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Bogus Megapardus

vs. Monmouth

At home, Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM.

Monmouth is a second year program.  The roster is all freshmen and sophomores.  They lost 4-2 to UMBC earlier this season - the team that just crushed us 18-7.  The other common opponent is Wagner, whom they beat 7-3.

LSN will stream the game.
Bogus Megapardus

Monmouth is coached by Brian Fisher, who was an assistant at Notre Dame and an assistant at Rutgers prior to that.

Fisher was a FOGO in college (Rutgers).  He specialized as a faceoff coach at Notre Dame where his guys compiled a .628 win percentage.

Monmouth's FOGO's are only .376 in 2015, however their top, go-to guy, sophomore Marco Mosleh, is .438.  Mosleh went 10-17 (.588) vs. Lehigh last out.

Lafayette is .330 on the season at faceoff.  Five different Leopards have taken at least 10 snaps at the X this season.   Hofstra transfer Giovanni Girardi leads the pack at .400 (4-10) but Girardi has taken faceoffs in only two games this season (Metropolitan College and Sacred Heart).  I do not know why Girardi has not otherwise played but it appears that he is still on the roster.

Freshman Sean Thomas has taken the bulk of the snaps for the Pards this season.  Thomas is 31-94 (.330) at the X.  Sophomore Jack McMahon is 15-41 (.366).
Bogus Megapardus

Sixty-Nine colleges and universities play Division I Men's lacrosse.  For games played through March 29, Lafayette ranks 57th in Assists, 63rd in Clears, 68th in Faceoffs (only UMass-Lowell is worse), 60th in GBs, 59th in PPG, 64th in Scoring Defense, 65th in Scoring Margin, 60th in Scoring Offense, and 56th in TOs.

The Leopards brightest spot, of course, is Man-Down Defense, where they rank 16th.

Source:  

http://stats.ncaa.org/rankings/ranking_summary
Bogus Megapardus

My apologies to PardsLax - it looks like we posted duplicate Monmouth threads!

(Maybe PardsLax can have the glass-half-full thread and I can have the ain't-gonna-happen thread.)
Bogus Megapardus

Lafayette is ranked 16th in the nation in Man-Down Defense so that should provide at least *some* small advantage this evening, right?

Nope, sorry.  Monmouth is ranked 7th.
Bogus Megapardus

LaxPower's rankings predict that Lafayette will lose to Monmouth by just one point this evening.  I think that's overly generous (though I don't imagine it will be yet another double-digit massacre).

My guess is we'll lose by four; perhaps 13-9 or something similar.
PardsLax

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
My apologies to PardsLax - it looks like we posted duplicate Monmouth threads!

(Maybe PardsLax can have the glass-half-full thread and I can have the ain't-gonna-happen thread.)


No worries but like Schrodinger's cat this team could be simultaneously alive and dead.  Tonight we look in the box.
lafayettelacrosseguy

This roster is more talented and more experienced then monmouth, but this game is all about who wants it more. Hopefully Ski, the captains, or anyone in the locker room can get this team in the right place for the game.

Side not, the rumor was that Fischer was one of the leading candidates for the coaching spot here a few years ago.
Bogus Megapardus

Hmm . . . I didn't factor in snow.  Slows the game and keeps the score down.
newpardslax

Hofstra transfer, Girardi, diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back at the start of the season.  Tough injury for a a FOGO.  Could have made an impact having him healthy from the start.
Bogus Megapardus

Monmouth's regular FOGO doesn't appear to be dressed for this game.  They're using an inexperienced freshman.
newpardslax

Give them credit for a tight win in the snow.  Monmouth has one of the better D1 goalies and a strong D.  Boys showed grit in coming back after giving up the lead with little time left.
The Maroon

Let's take a moment to recognize our most successful program so far this Spring.
pards4ever

Great win!! We needed that!! Game balls go to #27 and 18... It's amazing when we win face offs ... We are a different team.. I thought #38 and #6 played very well at Dmid.. Couple of questions I have?? Why would Ski leave #3 and #15 in the game? #3 should have been pulled like when Ski pulled #45 after a bonehead play... He did redeem himself at the end...someone on this forum has to have the answer to this... Why don't we skip passes????!!!! Finally #23 woke up!! Glad to see it... Also glad to see ski shortened the middie lines... #26 played outstanding!!
seenalot

We caught some breaks - happy for boys.  Their not having primary FO guy was a key - this was a one or two possession game and just a few FOs wins are huge.  It was also the kind of team (defense first) that we can hang with and see how chips fall at the end.   We go back to PL on Saturday against an inconsistent but generally improving HC team - its home, will try to go.
laxdad

Fun to watch and a good win for the team. Had some new faces on the field from the start and they played well. Looking forward to being there for the Holy Cross game this Saturday.
laxdad

pards4ever wrote:
Great win!! We needed that!! Game balls go to #27 and 18... It's amazing when we win face offs ... We are a different team.. I thought #38 and #6 played very well at Dmid.. Couple of questions I have?? Why would Ski leave #3 and #15 in the game? #3 should have been pulled like when Ski pulled #45 after a bonehead play... He did redeem himself at the end...someone on this forum has to have the answer to this... Why don't we skip passes????!!!! Finally #23 woke up!! Glad to see it... Also glad to see ski shortened the middie lines... #26 played outstanding!!


27 Soph
18 Junior
38 Frosh
6 Junior
23 Senior
26 Soph
Bogus Megapardus

I am pleased to be able to eat my words and congratulate the Pards on a home win.  I truly didn't think it would happen at the end there . . . both sides showed a lot of guts and determination in those last five minutes.

This game came down to Monmouth not having their stud FOGO on the field and relying instead on a freshman who was .231 coming into the game.  The Box Score says that we actually won half the faceoffs (9-1Cool but if you watched the game you know that several of those were on procedure calls.  There were only three that I can recall where we took the snap cleanly, advanced through transition and established our offensive set without a turnover or doing something dumb.  The one that came right after the Monmouth goal in the 3rd was really nice with the FOGO winning a clean snap and feeding his wing guy for a fast break score.

Actually for much of the 3rd quarter Lafayette performed a series of physical movements as a unit that some might argue looked almost like the game of lacrosse.

Nice to see Falcone between the pipes, too. 

Player of the Game - Brian Bock, of course.  In the right place, at the right time, all of the time.

Goat of the Game - I'm not calling out by name or number, the there's one guy in the defensive rotation who looks like he's just going through the motions.  He is consistently late sliding to the ball and then gives his mark way too much space.  I think he (and everyone else) knows who he is.
Bogus Megapardus

pards4ever wrote:
someone on this forum has to have the answer to this... Why don't we skip passes????!!!!


I've seen them do the skip pass in their EMO which is a basic, tried-and-true, five or six-man counter-clockwise rotation.  The standard offensive set, on the other hand, is meant to be rather precise (thought it doesn't always look that way) involving (what are supposed to be) quick feeds that not only go outside-in but deliberately go inside-out as well.  The base offense always starts with two behind the net, they signal one guy out and then start what looks kind of like concentric rotation in opposite directions with a lot of movement away from the ball.  With this crew, a skip pass pass in the midst of all that would have a high likelihood of going somewhere they didn't want it to go.
The Maroon

laxdad wrote:
pards4ever wrote:
Great win!! We needed that!! Game balls go to #27 and 18... It's amazing when we win face offs ... We are a different team.. I thought #38 and #6 played very well at Dmid.. Couple of questions I have?? Why would Ski leave #3 and #15 in the game? #3 should have been pulled like when Ski pulled #45 after a bonehead play... He did redeem himself at the end...someone on this forum has to have the answer to this... Why don't we skip passes????!!!! Finally #23 woke up!! Glad to see it... Also glad to see ski shortened the middie lines... #26 played outstanding!!


27 Soph
18 Junior
38 Frosh
6 Junior
23 Senior
26 Soph


Can we really play up the youth angle against a second-year program?
laxdad

The Maroon wrote:
laxdad wrote:
pards4ever wrote:
Great win!! We needed that!! Game balls go to #27 and 18... It's amazing when we win face offs ... We are a different team.. I thought #38 and #6 played very well at Dmid.. Couple of questions I have?? Why would Ski leave #3 and #15 in the game? #3 should have been pulled like when Ski pulled #45 after a bonehead play... He did redeem himself at the end...someone on this forum has to have the answer to this... Why don't we skip passes????!!!! Finally #23 woke up!! Glad to see it... Also glad to see ski shortened the middie lines... #26 played outstanding!!


27 Soph
18 Junior
38 Frosh
6 Junior
23 Senior
26 Soph


Can we really play up the youth angle against a second-year program?



Why not? My son is a freshman, he plays, he knows the team will get better, and best of all, he knows that his Lafayette Education is the most important reason he attends Lafayette.


And let me bring up the Youth Angle one more time:
4 Seniors
9 Juniors
12 Sophmores (Ski class #1)
14 Freshman (Ski class #2)
Top Goals - Sophmore
Top Assists - Sophmore
Top Points - Sophmore
Top Ground Balls - Sophomore
Top Caused Turnovers - Sophomore
Top Faceoff - Sophomore Mr. Green

GO PARDS!
NewXbo

If a coach doesn't win the league championship in his/her first year, they should be released. We don't want to wait for someone to BUILD A PROGRAM.
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
If a coach doesn't win the league championship in his/her first year, they should be released. We don't want to wait for someone to BUILD A PROGRAM.


Not to worry he'll have plenty of time to build at Lafayette! Then when things really get good he'll leave for more money plus!! e.g. field hockey coach two years ago, PL championship number 7 national ranking and gone for greener pastures.
PardsLax

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Player of the Game - Brian Bock, of course.  In the right place, at the right time, all of the time.

Yeah, I was very happy to see that Brian had a good game.  He has been one of our leading scorers since he was a freshman but his productivity dropped precipitously this year.  I can understand the rationale for moving him to middie but it's tough to learn a new position in your senior year.

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