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Bogus Megapardus

Scrimmage @ Princeton

The goleopards.com schedule shows a scrimmage at Princeton today at 1:00 PM.  I can't find a confirmation of it on the Princeton site, though.  I assume it will be played, of at all, at the astroturf field down by the boathouse.  I might have to go over a check it out for a bit.

Does anybody know if this is still on?
Bogus Megapardus

I took the short trip over; there's construction all around the lacrosse field - just snow, no scrimmage.  Someone said it might be at the West Windsor fields but nothing there either, but snow and ice.  Oh, well.
Pard4Life

The scrimmage was at the football practice field by Jadwin and next to Palmer; it was on FieldTurf. I only saw the second half but we absolutely whipped Princeton. I saw four goals and we hit the post and crossbar three times. Goalie made some great saves and Princeon hardly had any offensive chances. We controlled midfield and face-offs, though they were very physical and aggressive for a scrimmage. We played with great passion and energy, like a regular game. We do need to work on ball control in our zone though. Overall great effort. Don't know the score and if Princeton played regulars, but I think we won 4-2.
Pard4Life

Laxpower forum says we won 13-11.
Bogus Megapardus

You mean where the track is, right?  You know, I was going go back up Washington from the W. Windsor fields and drive by the stadium, but for whatever reason, I didn't.  Duh.  I wish I could have seen it.
Pard4Life

To the east of there, it was downfield from the baseball field. There were about 125 spectators and some Lafayette fans, probably lax families. You had to stand on field level, got to hear the coaches and refs the whole time, pretty neat.
Bogus Megapardus

Men's lacrosse and Field Hockey - they two sports in which Lafayette College has a perfectly legitimate shot at a true NCAA Division I national championship some day.  Without a full-time professional recruiting staff and budget, lacrosse in a bit hamstrung.  

The lack of scholarships is less of a problem as long as generous merit aid is available.  Lax kids know about Lafayette and want to play here.  It's essential that we keep pace with Bucknell and Colgate, though (not to mention those Evil Taunters).

A nice showing vs. Princeton plus an excellent performance vs. Yale in fall ball has me excited for this season.  They're only scrimmages, of course - with a chance to see what the youngster can do - but athleticism and raw talent tends to come out in these things, and it looks like the Pards might just have it.

I really wanted to see that scrimmage and focus on the defense.  We've been lacking the combination of big, brute strength and speed/agility across the DLine, which is an area in which Princeton always has excelled.  We need guys who look like prototypical football TEs and OLBs back there.  Tall and skinny just doesn't cut it any longer.

The freshman class includes three new long poles, but one kid is only 5'8"/155 lbs.  We have one returning sophomore on defense who played in just one game last season.  My best guess is that Spencer Philpot, Jon Marcek, and Paul Hammer probably will be the starting defense, all of whom return as starters from last season.  I'd really like to see more out of those three.
PardsLax

How about freshman attack Mike Galione going 3g/2a vs. Princeton?!?  A very promising start.
Bogus Megapardus

PardsLax wrote:
How about freshman attack Mike Galione going 3g/2a vs. Princeton?!?  A very promising start.


He's the new guy I'm very high on.  The Bucknellians somehow claim him as their own, but we got there first.
PardsLax

Yeah, I like your comparison to Mersky.  Mike's bigger but plays a similar style lax.  On to St. John's tomorrow.  Should be interesting.
Bogus Megapardus

PardsLax wrote:
Yeah, I like your comparison to Mersky.  Mike's bigger but plays a similar style lax.  On to St. John's tomorrow.  Should be interesting.


Mersky was a bit of a showboat (in a good way) and when I saw the vids from fallball @Yale I sort of figured that Galione was going to be a go-to player on the crease.  Personally, I'd like to see a big, tall, physical kind of "in the way" attack guy with awesome catch-and-shoot skills in the middle (think Gary Gait, maybe?) but Galione might just be the happy medium there.

We seem to have the speed and ball skills at attack now, even without Mersky.  I just want us to be much more physical up front - like we are at middie.  And obviously we have to have better physicality and spatial awareness at D as well (though our ball skills at D have been exemplary).

Goalie, of course, is a complete unknown.  DePasquale is a tough act to follow.  I guess it helps that Magnan played goal.

For whatever reason, I just think it's going to be an incredible spring on the Tundra.  May the stars align . . .

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