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Bogus Megapardus

vs. NJIT

Tuesday April 7 at Fisher (presumably).  7:30PM start.  Final home game. LSN stream.

NJIT is a first-year program coached by former Penn State assistant Travis Johnson.  Johnson was a standout long pole defender at perennial DIII superpower RIT; he played pro for a bit, too.

NJIT vs. common opponents: Monmouth (3-6 L); Wagner (2-7 L).  The Highlanders are winless this season.

NJIT's roster consists almost entirely of freshmen.  Top scoring threats are #92 Joe Lomeli (Middie) (Johnson HS, Clark NJ) and #15 Tyler Baggett (Middie) (Oak Hall School, Lady Lake FL).  Feeds and assists will come from Attack #29 John Roach (Standley Lake HS, Westminster CO).  The top defensive threat appears to be #28 Rich Brunje (Wayne Valley HS, Wayne NJ) who has been penalized an astonishing 14 times for 14 minutes this season (mostly hold/slash).  Probably best to keep #28 occupied and maybe draw some fouls there.

The Goalie is Nick Marzullo from Old Bridge (NJ) HS (.498 SaveAvg).  FOGO #26 Zach Melillo (Watchung Hills HS, Warren NJ) is 76-168 (.452).

LaxPower says the Pards win this one by six.  We'll see.
Bogus Megapardus

NJIT ranks last in DI for Caused Turnovers, last in Shots on Goal and last in Clears.  This means that they neither defend well, transition well or shoot accurately.  A trifecta.


EDIT - just in case you weren't aware, Erik Cannon leads the nation in Caused Turnovers.
Bogus Megapardus

Normally I don't relish the thought of absolutely destroying another team (except Lehigh, of course); I just want to win.  But this game is the Pards one and only chance to really stick it to an opponent and show that they have the goods moving forward into next season and beyond.  A double-digit win probably is too much to hope for, but WLax did it the other day against a new program.  It would be satisfying to know that MLax is capable of doing the same.

I do anticipate a win here - particularly if the Pards can maintain the possession advantage the way they did vs. Holy Cross.  Once these guys get comfortable in their offense (and they stop doing Very Stupid Things) I think they're going to score in bunches.  They really haven't had the chance to gel until the last couple of games.

If we struggle in this game, even in a win, there will be some mighty serous questions to answer.  So let's see them put the hammer down and prove something.
LeopardPride2013

Agreed - with the defense playing better it would be great to hold NJIT to their 4 goal scoring average. NJIT made their Monmouth and Wagner games competitive so we can't take them for granted especially with continued weak faceoff play. Coaches should consider some changes at the wings to try to improve faceoff outcomes. Offensively let the boys continue doing what they have been doing the past week and in the first quarter and a half vs. Loyola. Keep the momentum going right into the Bucknell game.
pards4ever

Starting #41 instead of #24 was a big part of our defense vs HC... Keep skipping passes!!!! The key to an explosive offense
LeopardPride2013

NJIT goalie save % was 70% vs Wagner and Monmouth

And yes #41 has done a nice job the last couple of games - not too aggressive on takeaways but makes few mistakes
bison137

LeopardPride2013 wrote:
we can't take them for granted especially with continued weak faceoff play. Coaches should consider some changes at the wings to try to improve faceoff outcomes. . . . Keep the momentum going right into the Bucknell game.



Bucknell could be the answer to your faceoff problems.   The Bison rank 62nd in the nation, just a few spots ahead of LC, in FO's.   Last year BU was next-to-last in that category.   It has probably cost them 5-6 wins in 2014-15.  One recent example: won 3 of 23 faceoffs in a two-goal loss at Boston U.
PardsLax

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
EDIT - just in case you weren't aware, Erik Cannon leads the nation in Caused Turnovers.


And was selected as PL Defensive Player of the Week.  Well-deserved.
NewXbo

So am I to understand that you guys are no longer calling for the coach's dismissal and are allowing him time to build a program?
Bogus Megapardus

NewXbo wrote:
So am I to understand that you guys are no longer calling for the coach's dismissal and are allowing him time to build a program?


Much depends on tonight's performance, plus a win over either Bucknell or Lehigh. Let's just say that a stall warning has been issued and the shot clock is running.
seenalot

Some consistent steps towards improvement would be nice to see.  Two recent games do not a season make - either way.  No one was calling for anything re: Coach, and even the chatter that existed was pretty tame until well into this season.  I think that's pretty reasonable given the 3 year combined record and until the VERY recent improvement.  

Monmouth win was good, HC was better, NJIT is necessary and as Bogie said a win vs. either LU or BU sets a positive direction going into next year.  But if we don't recruit a stud FO guy and some more team speed this improvement is very short lived - the PL is too good.
pardwatcher

Coaching Staff/NJIT

I think that it's great to see some very informed chatter about the Pards from an informed group of fans but I will completely disagree with Bogus in his assessment of the staff.  

This is only the second year of recruiting and scholarships for this staff and you can see the effect it has had on the young talent.  Comparisons to fully funded programs like BU don't hold any water.  Just think about what this team would look like with 3 Sands, 3 Cannons, 3 Josephs, 3 Lewis, and 2 scholarship face-off players?  When you can pay for those numbers, you can get great quickly.  The team would be top 3 in the league.  The problem is a lack of funding and commitment to scholarships.  

Tonight should be an easy game for the Leopards, 13 to 6 over the Highlanders.
pards4ever

3 Lewis??? He is average at best!!!
Bogus Megapardus

12.6 total scholarships allowed for a team of 40-45 players; roughly 3 per class.  If the college budgets/allows only one or two of those scholarships per year, you can't make mistakes.

The next Tom Perini is out there somewhere.
Bogus Megapardus

Re: Coaching Staff/NJIT

pardwatcher wrote:
I completely disagree with Bogus.


Have you no respect?  Why, back in my day, young man, we carved our own heads out of hickory and attached them to broomsticks.  We hunted the deer and tanned the hides we used to string them.  We played in Rosa Klebb wing-tip oxfords and canvas shorts with no helmets, used a five pound polished glass orb from the dean's desk as a ball and surplus army tents as goals.  

Practice was barefoot in the snow on March Field where we were encouraged to check one another across the head and back until unconscious and/or paralyzed.  It was good for the character (and an excellent digestive aid as well).  Live games were full tackle and played on concrete littered with broken PBR bottles.  We were directed to sharpen the butts of our shafts to a finely-honed point; the refs would let us borrow their "penalty knives" during times out to get a touch up if needed.  Perfuse bleeding was disguised with mud and cleaved limbs were sewn back on at halftime to hide injuries from the other side.

See, you young'uns are just soft and coddled and know nothing of the true game . . .  Cool
leopard88

Re: Coaching Staff/NJIT

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
pardwatcher wrote:
I completely disagree with Bogus.


Have you no respect?  Why, back in my day, young man, we carved our own heads out of hickory and attached them to broomsticks.  We hunted the deer and tanned the hides we used to string them.  We played in Rosa Klebb wing-tip oxfords and canvas shorts with no helmets, used a five pound polished glass orb from the dean's desk as a ball and surplus army tents as goals.  

Practice was barefoot in the snow on March Field where we were encouraged to check one another across the head and back until unconscious and/or paralyzed.  It was good for the character (and an excellent digestive aid as well).  Live games were full tackle and played on concrete littered with broken PBR bottles.  We were directed to sharpen the butts of our shafts to a finely-honed point; the refs would let us borrow their "penalty knives" during times out to get a touch up if needed.  Perfuse bleeding was disguised with mud and cleaved limbs were sewn back on at halftime to hide injuries from the other side.

See, you young'uns are just soft and coddled and know nothing of the true game . . .  Cool


. . . now, get off my lawn!!!
Bogus Megapardus

Re: Coaching Staff/NJIT

leopard88 wrote:
. . . now, get off my lawn!!!


It occurs to me, leopard88, that some of the more youthful members of this Board might be unfamiliar with the concept of the Traditional "Rosa Klebb" Wing-Tip Lacrosse Shoe.  Do you think this might assist them?



Lace up your "Klebbs" and play!


pards4ever

Bogus is right!! We don't have any Perini on this team
pardwatcher

My humblest apologies...

Bogus,

I understand that you would like to win right now, with your time in this world running short... but... It takes time to build a good program.  

I can't disagree with Pards4ever, Lewis has been average at best this year but he is injured and should develop into a good player.  My point is that other teams have 2 to 3 times the depth per-class and there has been improvement in the talent level.  

I'll be in the stands tonight and hope to see the 'Pards go for three in a row. Which hasn't happened since the banner year of 2010!
Bogus Megapardus

Re: My humblest apologies...

pardwatcher wrote:
It takes time to build a good program.


Also it takes time to build a bad program, which is what concerns me more.
pardwatcher

Don't worry

Don't worry, Terry did a great job building the bad program. Embarassed
Bogus Megapardus

I think all Leopard Lacrosse fans - young or old, gracious or curmudgeonly, liberal or regular - can agree on one thing:  a win in a very strong showing this evening is essential for this team.  The team needs it, the fans need it and the school needs it.
Bogus Megapardus

Faceoff time.  

My guess is that NJIT is looking at this game as their only shot at a win this season (they still have to face Dartmouth and Marist).  They'll be playing hard.  I hope no one on the Lafayette side is looking at this as an easy game because it won't be if our opponents have something to say about it.

GO PARDS
Bogus Megapardus

NJIT looks like they have a very aggressive defense but they over-pursue.  NJIT offense is simple, predictable high school stuff.

Pards just have to focus on their inside game here, offensively.
Bogus Megapardus

Sonny Round finds the seam in the wide NJIT zone.  2-0 Pards.
Bogus Megapardus

#41 whiffs and lets NJIT tie it 2-2.
Bogus Megapardus

Pard shots are pitch and catch with the NJIT goalie.  SMH.

2-2 end of 1Q.
Bogus Megapardus

McMahon with the clean FO win!
Bogus Megapardus

NJIT offense is based totally on wrap-arounds from behind the goal, trying to beat a defender one on one.
Bogus Megapardus

Refs not calling NJIT on the moving picks.
Bogus Megapardus

NJIT Goalie is pretty good.  NJIT defense actually is OK, technically, but the Pard O is just much faster, more athletic and more skilled, player for player.

Those nagging mental lapses here and there are preventing this one from being a blowout.

7-2 at the half.
Bogus Megapardus

#38 whiffs bad to allow the NJIT goal to start the 2nd half.
Bogus Megapardus

Orazietti answers right back.
Bogus Megapardus

Casual lax fans - watch how Lafayette plays its offense in front of the goal, while NJIT plays its offense behind the goal.  Big difference.
Bogus Megapardus

Pard EMO makes it look easy.  But can we please win a faceoff????
Bogus Megapardus

Pards now past their season high goal total.  Now . . . put the hammer down!
Bogus Megapardus

FOFO #22 out to prove something, and he does!  Nice job.
newpardslax

I'd call that a decisive blow out win.  The only reason NJIT got to 6 goals was 2-3 came on the bogus 6 v 4 EMO plus the coaches giving more freshmen time in Qs 3-4 with the win in hand.  LC could have won 21-3 but it looked like coaches saw spreading out playing time as more important than padding the score.
Bogus Megapardus

newpardslax wrote:
I'd call that a decisive blow out win.  The only reason NJIT got to 6 goals was 2-3 came on the bogus 6 v 4 EMO plus the coaches giving more freshmen time in Qs 3-4 with the win in hand.  LC could have won 21-3 but it looked like coaches saw spreading out playing time as more important than padding the score.


OK, we can waive off the stall and reset the shot clock for now.  That was a very nice win.  Thirty-Eight Pards made the stat sheet according to Gametracker.  It looks as if every healthy player on the roster had a hand in that one, including all three Goalies.  Coach Ski called off the ball dogs and emptied the bench early, and Lafayette still won by double digits.

Superior skill and athleticism all the way around.  I still have some gripes and saw stuff I didn't like but I'll shut up for now.

My personal favorite was Adam Broeckaert's faceoff win and power moves to the goal.  He wanted that one real bad and he got it.

Congrats to the the Pards for the win and for winning graciously.
LeopardPride2013

Congratulations on the highest win total in 5 years. A win is a win but was dissapointed by the relative parity in shots, ground balls and faceoffs while the starters were in. Offense was not as fluid as it was vs Holy Cross. LSM's need to do better on faceoffs. The primary long stick on faceoffs has 4 ground balls in the last three games. Team missed Confort. Team needs to play better to beat Bucknell which would be huge for the program.
Bogus Megapardus

Special kudos have to go to the Pard long poles for riding tight and being extremely disruptive.  The NJIT "wrap around special" went nowhere.  A couple of slips led to goals (and that 6 on 4 debacle was pure nonsense) but the D performance was the best I've seen all year.
Bogus Megapardus

LeopardPride2013 wrote:
Congratulations on the highest win total in 5 years. A win is a win but was dissapointed by the relative parity in shots, ground balls and faceoffs while the starters were in. Offense was not as fluid as it was vs Holy Cross. LSM's need to do better on faceoffs. The primary long stick on faceoffs has 4 ground balls in the last three games. Team missed Confort. Team needs to play better to beat Bucknell which would be huge for the program.


All valid points.  I think what we saw this evening, however, was the Pards finally playing "their" game in a tempered, methodical fashion rather than trying to make up ground with reckless abandon (as has been the case in so many games this season).  I was reminded of all those Tierney-coached Princeton squads that would defend so well and would play with a temperament that never came across as spectacular but was always so effective - almost effortless.  Those Princeton teams played with such confidence, knowing that they just had to play the system and it would all come out right.

I dare say that's what the Pards looked like tonight, and that's a real compliment.

Now they just have to win the faceoffs (not counting procedure calls), maintain possession through the line change (without turnovers, especially unforced), and allow the offense to set up securely before the shots.  This is their bane.
Bogus Megapardus

FYI -

Pard SOG/Shots -
    1st Half - 15/20 (.750)
    Game - 31/46 (.674)

Clears -
    14/15 (.933)

Faceoff -
    15/26 (.577)  Surprised

Saves/SOG -
    9/15 (.600)

That's nice.
LeopardPride2013

Thought Sands played a solid game - patient, did not force it and continued great passing
seenalot

A very solid win.   Congrats to players and coaches.

As evidenced by record NJIT not ready for D1 prime time, and the end result for us was what it should have been. The past three games were all steps towards learning to win and trusting each other.  A win over either of next two opponents sets us up nicely for fall ball and next season.  Two bad losses and we are generally treading water vs. last year despite improved win count.   Neither BU or LU are tearing it up at the faceoff X so perhaps we gain a few possessions, make a few shots, grab a few extra ground balls and eeck one out.   If we are a team on the rise that is what we must do.

We remain in a pack that is all too near the bottom of D1 per LaxPower.  But, this could change substantially with a win in either of the last two.  Would help recruiting if we could claw our way out of the bottom third.
leopard88

Re: Coaching Staff/NJIT

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
leopard88 wrote:
. . . now, get off my lawn!!!


It occurs to me, leopard88, that some of the more youthful members of this Board might be unfamiliar with the concept of the Traditional "Rosa Klebb" Wing-Tip Lacrosse Shoe.  Do you think this might assist them?



Lace up your "Klebbs" and play!




Very Happy
Bogus Megapardus

seenalot wrote:
Would help recruiting if we could claw our way out of the bottom third.


Saturday's game vs. Bucknell will be the evening highlight of the Headstrong Foundation all-day lacrosse event in Ridley PA.  It should be well attended by local youth and high school players.  It might be the first time some of these kids have seen the speed and athleticism of DI action up close and personal.

If we could win one of the next two, I'd almost rather it be this one than Lehigh.  Let the kids leave with roster sheets and facts about Lafayette and get them talking to their friends when they get home.

Weather for the even is forecast to be sunny and clear and around 60 degrees - perfect lacrosse day.  Unfortunately there does not appear that there will be a live stream of the game.
seenalot

Headstrong really is a great organization.  Wish this got a bit more play within the lax community outside of the Philly area, but hard to do in middle of HS season.   Happy to see us be a part of it.

To take a full step forward this year we need to grab at least one of them and I don't care which - but your point is well taken about the overall value of winning this next one vs, BU.

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