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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/20/2008

Whats up everyone.  I know that it has been a while, but I have been sans computer for the last three weeks.  Once school was over, I started my Trilogy camp circut and have spent the last two weeks in Austin and Houston, Texas with weekend stops in San Jose and Denver.  I am finally home, even if it is only for a few hours.  I got time to throw a load of laundry in spend some QT with Christie and Mason before I head up to NJ for the Dragons/Pride game tomorrow night.

So, the last few weeks of camp have opened my eyes even more to the growth of lacrosse in the non-traditional areas of the country.  I have been going to Texas for the last three summer to coach kids at camp and this year I was blown away.  The kids in Austin and Houston have really been working to be better players and in two years, I feel that a lot of these kids will be finding their way to DI rosters.

As for the Dragons, we are sitting at 1 and 3 and unfortuently I have not been playing.  I wish I could give a reason why, or even knew why, but I am really not sure.  I have been traveling and practicing with the team, and have done whatever I can to help the coaches and the younger guys, but it has been tough not getting on that field.  Hopefully that will all end soon.  Sadly, it wont be this weekend, but hopefully it will be soon…
Sunday starts another stretch of travel with four straight weeks of camp, I will try to check in.  Have a good one and enjoy the summer.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/03/2008

Its been a couple weeks since my last post, so I am going to blast you with this one since it may be a while until I can post again.  I want to start by congratulating Cuse on winning the championship and Mike Levielle winning the Tewarton.

The Dragons faced off with the LA Riptide on Saturday in our home opener at San Jose State Universtiy and unfortunately lost.  It was a hard fought game on both sides but we came up a little short.  I did not play because I am nursing a bruised quad that happened in the fourth quarter of the Chicago game two weeks ago, but I should be out there this week when we face off against Chicago again, this time at home.

My summer starts on Friday, and I cant wait.  The weather has been getting hotter and it has been feeling more and more like summer everyday.  On Friday, I start my 16 day lacrosse tour, by heading to San Fran to play Chicago on Sunday.  After Sunday, I will be in Austin, TX for our Trilogy Camp until Friday when I fly to Denver to play the Outlaws on Saturday.  Sunday, it is back to Texas, only this time to Houston for another Trilogy Camp until Friday when I fly back to Baltimore and drive rite to New Jersey to play the Pride on Saturday.

Seems like a lot doesnt it?  Believe it or not, that is only the beginning.  I will try to check in and let everyone know how the travel is going.  Wish the Dragons luck, we need to get off this two game losing streak.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/20/2008

Well, week one of the season is now behind us and the Dragons start off 0-1 after a tough one goal loss (10-9) to the Chicago Machine.  It was a hard fought battle on the field, with both teams going back and forth the entire game.  Chicago opened the game with two straight goals before we answered back to tie it at two.  From there, we exchanged goals until halftime when Chicago took a two goal lead into the break.  We came out on fire going on a four goal run but cooled off and allowed Chicago to go on a four goal run of their own.  We were able to get the last goal of the game, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as we came up one goal short.  My hat goes of to the Chicago team, they played hard and came out on top.  As for the Dragons, we have a bye week this week and open up at home next weekend against the Los Angles Riptide.

There is nothing worse than having a bye week after the first game of the season (and a loss) because that is all you have to think about for the next week.  When you can come back and play the next week, there are so many other things to concentrate on(scouting reports, game flim, etc) that it is easy to forget about the loss.  Fortunately for me, I bruised my quad in the fourth quarter when I got sandwiched between three Machine defenders and I can use this week to get that better so that I can be ready to go next week against the Riptide.

Predictions for this weekend?

I am hoping that Hop can knock of the Blue Devils, but I dont think this will happen.  As for the Cuse/ UVa game, I would like to see Cuse take down the Wahoos, but either way, I just want to see a good game.  I am going to pick Cuse to play Duke with Duke winning it all.
In the DIII game, I am going to go with the Seagulls.  If they can overcome getting their starting and backup goalie kicked off the team and win it, I will be impressed.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/14/200

How is everyone doing?  It has been a couple weeks since I have checked in, so I wanted to catch up and let you know whats been going on the last few weeks.  The Titans defied all odds that were placed upon them to make it to the Eastern Conference Championship against the Buffalo Bandits.  Unfortuently, they came up short and ended the season Saturday night in Buffalo.  It was a great season for the team, and I met and learned a lot from some great players and better people.
Outdoor is in full swing, with training camp now behind us and our first game against Chicago this Sunday.  The last two weekends, I have left Baltimore on Friday afternoon and flown atleast seven hours to the other side of the country for training camp.  We had two practices Saturday and one again on Sunday before getting on a plane and flying another 6 hours home.  I must say, I like flying and dont mind being on airplanes, but it gets hard when you get home at two in the morning and have to get up at six to start the work week off.  Training camp went well, we had a alot of guys that played incredibly hard to get a spot on the team and I would not have wanted to be the coaches trying to pick the team.  After three weeks, I feel that the coaches did a great job picking the team and getting us prepared for the season to begin.
With the season less that a week away, I checked out what the experts are saying about the upcoming season and am amazed that they have picked us to finish last.  Now, I guess I can understand since we traded away Ryan Powell and Chris Rotelli retired, but at the same time the best teams arent always the most talented.  We may not be the most talented, but over the last few weeks we have come together and I will take a team over a group of individuals any day.  There is only one ball in play at a time and when you have a team, they will share it, when you have a group of individuals, they all want it.
I will leave you with this, look out for the Dragons during the 2008 season, we just may surprise a few people.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/30/2008

How is everyone doing today?

The Titans are in the playoffs and it is a great feeling.  The team was picked to finish dead last in the NLL and we have shocked everyone outside of our locker room.  With a huge win over the defending champion Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night, we clinced our first playoff berth in our two year history and knocked Rochester out of the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.  The interesting thing about the playoffs this year is that all four Eastern Conference teams are tied with a 10-6 record and the seedings were based on tiebreakers.  The team will travel to Minnesota to take on the Swarm on Saturday night at 8 eastern, if you arent doing anything, go to B2 Networks and buy the game online for seven bucks, it will be worth it.

Unfortunately, I wasnt at the game on Saturday night and wont be there Saturday in Minnesota either.  Saturday after our 11 am shoot around in the Garden, I had to head out down to Philly so that I could get a physical and attend practice for the Dragons.  We had our first weekend of training camp in Philly which was convenient for me so that I could make some of my Titans responsibilities and be there for the start of Dragons training camp.  Camp started around 8 pm and we were missing a good number of returners from last years team (about half of our guys play indoor and are in the playoffs…..GOOD LUCK boys), but that didnt start the guys that were there giving 100% for the two hours we were out there.  After practice I got a quick bite and a little sleep and we turned it around for a ten am scrimmage with the Barrage.  It was a good scrimmage for both sides, but I think we came up on the short end of the scoreboard.  This weeks training camp will be in San Jose and should be another good one.  Countdown to game one 17 days.

On to the NFL Draft.  How predictable was the first three picks?   For the first time in a while the NFL picked the right six guys to be in attendance at the draft.  No more watching a first round pick sitting in the green room wondering when he was going to get a chance to get up on the stage.  As for my Ravens, I couldnt be happier with the draft.  I cant wait to see how Joe Flacco does and I think Ray Rice is going to be good number two behind Willis..  Gooden is gong to be the next middle linebacker from the U to dominate the NFL, and a fourth round pick for Fabian Washington works for me.  Throw in some great backups and special teamers and we have a draft that is going to turn around the Ravens….

Thoughts?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/17/2008

How is everyone doing?  I know that it has been a while since I last posted, but I have been busy and also have been trying to figure out what to write about.  I want to start my post with an apology to the Towson lacrosse team and coaching staff if I ruffled any feathers with my comments about this years team and the program.  I was out of line and I am sorry.

Now its time to move on and let you know what has been going on with me.  For starters, the TItans are 7-6 and in fourth place in the NLL Eastern Conference.  We have a big weekend with two games, Friday night against the Chicago Shamrox at the Garden and Saturday night against the Philadelphia Wings in Philly.  If we win these two games, we should pretty much lock up a playoff spot, if we dont it will make next weekends game against the Rochester Knighthawks at the Garden all that more interesting.

Other than indoor, I have been working out feverously for the MLL season to start.  Dragons training camp kicks off next weekend in Philly with our first trainig camp practice Saturday night and a scrimmage against the Barrage on Sunday.  I cant wait to get outdoor going again and to catch up with all of the guys from last years team and to welcome our new teamates.

Next weekend is also a huge weekend for NFL fans with the draft.  I cant wait to see what the Ravens do with the eigth pick.  Do they get QB Matt Ryan, one of the many talented corners or linemen, or do they trade it away to get more picks than they already have (8).  We will just have to wait and see.

Game of the weekend in college should be the Navy vs Hopkins game.  Hop is coming off of a huge win over rival Maryland while Navy lost to rival Army.  Throw in that it is Navy’s homecoming and over 10,000 people….it is going to make for a great game.  Other big ones include a GWLL matchup Denver vs OSU (coming off a huge win over UNC), UPenn vs Maryland (Terps need to score more than 8 goals in two games), Albany vs Cuse (big upstate battle), Princeton vs Cornell (battle for the IVY), Duke (are they beatable) vs Army, and my Tigers in a huge CAA mathcup vs Villanova (this game should decide CAA tourney seedings).

Until next time……..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 03/31/2008

Whats up everyone?  I hope you are having a good Opening Day, even though the weather is pretty crummy.  I know that being a laxer, means that we are supposed to hate baseball, but I cant do it.  I grew up a baseball fan and have meet some pretty phenomenal baseball players over the years and there still isnt much that beats going to an O’s game on a nice Spring/Summer night.  Event hough the O’s +/- for the year (according to Vegas) is only 66 (that means that if they win 66 games, they have lose 97….thats pathetic), and have had 10 straight losing seasons, I am still a fan and will always be.

This past weekend was a good one and I am definitely feeling it today.  The Titans had a bye week, so we had no lacrosse obligations this weekend, so I had some time to catch up with some friends that I havent had a chance to hang out with in a while.  On Saturday we celebrated Tom Garvey’s 25th birthday and boy did we celebrate.  We started the night at an amazing dinner at Sammy’s Tratoria on Charles Srteet in Mount Vernon.  The owner is also the cook and the food is amazing.  The atmosphere is nice, if you can get passed all of the Hopkins memorabilia (JHU goes to their pregame dinner there).  After dinner we hit up Federal Hill and than back to Tom’s for late night shenanigans.  Needless to say, I was feeling pretty awful all day Sunday, but Tom’s birthday was a night to remember.

Now onto lacrosse…….What is going on in D1 this year?  Hop losing 4 straight and 3 of those in OT.  I may be biased becuase the backup goalie for the Hop is my roomate, but come on Petro, give him a shot.  Closer to home, what is up with TOWSON.  How can my alma mater be sooooo bad.  How do you only beat Robert Morris by one goal and trail the entire game?  Good luck Tuesday versus a good underated UMBC team.  Maryland, is playing well (smoking UVA) minus a tough 3 OT loss to UMBC and a schalacking by UNC.  Did I mention they have 4 freshmen rotating through on their attack and a freshmen starting at D.  UVA and Duke looked like the teams to beat, but have struggled as of late.
Lacrosse has become a sport of parity and it is great seeing teams knocking eachother around and off of the pedistal.  Keep it rolling and it should make for an interesting run for the next two months.
Until next time…..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 3/25/08

How is everyone doing?  After a 10 day break from school, I am now back and not too happy about it.  Where did my spring break go?

For Spring Break, I stayed in Baltimore and just did some stuff around town.  On Tueday of last week, I got the chance to go out to Perry Hall and help coach the Varsity lacrosse team.  I had a blast coaching these kids.

The rest of the week was spent doing things around the house, “meating” out at the gym, and hanging out at the park with Mason.  On Friday I spent all day in Perry Hall again helping the rec program out at their Good Friday Clinic.  It is a long day (8-430), but the kids have a lot of fun.  After the clinic, I headed back to Federal Hill to meet up with Brenden Mundorf before hitting the road to New Jersey for Titans practice.  After a really good practice, we headed back to the hotel for some quick sleep, so that we could make the 8 am breakfast and film session. After film, we got back in the car and made out way to Trenton, NJ for our shoot around practice at our home arena for the weekend.  Just to let everyone know, we play our home games at Madison Square Garden, but because of the preseason strike, the Garden released the arena dates, so this season we have spent the majority of our games on the road (11 out of 16 games to be exact).

After practice, we headed to the hotel for a team lunch, some relaxation, and basketball (I loved seeing Duke lose).  Saturday we played the Wings (Philly is an hour away from Trenton), the number one team in the league and the team that has beaten us every time we have played them.  When we got to the arena, Philly fans were already there, and they were rowdy.  For those of you who havent experianced a game in Philly, you have to go see it, it is amazing how much these people love the Wings players, but there is something a little different about them (that is all I am going to say).  It was a hard fought game and the Titans were victorious but a score of 20-13.  This was hands down the best game we have played all year.

After the game, we headed back to Baltimore (big day Sunday).  I have my family over for Easter and I had to cook all day.  We had a feast of Brisket, Lamb Chops, Potatos au Gratin, Spinich Salad, and cheesecake for desert.  It was delicious if I say so myslef.  Yesterday was my last day of spring break and it was spent in court at Jury Duty.  It was a miserable way to enjoy my last day of break, but extremely interesting to say the least.  I got selected to be on two different jurys, one for attempted first and second degree murder and the other for possession with intent to distribute of heroin and cocaine.  Luckily for me, I was excused from both juries.

Now, I am back at school, and back to my normal routine, I hope everyone has a good week and I will talk to everyone soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 3/14/08

I cant believe it is finally here, but as of today at 1215, I will officially be on Spring Break until March 25th.  This school year has absolutly flown by and before you know it, summer will be here.  I wish that I could say I am going on some crazy, fun, tropical spring break, but I cant.  I am going to be staying in Baltimore laying low, relaxing, and working out.  I am actually looking for a week long job next week to make some extra money, so if anyone has anything for me, let me know….

Now onto Lacrosse:

The Titans have a huge game tonight in Toronto.  The team had a tough loss the first time against them this year after leading for most of the game, so tonight should hopefully offer a little payback.

Yesterday, I talked to our GM in San Francisco, Doug Locker, about how the Dragons are shaping up for the 2008 season.  Now, dont get me wrong, we are going to have a lot of work to do, LA looks sick and are coming off a Chapionship run last year, Denver is tough and since we just traded Ryan Powell to them, they are looking even tougher, and Chicago really came on last year and have a lot of young talent, but I think we are going to be pretty good too.  Talking to Doug, we discussed the moves that have been made this off season (traded Alrich and Hulme to Boston for David Mitchell; traded RP and Nate Watkins to Denver for an 08 and 09 first round pick; traded Rommel and Hendler to Chicago for Steve Panarelli and Zach Hefner; not to mention a new head coach in Tom Slate) and I must say he sounded excited about it and I think we have a great group of guys that are going to make some noise in the league this year.  I am really getting excited for the first week of training camp.

With “Selection Sunday” coming up this weekend, I cant wait for the tournament to begin.  This time of year always provides huge wins for the no names and some reallly exciting basketball games.  Anyone have any ideas as to who wins?  I know the brackets arent out yet, and it is stupid to ask that because we dont know who has the chance to play whom and where, who will get upset, etc.

I am going to take a page from Jim Rome (eventhough I cant stand him) and give you my “final burn.”

I am a huge Maryland basketball fan, I have been my entire life, and I am so dissapointed in the way this season went for them.  They started off horriblely and had a midseason turnaround and just when it counts, (the end of the season) they throw it away.  All they had to do was win to get a chance to make the NCAA Tournament and they couldnt even do that.  Three games in a row where they had over 10 point leads and they blow it…..absolutly embaressing.  How do you play so well at times and lose?  How do you lose 6 of 9 games when all you have to do is win and your in?

Well, the weather has started to get warmer and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it stays like this.  The last week has been a tough one and I figure that I would catch you up on what has been going on.  Last week was a pretty standard week until Thursday cam around.  After school on Thursday, I had a “Putt-Putt” Golf Tournament at school to raise money for a family that went to Calvert that sadly died in a horrific fire late last year.  After the golf tourney, I had about an hour to get home, change and get my lax gear so that I could head up to New Jersey for practice at 11 pm.  We had a pretty good practice and it was nice to see the team after a few weeks of not getting together with them.  Practice went for about an hour and a half and at that time I got in the car, stopped at the Quick Check to pick up some food and Gatorade and hit the road back to Baltimore.  I got in around 330 am and fianlly got to sleep around 4.  After about two hours of uncomfortable sleep, I was off to school.  I left school at 230 and hit the road again to meet up with the team at the hotel in Philadelphia.  We headed over to the Wachovia Center in Philly a little after 5 and face-off was at 8.

We suffered a tough 16-10 loss in the game, but I want to give major props to Rory Smith one of our rookie defensemen who took on Geoff Snider, who is hands down the number 1 fighter in the league, in his first NLL fight.

After the game, we hung out at the Wachovia Center for a little before finally heading back to the hotel.  Once we got back, I got in the car and headed back to Baltimore, finally getting in around 230 am.

Thoughts on the Face Off Classic?  I went and thought that the Cuse/UVa game started off like a typical Hop/Princeton game, but surely didnt dissapoint any fan in the second half and OT.  Than there is the Hop/Princeton game, that was ugly from the first 10 seconds and I think that is all I have to say about that one.  Towson squeaked away a win against Denver so it is good to see them sitting at .500, but with the road that they have ahead of them, it could be tough.

Have a good one and I will catch you soon….

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