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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 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?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/25/2008

How is everyone doing?  It has been a while since I checked in, I hope that everyone is doing well.  I have been pretty busy over the last two weeks, even though I havent had a lot going on.  To start, the Titans have been on a winning streak lately and are now sitting at 4-4 with a huge matchup against the undefeated Wings this Friday night in the Wachovia Center.  I am excited to see the team, with our schedule, we have had more away games than home games, so I haven’t been able to see a game over the last few weeks.  With the game being on Friday night, we are going to have practice Thursday, which means that I am going to drive up to practice Thursday after school, and than home after practice so that I can go to work on Friday.  Friday after school, I am going to drive back up to Philly in order to be with the team before the game, and than back to Baltimore after the game.  I debated whether or not to stay in Philly Friday night, but its a big weekend in Baltimore this weekend with the Konica Minolta FaceOff Classic.  It is going to be nice to see Cuse vs UVA and Hop vs Princeton on Saturday.

Anyone have any predictions after the first real week of the season?  I dont have any yet, but I should by the end of this weekend.  I went to the Towson game and was hoping to see them beat up on their Charles Street rival Loyola, but at the end of the day was disappointed in the outcome.  I hope that the Tigers can get their game together because they have a tough schedule and it could get ugly if they play the way they did on Saturday.

Other than all of this stuff, I am continuing my workout and staying ready to play.  My school team start practice next Monday and I am looking forward to getting back out on the field to coach again.  It is going to be a tough season for us, in that we may not even have enough kids to have a 6v6 scrimmage, but it will be a good coaching test for myself and the other coaches.
Have a good one and I will catch you next time.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 2/12/08

How is everyone doing?  I am doing well, been busy, but things are good.  Ok, so I said that I would get back after the Titans were back to .500.  Well, we had a tough loss of Friday to Minnesota, but the team battled back and beat a tough Buffalo team in OT on Sunday.  We are now sitting at 2-4 with a big game this weekend at Chicago.

Since I haven’t been playing, I have been able to work out a lot and try to get myself ready if my number gets called and if it doesn’t, than I am going to continue to get after it and get ready for outdoor to start.  Now, my workouts aren’t “Justin Berry” like, but are still pretty tough and I have added Yoga into the workout at least once a week.

Now onto the real reason why I am writing today.  I need opinions on something that happened last week……I am the head coach for the middle school basketball team at my school and we had our final game last week against Boys’ Latin (my aluma mater) and their head coach was my coach in high school.  I would describe myself as a pretty passionate coach, and I make sure that all of my kids play at least 10 minutes every game, winning or losing.  We are playing the game at BL and have referees that I have never seen before but seem to have reefed all of the BL home games.  I will not sit here and say that the refs called the game in favor of BL, but the calls were not going our way at all.  Throughout the game, I asked the refs, what the call was, or what happened, and questioned their decisions on other calls.  You may be saying….lay off the refs, or they are just doing their jobs, or its a middle school game.  My response to that is that this game was not fair to my team and I was getting fed up with it.  My team was playing the hardest they played all year and were coming off their best win and week of practice, I wasn’t about to let a referee ruin the final game of the season for my team.  So, with two minutes to play, there was a call that did not go my way, I questioned the referee and asked him how can you call that,  Than I let him know that he wasn’t refereeing the game fairly, we hadnt got a call all game and it was getting a little ridiculous.  His response was a Technical Foul, I asked him how and why and he gave me a second technical which got me kicked out of the game.  At this point of the game, we were down six and the calls kept getting worse.  I had one player foul out, another with four fouls and another with three fouls….they had one player with three fouls.  How does a kid foul out of a game when he only plays 10 minutes?  We in no way play dirty or tough, we play hard.  I have two kids that are over 5′7″ (at the most) and everyone else is small.

My question to you is…..Did I do the right thing?  We still lost the game, only by seven, but I felt that it was not fair to my kids.  If I am wrong, please tell me.  I have already had to write a letter to BL apologizing and have been disciplined by Calvert, so I have accepted what I did, I just want to know what you all think?

Until next time, have a good one and I will talk to you soon…..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/7/2008

I hope that everyone had a safe and exciting New Years, and their 2008 is off to a great start.  My New Years was fun.  The party that Kyle and I threw at Mad River was a big success and everyone really enjoyed themselves (some a little too much, but who really remembers).

Today is my first day back to school since before Christmas and I was not ready to come back.  I was starting to get used to getting a few hours more of sleep everyday and not having to shave, but I am happy to be back.  I am not the type of person who can have too much time off, I start to go stir crazy and get bored way too easily.

With school being back in session, I figured that I would give you a look as to what a typical day is like for me.  If I am lucky, I wake up to the alarm clock at 6:20.  Typically my dog, Mason, wakes me up a little before that.  I take Mason for a walk, come home grab a quick bite to eat or drink a protein shake, shower, shave, get dressed. and am out the door between 6:55-7:10.  I get in the car and enjoy my 15-20 minutes of Mike and Mike in the Morning before I get to work.  When I get to work, I fill up my water bottle (I dont drink coffee) and I go to my classroom to get everything organized for the day.  My morning classes run from 830-1115 and I teach second, third, and fourth grade math.  After my morning classes, I get to go to lunch (our cafeteria is awesome), and have a few minutes to prepare for my afternoon classes.  I teach two classes of kindergarten science in the afternoons.  I know, your probably wondering, what kind of science do you teach to kindergartners???  Believe it or not, they learn a scaled down version of a lot of different topics from the human body to dinosaurs, space, and plants.  After my afternoon classes, its off to practice (I coach football, basketball, and lacrosse at Calvert).  After practice, I head home, take Mason to the park for about 30 minutes and than it is off to the gym for about an hour and a half.  After the gym, its a shower and dinner time with Christie.  We usually cook a nice meal together or go out to eat.  After that its some TV time and than bed.

This is a big week for me.  Other than coming back to school, we open up with the Portland Lumberjacks this weekend in Portland.  Other than the 10 hours it is going to take to get from Baltimore to Portland (via Atlanta, why…Im still not too sure about) I cant wait.  We had two really tough but good three hour practices this weekend that closed out our six weeks of training camp and the team is really coming together (Watch out Portland).

Any thoughts about the first round of NFL Playoffs?

Whos your pick in the NCAA National Championship?  Mine is LSU.  I like OSU, I went on a recruiting trip there and it was amazing, I got to meet and get a tour from Archie Griffin (only two-time Heisman winner), see the football facitlites, and watch a game in Ohio Stadium.  Throw in the game featured some of the best college football players that year (Arrington, Courtney Brown, Katzenmoyer, Vrabel, Boston, to name a few).

Until next time, have a good one and I will talk to you soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 12/21/2007

Welcome to my blog, this is a first for me, but I am excited to let everyone into my life.  Let me start by telling you a little bit about me.

I grew up in Baltimore, MD and went to Boys’ Latin (one of the best high school lacrosse programs in the country).    I left BL and went to Towson University where I was a four year starter at midfield and attack and majored in Marketing.  I stayed in school for a 5th year to help Coach Seaman (hands down one of the best coaches and people that I have ever met).

After graduation, I bounced around to a few jobs before taking a teaching job at the Calvert School in Baltimore.  I teach kindergarten science and math to second, third and fourth grade (kids are amazing).

Beside teaching, I play professionally for the San Francisco Dragons and the New York Titans.  I also am a part of Trilogy Lacrosse (check us out…(www.trilogylacrosse.com) with Ryan Boyle, Rob Lindsey, Matt Alrich, and Matt Striebel.  We are the leaders in lacrosse education.

I hope that you learned a little about me and I look forward to letting you get to me.

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