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Lost 16-13 to UNC in the ACCCG. Bummer.
All of you lax guys: What went wrong this season? How does next season shape up?
One huge issue this year was poor shooting.
I don't think that was the issue today, UNC's just has a killer offense, hard to keep pace with. We did get beat pretty badly on faceoffs, at least for that middle stretch of the game where they took control.
Didn't feel our midfield play was up to par this season. Not going to win many games against the competition UVA faces if we're not matching up effectively at midfield. This was a year when UVA was slowing it down against far too many opponents. Add that to the struggles in the net and on the X and you have a below .500 team. We get Chris LaPierre back healthy next year, plus there are some high quality young players that will come into the mix. However, the competition is still going to be tough next season. 'Cuse and Notre Dame join the ACC mix and Maryland still has another year remaining.
The guys who we thought would be able to run by their man and score goals from the midfield, Emery and Tucker, did not have the type of years we thought they'd have. The attack doesn't have anyone who could consistently create scoring plays either. Until the last three games of the year our offense was just not very dangerous. Add to that average faceoff play, poor goaltending, losing Shocker and the toughest schedule in the country and it's a recipe for disaster.
We still should have beat OSU, Cuse and Cornell but that's what happens when you have to rely on an unproven goalie to make late stops.
With the way recruiting is going now I'm not convinced we'll ever be the consistent power that we were. The recruiting cycle starts too early and coaches have to decide who to offer while the kids are still in 9th and 10th grade. There are going to be just as many misses as hits on the recruiting trail. I doubt any team will be on top with the consistency UVA, Cuse, Hop have been for years.
Great comments, Durty, about the early recruiting cycle. WPost had an article in last Friday's sports section about the number of early offers taking place in lax. The article mentioned a freshman at Landon who had received an offer from UVA, but wasn't a lock to make his varsity team until late. The misses are going to become more pronounced, and as you suggested, it will lead to spreading more of the wealth.
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