Jan. 25, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
Lafayette men’s lacrosse head coach Terry Mangan participated in the Patriot League’s media teleconference on Wednesday morning, previewing Lafayette’s upcoming 2012 season that begins on February, 18.
“Just like it is with everyone else it’s an exciting time for our team right now,” Mangan commented. “We are in week two of practices and are a little heavy bottom wise on our roster with 24 of our 37 players being freshmen and sophomores.”
“Our team didn’t compete against any other team in the fall, which was a little different than what we have done in the past,” Mangan continued. “We spent most of our time in the weight room and doing small group work to let our freshmen get acclimated to school life and lacrosse life. We haven’t had any real taste of competition going against different color jerseys, and we really focused on competition, work ethic and confidence.”
“We really have emphasized a day-by-day work ethic,” Mangan said. “Let’s make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. We have a group that is going to continue to got better and better and improve into the second half of the year. There are some tough tests on our schedule early in the year, and we have three scrimmages prior to the season, starting this weekend. Our goal is to feel prepared and confident on February, 18 and be able to string good minutes together.”
“We don’t spend a lot of time reminiscing about the good old days,” (in reference to the 2010 season). “We talk a lot about the process of how we got there, Mangan added. “We didn’t just roll out of bed and suddenly we were a good team. There was a process, which involved challenging yourself on the practice field and in the weight room. Those are the things that bring success, where you can challenge yourself and your teammates and you are not afraid to hurt their feelings. We lost that edge in 2011 and we need to get back to developing that work ethic and that process and the rest will take care of itself.”
“Looking at some of our young guys,” Mangan said when asked about potential emerging players for the Leopards’ 2012 team. “Mike Galione is one who played on attack last year. We moved him to the midfield and he has really taken to it. He’s got good vision and is a terrific wing dodger. We are also going to really count on Jake Mann as well.”
“Our first midfield right now are all seniors, Colin Serling, Greg Allis and Doug Prusoff have all played a lot of minutes for us in their careers so we are expecting them to be consistent, confident and great leaders.”
“Will Heffernan on attack, who played the most in his career last year, is surrounded by a bunch of newcomers that include Brian Bock, Cory Scheuerle and Sonny Round. They are going to get thrown into the deep end of the pool and we are hoping they are swimmers instead of sinkers. I think we are going to see some good plays out of them.”
Lafayette, which was chosen to finish sixth in the preseason poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, opens its 2012 campaign on February 18, when it hosts Providence at 3:30 p.m. at Rappolt Field.