A message from Coach Cottle on the Georgetown victory and the upcoming game against Duke:
Well, first I want to give a brief summary of the Georgetown game.
I think the key was playing hard, not just for part of the game, but for all 60 minutes and winning the fourth quarter. Scoring 15 goals was enjoyable to see and the offense picked up the slack for the rest of the team.
I think we responded to adversity in that game - even if some of the adversity was self-inflicted. We need to learn how to play our game as a team. We made some mistakes in the game that are correctable, but we have to reduce those mistakes.
We have to put the team first in terms of making personal choices and decisions, whether it is technique or discipline. We must, as a group, be collectively responsible in order to continue to improve. It is our responsibility as coaches to ensure this happens.
As good of a win last week's game was, we have to put it behind us and prepare for our next challenge.
Duke is a great team with a great coaching staff. They are well coached in every area and present a great challenge. Our team must continue to improve this week and prepare with great concentration. We must play this game with great emotion, toughness and effort. This will be a great test for our team.
Playing in M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is a great opportunity that we are looking forward to.
Lastly, we need to learn to get off to a fast start and finish strong. I think we need to emphasize this to our players so we can play with consistency over a 60-minute period. The season is an on-going process and we need to focus on every player getting better, which in turn will make our team better.