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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.8.20

Uncategorized Aug 08, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

PLL Championship Series

All I can say is wow!  The PLL Championship Series been such an oasis in a desert of quarantine and cancellations.  The quality of play has improved with each game along with the team play!  The Redwoods defense vs Whipsnakes once they settled down was almost as incredible to watch as the Chaos Box-On-The-Field offense once they benched Fields and started sharing the ball.

I'm fired up to see a Chaos win tomorrow!  Head Coach Andy Towers and I were teammates in college and has been a great friend for over 30 years.  I have learned a lot of lacrosse from AT and I'm not surprised he has his team peaking at the right time.  Andy is as competitive as anyone you'll ever know, but has thee gift of making people feel good, want to be around him, and he can do this while...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.1.20

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Premier Lacrosse League

It has been SO GREAT to have PLL on TV every night!  I think I've watched every game and I have some thoughts I want to share with you. 

  • I'm rooting for the Chaos and Head Coach Andy Towers, but they haven't gotten into synch offensively and are surprisingly struggling at the face off X
  • The nice thing about this tournament is all you have to do is get hot at the right time! 
  • The Whipsnakes look better than ever with the addition of Zed Williams.
  • Kyle Bernlohr and Blaze Riorden have been insane!  Wow!
  • Refs are letting too much physicality, slashing, holding and interference occur and I think it hurts the product.  I'd rather see a goal than a hold any day!
  • Grant Ament is the real deal in every way!  He's a text book on what I believe in and it's not just his...
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A Lacrosse Weekend 7.25.20

Uncategorized Jul 25, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

MLL Highlights

This morning I spent four hours  pouring through MLL games looking for interesting clips to write about on this blog.  There are incredible players in this league and I'm so fired up to share some of my findings!

The Victoria Look Back

When I was trying out for the Colorado Mammoth in the fall of 2002 at 35 years old, Gary Gait was on the team and I noticed that every time he caught the ball, he would look at the head of his stick before he would shoot.  I was like, "WTF" is he doing?  Years later I happened to ask the GM at the time, Steve Govett, if he ever noticed and he said, "Oh yeah, that's the Victoria Look Back."  It is an amazing way to freeze a goalie.  Watch the clip below of Ryan Lee and watch the goalie's reaction!

The Victoria Look Back is also an...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 7.18.20

Uncategorized Jul 18, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

COVID-19 Impact on College Lacrosse Recruiting

Months ago I predicted that there would be a major trickle down effect from the extra year of eligibility awarded to every college lacrosse player due to the COVID cancellation of the 2020 lacrosse season.  Sadly, we are now looking at the real threat of losing the 2021 college season.  I don't see Ivy schools competing in 2021 unless the entire student population is back on campus for spring semester, as I don't think the league would make concessions just for athletes to be back on campus.  Patriot League would likely follow suit.  The implications here is that players from these conferences will have two years of eligibility remaining, which could further impact the "Trickle down."

 Here's an update:

  • A 5th year transfer feeding frenzy combined with 5th...
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A Lacrosse Weekend 7.11.20

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Pandemic's Impact on Recruiting

At the outset of the pandemic, the NCAA enacted a Dead Period for DI coaches which means coaches are not allowed to have on or off campus contact with prospects.  Coaches can't evaluate prospects, can't run or attend camps, and are restricted from meeting with prospects or prospects' families on or off campus.  The Dead Period has been extended to the end of August, which has completely eliminated the summer of 2020 from a "Live" evaluation perspective. 

Film has become critical!  With good quality film and a good camera angle, coaches can actually achieve a more accurate evaluation on film than they could watching live play because they can pause and rewind.  That said, coaches can't feel 100% comfortable with a prospect from film...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 6/6/20

Uncategorized Jun 06, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Munro Family RV Trip

On Thursday 5/28 my family and I loaded up the RV and headed east.  We will be spending the month of June in Narragansett, Rhode Island hanging out with family and friends, playing lacrosse, and finally turning the page on the spring that wasn't.  This will be my final installment of this blog until I get back to Denver.

The #1 Rule, No #2

It was a memorable family experience in the RV for a 2000 mile journey to our kids' paradise.  I'm not sure anyone will want to do it again anytime soon, but it was fun nonetheless.  He had some great laughs, fights,  and the dog.... well, he made it.  Our dog is so old, he can hardly walk and is pretty mental.  He finally adjusted and actually laid down after 7 hours of standing.

Lacrosse Game in Every State

One of our goals was...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.23.20

Uncategorized May 23, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

Army Head Coach Joe Alberici and I had a great catch up the other day and when our pre-podcast conversation lasted 1:45 we had to reschedule for the next day!  I love talking with Joe Alberici!  He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, so thoughtful and interested, and makes you feel good about yourself!  Joe is also a learning machine!  He shared with me the 15-20 podcasts he listens to, the books he reads, and the different ways he studies the game.  This was coach A's second time on the Phi-Lacrosse-ophy podcast with me and we had a free form conversation which is what we usually do when we get to catch up: talk lacrosse, what's new, and share interesting ideas, thoughts, drills, etc.  I think you will love this podcast!  Click here to listen!

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.16.20

Uncategorized May 16, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

I sat down and recorded with Taylor Wray, Head Coach St Joe's, this week and if you don't know much about T-Wray,  give this a listen!  He's a great guy, who has build St Joe's into a team right on the verge of winning big!  This year they knocked off Delaware, Providence, and lost a heartbreaker to Penn 13-12.  A native of Edmonton Alberta, Coach Wray grew up playing box lacrosse, won a couple Minto Cups with the  Burnaby Laker dynasty of the early 2000's, and was recruited to play attack at Duke.  By the time he was senior, Taylor was a lock down defender who went on to play that position for Team Canada, where he is now also the defensive coordinator.

The biggest takeaway from T-Wray is he is a great guy and a winner.  Our conversations about he creates culture,...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.9.20

Uncategorized May 09, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

Duke Assistant, Ron Caputo, represents the phrase, "Behind every great Head Coach, there is a great assistant."  Listening to Ron describe his lacrosse journey, what he learned along the way, and what was meaningful, you get a solid understanding of why this guy is so special; He is as interested as he is interesting (I used this description once about the Late Great Dave Huntley).  Ronny loves talking lacrosse and I love talking lacrosse so it was a match made in heaven!  Ron started out at Duke as the Defensive Coordinator, then switched to the offensive side of the ball where he was OC and won three national championships!  Now he's back on the defensive side.  His Breadth of knowledge is vast.  We talk about the evolution of the Razor Pick, a lot about...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.2.20

Uncategorized May 02, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

Legendary Coach Dave Cottle joined me earlier this week for an incredibly interesting podcast.  Dave is quite simply one of the smartest lacrosse guys you will ever meet and is always willing to share his wealth of knowledge.  Coach Cottle built the program at Loyola, had a great 10 year run at Maryland where he went to several Final Fours, and won three MLL Championships as Head Coach of the Bayhawks.  At the forefront of the modernization of the game, our conversation touches on the evolution of offense, defense, recruiting, and 2man game.  You will love this conversation!  Click here to listen!

Coach Cottle sent me this picture after our conversation.  Check out the two top left guys!  A young Dave Cottle and Dave Huntley!  I miss my friend Hunts!

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