2012-13 Men's Lacrosse Blog
Oct. 1, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team blogged throughout the preseason, regular season, and postseason to keep fans up to date with current happenings on and off the field.
Entry 15 - Will Farrell (5/10/13)
This team says goodbye to 7 seniors: Brian Brinkmann, Steve Dunn, Ted Hospodar, Pat Kurowski, Kyle Mahoney, Chris Moffa, and Kyle Williams. This group consisted of talented leaders who will be greatly missed.
As finals wrap up, the team will disperse and continue to work hard to come back bigger, faster, stronger, and ready to compete in the fall season.
Entry 14 - Steve Dunn (4/12/13)
With only four games remaining in the 2013 season, we have stressed the importance of maintaining our high levels of focus and hard work. The Hawks will continue to emphasize winning "the next five minutes" starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday on Finnesey Field. We will also be recognizing 20 years of lacrosse at St. Joseph's University on Saturday by honoring the 1993 Hawks team at halftime of the game. Our team is excited to pay respect to the first players to ever take the field at Hawk Hill.
Entry 13 - John Winchell (4/6/13) With only a few weeks left in the 2013 season, the team is very excited to make strides the program has never witnessed. We are currently coming off of one of the biggest wins this program has seen in a 7-6 dogfight against reigning conference champion UMass. Our team showed great poise and resilience after two tough losses to Penn State and Drexel by grinding out a hard earned win. Coach Wray emphasized winning "the next five minutes" and making the plays we needed to make without worrying about the outcome.
With a CAA victory under our belt, we have been practicing with great confidence and excitement to get our next conference win. Next up is Hofstra, another team that is in search of another conference win in hopes to getting one step closer to qualifying for the CAA tournament. It will be held at Ridley High School for the first annual Relentless Cup, an all-day fundraiser raising money for the Headstrong Foundation. This is an incredible honor for our team to help represent such a great foundation in the lacrosse community. With conference implications on the line, this game weighs of much importance in earning our second CAA win, putting us in good position to qualify for the CAA tournament, somewhere the program has never been. The team is up for the challenge and is working hard every day to make that happen. Go Hawks!
Entry 12 - Billy Annesley (3/12/13)
Following a great win against VMI, we took a short trip to Franklin Field to take on the University of Pennsylvania. We had a great few days of practice prior to the game and knew that we were ready to take them on. It was a long, hard fought game that came down to the last seconds, but Penn ended up squeezing out the victory, winning by just a goal. It was a very disappointing loss for everyone but we knew that we needed to move on to the next one, which was Wagner.
Going into Wagner, we were feeling very confident after a very positive and energetic four days of practice. After a slow first half, we came out at full speed in the second half and really executed what we needed to do to win the game. Everyone contributed, especially the "sideline," which has become a dominant celebrating force.
Mercer was next and we knew that we were in for a dogfight. After beating Mercer last year we knew they were going to come ready to play. It was a very close game and came down the final seconds. Mercer executed when they needed to which allowed them to pull out the victory in a heartbreaking loss. As disappointing as it was for the entire team, we knew we needed to put in behind us and get ready to take on Brown.
After a tough loss to Mercer we rebounded quickly and were back on the road up to Providence to face the Brown Bears. Brown started off the game very quickly, however we responded by going on a run of our own that kept us in reach at halftime. Brown came out in the second half firing and really took control of the game. Despite the lop-sided score, we kept battling and fought until the last whistle.
Entry 11 - Dustin Keen (2/20/13)
We left Friday afternoon for our second business trip of the season as we headed to a mutual site in Virginia to play High Point University. As we loaded the bus, we had one thing on our minds - get that first win. Every player was going to do anything to get that first win, and that was easily seen as we headed down south. We had a great pre-game dinner then arrived at the hotel. Coach gave out our room keys and our roommates for the evening. It was an early night for the Hawks, as we knew we needed rest because the game was going to be a battle.
As we loaded the bus Saturday morning for our quick ride to the field I could see a level of focus I have not seen before. We had a game plan ready and we would sell out to get this win. Game two was finally here as we lined up facing our opponents. We fought for a full sixty minutes against a very good team and came out on top. The game was back and forth for all four quarters and it was truly a team win. After the game we had a quick tailgate where we had food and saw our parents, then it was back on the bus. As we drove the five hours back to Philadelphia I saw many smiles but knew that no one was satisfied. We have fourteen more games and every one counts.
Entry 10 - Pat Swanick (2/4/13)
Entry 9 - Matthew Sarcona (1/22/13)
We are now into the full swing of things, and Febuary 9th is getting closer and closer. The practice grind of the first week has been intense with early mornings for the offense on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We have accomplished a lot in only the first week of practice, but we are taking it each day at a time. The phrase "Win today" echoes throughout our practices and we all believe that each day is important to our future success.
Entry 8 - Johnny Simanski (1/15/13)
During the next four weeks until Lehigh, we as a team will all be working hard both in the weight room with our training staff and also on the field to improve our skills with our coaching staff. We have just finished our first full day of practice and the atmosphere is truly amazing. Although the next few weeks will be extremely physically challenging, we know it is what we need to do in order to keep building as a program and have a successful season this year. Go Hawks!
Entry 7 - Kevin Barrow (12/12/12)
Once the testing had concluded, we all knew the next big event on our minds was the Christmas Classic. The team was equally divided into two opposing squads for a full-length scrimmage. There was a lot on the line as the winning team would earn steaks and the losers would receive hot dogs at our Christmas party. The scrimmage proved to be a battle as both teams fought until the end, hoping to get the incentive.
The only thing left before our semester-ending Christmas party was our last team workout. With four quarters of extremely physically- and mentally-taxing events, the whole team had to push each other in order to get through the challenges as a unit.
Finally, after all the hard work, we came together at Coach Wray's house for our Christmas party. The great meal followed by a humorous gift exchange really showed how our team is one big family. However, even though we were all happy to finish the fall and winter with such good results, we all also realized that this was only the beginning. As each of us embark into break and return to our homes, we know we owe it to our teammates to keep working equally as hard and even harder, so once we return in the spring we're ready to accomplish our real goals and compete against our opponents.
Entry 6 - Rob Watts (11/27/12)
Entry 5 - Brian Urban (11/15/12)
Coach Wray has instilled a competitive nature within all the guys on the team and it really has been evident. Now that everyone on the team has learned what is expected in the weight room, on the field, and out doing community service, you can see everyone striving to better themselves and those around them. We have certainly come a long way since the beginning of the year, and it's a tangible fact when we look at how much we have improved on our weight lifting cards or the gains certain players have made in regards to gaining weight and becoming overall better players. However, the coaching staff continues to push us and test us with our 300 yard shuttle running test, timed wall ball test, shooting efficiency test, and max. rep weight testing day that will be coming up before we go home for winter break.
As an upperclassman, I am excited for the spring and really happy with how well we have meshed together as a team so far. I'm also proud of how we have taken a competitive nature and the philosophy of striving for more and have taken it to the community service aspect of our fall improvement season. Recently, myself and nine other members of the team, as well as John Moran (Jack Moran's father), traveled to Manahawkin, N.J., a small area in L.B.I., to help out those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We were not instructed to go by anyone; it was just a group of us who were willing to help out. This one-day trip was organized by senior Kyle Mahoney who also has a house in the nearby town of Mantoloking. The people who we helped were very appreciative and gave all of us a sense of how serious this natural disaster was. It also made us aware of how fortunate we are as healthy collegiate athletes that do have a house to go home to for our upcoming break. I look forward to more community service events with my team as well as competing on the field and in the weight room as we better ourselves both physically and mentally for this upcoming season.
Entry 4 - Joe McErlean (11/06/12)
The guys on the team have played a pivotal role in these first three months. Everyone has helped make my classmates and myself welcome, starting from Day One. They are constantly encouraging us to reach our potential and teaching us how to be better - in the locker room, the weight room, and especially on the field. We are absolutely a family, and I couldn't ask for a better group of friends to be with everyday.
Away from lacrosse, the classroom is the most important part of the day. The amount of responsibility and accountability has increased tenfold since high school, and time management is definitely going to be my most difficult hurdle in this first semester. Classes are challenging but interesting so the work is well worth it. In all, I love being a member of the team and working hard day in and day out with the squad. I can't wait for the Hawks to turn some heads on the field this spring!
Entry 3 - John Moran (10/26/12)
As student-athletes at Saint Joseph's, we pride ourselves not only in academic and athletic achievement, but also in community service. During the fall improvement season, we volunteer weekly as a team at various sites that are in need of support. It is a great way to reach out to those who are in need and to give back to our surrounding community.
The fall improvement season is ultimately the most important and challenging season that we will endure. Every member of our team brings industriousness and enthusiasm to every lift, conditioning, and skill session, which not only upholds our team's values, but also creates an atmosphere of competitive greatness. This is the time where we slam our foot on the accelerator and not the brake. As a team we will build on our successes and carry that momentum into the spring!
Entry 2 - Chris Moffa (10/19/12)
Our team is looking forward to the upcoming season and want to continue the success we got a taste of last year. We have been working hard throughout this fall season. We just finished fall ball, where we practiced 6 days a week, capping it off with our outing at Headstrong and the inter squad scrimmage, after the Alumni game. We have now entered the fall improvement season where we continue to get stronger and faster, lifting 4 times a week and running 2 times a week. This is where we are going to separate ourselves from our opponents. While they are slowing down, we are speeding up.
We look forward to the season and are expecting great success and hope to have the support of our family and friends as we look to conquer the CAA.
Entry 1 - Brian Brinkmann (10/1/12)
Ending last year on a three game winning streak and getting out first win in the CAA helped to boost everyone's confidence coming into this season. We are encouraged by the strides we have made but know that we need to keep working hard and improving each day to achieve our goals for the 2013 season. We scrimmage Marist and Mount Saint Mary's on October 6th at Ridley High School so please come out and support us and the Headstrong Foundation. We will also be having an alumni game the following weekend October 13th followed by an inter-squad scrimmage here on Hawk Hill and hope to have a good turnout of family, friends, and fans!