ALBANY — He had just gone through it with his team.
So Syracuse head coach John Desko knew what University at Albany men’s lacrosse head coach Scott Marr will go through in the days leading up to the Great Danes’ game Saturday at Drexel.
“When you lose a game and you watch the film,” Desko said after the Orange topped UAlbany 13-5 last Saturday at the Carrier Dome, “all the mistakes just come to the surface.”
Syracuse lost its opener to Colgate, and then the Orange provided UAlbany with ample footage to review of its own disappointing start to the 2019 season. In opening his post-game comments, Marr seemed to reference the long week ahead of the Great Danes.
“Well,” he said, with a deep breath, “we’re underway.”
The top areas of concern for UAlbany coming out of its opener were the team’s less-than-stellar offensive production and inability to hold its own with ground balls. The five goals UAlbany scored in its 2019 opener represented a worse output than in any game in the program’s fantastic 2018 season, while Syracuse outdid the Great Danes 44-24 in ground balls.
“They played more aggressive than we did,” Marr said.
Experiencing that, Marr said, should make his team better going forward.
“This could be a great thing for our team to see,” Marr said. “Just to see how hard you have to work.”
UAlbany senior Noah Taylor said the Great Danes will learn the needed lessons from its poor start.
“This is just a little bump in the road to me,” Taylor said.
STEADY IN GOAL
As one of UAlbany’s assistant coaches helped junior goalie Nate Siekierski warm up for his first college start, Siekierski urged him not to go easy.
“Shoot harder, shoot harder,” Siekierski yelled. “Lay down the hammer.”
While it came in a loss, Siekierski provided a strong effort in his first game replacing JD Colarusso. Siekierski made 16 saves against Syracuse.
JONES FINDS WAY
After an up-and-down start, UAlbany sophomore Austin Jones finished his debut as the Great Danes’ primary faceoff specialist on a strong note.
Overall, Jones won 10 of 16 faceoffs and UAlbany won 11 of 21.
After the Great Danes won 5 of 14 faceoffs in the first half, they won 6 of 7 after halftime.
After its season-opening loss at Syracuse, UAlbany is no longer nationally ranked.
UAlbany entered its opener ranked No. 14 in the coaches poll and No. 15 in the media poll.
The last time UAlbany was unranked was April 2014.