This is going to be just a quick update simply because practice has not officially started and there is not a lot of news to report. Next week will be a completely different story however - practice starts on Monday!
Some quick hits:
• The team is in College Park and has been working on conditioning and going through some stick drills and captains' practices. There is veteran leadership on offense and defense, so the team can really accomplish some things during the captains' practices. These sessions give the players a chance to knock off some of the rust that's accumulated since Fall Ball ended.
• One other important point about these captains' practices that I didn't want to get buried at the end of the previous point is that they are a chance to get freshmen and newcomers used to the intensity of a spring practice. Coach Cottle and his staff worked the team hard during the fall, but it's just not the same as the spring. The level intensity is so much greater and if the freshmen want to be able to make an impact this season they need to be ready to play at that level.
• The weather in the College Park area has been a bit of a story in the past few weeks, but it looks like the team will catch a break next week. The extended forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-40s on Monday and low-40's throughout next week. I'm sure the cold temperatures will return, but it should be a decent start to the season.
• Keep an eye out for some video interviews with numerous Terps beginning this week with redshirt-junior long pole Brian Farrell. I'll be talking with him this afternoon and hope to have the interview posted by Thursday. There really is no excuse for not checking it out since you can do so on Facebook, YouTube and right here on umterps.com.
• Last week was a big week for the Maryland men's lacrosse Facebook fan page as we eclipsed the 1,000-fan mark. If you're not a fan and you're on Facebook you are missing out on a great opportunity to interact with your fellow Terp fans.
• One more thing ... our hosting company (CBS College Sports) has finally provided a blog tool. So instead of the Maryland Men's Lacrosse Blog being its own separate page, it has been incorporated into the new blog. Some of the features this offers is that fans can now leave comments and interact with me and other fans. Let me know what you think.
That's it for this week (I told you it would be a quick update). Next week I'll give you an inside look at the first day of practice and a couple of things to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.