Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/08/2008
What’s up ladies and gentleman?
I know it has been a while since I have written so I figured you were all getting worried about the ol’ dog…well good news, I am NOT cut! In fact I cannot see how this could be going any better. It is truly amazing what being in great shape has done for my game, and not just facing off. Doing the power hour class and the training regiment that SOFletes sent me, I have actually turned into quite a decent defensive middie. . .I know, I know, you are all thinking I have taken some peodi (spelling???) or something, but it is true. Since am in better shape, and my footwork is highly improved, I am actually playing good defense, which inevitably will be the part of my game that gets me on the field. As I see it no matter how great at face-offs you are, in this league you will lose face-offs. . .it is a fact of life, every face-off man is good. . .the best ones however can win 50-55% of the draws and play defense for just long enough to keep the other team from scoring when they are on the field. Therefore I knew that I had to get my butt into good shape and learn how to play defense! And I did.
OK let’s talk about the team, and training camp. I truly like the guys on the team, many of them I played with or against at some point in my lacrosse career, so the transition has been easy. We are trying to change the way we play as a team this year, by getting up and down the field more and pushing transition. Although many of you have probably heard that Hughes, Harrison and Hubbard all went to L.A. and Doneger Mollet and Haugen all retired, we are still optimistic. we have a solid core and a ridiculous draft coming our way. . .5 of the first 12 picks and 9 overall, in a very deep draft (including the number 2 and 3 draft picks, I am hoping for Rabil and Peyser. . .note, Peyser is the best two way middie in the nation, and should be on the tawaaraton finalist list)…anyway defensively we have a real solid core in McClay, Peyser, Davis and Glatzel, our attack will likely be Urick, Unterstein, and Ford and Middie is wide open, but as I see it Rewkowski, Bolin, Yevoli, and Peyser will be holding down the middie front, with guys like Chemotte filling in the gaps.
The team has taken on a new train of thought and winning mentality. I cannot wait for our first game in Boston, I will be squaring off against an old rival in Dave Jenkins and an old teammate and friend in Ben DeFelice. . .should be fun.
Anyway, I’m keeping this one short (mostly because I am at work!), this is the last week of training camp and then we head to Boston. . .wish me luck!