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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.

Remaining MLL Teams

MLL News

Hey All Laxers, Well the news has finally been made public as we all have been hearing rumors for weeks upon weeks. With the MLL contracting from 10 teams back to the original number of 6, the 6 remaining are not all original teams. Chicago and Denver have survived expansion and now contraction, the remaining four are Boston, Long Island, Washington and newly relocated Rattlers from Rochester to Toronto. Toronto should be a really interesting location for lacrosse since the Rattlers already have so many Canadians on their roster. Hopefully Toronto will prove to have a better fan base then Philly, LA, San Fran, and NJ who all had to fold. It still astonishes me that LI and Baltimore who everyone calls the two meccas of the sport can’t get fans to their games, come on lacrosse fans!

Have you seen the rosters, one word, SICK! Every team is an All Star team. Lacrosse should be amazing this summer. Chemistry will as always be a huge factor. I am looking forward to the upcoming season, it should be a blast.

Coaching

Down here in South Florida, we find ourselves at 2-0 and winning ugly but a win is a win. We have lost some seniors to injury and academics this year. Leadership has been somewhat of an issue but I am hoping that our younger players will assume bigger roles as we move along. Tonight and tomorrow should prove to be a great learning experience for our team. North Broward Prep, a district opponent, comes to our house tonight at 6pm and St. Andrews tomorrow at 11am at their place. Just in case you have been living under a rock St. Andrews has grown to super star status and is currently ranked 12th in the country according to inside lacrosse. Wish us luck!

Hey All laxers!  I hope all of you are enjoying a safe winter.  The NCAA Lax season is in swing with practices and scrimmages currently happening.  It is always interesting to see who just might develop as the years Cinderella team.  As I am biased, Hofstra is my hopefull team.  I am also extremely interested to see what Coach Pressler is going to be able to pull off at Bryant this year with its first Division 1 schedule in school history.  I wish him luck.

On a personal note we have been practicing down here in South Florida for 3 weeks now and the process has been some what slow.  The stick skills to which I am used to are far off across the board.  However there are a few gems to which I can polish throughout the year.  The one thing Florida has to offer is alot of athletes; hopefully soon to be called lacrosse players.  But time will tell.  We have our first game in little over a week, so it will be interesting to see our development during that time.

A further look into the future,  we have huge games against St. Thomas and St. Andrew’s; who I believe is ranked in the top 10 in the country this year.  We have alot of work to do before that comes to pass. 

Wish us luck!

Shanny

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