Chat with Inside Lacrosse
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, our friends from Inside Lacrosse will stop by to take your questions about the 2010 season.
We have a special chat block lined up in advance of Saturday's lineup of big games. ESPNU will show Navy at Maryland (noon ET), Albany at Johns Hopkins (2 p.m.) and, starting at 4 p.m., two games of the Big City Classic: UNC-Virginia and Princeton-Syracuse. Princeton's Chad Wiedemeier, Syracuse's Chris Daniello and UNC's Charlie McComas will all be stopping by.
Send your questions now and join Inside Lacrosse Thursday at 1 p.m. ET!
Sean Burns (1:05 PM)
Hey everybody, we're getting settled here and ready for a long chat with players from this weekend's Konica Minolta Big City Classic. We start off with some guests from the University of Delaware - Martin Cahill, Noah Fossner and Pat Dowling - so fire away with your questions.
Nick Feil (Vista, NY)
How has your game changed over the past four years?
Martin Cahill (Delaware) (1:11 PM)
My game has probably changed the most with the use of my off hand. In high school I never really had a off hand but when I came to college it was so much more difficult to play with just one hand.
Noah Fossner (Delaware) (1:15 PM)
I think my game has changed the most from last year to this year. I had always been a very emotional player and a guy who would get really pumped up before games but I realized after starting a few games last year that playing goalie in college is about weathering the storm every time the ball comes down to your end. Coach Metzbower has really helped me take a calm cool headed approach to goaltending and it is finally starting to click now about midway through the year. I try to talk through our game plan with Coach Carrol and then have a relaxed conversation with teammates before I hit the field to calm my nerves. As for technique, I am working on staying flat on the goal line and taking away any extra movement before shots are taken.
Bob Gula Jr. (Rt. 7)
This is for Noah Fossner. What's your greatest lacrosse memory?
Noah Fossner (Delaware) (1:20 PM)
Well it seems that some of my boys from Albany have gotten in on the IL chat. I have to say it is hard for me to name my greatest lacrosse memory but if I could list 3 it would go like this: 1. Making a run to the NY state finals in 2005 2. Winning the first medal for the Adirondack region at the 2003 Empire State Games 3. Going to the FInal FOur in 2007 and being a part of the weekend that i grew up watching since I started playing
Conor Sweeney (Worcester Ma)
Do you think that the talent in the cage from your High School days is a direct correlation to your success today?
Martin Cahill (Delaware) (1:20 PM)
One of my good friends Cory Spinale is actually the starting goalie at Merrimack College back in MA. We played together all throughout high school and then both transferred to the same prep school. He was one of the best goalies I have ever faced and has a great amount of talent. The amount of shots that I took on him has definitely made me a better shooter.
Rory Fennel (Boulder, CO)
Who do you think is the best player in the game right now?
Noah Fossner (Delaware) (1:28 PM)
I think that is a really hard question. people ask it all the time and I think the best college player in the country becomes evident on championship weekend in May. I mean in the college game I think it is important to look at players that make their teammates better and i think the guys who are doing that the best right now are John Galloway and Steele Stanwick. They are playing alongside great individual players and creating a cohesive unit that has been extremely successful for the first half of the season. In my opinion the best post collegiate players in the world are Paul Rabil and John Grant Jr based on their ability to completely take over their matchups and impact the outcome of games
Martin Cahill (Delaware) (1:30 PM)
I might sound a little biased here but I think the best player in college lacrosse right now would have to be Curtis Dickson. His relentless style of play has carried throughout our team. If you watch him closely he isn't just a scorer, but one of the hardest riding attackman in the NCAA.
Sean Burns (1:32 PM)
Alright, thanks a bunch to Martin and Noah for taking the time to chat with us, but they've got to run and prepare for Hofstra... We're about to be joined by Princeton's Chad Wiedemier, so shoot your questions his way for the next half hour...
Paul (Syracuse, NY)
Being from Salt Lake City originally, I'm curious about the best lax players you've been around who AREN'T from the typical lacrosse hotbeds in the East?
Chad Wiedemeier (Princeton) (1:36 PM)
Alex Capretta for sure, i was out in California with him this summer and his area is just completely blowing up with lacrosse players everywhere, some really talented ones too. Hurley on Cornell is from Minesota, that is not to common of a place for good players to come from. Jake Burnhart on Maryland is legit, really good athlete from Florida.
Chad Wiedmaier, What kind of stick do you use?What kind of cell phone do you use?what's you favorite kind of equipment?
Chad Wiedemeier (Princeton) (1:37 PM)
I use Spine by Warrior or their new revolution head. Both are really good for D, really wide and good for ground balls. My phone: I actually just got a Droid Eris by Verizon literally an hour ago. Its pretty sweet, I am still trying to figure it all out but I love it. My favorite kind of equipment is warrior for sure. Love the pads, sticks, and the shoes.
Mikey P. (Morristown)
As lacrosse experts, what do you think perennially nationally ranked Delbarton (of Morristown NJ) will do this year???
Chad Wiedemeier (Princeton) (1:40 PM)
Delbarton always has talent and Coach K, Coach Reubling, and Coach Finn are always on top of everything. They have had a rough start so far this year, but they are a young team that are looking to find their identity. Look for a strong finish from them this year.
Chad Wiedemeier (Princeton) (1:48 PM)
Syracuse and UNC are both great schools. We were down on UNC's campus earlier this year and it is absolutley gorgeous, a great town, and great weather. Never actually been on Syracuse's campus, but my buddy on the team Petey "Hover" Coleman loves it up there. Now about Princeton. I love it here. The classroom will challenge you for sure and may get a bit tiresome at times, but I really feel and believe that it helps people further down the line. I also really like how there is a very high percentage of athletes on campus. We have a bunch of varisty sports, so it's cool to hang out with players from different sports on other teams and kind of share your experiences. We have a different schedule then most univeristies with our breaks and exams which I really like a lot too.
Philip (Dallas, TX)
My 7 year old son just started playing lacrosse. Any suggestions on how to help him learn the game? He loves to get his gear out at home and seems to do well in practice, but becomes a specatator during the games. I have never played so I'm not sure how to help him.
Chad Wiedemeier (Princeton) (1:52 PM)
I mean when you are that young, the best thing to do is just have a catch or play wall ball as much as you can, either with a buddy or just by yourself. once you have the stick skills, pretty much everything else starts to fall into place.
Chad Wiedemeier (Princeton) (1:53 PM)
When it comes to his "spectator" problem on the field, just tell him not to think that much when he is on the field. tell him just to go out there and let it all hang loose. I know i myself play much much better when I am relaxed, and not thinking too much.
Kevin McCormack (South Salem, NY)
Are there any professional athletes you model your workout routine around?
Chad Wiedemeier (Princeton) (1:57 PM)
I don't really try to model my workouts around any one person in particular, i just try to do something everyday that is going to help me become a better athlete and more importantly a better lacrosse player. I have worked out a lot over the summer either with my old football linebacker coach Mike Beach, on my own, or with Robby at "The Annex", a sports training gym in my hometown of Chatham.
Sean Burns (2:02 PM)
Thanks for jumpin on the chat, Mr. Wiedemeier, but we've got to keep the train rolling, with North Carolina's Charlie McComas, as well as a special unexpected joining of the chat by Hofstra's Adam Swarsen, so they'll be here for the next half hour before Syracuse's Chris Daniello brings it home until 3PM (and I go take a nap)
Ivan Lee (Chapel Hill, NC)
Princeton, Syracuse and UNC are all great schools so lets here from everyone... Why should someone pick your school over anywhere else?
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:03 PM)
Hofstra is a great school both athletically and academically...first and foremost it is located only 30 mins from the greatest city in the worldyou know the saying if you can make it there you can make it anywhere.Also, academically, the undergrad population is smaller than some of the other schools mentioned therefore more one on one help is provided Athletically Hofstra has some of the best facilities in the country, the lacrosse program recieved many perks because of the departure of the football program, all of which are top notch.
Charlie McComas (North Carolina) (2:04 PM)
Your right Princeton, Syracuse, and UNC are all great institutions and have wonderful academic and athletic programs. I personally choose UNC because it is such a well rounded school. Athletically it has some of the best sports teams in the country and academically it is one of the best university's in the nation.
Smooty (Chapel Hill, NC)
Charlie, I think you've been UNC's top cover guy this year. Is thre anything you do to practice gobbling all those ground balls up in traffic? McComas!!! McComas!!
Charlie McComas (North Carolina) (2:05 PM)
Thanks, I have to give credit to Michael Jarvis and Ryan Flanigan they always put the ball on the ground and luckily I sometimes am in the right place at the right time. In practice we do a lot of drills that stress picking up ground balls which helps simulate game time situations which helps out a lot.
Bill (East Meadow)
For Swarsen: Swarz, how good and how crazy are those Canadians on the Pride team, especially Jamie Lincoln ?
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:06 PM)
The Canadians are absolutely out of their minds, every single one of them on our teamJamie Lincoln is hands down one of the craziest kids i know, he is constantly cracking jokes and making wise commentsFunny fact: Jamie Lincoln never hydrates before games, he sticks to his favorite sodas such as Sprite or CokeAll the Canucks are a bunch of joksters, but come game time all of them back it up on the field
For Adam Swarsen: First, I was at the Army game last week. I am sorry that you have been hurt and hope you get back on the field soon. Although Hofstra was in the BCC last year, how exciting is it to be the first college game at the New Meadowlands Stadium ?
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:08 PM)
Joe: Thank-you, there is a specific atmosphere around the BCC thats unlike any other game.A lot of the guys on the squad are either Jets or Giants fans so all of them get real pumped up to play thereWe arent used to playing in a big stadium like that, with that many fans, so it is an experience that all of us will remember for many years.
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:10 PM)
It is an exciting game, but we all must realize that we have to approach this game just like any other in order to be successful
Charlie, I know there's season left to be played, but what's it like to be part of a Tar Heels squad that's bringing back the excitement to Chapel Hill on the lacrosse field?
Charlie McComas (North Carolina) (2:16 PM)
It is amazing! Everyone is so excited down here and we have such a tight knit group of laxers. The coaching staff is always stressing the term family and the support we have gotten from the alumni and the fans has fueled us and made us more excited then ever.
for Hofstra player...Do you feel any extra pressure going against Delaware in a must-win situation and how surprising is it to be 0-2 in the CAA coming into this weekend?
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:16 PM)
There is definitely an added pressure, but it is something that we brought upon ourselves...we know that in order to accomplish our goals we must win the rest of our CAA games to gaurantee a spot in the CAA playoffsOur guys embrace that pressure, and hopefully it brings out the best in our players and also allows others to step up and play a bigger role on our team
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:18 PM)
We knew that the CAA was an extremely tough league going into the season, yes we are dissapointed we are 0-2 but we made our own bed now we have to lay in it, we have a talented team and we lost those two games by a couple possessions here and there, and couple mistakes here and there, all we need to do is bring added focus to the table and continue to take care of the little things
Chris Latino (Clemson, SC)
Do you have a nick-name that people refer to you as?
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:23 PM)
I actually a have a lot of nicknames. My teamates are big nickname guys and we love to give eachother nicknames. Some of mine are.. Chucky, Chuckles, Bass,Bassmaster, McMoron/McIdiot (Bart), and most recently I have gotten the nickname Beaky since my lips get so chapped.
Adam Swarsen (Hofstra) (2:24 PM)
Haha we have tons of nicknames for all the guys on the team but a couple of mine include: Swars, A-Bomb, Grandpa, Pappy, and my favorite Randal Gorsen
Sean Burns (2:33 PM)
I wanted to have Charlie answer one that was posed earlier by Phillip from Dallas: My 7 year old son just started playing lacrosse. Any suggestions on how to help him learn the game? He loves to get his gear out at home and seems to do well in practice, but becomes a specatator during the games. I have never played so I'm not sure how to help him.
Charlie McComas (North Carolina) (2:33 PM)
Philip- I would say try get you son involved in camps during the summertime and over the year to help him learn how to play the game. Camps have great instruction from college coaches and players. Also, I would say try to watch as much lacrosse as possible on television or go to the games. The more you watch the more he may be able to pick up.
B Wash314 (Carborro)
What's it like covering the opposing team's top attack man every game charlie? as a fellow defenseman could you give me some pointers on how to be successful in mono y mono defense?
Charlie McComas (North Carolina) (2:40 PM)
I would say that the most important tool on defense is your feet. I always relate playing defense in lacrosse is very similar to playing defense in basketball, except you have a stick. However, if you rely on your stick to much you can get caught up, so moving your feet is crucial and the main part of playing defense. Also, your stance is very important we always stress staying low with your feet about shoulder width apart. The lower your center of gravity is the more power you will have in driving your man.
Sean Burns (2:40 PM)
Alright folks, Charlie and Adam are giving way to our final guest of the day, Syracuse's Chris Daniello - thanks for stopping in boys and good luck this weekend...
beady (john jay)
for chris daniello: i am a lefty attackman, what do you recommend to shoot better?
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (2:41 PM)
I would recommend drills that involve game like situations. For example, I like to practice coming around the net and shooting on the run by either doing a fade shot or a question mark
Woody (UK Baby!)
Why do they call you Beadie? (is it spelt like that??..well something like that)?Well played mate keep the Orange rolling, should be sweet playing at the new Meadowlands this weekend!
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (2:43 PM)
Beady came from Matt Tierney my freshman year. It comes from the baseball movie rookie of the year where the manager can't say Henry's last name. The upper classmen couldn't say Daniello, so they start changing it to whatever they could think of. One day Tierney said Donibeady and everyone kept calling me that and eventually cut it to Beady.
Larkin Glazebrook (New Orleans, LA)
Are you willing to guarantee a third national championship?
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (2:43 PM)
Right now we are focusing on getting ready for Princeton and getting better as a team each game
Sean Burns (2:44 PM)
(note: If we got any answer besides that, I would have been somewhat shocked...)
Chris- how do you feel the team has adjusted from last year to this year?
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (2:47 PM)
The team has done a great job adjusting this year. As a team we have a ton of potential and everyone keeps working hard to get better and hopefully have the same success as the past two seasons.
Geoff Cahill (albany)
Chris, you used to be a heavily recruited divison 1 soccer player, have you ever felt like soccer has helped your lacrosse game. (ex. creativity, work ethic, fitness, toughness)
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (2:51 PM)
Soccer has definitely helped my lacrosse game. Some of the moves and skills are comparable to what you do on the lacrosse field. I still play as much pick up soccer as I can over the summer as a way to stay in shape.
Chris, I know you've got plenty of work left to do, but how bad do you want another shot at UVA this year?
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (2:56 PM)
Right now as team we're getting ready for Princeton this weekend but it would be nice to get another chance to play UVA later on in the season.
who is the best player you have ever played with at syracuse and why
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (3:00 PM)
Throughout my four years at Syracuse I've been lucky enough to play with several great players like Mike Leveille, Kenny Nims, Steven Brooks, Sid Smith etc.. If I had to pick one player as the best I would pick Gavin Jenkinson or Adam Vogl.
Drew Sullivan (Katonah, NY)
Chris, you looking to get to the MLL or NLL in your future?
Chris Daniello (Syracuse) (3:00 PM)
It would be nice to continue playing lacrosse after college but right now I want to remain focused on my senior year here at the Cuse.
Sean Burns (3:02 PM)
Well folks, that about wraps it up for us over here, so thanks to everybody who took the time to submit a question and thanks once again to all the players that took the time out of their day to answer them for us.Be sure to check back on Saturday, with a huge day of action running on ESPNU and Inside Lacrosse, capped by the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at the New Meadowlands