PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse program will face Dartmouth in exhibition action next Sunday, October 22 at Ward Melville High School in Long Island, N.Y., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
"We are looking forward to the competition," said seventh-year head coach Taylor Wray. "We've been going at it now for several weeks, and while our focus at practice hasn't been on getting ready to play a game, I know the guys are eager to test themselves against someone else and the coaches are excited to continue learning about this team.
"Scrimmages are a great way to evaluate how athletes respond to real competition. It's a very different atmosphere than practice, and you find out a lot about your personnel and the things you have spent time working on so far at practice. More than anything, we hope to learn a lot, and it will guide the way we practice and what we focus on during the next phase of our preparation for the upcoming season."
Prior to the scrimmage, the Hawks will host a free coaches clinic, also to be held at Ward Melville. Times and topics include:
8:30a - 9:15a: No Mystery to Mastery (Offensive Development) - Associate Head Coach, Dan Keating
9:30a -10:15a: The Goalie Pyramid: Developing Championship Goalies - Assistant Coach, Mike Horowitz
10:30a - 11:15a: Framework to Develop Team Defense - Head Coach, Taylor Wray
"Ward Melville is a kind of a meet-in-the-middle with Dartmouth College," added Wray on the neutral-site location of the scrimmage. "But on a different level, we have a strong Long Island contingency on our team, and it's nice for those guys and their families to get a bit of a home game. We've also spent a lot of time recruiting on Long Island and we have some terrific LI prospects committed in our next two recruiting classes, and we want Saint Joseph's University lacrosse to continue to build our name in that market."