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wall-e-and-ericBy Eric Martin

What’s up Stealth Land?!?! Hope everything is good and well down in the valley. The weather in San Francisco is in the high 50’s,to low 60’s on the regular, summer is here! Not really.

I haven’t played too much lacrosse over the past few weeks due to a nagging hamstring injury. Missing the second, third and forth games of the Major League Lacrosse season were not how I envisioned beginning my new season with my new team THE Denver Outlaws. Nothing to sulk about, it’s not major - my placement on the IR will give me time to rehabilitate and heal. I can’t wait to play in my first game back against the Toronto Nationals. I’ll “tee off” on winter time Stealth teammates; Jeff Zywicki and Colin Doyle – they will be running scared.

That’s about all I have to report for now…Oh yeah I got a dog named Wally – check out pic’s at www.ifoundfivedollars.blogspot.com and am gearing up for my summer camps with surf pal and good friend Chris Rotelli. Check our site www.gs-lax.com if you want to come!

by Eric Martin

Photo from www.sjstealth.com

Photo from www.sjstealth.com

What’s up Stealth Nation…what happened this past weekend in Calgary you ask?
Answer: We were stomped by the Roughnecks!

As you all know by now we were humiliated in the Western Finals by the always tough Calgary Roughnecks. The game at times didn’t even seem real. The wheels fell off before the first whistle ever blew - with our floor general, Colin Doyle, contracting a Canadian strain of the swine flu late in the week (kidding guys! Don’t call CNN!). Colin was so sick he missed the majority of game day preparations - breakfast, team meetings, film, shoot around, and lunch. The first time I saw him was on the team bus, and he looked exhausted…the kind of tired you see after a long east coast, doubleheader weekend. As we unpacked the bus and hustled into the Saddle Dome, Colin assured us he would indeed play and focused our attention on beating Calgary.

I figured Colin Doyle with the flu is still a top ten player in the league, and I prepared mentally and physically for the game. Warm ups were sharp and crisp. Coach Hall, who is the man, gave a great pre-game speech, and we took the field fired up! I sang a bit of O Canada, then after some pushing and shoving with a couple Canadians, the game was on. Well, they were on – firing on all cylinders in every facet of the game. The first quarter was a blur. The opposing offense scored at will, and their defense capitalized on our dumb mistakes.

I could go into more detail about our fumbled game plan, about their sharp shooters picking corners on our extended pressure defense, and about their goalie standing on his head, but I won’t bore you. Lacrosse is an easy game; the team that catches and throws better, communicates, and hustles more is most often the victor. Every Stealth player and coach and even Hawkeye (the equipment guy) knew it was bad when the Calgary goalie, Matt King, scored an empty net goal to end a depressing Stealth first quarter. This was the 6th goal of the game, and the eventual game winner, as we only recorded a season low 5 goals in the entire game. Another sign of our lingering apocalypse was when 10,000 Roughneck fans cheered our first goal, over three quarters into the match…or when mismatched, stinky socks were tossed to the turf, celebrating Calgary captain, Tracy Kelusky’s, supposed sock trick. Attention Roughneck fans – A real sock trick is 6 goals not 5, but his performance was impressive nonetheless. Trust me it felt like he scored 6.

It’s Thursday, and by now everyone has said their goodbyes to coaches, teammates, trainers and the rest of the Stealth staff. We all learned a lot this year, which is usually the case. We always seem to fight our way from the basement of the West and into the postseason. Hopefully, next year we can play the way Calgary has in ’09.

I’ll definitely revisit the season in a future blog, but it’s still too soon to deeply reflect right now. When I close my eyes I can still see those stinky, Canadian socks littering the Saddle Dome floor. Right now I’m off to John Muir Elementary in SF to spread the game! Check out the website onecitylax.org…we are accepting gear donations soon.

Over and out!

Eric Martin

20090508hartzellJust getting back from the golf course and taking it easy on a beautiful day here in San Jose. We played well in the Western semi-final and beat the Portland LumberJax 20-16. From the first whistle to the end we were all over them. They pulled their starting goalie Matt Disher after the first quarter. Our offense played really well and didn’t give the Jax’ defense any rest.

This weekend may 9th we play the number one seeded Calgary Roughnecks for the Western Final in the Saddle Dome.  We are only one game away from going to the NLL Championship!!!!  Guys play for years and years and never get the opportunity to play for a championship. Coach Chris Hall tells us every weekend, “winning an NLL championship will change your lives.”

This league is filled with the best talent in the world so winning the Championship sets you apart from all the rest in the lacrosse world. We are one game away from getting there and this weekend we will see who comes to play and which team wants it more. I think with the leadership and talent that we have on this team, I don’t see why we can’t walk away this weekend as the Western champs.

Tune in this weekend at 9pm Eastern Time on www.nll.com to watch the action!!!

Western Final
San Jose Stealth @ Calgary Roughnecks 9pm ET

Eastern Final
Buffalo Bandits @ New York Titans 7:30pm ET

2009051_lbIt’s been a week or so since I checked in not much lacrosse going on since the playoff bye week. Has anyone been watching playoff hockey!? That’s what I have been doing this past week. Every game is end-to-end action. My team the Capitals won game seven in Washington, which was a huge win. The Caps’ next series is against the Penguins who they will dominate.

The NLL playoffs start this weekend.

Today (May 1st) we play the LumberJax in the first round of the NLL playoffs. The team is anxious to get back into action. We arrived in Portland today and in the team film session you could tell everyone is focused and ready to go.

The LumberJax knocked the Stealth out last year for the first round so tomorrow is a pretty big grudge match. Everyone knows that if we lose that there is no tomorrow. Portland always has a huge crowd of 9,000+ so it’s going to be loud and a very exciting environment to play in. This is my first time back in playoff contention since college, but now on a bigger stage.

This has been an up and down season and a long one for us, but I don’t want it to end tomorrow. Only three games stand between us and a NLL Championship. Hopefully after tomorrow there are only two games between the championship and us. Tune in tomorrow on NLL.COM at 7:30p.m Pacific, 10:30p.m Eastern to see us take on the LumberJax!!

Western Playoff games
San Jose vs. Portland LumberJax
Colorado Mammoth vs. Calgary Roughnecks

Eastern Playoff games
New York Titans vs. Rochester Knighthawks
Boston Blazers vs. Buffalo Bandits

Last week we needed a win vs. the Minnesota Swarm and we did it in a big way winning 18-8. Our captain Colin Doyle put up a ridiculous thirteen points. When we need a goal he always seems to be involved by either dishing the apple or just doing it himself. It’s amazing to watch.

We are playing with a sense of urgency that wasn’t there in the beginning of the season. Instead of sitting in last place we are now in a three-way tie for third, a win against the Mammoth this weekend guarantees us a spot in the playoffs. This weekend is another big one for the Stealth.

We have two games remaining in the regular season, one in Colorado at the Pepsi Center, and another in Toronto vs. the Rock. It’s always exciting playing in Colorado in front of 17,000. It’s just packed. Their fans are nuts!

Colorado needs to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive as well. The Mammoth are coming off a two game losing streak, so they’re coming into this one ready to go. This is a huge rivalry game, which will be one of the best games to watch this weekend. Playoffs are right around the corner and after this weekend we will finally know where we sit.

Game time is 6p.m, 8p.m Eastern Time, tune into www.nll.com to watch it live.

What’s up everyone? Well the weather has been great all week here in San Jose it’s eighty degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I have been spending a lot of time by the pool this week. Anyone see the MD vs Virginia lacrosse game that went into seven OT’s!? That was crazy!

Salisbury had their streak ended the other day by Gettysburg 11-10. That’s the first loss since the 2006 title game. I’m sure coach Berkman is getting the team ready for what is becoming quite the rivalry game against Stevenson who is now the #1 team in the country. I’m confident the boys will battle back this weekend and reclaim that #1 spot and make it to Foxborough in May.

Well are double-header weekend went pretty good. We lost on Saturday and won on Sunday. Going into the Double-header weekend we figured we needed to win one game to have a chance for a playoff spot. We were beating the Portland LumberJax by six goals last Saturday, and then after a couple of stealth penalties the LumberJax scored seven of the last eight goals to win the game. This changed the teams mindset going into Portland the next day.

On Sunday we went into Portland with our backs against the wall, if we lose, the playoffs are out of reach, but if we win we still are alive in the playoff hunt. We now sit a half of a game behind our western rival the Minnesota Swarm. We play the Minnesota Swarm this Friday for the number four spot in the west and a playoff spot. It will be quite the game to watch because whatever team loses drops a spot and gets further behind in the playoff race. The top four teams from each the western and eastern conference gets a playoff spot.

NLL Standings
http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=230&seasonid=3260

The game is at 7:00 p.m, and 10:00 p.m for those of you on the east coast. Tune into to www.Nll.com to watch the Stealth play for a playoff spot!!

hartzel1Hey everyone!   Sorry I have not checked in for a while.  This past weekend we played the Edmonton Rush, whoever lost this game was in last place in the West.   We were coming into this game on a three game losing streak.  We didn’t have the lead until the final thirty seconds of the game.

Rabil’s behind the back assist to Colin Doyle sealed the deal with only seconds left in the fourth quarter. The final score of the game was 11-10.  It was a huge win and  a must win because we need to win a lot of are remaining games to get into the playoffs.  This was a good start.

We have a difficult double-header weekend coming up. On Saturday we play the Portland Lumberjax in San Jose and then we jump right on a plane to Seattle and drive down to Portland for the game on Sunday.  We would be sitting real pretty if we sweep the Lumberjax this weekend, but easier said then done.

The Stealth recently just got back Shaydon Santos, Steven Holmes, and Andrew Biers at the trade deadline.  These three bring a lot to the table and are what we need at the back end to make a playoff run.  We control our own destiny and I feel like we are going to go on a run here this weekend.

Hey All Laxers!

Sorry for the long gap since I last blogged but times are a little crazy with the high school season down here in Florida in full swing. Just for a quick update Pine Crest is 7-5 and really starting to shown signs of a higher level of consistent play.

Consistency is something we have struggled with all year, but last Friday we had our first big win of the season beating St. Thomas Aquinas 13-9. I was really proud of the effort the kids gave.

The MLL season is just weeks away a preseason training is going well. I have begun conditioning and lifting as this year will prove to be a tough training camp with the revamped rosters. It will be really exciting to see the level of play the MLL puts on the field this year. Every team is an all star team.

Hofstra Lax, as an alum I feel it necessary to point out the HOT start the Pride are having this year. The last two years of losing close games, seems to have turned into winning 1 goal games this year. I wish Seth Tierney and Joe Amplo the best of luck the rest of the way. Good job guys!!!!!

Anyone dominating the NCAA brackets? 13 out of the SWEET 16…not bad

It’s the first day of March and its snowing down here in MD. Where is the warm weather?

I’m sitting in bed right now writing up a bunch of clinics for the upcoming ’09 year for Performance Lacrosse and also because I can’t move my legs right now. I worked out with my trainer Collin from E.A.T.S yesterday at 10am and he is a mad man. I lift legs with him once a week and once a week upper body. I am sore for the next three days after each workout. I got my roommate, Kip Turner, to go to my Wednesday for an upper body session with me and he is still sore and aching. I tried to get him to come with me yesterday, Saturday morning, but he refused to move from his bed due to his soreness and running in boxers on Friday (Bad Move).

As for this past week… I had a blast boarding up in Vermont with my brother and sister, but did not have so much fun driving from Vermont to NJ (to drop them off) then back down to MD. I definitely need more vacation days from work. Did the usual this week… worked, worked out at lunch time, coached some clinics after work, played some lax in the night league a few of us are entered in.

I went boarding last night up in North West MD at Ski Liberty. It was really icy but at least they had something. I am always amazed at the kids in the terrain park. They are just nasty. I saw one kid do a misty flip practically off this small little jump. I could barely pull a 360 on it and he was landing misty flips.. ridiculous!! The best part of the trip was on the ride home when we stopped at the Waffle House and stuffed our faces around 11:30pm. I went for it all; waffles, omelet, biscuit gravy, bacon, hash browns, and of course toast. That meal was awesome, but I can’t go run it off today because my legs are too sore to walk.

wafflehouse

Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll get some of our workouts on video and ill post them with my blogs so you can see the crazy stuff he puts Kip (when he comes) and I through.

Lastly… Go TERPS!! Good win yesterday over the Blue Devils!!

bio-photoTo start off this first blog I would like to tell you a little bit about myself.  I played defense for the University of Maryland from ’03 to ’07 and my major was mechanical engineering.  Yes… mechanical engineering… some people thought I was crazy for picking that as my major, but it was well worth it. My thoughts were if you are going to get a scholarship for school, or have the opportunity to make it to college, you might as well get the most out of the education. Although I had to put a little more time into my schoolwork than others, I really learned how to balance lacrosse, social life, and academics. It may seem like a tough task balancing all three, but it’s really not that bad and the experience is well worth it.

Ok, Ok enough with the boring stuff.  Lets see…currently I am on my way up to Vermont to go snowboarding with my bro, sis, and mom. I left work around 1 today (which was a good thing because Maryland traffic is awful) and drove home to NJ to pick them up.

O yea forgot to mention I have a full time job for a mechanical contracting company in Rockville, MD and I have my own little lacrosse company called Performance Lacrosse Training. In addition, I play in the MLL for the Boston Cannons. I guess you can literally say I’m always running around. Some people tell me I’m a workaholic but I truly enjoy what I do and every hour of work that I put in.

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