Some younger players are going to play more for the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team this weekend.
Some older players just need to play better, head coach Scott Marr said.
Three games into the 2021 season, the 2-1 Great Danes continue to be something of a disjointed work-in-progress, and are motivated by a 14-12 loss to Vermont last week to establish better continuity and consistency when they play at Binghamton at noon on Saturday.
They were missing 11 players for the season-opening win over Colgate; started slowly but recovered in a win at Hartford; and started slowly again — and paid for it — against Vermont.
Binghamton has played just once, an 11-5 win over NJIT two weeks ago, so the Great Danes, who didn’t play the Bearcats during the shortened 2020 season, don’t have a lot to work with on the scouting report, but they’re much more concerned with getting their own game together, anyway.
“We’re really just dialing it in on us, focusing on our clears, on our offense, getting our chemistry back together, defensively, working on the little things, slide packages,” senior attack Ron John said. “This week is about getting back into the swing of things and playing Albany lacrosse.”
“Not taking anything away from Vermont, but I thought there was a lot of plays they made during the game that were because we made negative plays,” Marr said. “We’re working on eliminating those.
“It’s not from a physical standpoint. We played hard, but mentally, we made a lot of mistakes. And we look at mental mistakes as shooting poorly, shooting it side-arm, not getting to our spots on clears. Part of the growth of a team is to learn from those mistakes, and, hopefully, this week we correct them.”
Post-grad attack Jakob Patterson was “banged up” last week, Marr said, and he didn’t play against Vermont, but he’ll be back for Binghamton.
The Catamounts ripped UAlbany to the tune of 10-4 in the first half, and although the Great Danes made a push in the second half to get within 12-11, Vermont responded with two goals and was up 14-11 when Alex Burgmaster scored just as the game ended.
“We started off really bad,” John said. “We started bad at Hartford, as well. They [Vermont] came off a really big game against Syracuse. It was on our end, needing to step up.
“After the game, especially a lot of us older guys, we went up to each other and said, ‘It’s not going to happen again.’ We knew we played bad, and as soon as the game ended we knew all the little things we did wrong. And it really did light a fire under us, especially us older guys. It’s about that trickling down to the younger guys.”
“After the game on Saturday, we were already looking on to Binghamton, and they have something coming for them,” junior defenseman Elijah Gash said. “Every day in practice, we’ve been trying to improve, and there definitely was some animosity and anxiousness to get back on the field on Saturday.”
SIENA HOME AGAINST CANISIUS
The Siena men had been scheduled to travel to Quinnipiac for a game on Saturday, but that game was postponed because of COVID-19 protocols within the Quinnipiac program.
The Saints were able to scare up a 1 p.m. home game against Canisius in its place, which will mark the second time the teams have met in three weeks.
The Golden Griffins won 8-7 at Hickey Field on March 6.
Siena is coming off a 7-6 double-overtime loss to Monmouth in which Saints goalie Chris Yanchoris made 26 saves to earn MAAC Defensive Player of the Week.