Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/19/2008
Whats up folks?!?!?!?
OK so some of you have already started asking about last weeks game, and whether or not I am ready to hang myself, and the answer is NO, I am actually OK with my performance from last week.
Early in the game things looked good. On the first draw I hit the whistle just right and pulled it out the front, except that the ball did not go very far and I over ran it. the next two were violations on Alex Smith. Then I left the ball on the X twice and started to worry that I was not getting enough of the ball. And for anyone who faces off they know that when you start to worry, you start to lose. Because Alex was immediately diving down on my stick, I could not tell how much if any of the ball I had in my stick. He was apparently doing this intentionally (we spoke after the game). Accourding to Alex I was winning the draw but since he was able to dive down and cover my stick fast enough, I was unable to trust that I had enough of the ball to get it off the X. he was then using his forearm to push my stick back and remove the ball from my stick (crafty, I know). At this point I was actually abandoning my clamp and reverting to a swim move that would tie him up making it a 50/50 with the wings. This was my ultimate goal anyway as the last thing we wanted to do was allow Alex to create offense with his fast breaks.
By the fourth quarter I was spent, I mean almost every face off was like a wrestling match, with his wings showing no signs of letting up (note his wings play is rediculous, they picked up at least 12 of Smiths 17 wins). This is when we brought in the fresh meat, and I mean MEAT. As many of you already know NJ selected Stephen Peyser the Middie from Hopkins, and he is no slouch at the X. In college he was able to win like 56% percent of his draws WHILE he was playing two way middie…that is rediculous. SOOOOO when we asked him to spell me in the Fourth quarter, he was way more fresh than he usually is, and definately more fresh than Alex Smith (I seriously beat him in to the ground physically). When Stephen went in we were starting a run and leading the game, 5 out of 6 face-off wins later we were up by 4 and looking prime to win this game. I went back in completely refreshed and won the last couple of draws, and we won the game….SWEEEET.
Anyway although this was a tough one for my ego, I learned that you dont always have to have a great day statistically to help your team win…I had a job to do, and I did it for the most part, and as Peter Jacobs said, my numbers do not reflect how I played AT ALL.
This week I take on Greg Geurenlian and the San Francisco Dragons (oh and Lax Spots own Hunter Lochte)…Geurenlian is quite an interesting character…he is a complete steak and paints his face (HUMMMMM, I WONDER WHO HE LEARNED THAT FROM) yeah a face-off man who paints his face with eye black . . .WIERD! and original
I’ve added a few pics, one is of Alex and I after the game last weekend and the others speak for themselves…I wonder if Mr. Geirenlian is a lax spot member???
Justin Berry & Alex Smith
Justin Berry on Inside Lacrosse
Justin Berry on Inside Lacrosse