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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 07/30/2008

Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing……I am in Kill Devil Hills, NC sitting on a deck looking out at the ocean and things are good, other than not playing in the game for the Bayhawks tomorrow night versus the Pride.. I have had a great week so far, sat on the beach all day Sunday, Tuesday, and today, played golf on Monday and we are playing again tomorrow, followed by another day on the beach Friday and Saturday before driving back to Baltimore.

Sunday I will head up to New Jersey for our last camp of the summer in Bay Head.  This is where our very first camp is and it is always a great time.  THe weather is ususally pretty hot, but we are at the beach and it is great to be able to jump in the ocean between sessions.  After a week of camp, I will drive back to Baltimore and then fly to Hawaii for 2 weeks.   The only downside of going to Hawaii is that I am missing the Ocean City Tournament.  This is a tournament that I have played in every year but one over the last 10 years (2006 MLL Championship Weekend with the Outlaws) and the first one I am missing going to.  I think I will be able to get over it relaxing on the beach in Hawaii though.

It has been a long summer with a lot going on, but I wouldnt have it any other way.  I hope that everyone is doing well.  I will check in soon……………..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 07/18/2008

How is everyone doing?  I am finally back in Bmore after a two and a half week work trip to New Jersey with a game in Rochester in between.  The Rochester game was brutal, but that is all I am going to say about that.  Tomorrow we play Boston in Naval Marine Corps Stadium which should be pretty sweet.   The stadium is really nice and I have never played there before, so I am looking forward to it.  Boston is a tough team and we will have to play well as a team to pull out the W.
THe summer has been a busy one and I have been all over the country playing lacrosse and running camps.  This sport has grown so much, it is amazing to see the talent of players in other parts of country and how much it has grown over the past few years.

With the summer more than half way over, I finally have two weeks off to relax and enjoy the things I have yet to do this summer.  Next week I am planning on playing golf twice in preparation for my big game in the Outer Banks with my girlfried Christie’s dad and all of his friends.  They are pretty good and I am not.  I am also going to go tubbing down the Gunpowder River.  It seems childish, but is a lot of fun and relaxing.

I hope everyone has a good week and I will check in soon….

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 06/27/2008

So after a week on barely no cell phone service, internet, and no TV, I am checking in as a member of the Washington Bayhawks.  Early this week, I got a call from Dragons GM Doug Locker informing me that I was traded to the Bayhawks to play under Jarred Testa who I played for in Denver in 2006.  I must say, it is always tough getting traded, but I am excited about the new oportunity in Washington.   At this point in the season, I would much rather drive 45 minutes and have a chance to play than fly six and a half hours across the country to not get a chance to play.

This week has been a good one.  We had our second overnight camp of the summer at Oldfields school outside of Baltimore and as I said above, the cell service was terrible, we had no access to the internet and no TV.  Believe it or not, it was kind of nice to take a step away from society and the kids that came to camp were really cool and wanted to learn.

Onto the weekend, the Bayhawks face off against the Barrage and I am excited for the first game with my new team.  Right after the game I will have to drive back to Baltimore because we have another camp in Baltimore this week that starts on Sunday.   The camp runs until Wednesday and the Bayhawks have a bye next week,  so that means I will be able to have a few days in Baltimore, something I havent had since May, before I head to the Jersey Shore on July 6th for another camp.

I hope everyone has a good one and I will try to check in next week.  If I dont, have a Happy 4th of July.

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 05/14/200

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 04/17/2008

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 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 1/25/08

I hope that everyone is doing well.  I know that I usually post on a Monday following a weekend game, but I am not traveling to Toronto this weekend, so I figured I would send a blog out today is preparation for the weekend.  Even though I bummed that I am not traveling to Toronto, I am a little happy because I get to have a weekend in Bmore for the first time in a while.  We have been practicing pretty much every weekend since the first weekend in November.  It is going to be nice to catch up with some friends that I haven’t seen or hung out with in a while.

Even though I am not going to be busy with travel this weekend, I am still going to keep myself busy.  After school today I am going to take the dog to the park, go to the gym, eat some dinner and go out for a little.  Saturday is a big day, I am going to go to my first yoga class at 930 in the morning.  I have heard nothing but good things about it for athletes and I figured with the weekend off, why not torture my body giving it a shot.  After that I will probably relax for a little before heading out to Christie’s little sister Molly’s 16th birthday party.  Let me tell you how much I am looking forward to that…..

Sunday is a big day.  The Terps are going to upset another top team in Duke this weekend (I cant stand Duke basketball).  Its also a big night, the new Wire is on and I cant wait.  I am addicted to the Wire.  I never got into it until Matt Striebel started talking about it a few months back.  He kept going on and on and wouldnt shut up about it, so I decided that I would check it out.  Luckily HBO was playing all of the seasons over OnDemand in preperation for the last season.  I watch four seasons of the Wire over the next 3 months getting ready for this final season.

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to Justin Berry aka THEFASTESTHANDSINTHEGAME?  I am siked to see that he is getting back into shape and giving the MLL another run.  He was hands down one of the best FOGO’s, and I mean FOGO, that I have ever seen.  Justin, good luck getting back, but for your sake, work on bending over and picking up a ground ball….

I hope everyone has a good weekend….

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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