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Bogus Megapardus

at Rutgers

1:00 PM Saturday in Pitscataway.  The scheduling pros at Rutgers appear to have us confused with someone else, however:


PardsLax

This game could be a good measuring stick for where both programs are right now.  Even though Rutgers struggled a bit against Air Force and Wagner, I'm sure they will come to play on Saturday.  A win would be great for the program and it sure would be nice to be 3-1 heading into league play.  Wins after this game are going to be tough to come by.
Bogus Megapardus

I'm going to try to make it to the Rutgers game if it's not raining.  It's supposed to be about 60 degrees Saturday.  The game is going to be on the football practice field, which is FieldTurf, rather than at the grass lacrosse/soccer stadium.

I was at the Providence game, and I have to say the Pards were much better in most respects.  Providence was bigger and more physical, but that didn't matter at all becasue we were faster and dodgier and they just couldn't catch us.  Our D was suspect but the Friars really couldn't shoot well.  They didn't really start to land anything on Hyatt until the 4th, when he had to make a few more saves in rapid succession that I would have preferred.  Pards ran their sets a lot better than Providence and we were able maintain and control possession throughout most of the game, limiting their opportunities.  In other words, we played very well with the lead.

I didn't see Bingo, but it looks like we were down early and struggled to come back.  The areas of ball-handling sloppiness I saw vs. Providence probably were amplified vs Bingo as we scrambled and got out of sync.  Again, I didn't see it so I don't know.  I understand the snow and rain were a factor as well.

Rutgers ought to be the most physical and individually talented team we've seen yet.  First year head coach Brian Brecht had real success at Siena but likely is feeling his way through the first few games at Rutgers.  I'd hate to see it all click for his this weekend against the Pards.

Early in the season, it looks as if we really need to get a fast start and play our game with the lead.  I know Wagner was a rout, but how come they were ahead 1-0 nine minutes into the game?  With the way the Pards dominated, that can't be considered a fast start.  Then again, I praise the staff for making the adjustments necessary to locate the Seahawk weaknesses and find our game.

The incidentals are a concern.  There were too many sloppy turnovers vs. Providence and I was really infuriated with some of the clears.  We looked downright awful on some of those clear attempts and our clear offense looked like a free-for-all.  Clear defense was much better, though.  Through three games we're 44-56 on clears (not good).  Rutgers is 59-62 (very good).  Rutgers is 50-93 (.538) on faceoffs and the Pards are 32-66 (.485).  We trail opponents on GBs while Rutgers leads opponents on GBs.  This game is all about possession and it looks like we have some work to do.

Also - who gets the start?  Hyatt looked OK vs. Providence but I didn't see him at Bingo.  Then Andrusko got the start at Wagner.  What gives?
PardsLax

I watched the Bingo game via the live feed on the BU website which is never great quality.  It's hard to say but it looked like Hyatt just wasn't seeing the ball well.  My memory is that several of the shots that went in against him were pretty well-defended and from distance.  However, it very well could be the case that Binghamton is much better than people realize.  They really gave Cornell a game for the first three quarters.  When Andrusko came in, the snow really got bad.  I'm not really sure how he made the saves that he did when it seemed like the players couldn't see the ball.  I'm guessing he'll get the nod for the Rutgers game.  Tony Zawadzki is looking pretty capable at the faceoff X so he'll probably take the majority of the draws against Rutgers.  I share your concern about clearing.  The Pards do OK when their short stick D middies carry the ball but sometimes struggle when the goalie and the poles are playing catch.  I also had the same thought about everything falling into place for Rutgers with their new coach just in time for their game against the Pards.  Just saw on the Rutgers website that Lafayette played Rutgers for the first time in 1926 and has never won in 13 games (the last being in 1993) with the average margin of defeat being 12.8 goals.
Bogus Megapardus

Wow - we've been playing Rutgers in lax since 1926.  Pretty cool.  Rutgers of course always has had a powerful lax program.  All the NJ kids go to the summer camps they hold there, plus the Nike camps at Lawrenceville.

We've got youngsters carrying the poles - Stearns, Evans and Ashler have started all three games.  They're good players but I'd like to see some better control and ball handling ability there, especially on those clears.

Also, on the transitions - getting the LSM and defensive middies off seems to be going OK but it looks of if someone's waiting for lunch to be delivered on the sidelines with the confusion and time it seems to be taking to get the offensive package in.  The Pards are wasting valuable seconds and, more importantly, missing some obvious, favorable matchup opportunities during transition.    Scoring in transition worked well at Wagner, though, so maybe we can go on to make this a strength at Rutgers.

In my heart of hearts I'm optimistic.  But - if we can't control at least 50% at the X and if the Rutgers poles are more athletic than our As are quick, if could be a difficult afternoon.
seenalot

Is head coach or one of the asst coaches generally responsible for getting in the players/packages - or is that scripted to some degree?

I have to assume they will be more athletic than what we have seen so far, and agree that we have to hang around 50% and improve on clears to have a solid chance on this one.

With as much lax as is played in NJ its been surprising to me that Rutgers has had relatively down years the past few seasons.   I know a number of our club kids go to their camp(s) - obviously built in recruiting - and have wondered why we dont offer same.
Bogus Megapardus

seenalot wrote:
Is head coach or one of the asst coaches generally responsible for getting in the players/packages - or is that scripted to some degree?

I have to assume they will be more athletic than what we have seen so far, and agree that we have to hang around 50% and improve on clears to have a solid chance on this one.

With as much lax as is played in NJ its been surprising to me that Rutgers has had relatively down years the past few seasons.   I know a number of our club kids go to their camp(s) - obviously built in recruiting - and have wondered why we dont offer same.


In the "old days" lax had a head coach, one or two part-time assistants and an unpaid intern or two.  Often only the HC and maybe one assistant would travel.  Transition schemes were not anywhere near as complex.  Some high school kids had no experience at all with the transition game becasue their HS coaches wouldn't even try to implement one.

Nowadays it's the responsibility of the offensive assistant to get the transition in.  The scheme is set and the players have run "fire drills" over and over in practice to make sure the transition goes in quickly and smoothly.

But things change.  A coach might see something and want to switch personnel. It's still not all that unusual for an Attack to go in to play Middie and vice versa.  The coach might want to give some additional last-minute instructions to incoming personnel as well.  That can eat up seconds.  

Then of course there's the dreaded off-sides turnover which tends to happen of transition if you're sloppy and not well-rehearsed. That'll kill momentum and a nice clear pretty quick.  The fire drills in practice are designed to prevent any off-sides.  Nothing gets you on the coach's S-list like an off-sides.  So the kids are real careful about it.

Sometimes, of course, the coach might also be unsure of the location of existing personnel on the field, especially if a D pole has crossed midfield on the transition, and whether or not a Middie has stayed back, and if so, which one.  All this can take time to assess and figure out on the fly.  A couple of seconds sizing things up on the sidelines can seem like an eternity to an idiot ex-player like me in the stands.
Bogus Megapardus

Looking at the Rutgers roster, their players come from all the same schools as our players.  They even have a kid form Easton H.S.

One of their best players is Will Mangan, a senior from Maplewood, NJ.  I wonder if he's any relation to our head coach, Terry Mangan?

Here are the Rutgers Game Notes:


http://www.scarletknights.com/ck/notes/lacrosse-men/2012/12-5.pdf
Bogus Megapardus

Weather is shaping up nicely.  I'm off to Pitscataway for a little Road Lax this afternoon.  Going over the numbers and the results to date very carefully, I think we CAN win this game.  I'd favor Rutgers at home in something like an 8-6 game, but there's no doubt that the Pards have the huevos to pull this one off.

It would be a definitive win for us, akin to the Navy victory at Rappolt a couple of years ago.

Carney2 - if we win, I'm going to make it my mission to get you to post a positive comment in the "Good for Lafayette" thread.
Bogus Megapardus

Just back from the game.  9-6 loss.  SO frustrating becasue so little needed to happen to win this game.  More later.
seenalot

Can't do better at face offs - can't win.   And thats not something you just pick up in practice.
Bogus Megapardus

Game was at the Rutgers FieldTurf football practice facility.  Pleasant spring weather; turf was dry.  Large, enthusiastic crowd with a sizable and vocal Lafayette contingent present.  Brisk wind was not a factor.  Tickets were $7.00.  Concessions open.  Port-a-johns for the fans (take note, Lafayette).  Rutgers fans fans knew about, and definitely respected, Lafayette.

Firstly, the Pards are a solid Division I team.  Not great, but definitely not the D3 stuff  we’ve seen in some past years. Our offensive skill positions, particularly Prusoff, Heffernan, Mann and Bock, are outstanding.  Colin Serling and Greg Allis as well – those two really know what they’re doing in the midfield offense.  Doug Prusoff definitely is the pleasant surprise this year.  Man-for-man we were Rutgers’ equal or better up front.  Those guys moved the ball much better than did Rutgers and they had a better feel for their game and for their teammates.

Rutgers’ offense under its new Head Coach really seemed a bit stagnant.  They stood around way too much and had no movement to speak of off the ball.

Rutgers is a full scholarship team and it showed on defense.  Our D poles look like the tall, really skinny kids we always have.  The Rutgers D spends a lot of time in the weight room, that’s for sure.  They were powerful, quick and agile.  Unlike the Providence D, the Rutgers poles were able to slide step for step with our attack and get physical, ball-jarring checks on our guys.  They didn’t cause a lot of forced turnovers, but they certainly kept the Pards on their heels and prevented them from finding their offensive flow.  This is one area where a couple of scholarships would make a huge difference for us.

Faceoff and clears were a complete disaster for the Pards.  Outside of gaining possession on a technical, I remember only one faceoff where we were awarded possession.  That statistic, IMHO, was the key difference in this game.  You don’t win without possession.  We did an OK job of causing some forced turnovers, but you can’t rely on that for possession.  A single scholarship on a dominating FOGO would make a huge difference.

I have no idea what is going on with the clears.  We looked awful once again, even to the point of losing possession on a technical a couple of times.  Andrusko was solid in goal, but I wonder if he’s having trouble seining things on clears or whether our scheme just isn’t working.  Whatever it is, it had better get fixed quickly.   Rutgers was smooth and virtually seamless on their clears.  That gave them several fast break opportunities and some favorable matchups.

The Pards did have one pretty slick move in transition, though.  A Middie (I think it was Greg Allis)  was at the point after a transition when he turned and started sprinting for the bench for a replacement.  His defender released him and turned away.  The Pard Middie then spun around 180 degrees at midfield and charged back to the point uncovered where he was immediately fed the ball for an open look.  Unfortunately it looked like he stumble and was unable to take the shot.  It was a good idea, though, and I hope we use it again.

We coulda won this one, folks.  We have the offensive talent.  But we need possession, and then some more possession, especially since our defense is undersized.
Bogus Megapardus

I took a picture of Andrijko Andrusko against the backdrop of the now-massive Rutgers Stadium on Saturday.





I realized just this morning that the kind folks at Rutgers affixed placed a large, scarlet magnetic "R" on the back of my car while I was parked.  I've decided to leave it there for a week as a reminder of the type of thing Lafayette could do to foster awareness of our team.
Bogus Megapardus

In case no one noticed, Lehigh beat #4 North Carolina on the road yesterday, 9-8.  It was NC's first loss to an unranked team since 2004.

All well and good for the brown panties, but something is very wrong here.  I, for one, will not tolerate Lehigh dominance in lacrosse.  WTF.
RichH

Looking forward to our game. Cassesse has built a very good squad, still very young but boy can they play
edmc2416

LC needs athletic scholarships for lacrosse, big time.
Lafalum

edmc2416 wrote:
LC needs athletic scholarships for lacrosse, big time.


Doubt that the men's program will get them as all additional men's scholarships will be for football. All other additions will be title IX balancers so women's lacrosse will get them.

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