sink at it. I am just guessing here, but I think that is one of the reasons they moved Weathersby to LSM since he was the most effective pole last year taking face offs. Piseno, Barrow, and Weathersby gives us some good options on the wings and up top. The goalies will have to steal some goals abasing the better teams since we are going to be on the short end getting the ball off the draw.
  6. That's disappointing to hear since I think we have a trio of very competent guys who can play wing. Don't know if it is a personnel issue or how they are working together as a group and being coached. I think we have seen enough to know that unless something crazy happens we are going to be a 40% - 50% at best team at the X and how do you plan for that knowing it going into a game, and it will be even worse against the teams with strong FOGO's.
  7. Just saw the Times-Union article with some comments from Coach Marr where he talked about face offs and wing play and said both need to get better.
  8. Thanks for the update! I got a few updates along the way, and this is a much better team than last year. I am a bit concerned by the number of injuries and key guys who have been out for various reasons. This a much different set up than previous year where there was another scrimmage and then off to Syracuse. Two more weeks to get healthy and work out the kinks before a tough Cornell team comes to town.
  9. Right on the polls, the other thing is that just about none of the people who vote in the media poll in particular have the time or money to go out and watch fall games and practices so there is a lot of bias. The fact that Albany was even in the 25th spot or so reflects IMO how well the team looked in the fall games against Penn and West Point, and both of those teams are ranked going into the season. I'm not suspecting any of the missing players from last week to see the field today so the chemistry thing probably isn't going to get much better facing real opponents.
  10. It is horribly frustrating and makes it hard to be a fan of the program. There really is no excuse. I am thankful for the snippets we get from the two beat reporters, and Capital Lax from time to time.
  11. Initially we were told in the bubble, but no new news. The one blurb I saw somewhere said Casey so I wish I could help more. I have to work tomorrow so can't make it, but if I hear anything definitive I will post it.
  12. Scrimmage is the 30th at noon. Still don't have a confirmed location whether it will be at Casey or at the bubble.
  13. I agree with Coach Marr's comment in the short press release. For years now, people have been waiting for Albany to return to mediocrity, and they got it. This is a big year for the coaching staff. I am cautiously optimistic about the season, and the coaches will have to coach with a much more even keel this year than they did last year. We have a core of high quality juniors and seniors, but the future of the team is with a core group of juniors, several in the senior class, but it is with the younger guys. I will be watching how they manage the roster more closely this year, because last year, primarily with the face off guys it wasn't well done.
  14. The St John's scrimmage is supposed to be at noon at the bubble by the airport. If I hear anything different I will let you know.
  15. Disappointing to see so little local media coverage of the scrimmage with two, hometown teams playing. Nice coverage from Times-Union and Mark! I realize that some of this is form over substance, but if you want to be a big time program you have to act like a big time program and that unfortunately includes how you promote it through the media, social media, etc.
  16. I agree those were some names that stood out to me as well. There is some really solid defensive depth with 5-6 who can step in play right now, but I think the starters are Kunz, Hay and Filipowski, but Kozar is right there as is Weathersby who gives them the flexibility to play LSM which he played yesterday and down low. A lot of young depth, and. I hope the coaches give a few of those guys more opportunities than were given to young guys last year. I don't recall seeing Chase Noah doing too much yesterday. He like Skidders was out of the fall game and he looked like a guy who could push some guys as a freshmen and it was great to see.Hogg pick up where he left off from the fall games. Gleason is doing a nice job turning around $iena, and to see the offense without Ron John, Burgmasgter, and Patterson, put up seven goals in the first quarter was a sight for sore eyes. We were talking more about the face offs, and with no inside info I think what will ultimately happen is that they go with the best 1-2 athletes who can win a few and if not turn it into a scrum and unfortunately I think that will wind up being two of the poles. I think they will go with either Altamari our Jones out of the gate, but I bet it is with a very short leash.
  17. Can't disagree with anything you said. We substituted liberally and early. When you think that three first line starters did not play that was really good offensive production. At least 3-4 of their goals were walk ins as you mentioned. I don't know what the deal is with Altamari. He was the starter last year and for whatever reason fell out of favor. Whatever the coaches decide, I just hope they stick with one of them. The team is much stronger, and more physical this year, and if everyone can get healthy could be surprise some people.
  18. https://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Siena-UAlbany-lacrosse-open-to-reviving-rivalry-15004338.php?utm_campaign=CMS Sharing Tools (Premium)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral
  19. Skidder’s has been hurt forever and didn’t play in the fall either.
  20. Face offs are still a big problem. no idea why Jakob didn’t play but knee isn’t 100% if they held him out. Loved the intensity coming out and thumped Siena in the first and then lots of subbing it was cold and for nine days of practice this team would have clobbered last years team. still need to clean up some things for sure but in a much better place than this time last year.
  21. One of the freshmen who could step up, and needs too if the Danes surprise to the upside this year. Had a really good fall.
  22. We heard 10am at Casey, but don't know if there is a plan B at the indoor facility out by the airport.
  23. So much went wrong that has been alluded to in some of the various news articles and clips. As I have said before this fall was very different from the previous year, and more like the one's before.
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