Obviously, there were a lot of good things in the Duke game after watching the film.
Our guys played hard and competed throughout the game. When negative things happened, our leaders stood up to the task. We kept playing the whole game at an intense level. We stayed together as a team and never lost focus.
While we did a lot of good things against Duke, we also have a lot of things to work on. We did not clear the ball as well as we should and we must improve our effort on riding, particularly with our attack. We didn't win the groundball battle at times and that caused us to play a lot more defense than we should have had to play. We lost a lot of 50-50 groundballs on the face-off that we could have had. We also didn't do a good job handling the ball on the offensive end in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter. We got several stops and turned the ball back over to Duke. Moving forward we must get better organized and our attack must work harder to get the ball, sprint with it when they have it, and make better decisions.
We were happy to win the game, but must continue to focus on the areas we need to improve on. A famous coach once said it is no different than when you start to get a cold; if you do nothing about it, the odds are it is going to get worse. However, if you take care of yourself, you will minimize your chances of getting sick.
Certainly, we want to maximize our potential, to get better and continue to improve not only through knowledge and understanding, but to get the right people on the field that have the ability to execute what we need to do and have the right motivation and discipline to carry it our when they are in the game.
Towson is our next opponent and we have a lot of respect for its coaches, players and program. They have a Hall of Fame coach who will have his players very well prepared, organized and motivated. Towson is a team that always plays hard. This game has always meant a lot to their coaches and players and we will have to match their intensity and enthusiasm.
This will be our first game on grass and we must be able to make the adjustment to a new surface.
Monday will be a day to fix some mistakes and improve our team. Tuesday, our players will start preparing for the Tigers.
Saturday will be our first home game in Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium since 2008 and we are very excited to play our first game at home.
"Be The Best!"