Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/24/2008
What’s up ladies and gentlemen?!?!?!?!? Well Week one is over and some of you already know that we lost our first outing 13-9. It was a real bummer because we came back in the third to tie the game at 9 going into the fourth. Then things seemed to unravel. I am not sure if we just ran out of steam or if we just made some mistakes, but either way we did not answer Boston’s 4 goal run and let this one slip away.
As a whole however I think we showed some real good things. We played really well for two quarters but really crapped the bed for the other two. Also should note, the Boston fans are crazy. They have this guy who sits right behind the opposing team’s bench with a crew and he just rips into whomever he can for the whole 60 mins. AND YES HE FOUND MR. BERRY! I have to say it was the first time I actually have been heckled on this level…what made it worse was that the face-off battle was a pretty fierce one. Jenkins and I went back and forth for four quarters with him finally getting the edge in the fourth…I should also note that this was the first time since day one of training camp that me and my wingmen had a chance to play full field together(also note that Boston had full field scrimmages EVERY WEEK of training camp)…NO EXCUSES THOUGH, Jenkins and his wing men did a great job, as Jenkins always does, he did a great job of tying me up, knowing that I like to get off the X quick….OK back to the heckler, this guy actually had me believing I had barely won any face-offs all night…it was not until much later that I realized that until the fourth quarter I was actually winning the battle . . .and the power of the heckler is pretty interesting!
Anyway I watched Boston vs. Rochester last night and all I can say is WOW, it was like a highlight reel, Rochester and Boston rattled off like 12 diving/trick goals including a one handed underhand behind the back shot by John Grant Jr….seriously check out the highlight, I would not be surprised to see it on ESPN. Anyway I was interested in the Face-off battle for obvious reasons, mostly because I hold Alex Smith in high regard and I wanted to see how he faired against the man who gave me fits the previous week.
Alex and I have the exact same style, in fact I used to train him in high school, so it only makes sense that we would play like each other….WOW, Jenkins laid the smokes to his A$$. I believe Smith was 13/31 at the X which was real surprising…it also made me feel better about being just under 50% against Jenkins. . .I cannot wait to play Jenkins again in June…I’m gonna be a whole new man, since I will have several games under my belt by then, and I will be real hungry, for a piece of him.
I will end with this story…In 2001, my senior year of college and without question my best year of college lacrosse we played UVA in the first game of the season. We lost 11-7 and I was just under 50% in the game against, none other than Dave Jenkins. This was the only sub 50% day I had all year and we ended up in the final four. Later that year, in the MLL Combine I had the chance to play Jenkins again, and went 100% (in only like 6 attempts) but still, it was a WAY different story than in earlier in the season.
I do not believe in coincidences, I do believe that history repeats itself, and I expect to have a great season according to the way this one has started!
Keep tuning in, we play Denver next week and we will have some new faces (I am betting that the two most important ones will be Rabil and Peyser, soo sick) who will likely play a big part in the rest of our season. Wish me luck against Snider! (And as always sorry about the poor spelling!)