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Army

Lafayette down 3-1 in the second quarter. Hyatt is being peppered with Army shots.


23-5 on shots favor Army Hyatt has 10 saves…we are going to ruin our goalie without support!!

Army Goal in the first two minutes  and then we lost the FO. This is getting ugly/
Lafalum

4-2  on Army turnover
Lafalum

7-3 we are being overwhelmed
Lafalum

8-6 in the fourth.  At times this team can play very well.
pards4ever

my observations .... We need a FOGO !!!!!!!!!...... Could not clear the ball....We took 16 shots ...Army 43 shots... We need to stop running plays and let the kids freelance...More unsettled situations because we are letting the defense set up
Bogus Megapardus

Bottom line is that they are playing a heck of a lot better than last season.  I didn't have high hopes for this season in terms of wins - and I still don't.  But we're now competitive, and it looks as if we're going to win one or two that we shouldn't.

FOGO (and consequently possession) is and will remain a problem.  The kid from Mercer doesn't even have anyone good to go against in practice to up his skills.  At this point you might as well go up and down the roster to look at all of the Middies who took FO reps in high school (many of the would have done so) and develop him.  It can't get much worse.
seenalot

Agree with your last point - no down side - looked like Cannon won 5-8 yesterday (with LS or shortie?).  If thats the case would ride that for a bit.  

Also agree with the point that there are improvements, particulary on the defensive side.  Need to minimize TOs if we are going to be playing with 6-10 fewer possessions a game.
pards4ever

SHOTS/GAME GP No. Avg/G
1. Navy 4 177 44.25
2. Army 4 161 40.25
3. Loyola Maryland 5 196 39.20
4. Bucknell 4 153 38.25
5. Lehigh 5 190 38.00
6. Holy Cross 4 142 35.50
7. Boston University 5 171 34.20
8. Colgate 4 133 33.25
9. Lafayette 3 84 28.00

we are last in shot attempts in the patriot league...we have to open up the offense
Bogus Megapardus

seenalot wrote:
Agree with your last point - no down side - looked like Cannon won 5-8 yesterday (with LS or shortie?).  If that's the case would ride that for a bit.  

Also agree with the point that there are improvements, particularly on the defensive side.  Need to minimize TOs if we are going to be playing with 6-10 fewer possessions a game.


Army - 43 Shots; 24 SOG

Pards - 16 Shots; 11 SOG

SO . . . On the one hand, the Pards were MUCH more selective with their shots and had a MUCH higher SOG %age.  On the other hand, Army seemed to be abiding the ol' adage, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take."  That works in lacrosse when you're supremely confident that you'll be able to grab all the GBs when you miss.

Defensively, the Pards have to focus on a "don't let 'em shoot" philosophy - which is underscored by Army's ratio of Shots to SOG; Army was not shy about taking high-risk, low-percentage shots because they were pretty sure (a) they'd maintain possession on the ones that were wide of the mark and (b) other bad things (such as a stick check) would not happen if they took the high-risk shot.  So they'd take a lot of high risk shots and a couple of of those high risk shots invariably would wind up in goal.  Being in a position to bet those numbers and netting those couple of high risk shots will make the difference in a close game.

If we start to collect more of the GBs in our defensive zone (i.e., on opponent's missed not-on-goal shots and Goalie-deflected Shots on Goal) opposing teams will shoot less for fear of a TO.  (Shots on Goal, to the extent we allow them to get off in the first place, are all about the Goalie and we're just fine there with Hyatt who is as good as anyone in Division I.)  Our possession time goes up as our opponent's Shot/SOG ratio goes down (assuming we can clear).  And the total number of shots will go down as a consequence, giving Hyatt less work on his own.  I know it seems counter-intuitive to hope that your opponent lands a higher percentage of their shots, but a higher Shot/SOG ratio almost always means fewer total shots by the opponent (for fear of a turnover) and, consequently, fewer SOG.  In other words, your defense is working and is instilling fear.  And every save caught is a turnover.

This requires a fast, agile, in-your-face, shut-down defensive scheme coupled with burst, timing and precise stick handing on GBs by the Poles and by the Defensive Middies.  You need big, strong, tall, very athletic guys.  They don't have to be 40-time fast; they don't have to have "moves" like an Attack.  But they need to be reactive and prescient like a good WILL linebacker in football.

Couple that with good clears and a reduction (hopefully to near-zero) of unforced TOs in transition and we'll be in the game every time.  I always say - just watch one time how Princeton's defense plays.  That's what we want.
Bogus Megapardus

pards4ever wrote:
we are last in shot attempts in the patriot league...we have to open up the offense


Not necessarily.  Better defense and greater possession time/skills will increase the number of shots that we are able/willing take, even if it lowers our Shots/SOG %age.  I like our offensive skill players very much.  They just need better support on Defense and in transition, plus more reliable GB pickup by the offensive Middies.  And a reduction (to near zero) in unforced turnovers.

Just consider why we aren't taking the lower-percentage shots.  This isn't about our shooting skill.  It's all about possession.  If we can maintain possession after all of our shots, then screw efficiency.  But until then . . .

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