Jan 22, 2013
- Improvement at the Face-Off Square
- Two Types of Transition in Milton
Offensively, the Colonels hope to use some of their athleticism to their advantage with the new rule changes in regard to the transition game.With the tempo of the game being dialed up, it could open the door to more opportunities on the offensive end.
The rule changes will also have an impact on the transition game defensively.With less opportunity to sub “offensive middies” off the field, there has to be more development of all of the midfielder’s games at the other end of the field.The days of coming off the field for short-stick defensive midfielders are nearing an end, and all the midfielders have committed themselves to playing both ways. “One of the things that we took out of our fall season was our need to improve our transition defense,” says Murphy. “Ingraining good habits at that end of the field will be imperative this preseason.”
- A Seasoned Defense
It appears that Murphy is equally excited about his two long-stick midfielders for 2013. “Jimmy (Mascioli) and Matt (DeLaney) bring a lot of excitement and energy to both our transition game and the defensive side of the ball. They are easily two of our hardest workers and most fit guys on the team. It will be nice to see their hard work pay off once we start playing.” As a sophomore, Mascioli played in all 18 games last spring, with DeLaney complementing him in 15 games as a freshman.
- Senior Class of Leadership
- Establishing an Identity
Murphy added: “In the past our team has focused on one or two key guys at each end of the field. In order to take the next step we have to work together toward a common goal, with hopes of achieving that goal. In regard to the big picture, our staff is teaching our young men that they have to first be great people before they can become great lacrosse players. Our focus on academics and community involvement has certainly been well-received. Finally, we are demanding more from this group than any other team I have been involved with. We have raised the bar when it comes to our expectations in 2013, and so far the guys have met each challenge.”
Best Bet: Joseph Natale, senior, attack (42G, 13A)
Natale returns as the Colonels’ leading scorer and is hoping to finish his career on the right foot. He was named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference Team after receiving First Team honors last spring.
Sleeper Pick: Andrew Navoni, senior, midfield (3G, 3A)
The adjustment to the rules will find Navoni on the field a lot more in 2013 because of his skill set in the transition game. Coach Murphy states: “Pound for pound, Andrew might be the strongest and toughest guy we have between the lines. His work ethic on the defensive side of the field will translate nicely, as he will see more time at the offensive end this year as well.”
Game to Watch: Mitchell College, 3 p.m. February 26
The season and home opener will come early for the Colonels this year, when they host Mitchell College from New London, Connecticut. No game is more important than the next one on the schedule this year for Curry, and they hope to start things off on the right foot with the first contest of the year.
2012 Record: 10-8
2012 Conference: 2-5
GPG (Conference Rank): 9.28 (4)
GAA (Conference Rank): 9.91 (7)