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|Saturday||Feb. 19||@ Northern Colorado||Greeley, CO||2:00pm|
|Friday||Feb. 25||@ Cal Poly||San Luis Obispbo, CA||7:00pm|
|Sunday||Feb. 27||@ UC-Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, CA||1:00pm|
|Saturday||Mar. 5||@ Colorado College||Colorado Springs, CO||1:00pm|
|Saturday||Mar. 12||@ Simon Fraser||Vancouver, BC||7:00pm|
|Tuesday||Mar. 15||@ Washington||Seattle, WA||7:00pm|
|Friday||Mar. 25||ARIZONA STATE||Fort Collins, CO||7:00pm|
|Sunday||Mar. 27||ARIZONA||Fort Collins, CO||1:00pm|
|Friday||Apr. 1||@ Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||7:00pm|
|Saturday||Apr. 2||@ Michigan State||East Lansing, MI||6:00pm|
|Saturday||Apr. 9||LINDENWOOD||Fort Collins, CO||1:00pm|
|Monday||Apr. 11||CHAPMAN||Fort Collins, CO||7:00pm|
|Saturday||Apr. 16||Colorado*^||Denver, CO||6:00pm|
|Friday||Apr. 22||@ Utah*||Salt Lake City, UT||7:00pm|
|Saturday||Apr. 23||@ Brigham Young*||Provo, UT||7:00pm|
CSU lax Fall Ball finished with a flourish and with 3 games played in perfect weather this past Saturday at the Manning School, which was reported to be in Golden, but the location felt much more like West Denver or perhaps Wheat Ridge to me. There were many outstanding aspects to the day’s activities, but none that struck me much more than the fact that so many parental and other family units attended the games to see their sons and brothers play some ball. There were a few alums there as well, and the overall fan base and support shown for CSU lacrosse on this most perfect weather day was so impressive that it is hard for me not to remark and say how great that part was and how well it reflected on the whole CSU lacrosse family.
GAME #1 CSU 8 – UNC 4
All the games lasted less than an hour and to keep things moving and on schedule there was very little time for warming up before game time and or other sorts of potential essentials. The fields, of which there were three, would not remind anyone of anything that might have the suffix –plex,, but they were fields and there were three of them all going with high school and college games, and all in all it was a pretty busy, well attended little event.
We opened with UNC. They are MCLA Division II, but they are a hungry bunch with some talent sprinkled in and a little bit of coaching continuity that has really helped the program develop into one of the top Division II teams. It was by no means a walkover for the Rams and the plan was for certain players to play specific increments and for playing time to be spread out differently in the first half from the way it went in the second half, and perhaps that might point to one of the best CSU team points of the game. The play looked very much like the Ram style of play regardless of who was in the game. There was much more consistency than there were unforced errors or bad things for a coach to fret over and that is always a good thing. We controlled the ball for a major portion of the game to be sure and we took a lot of good shots. The Bear goalie, a good one from Arapahoe H.S. in Denver, made a lot of good saves, and one might say that we helped him to look good, too, but I don’t really think that was the case. We had good shot selection in general and most of them were on cage, too. Sometimes goalies make good saves. Besides, scoring 8 times in a short game such as this is not exactly indicative of a game devoid of scoring and or with long scoring droughts.
GAME # 2 CSU 6 – CU 2
As always the intensity level ramped up when we played C.U. in the second game. It really wouldn’t matter if the competition were tidily winks or badminton, these two schools thrive on hating on one another and this was no different.
We took charge of this (lacrosse) game with the Buffs early, and in fact we shut them out for the entire first half to take, I think, a 4-0 lead into the break, and by the way, the halftime down times lasted no longer than a normal timeout in a regular game. These games were over and done in a heartbeat, but that didn’t keep the referees from calling a few penalties, and they did. Both teams had extra man goals, and I think we had a couple as our 6 top-gunners executed the Extra Man situations very well and that translated into a couple of scores.
The Buffs showed some talent and some transition as well with all the different colored helmets I saw out there. As always their Defensemen and goalies were strengths. They will be an MCLA force for us and others to reckon with come 2011.
Freshman attackman Sean Smith found net twice for us in a very impressive effort. His second goal put the exclamation point on the game as our offense pretty much broke down the opposing defense and Sean finished it like it was his job, which, of course, it was. Sean has great promise as a player and his left-handedness will definitely come in ‘handy’ for this team and this season.
The other 4 goals were spread out over 4 different players, and in general the attacking-of-the-goal play was encouraging overall. There was much good movement with and without the ball. The attack position play was good, and that will become very important because we are not extremely deep at that position as compared to say, long stick middie, where we have a plethora, and have spent much time in the fall trying to sort and figure all of that out.
For one thing we want that position to always be a dominant position on the field for our team. For another, we never want good players to just sit and not play a lot. With experience and excellence we have that covered with Andy Siegmund, Mark Moskovics, and Kyle Gies, each one bringing something special to the game in terms of skill and standout attributes.
Meanwhile we have some really great prospects or rookies with the likes of Adam Booth and Chris Anderson. More than one guy can play LSM, no doubt, but as the season rolls along it would appear that it might be quite difficult to keep 5 or 6 of them all involved and happy, and that is especially true if we are successful as a team in the area of controlling the ball during the game. We want to own the ball, and the more a team does that the less the LSM position is in the game. I guess that is at least partly why it seems so hard to get players to want to play that position. Still, I view it as a very important, even star position for any team that I have coached, because when that position is a star then your team owns the middle of the field and that goes a long way toward owning the game itself. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. For example, when Mark Plonkey played here he dominated the game from that position. At the same time, it sucked to be the LSM playing behind Mark on the depth chart because basically if you were that you got mostly NO time in the game. It is a very interesting position in many different ways, and it can be a powerful weapon for a team and a coach.
Jake and Andy Flax have been a part of this team for a while now. They played one year as red shirts and they did three years of demanding service as officers for the club. It is no joke to be in the administrative part of CSU Lacrosse. There is much time and work devoted to keeping up with all of that. As players these twins have sort of had to wait their turn as they continued to work hard on their game and improving as players. In terms of that translating itself onto the field, the truth is that Jake on attack has played quite a bit more of what one might call quality minutes over the years, and that is partly due to the simple fact that Jake plays attack and there are always three of those in the game, and as the years have gone by Jake’s playing time has increased. This year as a senior he was in fact elected a Captain, which I always consider to be something especially big on this team because I think that many of the Ram players were Captains for their high school teams before arriving on this campus, and also because I think so many of our players aspire to be a Captain. It is an honor and a privilege, and it is something that we talk about a lot. We never want, for this election of Captains to be a popularity contest. Being a Captain is a statement about who the team wants to lead them into battle, and never just a reflection of how much fun he is to party with.
ANDY WAS DANDY
Andy Flax plays goalie. The reality that there is only one goalie playing at any particular time coupled with the fact that Alex Jacques had been our starter for the past three years made playing time hard for Andy Flax to find. All that, not to mention that here at ‘Goalie U.’ it always seems like we have 4-8 goalies vying for playing time, has made it hard for Andy to really stand out and find his own place to shine. Well, it may have been ‘only’ a Fall Ball game the other day, but he took the start he was given for that CU game and he made it his game. He played so well that we left him in for the entire game, which really wasn’t the original coaching plan. We never take CU lightly as an opponent, and hopefully they feel the same about us, but any way we look at our current and future goalie situation Andy is in the mix as our potential starter, and that is a great thing to see. I couldn’t be happier for him. Nobody is ever just given anything and clearly there is going to be a bit of a dogfight for this all-important position on the field. Andy is becoming a complete goalie now as he runs the defense with authority, makes routine as well as outstanding saves, and he is clearing the ball better than ever, something that I believe will be a major key to our success.
GAME # 3 CSU 13 – REGIS 1
THE REGIS BROTHERS
There really isn’t a lot that I have to say about this one other than the Regis coaches were dressed up as something for Halloween. What it all was I was not exactly sure, nor did I have the cajones to query what it might have been, but I have since learned that there was some sort of Will Ferrell movie reference thing so I think I get it now. Even in the lightest of moments I can’t imagine myself personally sending a message like that to my team, but maybe I am just a grumpy old spoiled sport because I never liked dressing up for Halloween that much anyway. They had the tailoring and duds befitting a pro basketball player from the 1970’s, complete with Afros tucked under headbands and shorts that barely covered the butt cheeks, and it was a baby blue theme so I was confused. I kept thinking Denver Nuggets or maybe the old Denver Rockets, but I think that powder blue Nugget thing is fairly new.
Anyway, it made me think of the fact that back in the day teams had home and away jerseys and not 15 shades of blue and pink and retros and all that. Times do change, and I get that, but it still seems somewhat like the fashion statements that we are making as a society today will quickly ‘date’ themselves to a very large degree, even if it is often all about breast cancer awareness and things such as that.
One thing I can say for sure about game #3 is that all that had not played a lot or a little got to play a lot in this finale. Many scored their first career goals. Kyle Flippen, one of our few, local Ft. Collins products, made it look very easy while ‘going off’ for 4 goals himself, and that all happened without him really trying to tally goals that way (attacking cage with ball). Flip just found himself in good places to take shots so he took them and they mostly found net
PLAY HARD OR GO HOME
We never tell players not to play hard and some of the players had not seen a lot of field time this fall. The end result was the unlikely number of 13 goals being scored for our side in a game that was fun for many but from a lacrosse point of view the game was aesthetically pleasing to no one I’m quite sure.
ACCIDENTAL GOAL SCORED
The one goal Regis did score more or less came while we were changing goalies, and one of the Regis attackers accidentally ended up with the ball in his stick and so he threw it in.
ONWARD AND INWARD
There is no rest for the weary as no sooner have we finished the outdoor season than we are indoors at Odie’s for the winter box league stuff. The GM’s have chosen the 4 teams and tomorrow they start playing for the coveted Smith Trophy emblematic of CSU Box Lacrosse League supremacy.
SERIES ON THE SIDE
The World Series ended last night. I didn’t know it was supposed to look as easy as the Giants made it look. They are good and all that, but who bets the farm that the Edgar Renterias of the world will hit the perfect 3-run homerun in the eighth for your team after you spent 10 million mid-season to watch Pat Burrell strike out 12 times in 14 at bats in the post season or whatever? Ain’t baseball great? If general managers decide who gets paid what (players) then who decides what you pay general managers, because it almost seems like they (GM’s) have become the most important dynamic in pro sports. Agents take a percentage, shouldn’t GM’s too? We have built a whacky world where what kind of money one is to make is determined before the performance seemingly more than how one actually does when the clock is ticking, and agents such as Scott Boras have greater fame than the players they represent.