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AlbanyFan2018

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  1. Looks great. I hope they also were able to add and fund the nutrition station. Too many of the guys dig a hole for themselves because they can't keep weight on.
  2. such a logjam at attack - Marr has always had a lot of confidence in Casey and hopefully he adds a much needed scoring threat from the midfield. Last year's fall rotation didn't necessarly translate into who had the lead position going into the spring, but have to think the third attack spot is between Yunker and Hogg, but have to think it will be Yunker.
  3. My guess it is just IL being swamped and not having enough manpower to enter all the data.
  4. Not a word other than both games are in Albany. In previous years there had been three scrimmages.
  5. Tehoka looked like a different player in the fall. The interesting thing will be who carries the ball and is the QB from X. Marr seems to think Jacob can do that, but that just doesn't seem to be his game IMO. Of the three main guys Yunker seems like the more natural heads up feeder/dodger.
  6. I haven't seen some of them play so can't add too much on some of those guys. A lot of the freshmen attack guys were not dressed for the fall game so no first hand knowledge of Skidders and Noah. Hogg will probably see the field, but assuming Patterson is good to go you have Tehoka, Patterson, Yunker, Laffin, and Casey as proven incumbents. Sands and Swingruber were hurt and I don't know if they opted to take a red shirt year or not. I was excited to see Hixon-Mills play in the fall, but he wasn't there. I did hear he may be taking a red shirt year, but I don't have any idea if it is an injury or what so I don't expect we will see him this year. I didn't know anything about Pepe, but he is a really big kid. As far as him and the other freshmen poles (unless they are worked into the man up ) I don't think any of them will see the field except for mop up time. They all looked good, but there is just too much upper class depth. I don't see any of them in the top 5-6 at this point. The face off situation still seems to be helter skelter. Jones did a good job against Army, but he had his usual couple of plays where he would win the draw and lose it one way or another. as far as I know Altamari is still on the team, but he didn't get many chances in the fall games. The freshmen won a couple against Army, but at least in October he did not look like a better option right now than either Altamari or Jones. Against Penn who has a really good FOGO, our normal guys got smoked and we went straight to the long poles for most of the game. The best two options there are Weathersby and Piseno. My guess they would lean towards Piseno if he is going to stay on the field to play LSM rather than subbing Weathersby off since I don't believe he will start at close. This is how I see the starters if everyone is healthy. Attack - Tehoka, Patterson, Yunker Middie - John, Burgmaster, Casey Dmiddie - Schwab, Goldsmith LSM - Piseno, Barrow Defense - Filipowski, Hay, Kunz Goalie - Siekierski FOGO - Jones The attack rotation will be interesting. Laffin seems to have settled into a man up up, but has a great handle on the crease and is one of the best shooters. Casey has size, but doesn't alway play big. I'm not sure how they get the best guys on the field, but there is more depth at attack, and I think Ron John plays that 4th attachment out of the box. Then you have guys like Davis Diamond who has had some great moments, and Hogg who played and played well in the fall game. McComber is still a bit of a mystery and seems like the odd man out. At middle you also have Ashton Bradley, and the two freshmen I mentioned LaPietro and Fingar. I feel pretty confident in my defensive starters and then Kozar and Weathersby in some order are probably the 4th/5th guys. They both played well in the fall games. Out of the five guys I mentioned I am not sure what is the best combination, because it isn't always the best three on ball guys you want on the field since you spend most of your time playing off ball. IMO the glaring defensive weakness has been team defense and sliding. While I think I have the starters right, I am not sure that is the best team defensive combination.
  7. He isn't a big guy, but plays big, and to be a disruptive LSM you don't necessarily need size, but just someone who can mark a teams most athletic midfielder and shut him down. I think he and Barrow will be a nice combination, and depending on what they do with Hay and Filipowski (I think they will be two of the starting close defenders) there are a lot more options this year on defense. I think the starters will be Kunz, Hay, and Filipowski. I didn't like the man down unit last year. We had some of our most physically limited guys playing on it. Penn has a guy who was a freshmen last year who is the same size as Piseno who the recruiters were crazy about and who did have a solid freshmen year. Piseno out played him during the fall game.
  8. That is a mistake. Unless there is something I don't know about he is a true, incoming freshmen. Of the freshmen, he is definitely the most ready to make an impact on day one. I probably should have said a more physical version of Troy Reh than more athletic, but probably a bit more athletic as well. It definitely improves the physical nature in the middle of the field. However, the two guys who could move the needle the most for the team if they mature will be LaPietro and Fingar. We have had some tough as nail defensive middies, but most of them were undersized. They both have nice size and athleticism which will improve the middle of the field as well. Hogg started in the fall when Paterson didn't play and shows quite a bit of promise as well.
  9. Piseno - got some love from the pundits very late in the recruiting cycles. Kid has an unbelievable motor and a big time stick. He will remind you of an even more athletic Troy Reh. Time will tell if he becomes an offensive threat at Troy was his last two years.
  10. Oh and I agree the athletic department and lacrosse program are awful on social media.
  11. I think last year was the type of season that most "pundits" think the typical mid-major, American East team is going to put up more often than not, especially after the graduation of probably the best Albany class ever. I said it before that last season, IMO was a perfect storm of losing that sort of class, bigger coaching changes than anyone was willing to admit, less than stellar upperclass leadership last year, a couple of key guys banged up more than advertised, and oh year major Tehoka drama. After an amazing run, I am not sure Marr knew how to deal with the sudden adversity and most of the season seemed like a panic, and as I said after fall ball if you saw the games last fall they were a great prediction of what would happen, and if you saw the games against Penn and Army it was already a much different team starting with Tehoka. He was very fit, more of a leader.I am expecting a much different and great season from him. The only disappoint was Patterson's injury and him being off the field most of the fall. I have no update on how he is doing, but I was led to believe that he will be ready when the boys get back on campus this week. We alway hear about the incoming freshmen class, but this one is a good one and could rival the 2018 graduating class. If and it will be a big IF, the coaches are willing to take a few possible early lumps, there are 4-6 freshmen who could be impact players. There will be obvious freshmen ups and downs, but I hope the coaches play the long game and start working them in for a late season run. Face off situation has to improve. If not better, there at least has to be some sort of developmental plan. I think the defense could be much smarter. I am not saying the best guys were not playing last year, but how they played as a unit was not very good. I saw big strides from Tanner Hay in the fall, Kunz will be the #1 pole, and the 3rd starting spot will probably go to Filiposwki, but I need to see more out of him for a team defensive standpoint. His physical skills are very good. The biggest improvement will be at LSM. This new freshmen will blow you away. He should be the starter, but will probably split time with Barrow or Filipowski depending on what they do. Kozar and Weathersby are nipping at the heals at close. Regardless how it plays out this will be the biggest and strongest close D unit Albany has probably ever fielded. The recent weakness has been smaller d mids getting beat on alley dodges. We have several big freshmen who played a lot in the fall who look like Adam Osika sort of bodies. That is a big transition for freshmen, but there are a lot of options. Assuming Patterson shows up 100% or close to it, and rejuvenated Tehoka, the offense will be much better which really was the big disappointment last year. The big question will be middie offensive production. That is the wild card to me on the offensive side of the ball. This fall was much better than last fall. I think there is a lot more hunger than last year, and no drama coming into the season. I think if the team grows over the course of the season that they can regain the AE automatic bid and make it to the tournament, but it isn't a team that can get an at large bid. I think the big jump is over the next 2-3 seasons.
  12. I believe we are hosting, but don't know if it will be on campus or the indoor facility out by the airport.
  13. Only one I know about is Siena on the 25th, and no Colgate this year.
  14. Danes get a nice flip from Ohio State - Danes are reloading and the next 3-5 years look to be back on the upswing. Joey Pezziminti Attack 2020 FWIW IL has him ranked as the 70th player in his class.
  15. I would agree with that. In the fall games he was aggressive when it called for it and was more of a feeder. I only wish that Patterson had been able to play in the fall to build on the chemistry. Should be a lot more offensive firepower this year, but shooting efficiency from the midfield still needs to be a big off season priority. My early prediction is a nice bounce back season, but I still think the Danes are a year away from a return to top tier. I think the Danes are a legit 15-20 this year, and possibly a bit better if they figure out the face off situation.
  16. Thanks for posting. There was a guy sitting on the field taking notes during the first half of the game against Army so that must have been the guy who wrote this. The main point from the article which is really accurate is when Marr says the team is ahead of where they were last year. I would say it isn't even close. I guess the big message last weekend was compete, and they did.
  17. The one time Casey got a good look, planted his feed and shot it overhand he burried it. I hope we see more of that.
  18. No idea what the nature of the injuries are to the the freshmen. As I said Skidders appeared to be favoring an ankle. Just walking around the other two guys seemed find so maybe upper body??? The freshmen FOGO did get some work, and at least against real competition he was no better than 2nd or 3rd. As I said in an earlier post Altamari barely got any work. I am guessing no more than five over both games, but I could be wrong. Jones did a great job winning the draw against Army, but once again was a bit careless with the ball a few times. The freshman is the more athletic of the three IMO, but at least right now he definitely is not an immediate upgrade. Fingar and LaPietro look like Big 10 or ACC middies. They have a lot of upside and we haven't had two middies like that since Osika. Hogg was pretty impressive as well, and will push a few guys.
  19. I didn't ask about what was wrong, but of the three, only Skidders seemed to be favoring anything. I don't know what is going on with Ron John or the knee brace on Fillipowski. Davis played a decent amount, and played well, but with a healthy Patterson don't see how he jumps into the top 4-5. Yunker played really well as the recipient of feeds from Tehoka. Casey is interesting. He had some nice feeds from behind the cage to guys cutting towards the goal. All of a sudden there is a some really good depth. The one thing when you watch Penn play that I don't think we have is that outside sniper who can stretch a defense. Burgmaster definitely has that potential, but overall we are just a so so shooting team from the midfield. A few other tidbits I picked up. If anyone saw the fall games last year, Albany got man handled, especially by Army. It was an accurate preview of a pretty down year. I don't want to read too much into two games in October, but the one thing that stood out in both games is that the Danes competed and looked the part this fall. The face off situation is still a concern, because once again the coaches went straight to long poles when the FOGO's lost one or two. The poles I have seen between Barrow, Weathersby, and Piseno have been effective when used, but just way too often IMO. The physical nature of practice has also picked up. A lot more running and physical practices and the team was tired coming into the games and still played very tough. Penn should be a pre season top 5 team, and I think if our starting goalie had played it would have been a very close game.
  20. I feel confident in saying this year’s team will be significantly better than last year. We were missing three first line guys - Patterson, Ron John, and Alex Burgmaster and three freshmen I wanted to see - Skidder’s, Seneca, and Noah. I am not sure if there is a Connor Fields in this class, but this is easily the deepest class in quite some time. The early star of the class is Pinseo. He is already a force and will be a huge upgrade in the middle of the field even as a freshmen. He and Barrow will be a nice tandem at LSM. There are 2-3 nice middies and Hogg started at attacked and played well. Last year Army physically dominated the Danes from the opening whistle. We won the game by a goal or two and handled Army’s physical play. Face off’s were pretty good in that game. Jones took the bulk of them and won, but occasionally had issues with the ball or getting rid of it. Nate was very solid on goal. i am guessing Filipowski is injured. He had a brace on, didn’t play much against Army but played more as the day wore on. When things got sloppy transition defense was poor, but overall the D looked good. It looks like 5 guys are fighting over the top 3 spots and there is quality freshmen depth. Penn was really good and it was 0-5 before you could bat an eye. The freshmen goalie played most of that game and he got rocked. Our FOGOS took very few face offs and it was several long poles. We all thought that was crazy. Altamari it seems has all but been written off. I think the final was 15 or 16 to 20 with the younger guys playing most of the last quarter. Tehoka played really well. He looks like a different guy. Assuming everyone is healthy this is what I think it looks like Attack - Tehoka, Patterson, Yunker, Casey Hogg, McComber O Middies - Ron John, Burgmaster, schwab, Ramirez D middies - Bradley, Fingar, LaPietro although both of the freshmen are definitely two way guys LSM - Barrow and Piseno FOGO - Jones Defense - Kunz, Kozar, Filipowski, Hay, Weathersby Goalie - Siekierski, Ramos
  21. The current team had more guys in sweats than what I heard going into the game. Jones was hurt. I am pretty sure the other guy taking face offs was Altamari, and then Weathersby took a few in the 4th quarter and won all of them. I don't know what Jones's injury is. I will be more interested in seeing how the face off situation works next week. Without Patterson and Nanticoke being able to work together now it is hard to say how the offense will work but the big question mark again is going to be midfield scoring IMO. Agree with you on Hay, He is nice in transition, but doesn't really play any defense. He is one of the guys who has to get in the weight room. He has a great stick for sure. The freshmen poles were in during that big run and got a big welcome to the big leagues. It was more of a fun evening so will watch next week's game with a more critical eye.
  22. I am pretty sure the game is at 8pm on Friday night and the alumni golf tournament is on Saturday. I would imagine the alumni roster is pretty fluid right up to the last minute, but agree given our great list of alums, it would be nice to make a bigger deal out of the day for sure.
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