Miller Lacrosse M|11

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

is there any sport Boston doesn't dominate?

The Cannons begin the quest for their first MLL championship this year. And pick up a win WITHOUT one of the best lacrosse players on the planet, Paul Rabil, who will be back after the NLL season ends. May as well hand us the crown already...


Coach Crowe

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hofstra/Hopkins kick off the tourney today

8 teams square off today. Another 8 go at it tomorrow. It's win or go home with a ton of great matchups. Right now Hofstra's high powered offense is in a battle with Hopkins suffocating defense. Who moves on? Check out all the games on the ESPN networks.

First round games

Saturday, May 14Hofstra at No. 3 Johns Hopkins, noon (ESPN2/ESPN3.com)
Penn at No. 4 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Delaware at No. 5 Duke, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Hartford at No. 2 Cornell, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sunday, May 14
Maryland at No. 8 North Carolina, 1 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3.com)
Bucknell at No. 7 Virginia, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Villanova at No. 6 Denver, 5:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
Siena at No. 1 Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Coach Crowe

Monday, May 9, 2011

May Madness

The field is finally set. Who will walk away a winner come May 30th? Here are my predictions for the bracket and also a link to see the actual bracket (http://insidelacrosse.com/sites/default/files/2011_DI_Bracket.pdf).

Final Four Prediction
#2 Cornell - I see Cornell moving on from their corner of the bracket facing little resistance from Hartford and then overpowering either VA or Bucknell, who has a good chance to upset an undermanned VA team (http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2011/04/30/virginia-coach-dom-starsia-bratton-discipline-a-challenging-week).
#6 Denver - Riding a ten game win streak and only posting losses to #1 Cuse and #4 ND isn't a bad way to enter the tourney. DU will advance but will face stiff challenges in both the first and second rounds.
#1 Syracuse - Not much of a reach here but Syracuse, a senior laden squad, should easily dispose of Sienna. In the second round they'll have a tough ACC opponent but the Orange have the pedigree and experience to advance to another final four.
#4 ND - why? Defense wins championships and I just hate Duke.

#2 Cornell vs #4 ND - I think all the final four teams have a great shot but I'll take the best player in the tourney in Rob Pannell and the country's best defense at ND.

#2 Cornell figures out ND's defense and brings some pride back to the Ivy League.

Let me know how much of an idiot I am or how spot on these picks are in the comments.

Exciting times for the sport.
Coach Crowe

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Focus on the Fundamentals

Lacrosse at all levels can be boiled down to a few simple truths. Especially at the lower levels, fundamentals play a crucial role in every game. Groundballs are today's focus. You can't win games without possession. And possession boils down to GB's and throwing and catching. The team that wins the GB battle will usually win the game. So if you want to start racking up wins get low and scoop through. Here are a few things coaches want their players to focus on (more pertinent to youth leagues and HS):

1. Don't rake - this is a cardinal sin and a wimpy move. If you really want the possession, get low and power through.
2. Communicate - if you have an advantage, who has the man and who has the ball? Make sure your teammate can hear you.
3. Bring the ball up to your ear - after you gain possession bring the head of your stick right up to your ear. This way, if you are stuck in a pile, there is a good chance you draw a penalty from an aggressive defender.
4. Look up - once you possess the ball, quickly scan the field and see if there is anyone open. If not, and you are on offense, settle it down. If you are on defense, start the clear.
5. Don't give up - don't quit on GB's. There is nothing worse than giving up on a GB. Possession is sacred. Don't cheat yourself or your team by letting someone else steal your GB.

Coach Crowe