Winning¬†and Syracuse¬†are synonyms in the world of college lacrosse. You can see that when you walk into the Hall of Champions at Manley Field House. SU has produced 22 lax hall of famers and the winningest coach of all time. The 15 national championship trophies grace the room with vibes of past great moments that give you chills.
“I just want our team to succeed. If that’s with high energy, then that’s what it’s going to take. If I have to do it, I’ll do it, but there are a bunch of energy leaders on this team. I try to keep the guys composed, but with enough energy that they can go out there and really pull away from teams.”
“Joel White (SU ’11) was my locker buddy, he would get in my face and get me going. My freshman year Matt Tierney (SU ’10), I swear to god he gave me a concussion before every game. He used to head butt me, I would see him coming and be like ‘Oh god, oh Jesus’. But that was their way of getting me going, and it worked. We had a great defense and great camaraderie. Now, I’m just trying to do what they did on the same level with these guys.”
“You see this all across Division I. Some people take the opportunities they have for granted. You’ve just got to get out there and prove to everybody why you’re here and they’re not. That’s what I think playing with heart is: playing for your family which is your team, and this team is big on family. And just going out and having fun. I think one of our main things is we’re playing a little bit too tense, too tight. We’ve got to go out there and trust in what the coaches have planned for us, trust in our abilities, and trust in one another.”
“We’re taking practice to a whole new level now. I told the guys, ‘between the hours of 4pm and 6pm we’re no longer friends. I’m coming after you, and you’re coming after me. And, whatever happens, happens. Whether we get into a fight, or somebody gets hurt, that’s the way it’s going to be.”
“I just tell them that if they have any questions they can talk to me. I tell them that when they start thinking is when they start making mistakes. They have some experience. They were down at Virginia, at Klockner, they were at Homewood, they’ve gotten the hostility from the fans, the big rivalries. They’ve seen it and they’ve heard it.”