Towson men's lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen sits down with TowsonTigers.com to discuss his team's progress through Fall Ball.
1. What were your overall impressions of Towson's play at Play for Parkinson's?
I was pleased with how we competed for most of the day. Our execution was average with highs and lows throughout the two scrimmages. We had some glaring concerns at the end of the day, but things that we get to work towards improving.
2. It was the newcomers' first exposure to some high quality opponents. How do you think they did?
We had 26 players that have never participated in a Division I game before playing in their first action at the Play for Parkinson's tournament. We could tell there were some nerves on the field. If anything, it exposed them to what life will be like this season and in the future, and I know the youngsters are excited to step up to the challenges. A couple guys played well and showed composure and ability to compete right away.
3. What were the effects of the new rules? Did they have an impact on the games?
The game was quicker paced with no horns for substitutions, so there were more transition/unsettled opportunities. We fell victim to the face off procedure rule in both scrimmages. This caused us to be man down for 30 seconds, so we will have to pay close attention to those situations moving forward.
4. Towson lost Ian Mills to graduation last season. How did face-offs look last weekend against Virginia and Air Force?
We were below average at the face off position in the scrimmages. It was a combination of winning the ball at the draw and winning the ball with our wing play. This is a huge area of concern for us, and we will be working diligently to be much more effective some spring at our face off play.
5. Where did Towson's offense come from during the games?
Our offense was spread throughout the attack and midfield positions. Even a freshman long stick, Aaron Moroney opened up the scoring against UVA, which got the team going. We received consistent goals and assists from both the midfield and attack positions, which is a good thing moving forward. Thomas DeNapoli, Andrew Hodgson, Devin Grimaldi, Rob Zoppo, and Max Siskind were the top guys.
6. Who stood out on defense in the two games?
John Fennessy, Jojo Ostrander, Billy Choiniere, Mike Lowe, and Moroney were the most consistent on defense for us. Pat Conroy was all over the field and ignited some plays with his hustle.
7. Andrew Wascavage and Tyler White split the starts in goal. Did you see what you thought you would from them?
Yes, I did. I expect those guys to play well and save the shots they should save and they did just that. They even made some stops when we gave up some easy opportunities. They both looked very good on Saturday.
8. How do you feel about the team's progress at this point in the Fall Ball season?
With as much youth as we have, I feel we are in a decent spot. We have a good understanding of what we need to improve upon as well as who we feel are going to be the key contributors come this spring. We have a few more days of team practice and our Alumni Game for us to continue to improve, and our guys have been working hard this week in order to get better.
9. What is the importance of the Play for Parkinson's Tournament for Towson from both a game situation and community outreach standpoint?
The fact that Towson gets to participate in an event that generates awareness and helps support such a great cause as the battle against Parkinson's Disease is a win/win. It is a first-class event, run by a great organization that cares about doing it the right way and that is the same mindset that we have as a program at Towson. Partner that with the high-level of competitive teams the tournament attracts, and we couldn't be more pleased with our involvement in the Play for Parkinson's tournament.
10. What are you looking forward to the most with the Alumni game on Oct. 13?
I am excited to see our team compete against the great Towson players of the past. We have another opportunity to see what our young men are made of when challenged and how they respond to those challenges. Having such strong alumni support that is very involved in the Towson program is something we are very proud of. That pride will be on display during our alumni game. Coaches Runk and Seaman will once again be on the sidelines to help coach the alumni group and it will be great having the two icons of Towson Lacrosse back. Above all, it will be a great day for Towson Lacrosse!