This edition of Syracuse lax has been all about adjustments; at goalie, on offense, and defense, the team has lost starters and had to replace talented playmakers. That inexperience showed in a tough 14-10 loss to UVA last weekend.
“We had some freshmen make some mistakes in that one, some redshirt freshman made mistakes, as far as riding and in transition.”
“I expect a hard-fought game from them. I think they have a bad taste in their mouth from last year’s game, with the score the way it was. I know some of their players weren’t happy about that. They’ve played some very good teams, tough this year so far. I know they played Hopkins and it wasn’t a pushover for Hopkins, they really competed in that game.”
“I believe we’ve never lost a Big East game. Even if it’s one of our last years in the conference, we definitely want to get out there and finish off with an undefeated record. It would be great to not have any blemishes on that record.”
“I trust these coaches. I mean, they’ve won more national championships than any other coaching staff I’ve ever heard of. They’re going to keep doing the right thing. It’s going to work out in the end, I have no doubt about that. So, whenever we get to that point where they just pick one goalie, I’m sure it will be the right choice.”
“I really think it came down to possessions. We were 8-for-28 on face-offs, so that’s 12 more possessions that [Virginia] had to start with their offense. I’m not so sure it’s that the defense broke down, they just had to play defense the whole period. It really came down to possession time, and we have to get the ball at our offensive end of the field–to give our defense a little break, and to give our offense an opportunity to score goals.”
“Face-offs are probably the most important part of our game right now that needs improvement. If we fix face-offs and get possession, even 70% of the game, then we’ll really start to pull away from teams, keep that control, and finish games.”
“Sure it is [a potential trap game]. St. John’s trying to prove themselves, coming off of a big win against Siena, and for Big East standings also.”