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Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that **North Carolina** is travelling to UAlbany to play in the first round of an NCAA tournament??!! If you told me this 20 years ago (when I graduated) I

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Something I never thought I'd see in any sport is these first three words together:   Title Favorites: Albany and Maryland

Ok. Pulled it together, staunched the bleeding and sent the ACC champs and defending national champions back to NC wet and dejected. TD was a stud but they were swarming in the second. Wings gotta be better.

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We had a terrible time with their pressure... Couple that with normally being aggressive and to prone...almost a disaster.

 

Need to be patient when teams ride us this hard and this physical. Everyone is going to try and do that to us. Good new Marr has a week to game plan for it.

 

Really enjoyed this game.

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Crowd was pretty giddy at halftime. I was thinking "UNC's not doing as good as Binghamton"

 

In the second half they won most of the draws, the goalie finally made a few saves, and mostly they turned up the defensive pressure all across the field.

 

This is good, it gives us something to work on in practice this week.

 

Next Sunday at The Tub!

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TD did well, even in the second half. The wing play wasn't great...but UNC has tremendous wing play, which is why they made it a game.

 

Honestly, while it wasn't a great second half...we did get one thing we needed to go forward: ADVERSITY. UNC just beat the bag out of Syracuse and Notre Dame to get here. They tried to beat the bag out of us, and frankly did...in the 3rd.

 

Albany closed it down in the fourth...and that can only help us going forward. IMHO, if we face Maryland next weekend...the winner will be in the Championship game. I truly believe that Albany, UNC, and UMD are three of the best 6 teams in the land.

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Crowd was pretty giddy at halftime. I was thinking "UNC's not doing as good as Binghamton"

 

In the second half they won most of the draws, the goalie finally made a few saves, and mostly they turned up the defensive pressure all across the field.

 

This is good, it gives us something to work on in practice this week.

 

Next Sunday at The Tub!

 

TD actually was winning the draw. It was the ground balls to the wings where we faltered. TD had zero help and UNC just collapsed on him.

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Did you actually watch the faceoffs?!?! TD went 23-30...destroying one of the best FO specialists in the country.

 

If you understood anything about UNC, you'd know their strength was in the wings...and it's exactly what they did in the second half...totally outplayed us on the wings AFTER TD won the faceoff.

 

SMH.

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Did you actually watch the faceoffs?!?! TD went 23-30...destroying one of the best FO specialists in the country.

 

If you understood anything about UNC, you'd know their strength was in the wings...and it's exactly what they did in the second half...totally outplayed us on the wings AFTER TD won the faceoff.

 

SMH.

 

Yup, that was a really well executed second half. Trying something different would have been such a terrible idea...especially since we have never seen the team choke away a lead before.

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Over two hours in the rain and I just wanted to see something done to stop the bleeding in the second half...anything!

 

Among other things, Fields was a ghost, and the team did not respond well to the more desperate pace UNC played at.

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Over two hours in the rain and I just wanted to see something done to stop the bleeding in the second half...anything!

 

Among other things, Fields was a ghost, and the team did not respond well to the more desperate pace UNC played at.

 

 

Haha, Albany just played the defending champs, a very good, storied lacrosse program in the biggest home game in front of the biggest crowd in school history and FOUND A WAY TO WIN and you are complaining about the coach not changing things up in the second half and Fields being a ghost??? Fields hardly had a chance to touch the ball in the second half! Come on man!

 

That was a hell of a game. I've said it before but a friend of mine coaches at a top lax high school in southern NY and I talked to him for about 10 minutes during halftime and 45 minutes after the game ended. He was saying during halftime that UNC would find a way to get back in it, maybe not all the way but they would make a game of it somehow. Said they are just too good of a team to get dominated like this and can easily dominate as well and probably would. After the game he said, "What'd I tell you?! UNC is defending champs and their coach is too good that I knew they'd make a run. It happens a lot in lax. It's probably the best thing to happen to Albany to feel that pressure, both physical and mental and that will really help them going forward in this tourney!" He said UNC used a 10 man ride a number of times, which is hard to do for a long period of time and it worked really well for them forcing some turnovers and Albany had some nervous unforced turnovers during that run but they held on and made the plays to win, that's what matters. I trust this guy's opinion about lacrosse and feel very good about this win.

 

Also, Carcaterra said it somewhere during the week and I paraphrase, "If you see clean and quick faceoff wins by TD early in this game it is going to be a long night for UNC. If he struggles and the UNC wings have time to get into the scrum, UNC may win the faceoff battle at the end of this game. Their wings are just way too strong for Albany to deal with and whether TD can win clean and quick will be huge." Well he seemed right on. UNC won almost every faceoff when the wings got involved and TD won almost every one where it was clean and quick.

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Over two hours in the rain and I just wanted to see something done to stop the bleeding in the second half...anything!

 

Among other things, Fields was a ghost, and the team did not respond well to the more desperate pace UNC played at.

 

 

Haha, Albany just played the defending champs, a very good, storied lacrosse program in the biggest home game in front of the biggest crowd in school history and FOUND A WAY TO WIN and you are complaining about the coach not changing things up in the second half and Fields being a ghost??? Fields hardly had a chance to touch the ball in the second half! Come on man!

 

That was a hell of a game. I've said it before but a friend of mine coaches at a top lax high school in southern NY and I talked to him for about 10 minutes during halftime and 45 minutes after the game ended. He was saying during halftime that UNC would find a way to get back in it, maybe not all the way but they would make a game of it somehow. Said they are just too good of a team to get dominated like this and can easily dominate as well and probably would. After the game he said, "What'd I tell you?! UNC is defending champs and their coach is too good that I knew they'd make a run. It happens a lot in lax. It's probably the best thing to happen to Albany to feel that pressure, both physical and mental and that will really help them going forward in this tourney!" He said UNC used a 10 man ride a number of times, which is hard to do for a long period of time and it worked really well for them forcing some turnovers and Albany had some nervous unforced turnovers during that run but they held on and made the plays to win, that's what matters. I trust this guy's opinion about lacrosse and feel very good about this win.

 

Also, Carcaterra said it somewhere during the week and I paraphrase, "If you see clean and quick faceoff wins by TD early in this game it is going to be a long night for UNC. If he struggles and the UNC wings have time to get into the scrum, UNC may win the faceoff battle at the end of this game. Their wings are just way too strong for Albany to deal with and whether TD can win clean and quick will be huge." Well he seemed right on. UNC won almost every faceoff when the wings got involved and TD won almost every one where it was clean and quick.

 

 

The team went 25 minutes without a goal after scoring 14 times in the first half. They were outscored 9-1 in the second half.

 

But, I guess since they "found a way to win" after being up by 12 goals there is no need to question anything.

 

A good fan should just see a victory in an NCAA tournament game, played at home in front of a record-setting attendance, against a national powerhouse that is the defending national champion, and be happy. Any opinion to the contrary demands dismissal.

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