March 15, 2010

Kaiser's Korner: Week 3

Spring Break was a huge success both on and off the field.

We started off the break by having a real nice win against Wagner. The team tallied 20 goals for the first time since 2002 with 18 different guys registering a point.

The following day we flew out to Detroit ready to take on Detroit-Mercy that Sunday. We had a real efficient pre-game practice full of energy and intensity which set the tone going into the game. Perhaps we were a little too intense...we committed nine penalties. Luckily our man-down defense is ridiculous and didn't let them to capitalize on their man-up opportunities. We were sloppy at points but kept a safe lead throughout the game to come away with a 13-8 victory. We flew back to Connecticut after the game on probably the hottest flight that I have even been on...freshman Jake Emms looked like he had just jumped into a pool he was sweating so much.

Coach gave us Monday off which allowed us to catch our breaths and prepare for four intense practices in preparation for Providence. There is no love lost between us and the Friars. The last three meetings have all of been one-goal games, each coming down to the last minute. The beautiful, 60-degree Hamden weather (who needs Florida) allowed us to have four of the best practices of the year. We could feel that the outcome of this game was going to be completely different from the years past. It was true; the 12-2 victory was one of the most complete team victories since I have been at QU. Both the offense and the defense put together 60 solid minutes of lacrosse.

On Wednesday, we traveled to Highland Park Elementary School in Cheshire to celebrate the literary genius that is Dr. Seuss. Each player was designated a classroom to read a Dr. Seuss story and to hang out with the students. I didn't realize that about half of the team has a fear of public speaking. In fear of making a mistake, Mike Bucchino read his story three times before we got to the school. You could see the sweat on his forehead he was so nervous (Sorry Mike).

A few thank-you's and congratulations from this past week. Thank you to Owen's Deli in Cheshire and Chartwell's for providing us with great meals throughout the week. Thank you to Coach Fekete and his family for hosting another successful waffle sundae night. Congratulations to Brendan Wilbur for earning his wings...The flight out to Detroit was his first time on an airplane. Finally, congratulations to Crandon Leahy for winning the "4th Annual Spring Break Banana Eating Contest". It was his second year in a row taking home the title...Nice job Crandon.

Three wins, 45 goals scored, 13 goals allowed...it was a good week for the Bobcats. We have a tough ECAC matchup with Hobart on Saturday. We know what it takes to win; it is just a matter of executing.