Howard CC vs Anne Arundel CC (2017 Region XX Championship, NJCAA Lacrosse)

Howard CC vs Anne Arundel CC (2017 Region XX Championship, NJCAA Lacrosse)

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REGION XX CHAMPIONSHIP. AUTOMATIC BID TO THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT,
ON THE LINE IN ARNOLD, MARYLAND. HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE, RANKED THIRD IN
THE NATION, REGION XX’S NUMBER ONE SEED. BATTLING THE TOURNAMENT HOST, ANNE ARUNDEL
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. DRAGONS WON THE REGULAR SEASON MEETING 23-8. HOWARD
IS 7-0 AGAINST REGION XX SCHOOLS WITH AN AVERAGE MARGIN OF VICTORY OF 17 GOALS PER GAME AGAINST
REGION XX COMPETITION. HOWARD, LOOKING TO WIN THE SECOND REGION XX
TITLE IN PROGRAM HISTORY. THE DRAGONS WON THEIR FIRST REGION CHAMPIONSHIP
IN 2007. ANNE ARUNDEL ENTERS THE FINAL WITH AN 11-4
OVERALL RECORD. FIRST QUARTER, CHRIS RINEHART TAKES THE CONTACT,
FLAG IS DOWN. STILL RINEHART, DODGING ABOVE GOAL LINE EXTENDED. FEEDS IT TO IAN DECKER ON THE CREASE. HOWARD TAKES THE LEAD. 3-1 DRAGONS NOW, COLIN WALLACE. UP AGAINST THE SHORT STICK DONALD BISHOP. RIVERHAWKS, PHYSICAL OUT OF THE GATE, UNNECESSARY
ROUGHNESS FLAG ON BISHOP. HOWARD’S EXTRA MAN UNIT TAKES THE FIELD,
DAVIS CARR GOES DOWN THE MIDDLE, HAS THE WHOLE GOAL TO LOOK AT. CARR WITH THE MAN UP TALLY. 6-2 HOWARD, THANKS IN PART TO THE FACE-OFF
UNIT, LED BY SKYLAR BRISCOE. HCC WON 7-OF-11 FIRST QUARTER FACE-OFFS. DECKER ABSORBS A FEW CHECKS…STILL DECKER…. FINDS REID MERLO, UNCOVERED IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE FIELD, 8 YARDS OUT. SCORES! 7-2 HOWARD. SECOND QUARTER…. BRETT CARTER GETS POSSESSSION FOR ANNE ARUNDEL. DECKER FLIES UP AND LANDS A BIG HIT. KEEGAN MOHAN WITH THE GROUND BALL…. TO RINEHART. ATTACKING THE UNSETTLED SITUATION, DECKER’S
UP WITH HIM…. IAN THE EXECUTIONER DECKER. SCORES! HOWARD’S FACE-OFF UNIT, WINNING 65 PERCENT
IN THE FIRST HALF. DECKER JUST RAN OUT A SHOT. DECKER, ONCE AGAIN ABLE TO WIN HIS MATCHUP. ANNE ARUNDEL, SHOWING SOME FRUSTRATION. MICHAEL BIGELOW UP AGAINST CARR…MARK BOWSER
WITH THE STICK SAVE AND HE SMOTHERS THE REBOUND ATTEMPT…. RIVERHAWKS WORK IT FROM THE STRONG SIDE TO
THE WEAK SIDE QUICKLY. BUT THEY’RE UNABLE TO CAPITALIZE. JESSE ECKSTROM DODGING ON THE TALLER SHORT
STICK DEFENSIVE MIDDIE. GETS HIMSELF A TREMENDOUS ANGLE. ECKSTROM! HIGH TO LOW. GIVES HOWARD A 7 GOAL LEAD. BRISCOE JUST WON THE FACE-OFF, ATTACKING THE
UNSETTLED SITUATION. BRISCOE FORCES THE DEFENDER TO MAKE A DECISION. BRISCOE DUMPS IT OFF TO IAN DECKER!! HOWARD PUTS UP 14 GOALS IN THE FIRST HALF. THIRD QUARTER. DECKER GOES RIGHT BACK TO WORK. DECKER SCORED 9 GOALS IN THE REGION XX CHAMPIONSHIP. 6:11 REMAINING IN THE THIRD QUARTER, 8 GOAL
LEAD NOW FOR HOWARD. DAVIS CARR PLACES IT IN THE CORNER. EXTRA MAN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANNE ARUNDEL. STONE BOONE, FEEDS HIS TEAMMATE ON THE DOORSTEP. DENIED BY BOWSER. FOURTH QUARTER, RIVERHAWK POSSESSION, BIGELOW
TO JEREMY ROSS. HOWARD’S DEFENSE, DIALED IN. 10 GOAL LEAD FOR THE DRAGONS. MERLO SENDS IT BEHIND FOR CHRIS RINEHART. BEATS THE GOALIE HIGH. HOWARD WINS THE REGION XX CHAMPIONSHIP. THE FIRST OF THE COACH FOUST ERA. MATT: COACH FOUST, JUST TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS
DAY MEANS TO YOU? ALL THE WORK YOU’VE PUT IN, THE YEARS YOU’VE
BEEN HERE. ERIK: IT’S , I WANT TO SAY SATISFYING, BUT
AT THE SAME TIME I, I’M VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOU KNOW THE COACHING STAFFS THAT I’VE HAD. ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR’S AND THEN, YOU KNOW,
THE PLAYERS. I GOT AN OUTSTANDING GROUP OF GUYS YOU KNOW
SO, THAT’S HONESTLY YOU KNOW WHERE MY THOUGHTS ARE AND HOW I’M FEELING RIGHT NOW. KIND OF A LITTLE BIT IN SHOCK RIGHT NOW BUT
YOU KNOW I. WE’VE WORKED REALLY HARD FOR THIS AND SO YOU KNOW IT’S NOT REALLY A SURPRISE,
I DON’T WANT TO SAY IT’S A SURPRISE BUT YOU KNOW IT’S A SENSE OF SATISFACTION WOULD
PROBABLY BE THE BEST WAY TO PUT IT. MATT: ONE EMPHASIS YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD WAS
CHARACTER. TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF THIS GROUP OF
YOUNG MEN. ERIK: REAL GOOD, REAL GOOD SET, REAL GOOD
GROUP OF GUYS WHO YOU KNOW ARE ALL FRIENDS, THEY ALL GET ALONG AND THIS IS MY FOURTH YEAR
AS HEAD COACH AT THIS PROGRAM AND THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED UNTIL THIS YEAR. AND SO I THINK IT’S A SPECIAL A SPECIAL
OCCASION WHEN THAT CAN HAPPEN BECAUSE YOU KNOW THESE GUYS AREN’T NECESSARILY LIVING
TOGETHER AND THEY’RE NOT SPENDING A LOT OF TIME OFF THE FIELD NECESSARILY TOGETHER
BECAUSE YOU KNOW WE’RE AT A JUNIOR COLLEGE BUT, YOU KNOW EVERYONE IS WORKING OUT THERE
FOR ONE ANOTHER AND THAT HAPPENS NOT ONLY ON GAME DAYS BUT IN PRACTICES AND YOU KNOW. I’M KIND OF AT A LOSS FOR WORDS RIGHT NOW
(LAUGHS) MATT: IAN, WHAT WAS THE KEY TO MAINTAINING
YOUR COMPOSURE IN A VERY INTENSE GAME OUT THERE IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP? IAN: I THINK I JUST HAD A LOT OF CONFIDENCE
IN OUR TEAM AND WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF GAMES TOGETHER SOME CLOSE ONES EARLY ON
BUT I KNEW WE’D PULL THROUGH AND GET THE LEAD AND WE’VE GOT A REAL GREAT DEFENSE
THAT ALWAYS STARTS OUR OFFENSE UP AND I WASN’T TOO WORRIED ABOUT IT. MATT: SO WHEN YOU LOOK BACK DOWN THE ROAD,
I KNOW THIS TEAM’S NOT DONE YET, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT TODAY WHAT ARE YOU GONNA
REMEMBER ABOUT THIS DAY? IAN: JUST OUR TEAM PLAYING OUR GAME SCORING
GOALS AND MAKING STOPS. WE JUST WE DID OUR THING AND , AND WE GOT
THE WIN, FIRST ONE IN TEN YEARS SO IT’S A GREAT WIN FOR THE PROGRAM AND FOR COACH,
FOR ALL THE SOPHOMORES. MATT: AND, THE WAY YOU ANSWER QUESTIONS, AND
THE WAY THE COACH ANSWERS QUESTIONS, I CAN TELL THAT THIS TEAM, THEY CARE ABOUT EACH
OTHER. SO TALK ABOUT HOW YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR TEAMMATES
AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT ‘EM. IAN: WELL LACROSSE YOU KNOW IS A TEAM SPORT,
YOU GOT NINE OTHER GUYS OUT THERE AND YOU GOTTA BE ABLE TO RELY ON THEM. AND YOU GOTTA TRUST ONE ANOTHER AND IF ONE
PERSON’S PLAYING FOR THEMSELVES, IT’S JUST NOT A WELL OILED MACHINE SO YOU GOTTA
BE OUT THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER. MATT: SO YOU’VE HAD AN INCREDIBLE POST SEASON,
DID YOU FEEL ANY DIFFERENTLY COMING INTO THESE GAMES? OR WAS THIS JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR YOU
OUT THERE? JACKSON: THIS WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL. IT WAS MORE, GET REDEMPTION FROM LAST YEAR
CAUSE THAT, THAT LOSS STILL RESONATED WITH A LOT OF THE SOPHOMORES AND WE JUST WE KNEW
WHAT WE HAD TO DO AND WE CAME IN AND WE DID IT TODAY. MATT: EXPAND A LITTLE BIT ON HOW THAT RESONATED,
CAUSE LAST YEAR I KNOW IT WAS A VERY TIGHT GAME AND IT DIDN’T GO YOUR WAY. WHAT FUEL DID THAT PROVIDE FOR 2017? JACKSON: WE JUST KNEW THAT WE HAD TO WORK
HARDER THAN EVERY OTHER TEAM THAT WE WOULD PLAY AND WE KNEW THAT IN PRACTICE THAT WE
HAD TO REALLY STEP IT UP AND TO GET TO THAT NEXT LEVEL AND TO GET TO THAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
SO THAT LOSS REALLY JUST, IT PUT FIRE IN OUR HEARTS FOR THIS YEAR. TO KNOW THAT, THAT’S WHERE WE SHOULD BE
AND THAT’S WHERE WE NEED TO BE NEXT YEAR AND WE MADE IT HAPPEN THIS YEAR. MATT: THE CLOSENESS OF THE SOPHOMORES CAN
YOU TAKE US INSIDE A LITTLE BIT THERE. THAT’S INTERESTING TO HEAR THAT THERE WAS
A LOT OF FIRE FROM THE ESSEX GAME LAST YEAR. JACKSON: YEAH, ALL THE GUYS THAT WERE THERE
ON THE FIELD LAST YEAR THAT ARE STILL ON THE TEAM THIS YEAR. EVERY, EVERY WEEK I WOULD SAY WE WOULD JUST
THINK BACK TO THE LOSSES WE WOULD HAVE LAST YEAR AND WE WOULD JUST THINK, MAN WE NEED
TO DO BETTER THIS YEAR, LIKE, WE JUST NEED TO WIN. AND WE’VE MADE IT SO THIS YEAR. IT’S BEEN PRETTY GOOD. MATT: WHAT DOES THIS CHAMPIONSHIP, IT’S
NOT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT IT’S A REGION CHAMPIONSHIP, IT HASN’T BEEN DONE
FOR TEN YEARS HERE AT HOWARD, WHAT DOES THIS DAY MEAN TO YOU? JACKSON: IT JUST FEELS AMAZING TO BE A PART
OF SOMETHING THAT HASN’T HAPPENED IN TEN YEARS AND FOR IT TO BE THIS BIG AND FOR US
TO JUST, FOR US TO DO IT, IT JUST FELT AMAZING, ESPECIALLY AFTER LAST YEAR, LOSING ON OUR
HOME FIELD IT WAS, IT WAS NOT FUN SO COMING IN THIS YEAR GETTING IT WAS, I WOULDN’T
SAY IT WAS A RELIEF BUT IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE OFF OUR SHOULDERS CAUSE WE HAD
THAT MINDSET OF WE’RE GOING IN AND WE ARE WINNING. SO. MATT: ONE OF MY LASTING MEMORIES FROM THIS
GAME WILL BE JUST, BEGINNING OF THE GAME YOU WALKING AROUND AND SAYING “WE NEED THE BENCH
TO BE IN THIS GAME” TALK ABOUT JUST HOW IMPORTANT THAT WAS TODAY. DAVIS: THE BENCH IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT. WE’RE ONLY AS STRONG AS OUR WEAKEST LINK. THE GUYS ON THE BENCH PROVIDE A BOOST FOR
US WHETHER WE’RE PLAYING WELL OR NOT. IF THEY’RE NOT TALKING AND ECHOING CALLS,
WE CAN STRUGGLE ON THE FIELD SO REALLY IT’S A FULL TEAM EFFORT. EVERY GAME IN AND OUT ALL THE TIME. MATT: SO IT SOUNDED LIKE, ANNE ARUNDEL, THEY
WERE VERY, LOOKING TO MAYBE GET YOU ALL OUT OF YOUR GAME A LITTLE BIT WITH PHYSICALITY
OR MAYBE TRASH TALKING OUT THERE. WHAT WAS THE KEY TO JUST, PLAYING YOUR GAME
AND IGNORING THAT? DAVIS: WELL OUR COACHING STAFF DID A GOOD
JOB OF PUTTING TOGETHER A PLAN AND WE EXECUTED. WE CAN’T GET LOST. THAT’S WHAT TEAMS TRY TO DO TO US. WE PUT UP A LOT OF GOALS AND YOU CAN SEE AGAINST
GENESEE, IF YOU START TO GET IN OUR HEAD A LITTLE BIT, WE TURN OVER THE BALL. TODAY THEY TRIED TO DO THE SAME THING, BUT
AS THE SEASON’S PROGRESSED WE’VE GOTTEN BETTER WITH THAT AND, IF WE’RE GETTING CHIRPED,
WE PLAY REGARDLESS. MATT: HOW DOES THIS TEAM FEEL ABOUT ITS POTENTIAL
ON THE NATIONAL STAGE? DAVIS: SINCE THE TWO WEEKS AFTER PRACTICE
STARTED WE SAW THE SKILL WE HAD ON THE TEAM AND A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS WHAT WE WERE
LOOKING FOR. WE’RE CERTAINLY HAPPY WITH A REGION XX CHAMPIONSHIP,
BUT THE ENTIRE SEASON WE’VE BEEN GUNNING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. MATT: SO BETWEEN NOW AND BETWEEN THE FIRST
ROUND GAME, WHAT’S IT GONNA TAKE TO GO OUT THERE AND EARN THE CHAMPIONSHIP? DAVIS: A COUPLE DAYS OFF MONDAY AND TUESDAY
THANKS TO COACH FOUST. BUT IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT OF HARD WORK. WE CAN’T STOP NOW THIS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT
PART OF THE SEASON, IT’S DEFINITELY GETTING A LOT HOTTER. PLAYING ON TURF, IT GETS WARM OUT THERE SO
WE NEED TO STAY CONDITIONED AND JUST CONTINUE TO WORK. MATT: SO HOW BADLY DID YOU WANT TO COME OUT
AND HAVE A GOOD GAME FOR YOUR TEAMMATES TODAY IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP. DAVIS: ALWAYS, THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR HERE,
I AM A SOPHOMORE AND A LOT OF THE GUYS, SOME OF THE GUYS DO LOOK UP TO ME AND I WANT TO
PLAY THE BEST THAT I CAN. NOT JUST FOR MY OWN PERSONAL GAIN, BUT IF
WE’RE ALL PLAYING WELL THE OFFENSE AND DEFENSE IT’S JUST IN HARMONY, IT LOOKS GREAT. MATT: TALK ABOUT HOW YOU’VE PROGRESSED AS
A LEADER THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. DAVIS: WHEN I CAME TO HOWARD COACH FOUST LOOKED
TO ME TO BE A LEADER. AND I TRY TO DO THAT BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD. NOT GETTING IN GUYS’ FACES BUT IF SOMETHINGS
GOING ON YOU KNOW, RESPECTFULLY TELLING ‘EM WHAT TO DO UM AND THEN THEM LISTENING AND
THEN WORKING ON IT AND THEN YOU CAN SEE IT ON THE FIELD, THEM REALLY GETTING BETTER MATT: SO CAN YOU DESCRIBE THAT DYNAMIC A LITTLE
BIT. JUST BEING ABLE TO POLITELY, BUT ALSO GET
YOUR POINT ACROSS TO, AS A LEADER, JUST TO CORRECT CERTAIN THINGS YOU SEE OUT THERE. DAVIS: WHEN WE DO SEE IT OUR TEAM, WE ALL
HAVE MUTUAL RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER, REGARDLESS OF WHERE WE’RE FROM OR WHERE WE’RE GOING. WE’RE A TEAM. WE’RE ALL OUT THERE AT THE SAME TIME AND
IF SOMEONE’S NOT PLAYING WELL AND THE EVERYONE, IT HURTS EVERYONE SO KEEPING A HIGH MORALE
IS DEFINITELY IMPORTANT AND JUST LETTING THEM KNOW TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS. NOT TELLING THEM WHAT THEY DID WRONG, BUT
WHAT THEY COULD DO BETTER. MATT: SO COMING FROM D-1 NJIT, WHAT MADE YOU
WANT TO COME HERE, PLAY FOR COACH FOUST, COLUMBIA AND COMPETE FOR A REGION XX CHAMPIONSHIP AND
A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP? DAVIS: IT WAS JUST A, IT WAS A NEW PAGE IN
MY LIFE I FELT LIKE THAT WASN’T WHERE I WANTED TO BE FULL-TIME. A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE KEVIN CURCIO WENT TO
THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL. HE LET ME KNOW ABOUT HOWARD AND I GOT A CALL
FROM FOUST WITHIN THE DAY. AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW I WAS A DRAGON. AND I, I HEARD GOOD THINGS KEVIN WAS TALKING
ABOUT IT LAST YEAR THE TEAM AND WE JUST WANTED TO BUILD ON THAT AND WE’RE CURRENTLY DOING
THAT RIGHT NOW.

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