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Bogus Megapardus

at Marist

Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 PM @ Marist (4-3)

at Sacred Heart (3-6) W 12 – 10
at Stony Brook (2-7) W 10 – 9
at Maryland (5-3) L 4 – 17
at Rutgers (5-5) L 9 – 10
Jacksonville (4-6) W 9 – 7
at Detroit (5-5) L  7 – 8 OT
at VMI (1-9) W 15 – 11

Weather clear, 55 degrees, 5 mph wind.

Only the second home game for the Red Foxes this season.  Pards appear to be roughly an even match with Marist at this point.  Red Foxes have a very young, inexperienced head coach.  This could be our last chance for for a win this season.
Andy

I went up to Marist. After a  nice comeback and 2 close- in attempts in the final min of regulation, Pards lose in OT, 11-10.
PardsLax

I only watched online and it's hard to really see clearly but perhaps that was all for the best.  This was a tough game to watch.  After playing pretty well against Georgetown, the defense once again looked unorganized and ineffective against a mediocre Marist team.  I'm not smart enough to know what the problem was but Marist scored on a lot of time-and-room shots.  Not sure if the D was out of position, if the goalie (Hyatt) wasn't seeing the ball, or if they were just great shots.  And we were WAY outshot in the first quarter (19 to 7!).  For much of the game, the whole team seemed to have trouble with fundamentals - catching, passing accurately, cradling, backing up shots.  Clears were again a problem (75%) as were ground balls (35 to 45) even though we had a slight edge in faceoffs.  This late in the season, any issues with clears should have been resolved.  It seems like there has been a reduction in production from the midfield as of late for some reason (the last three games, the midfield has scored 5 goals on 44 shots or 11%).  EMO once again 1 for 6 which is becoming a theme. There were a few bright spots, however.  Sonny Round (4gs on 5 shots) showed that he can be a very dangerous player with an arsenal of weapons.  He's going to be someone to watch for the next three years.  When the Pards went down by four in the third quarter, I thought there was no way they could come back but to their credit, they did.  But a couple of costly mistakes in OT sealed the deal.  So, the game was exciting at the end but just didn't go our way.  I guess it is apparent that this will be another 2-11 season.  As many have said, we can only hope that the young guys getting a lot of playing time will continue to grow.
Bogus Megapardus

I feel really badly for the players and their parents who have supported the teams.  There are flashed of excellence, but the season has been another disaster.  I don't think we'll beat Holy Cross.  Colgate and Lehigh are out of the question.
Andy

I claim no knowledge of this game, however, for your consideration/comments:

Fourth quarter Pards had consecutive 6o sec man up opportunities.  Marist regained possession as the first penalty expired, moved to behind our goal and stood there the remainder of the 2nd penalty, unpressured by our loose man-to-man defense. When their man came back on they went on the attack and scored.  The failure to pressure Marist behind our goal when we were a man up had the fans (parents) around me annoyed.
Bogus Megapardus

Andy wrote:
I claim no knowledge of this game, however, for your consideration/comments:

Fourth quarter Pards had consecutive 6o sec man up opportunities.  Marist regained possession as the first penalty expired, moved to behind our goal and stood there the remainder of the 2nd penalty, unpressured by our loose man-to-man defense. When their man came back on they went on the attack and scored.  The failure to pressure Marist behind our goal when we were a man up had the fans (parents) around me annoyed.


So, Marist was man down but had possession, and stalled until the penalty expired?  We didn't check them or pressure them?  Is this team being told to play a conservative, plain vanilla game, or does the D just have no confidence that they can pressure and check without exposing the goal?  Either way, it's not good.

Plus, from the gametracker stats, it looks as if it was yet ANOTHER blown clear that did us in in overtime.

Lacrosse is a full contact sport.  Those guys with the long poles are supposed to HIT the ball carrier with FULL FORCE, check their sticks and make then dislodge the ball.  They need to generate fear in the minds of smaller Attackmen so that they know if they hide at X (behind the goal)* they're going to get whacked.

Glad you could make the game at Marist, Andy.  I like Marist's Leonidoff Field.  It's not huge, but it serves the college more than adequately, and for football they get their share of sellouts there.  It's exactly the modest, suitable facility that Georgetown could have built at MSF if they weren't so busy putzing around.




*NB: Lacrosse lexicon for guys who (unlike carney2) who remain interested in knowing more about the Founder's Game - there's two Xs.  "The X" means the actual "X" drawn at midfield where the faceoff is taken.  The "X position" or "at X" is area behind the goal where an Attackman will hold the ball and call out a play.  If Wayne Gretsky played lacrosse, he'd be "at X."
Bogus Megapardus

Caveat - I'm still of a mind that this crew is a legitimate DI team.  I've watched plenty f them this season to know that they have the skill and speed to match much of the competition.

Whether or not they have the coaching and and scheme to match up, game to game, with their opponents is another story.  Had we played "small ball" better this season it might have been different.  Faceoff, clears, EMO and unforced turnovers have killed us.

Lafayette's lacrosse tradition is equaled only by a very few colleges now playing Division I lacrosse.  Once again, Lafayette has a powerful, meaningful legacy as an institution that we are letting slip away in favor of "other" things.

Schools such as Marist can only dream to have Lafayette's athletic heritage.  Must we continue to yield that heritage in favor of for-the-moment political correctness?  I mean, for gawd's sake, we are Lafayette!  I remember a time when that meant something special.

Maybe we don't make the Sweet Sixteen in basketball.  Maybe we don't beat Montana or App State in the FCS playoffs.  But lacrosse?  There are only 61 Division I teams in men's lacrosse.  There used to be far fewer, but Lafayette always was among them.  40,000-plus attend the lacrosse final four these days.  With a hundred years of men's lacrosse under our belt, we have every right to be there.

Lafayette is a DIVISION I COLLEGE, and it always has been.  It's why we're different.  We're smart AND we stand up to the best in athletic competition.  For me, this literally is the last straw.  We have the skill.  We have the players.  Can somebody please explain to me why Lafayette doesn't OWN lacrosse?
seenalot

"Can somebody please explain to me why Lafayette doesn't OWN lacrosse?"

When it comes to sports - the college's pervasive attitude of comfortable mediocrity.  Which has now slipped into being comfortable with results that are far less.

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