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Bogus Megapardus

vs. Manhattan College

COME NOW THE JASPERS to the Elysian Fields of those who have abandoned all hope of a post season existence and who were willing to exchange their lacrosse lives for just one more shot at a win.

So at 7:30 PM Tuesday night at Fisher - with an award-winning PLN stream - Manhattan College arrives with their 2-9 record.  The "2" came in single goal wins over Mount St. Mary's and Marist. The "9" includes getting whacked by Canisius this past Saturday, so that shows you what we're up against.

Manhattan is a long time lax foe of the Pards.  Oddly, though, they haven't faced any other PL teams this season.

Since I'm obsessed with faceoff stats this season, you should know that the Jaspers are a combined .325 at the mark for the season.  The primary FOGO is Brett Johnson who is .299 on the season.  Johnson is a graduate student who played at Delaware previously but he didn't see much action there.

Manhattan is coached by Steve Manitta, who was for many years the successful head coach of the program at Chatham (NJ) High School.
Bogus Megapardus

Oh, and daxdad - GO PARDS!!!
Bogus Megapardus

And Pards win the opening FO.  Shocker.
Bogus Megapardus

. . . and turn it over, just like that.  Double shocker.


Turnover leads to Jaspers score.
Bogus Megapardus

. . . and lose the subsequent FO.  All is normal once again.
Bogus Megapardus

4-3 Jaspers at the half.

We're playing like I wish we had played so many times this season, let's put it that way.  Still too many defensive lapses in front of the goal - but lots effort and hustle otherwise by the D.

New FO strategy simply is to create a shambles and hope for the ground ball.
PardsLax

I'm not feeling this offensive scheme and haven't all season.  Too much carry, carry, dodge, pass, REPEAT until someone tries a shot from 15 yards.  3 goals in a half against Manhattan??
PardsLax

Did we say it couldn't get any worse.  It just did.
Bogus Megapardus

No comment.   Evil or Very Mad
seenalot

If it was a horse they'd put it out of its misery.....
pards4ever

Our shooting continues to be a problem...  Especially our midfielders ....this year is over... Let's look forward to next
seenalot

Find/grow/steal a face off guy or we are going to see more of same next year.  We let oppenents have 6-8 more possessions a game.  Couple that with generally (albeit not yesterday) more turnovers, and we end up with 10-12 or more fewer touches in the offensive zone EVERY game.  Couple that with bad shot selection and a marginal offensive game plan and there is NO WAY we win games - no one would, its too big a mountain to climb.

Fix the face offs (I'd settle for 45-50% to start), consistently reduce the turnovers and the rest of the problems end up partially fixing themselves.

Do we have the wherewithall to do that - I dont know.   But its not changing by just bringing in another class "next year".
bison137

seenalot wrote:
Find/grow/steal a face off guy or we are going to see more of same next year.  We let oppenents have 6-8 more possessions a game.  Couple that with generally (albeit not yesterday) more turnovers, and we end up with 10-12 or more fewer touches in the offensive zone EVERY game.  



You may not have that situation on Friday, since Bucknell currently ranks 64th in the nation (.356) in faceoff pct - one spot worse than LC (.359).   BU has used five different guys in the FOGO role and none has succeeded.   The current one is a soph who was on the wrestling team last year before switching to lax in the fall.   He has been the most successful of the five (42%), but likely due to going up against two weak faceoff teams.
Bogus Megapardus

seenalot wrote:
Find/grow/steal a face off guy or we are going to see more of same next year.  We let oppenents have 6-8 more possessions a game.  Couple that with generally (albeit not yesterday) more turnovers, and we end up with 10-12 or more fewer touches in the offensive zone EVERY game.  Couple that with bad shot selection and a marginal offensive game plan and there is NO WAY we win games - no one would, its too big a mountain to climb.

Fix the face offs (I'd settle for 45-50% to start), consistently reduce the turnovers and the rest of the problems end up partially fixing themselves.

Do we have the wherewithall to do that - I dont know.   But its not changing by just bringing in another class "next year".


Pards had offensive possession the majority of the time vs. Manhattan and still couldn't pull out the win.  We even secured possession on the opening faceoff of OT.

PardsLax is correct in that the offense often looks like the traditional around-the-arc dodge.  We try to set picks and roll a guy in to the crease but mostly it doesn't work.  But there are other offensive schemes mixed in there as well - like the one where the guy behind the goal dodges right, passes left, the tries to beat the long pole to the left corner of the crease for the feed.  Or else he fakes the pass and tries for the wrap-around.

I haven't yet seen this work for us - but the fast feed to the guy at the crease corner worked twice for Manhattan as our D got visibly burned.

And yes - we're shooting from 10-15 yards while our opponents are finding space to dish at the top of the crease.  Even I could hit from there for chrissake - with a no-pocket girls' stick and "Hector" tied to the pipes.
Bogus Megapardus

This might be reading too much into it but it seems that when the offense closes in the circle and the passes get crisper and the guys are moving faster (without the ball) in order to set up the close shot - our guys become a lot less confident about teammates' position and are hesitating just a bit too much before the pass.  That little double check to be certain that the guy is in position to get the pass (or the ultimate feed) is probably just a sign of the remaining unfamiliarity with the offense and with the other players' tendencies.

That will get better with practice and game experience.  This season we haven't had very many extended offensive possessions in order to hone this down.  Manhattan was an exception - we had a lot of extended possession time.  But we were still shooting from way farther out than I'm sure the coaches would like.  We're a long way away from Hopkins-style "no look" passing, for sure.

I have to think that we'll get there, though.  Later rather than sooner, perhaps, but we'll get there.
Bogus Megapardus

bison137 wrote:
The current one is a soph who was on the wrestling team last year before switching to lax in the fall.


He's probably got "twitch."   Cool
Pard4Life

How did we beat Colgate??

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