Howard CC vs CCBC Essex (2019 NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse)

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TWO LONGTIME RIVALS, SET TO FACE-OFF IN A
PIVOTAL REGION XX CONTEST. HOWARD GOING-UP AGAINST CCBC ESSEX DRAGONS ENTER THEIR FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME
RANKED FOURTH IN THE NATION. HOWARD CLINCHES THE NUMBER TWO SEED IN REGION
XX WITH A WIN. CCBC ESSEX ENTERS RANKED SEVENTH IN THE NJCAA. FROM 2008-2016, THE KNIGHTS WON 14 CONSECUTIVE
GAMES AGAINST HOWARD. TWO OF WHICH WERE LATER FORFEITED DUE TO A
2016 RULES INFRACTION. ESSEX HAS SINCE LOST ITS LAST TWO MEETINGS
AGAINST HOWARD. FIRST QUARTER, JOHNNY CHAISSON TO BOBBY SOLOMON. LOW-TO-HIGH FINISH FOR THE DRAGONS LEADING
SCORER. JOJO MONTESANO DRAWS THE SLIDE, FINDS JEREMY
SFORZO OPEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD. STRONG FIRST QUARTER FOR THE DRAGONS OFFENSE SECOND QUARTER, THREE GOAL LEAD FOR HOWARD. 13 SECONDS ON THE SHOT CLOCK. AUSTIN STUEBNER PLAYING TOUGH, PHYSICAL DEFENSE. KNIGHTS COME AWAY EMPTY HANDED ON THIS POSSESSION. BUT, CCBC ESSEX, STARTING TO SETTLE IN. TREMENDOUS BALL MOVEMENT. NOAH PARK WITH THE LEFT-HANDED DOORSTEP FINISH. SECOND HALF, KNIGHTS HAVE SCORED TWO UNANSWERED. SOLOMON RECOGNIZES THE UNSETTLED SITUATION,
GOES BY HIS DEFENDER, DRAWS THE SLIDE, AND HITS A WIDE-OPEN COLVIN PROSSER ON THE CREASE. ENDS A 12-MINUTE SCORING DROUGHT FOR HOWARD DREW GOODE EMERGING AS AN OFFENSIVE PLAYMAKER
FOR HOWARD. GOODE SCORED THE GAME-WINNER AGAINST SUFFOLK,
AND HE PRODUCES TWO GOALS AND AN ASSIST TODAY. DODGES ABOVE GOAL LINE EXTENDED AND MAKES
IT A 4 GOAL LEAD FOR THE DRAGONS. HOWEVER, ESSEX IS HANGING IN THERE. DILLON FAHEY SOMEHOW MAKES A SUPERB LEG SAVE
TO DENY SOLOMON. KNIGHTS’ OFFENSE, ROLLING AGAIN. TJ ROSS CUTS AND PUTS IT AWAY. CCBC ESSEX, BACK WITHIN THREE. KNIGHTS WOULD GO ON A 3-1 RUN TO MAKE IT A
ONE GOAL GAME IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. DOMINANT DAY AT THE FACE-OFF X FOR ESSEX,
BUT JAKE GRIFFIN COMES UP WITH A TIMELY, MOMENTUM-SHIFTING FACE-OFF HERE FOR THE DRAGONS. SOLOMON DOESN’T WASTE ANY TIME, PICKS IT
UP, DODGING BEHIND THE GOAL, DRAWS THE SLIDE, MOVES IT TO PROSSER! SCORES! 5 GOAL GAME FOR THE DRAGONS FRESHMAN. BOBBY SOLOMON, SHOWING WAS HE’S CAPABLE
OF AS A DODGER, FEEDER, AND SCORER. 4 GOAL, 2 ASSIST GAME FROM SOLOMON. AND HE’S CONTRIBUTED TWO GOALS AND AN ASSIST
SO FAR IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. HOWARD’S DEFENSE, PRESERVING THE LEAD, PHENOMENAL
SAVE BY TIM RUSSELL AT AN IMPORTANT MOMENT. 14 SAVE PERFORMANCE FROM TIM RUSSELL, INCLUDING
5 IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. AS THE POSTSEASON DRAWS NEAR, HOWARD’S OFFENSE
SEEMS TO BE IN GOOD FORM. GOODE MOVES IT TO JACK WATSIC ON THE WEAK
SIDE. BURIES THE HIGH-TO-LOW SHOT. HOWARD TAKES DOWN ESSEX. 16-11 IS YOUR FINAL. MATT: BOBBY, CONGRATS. FOUR GOALS, TWO ASSIST GAME FOR YOURSELF. HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW AFTER THIS WIN
FOR THE DRAGONS? BOBBY: I MEAN, IT FEELS TERRIFIC. TO GO AHEAD AND CLINCH, UMM, SECOND SEED IN
THE REGION IS BIG. GET A BYE FIRST ROUND, SO IT HELPS A LOT,
FEELS GREAT MATT: TALK ABOUT THE WHOLE MINDSET OF THE
TEAM COMING IN. ESSEX BEING A REGION XX RIVAL AND LIKE YOU
SAID, A LOT AT STAKE IN THIS GAME, HOW DID YOU ALL FEELING COMING INTO THE GAME? BOBBY: I MEAN, WE KNEW THAT THEY WERE GONNA
COME TO PLAY BUT, WE JUST KNEW THAT WE HAD TO COME HARDER AND BRING IT ALL, OTHERWISE
WE’LL HAVE TO GO OUT AND FIGHT FOR A SPOT IN THE REGION TOURNEY MATT: BOBBY, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE WAY
THE WHOLE TEAM, I KNOW COACHES ALWAYS STRESS, LIKE, MOVING AS A UNIT ON OFFENSE, HOW DO
YOU FEEL YOU ALL ARE DOING TODAY WITH 16 GOALS, IT SEEMED LIKE YOU WERE MOVING THE BALL WELL
AT TIMES. BOBBY: I MEAN, IT FELT GREAT, WE STARTED GETTING
A FLOW, I MEAN WE HAD OUR ROUGH PATCHES BUT ONCE WE FOUND THAT, THAT LITTLE CLICK WE GOT
IT GOING. IT WAS AWESOME. MATT: SO WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PLAYING HERE
AT HOWARD, WE SAW, YOU HAD A COOL CELEBRATION IN THERE, AND THE TEAM JUST SEEMS TO LIKE
EACH OTHER, WHAT IS IT ABOUT PLAYING FOR THE DRAGONS THAT GETS YOU? BOBBY: UMM, I MEAN I LOVE IT, WHEN I THINK
ABOUT THE DRAGONS I THINK FAMILY, ALL THESE GUYS OUT HERE , THEY’RE MY BROTHERS, MY
COACHES OR MY MENTORS SO, GOTTA RESPECT THEM, JUST LOVE THE GAME MATT: SO WHERE’S YOUR CONFIDENCE RIGHT NOW,
YOU’VE BEEN AMONG THE LEADERS IN TOP SCORERS IN THE NJCAA ALL SEASON. WHERE’S YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW, HOW CONFIDENT
ARE YOU? BOBBY: I MEAN, I FEEL FULLY CONFIDENT IN OUR
TEAM TO GO AHEAD AND ACHIEVE, YOU KNOW, A NATTY CHAMPIONSHIP. WHICH IS 100-PERCENT POSSIBLE FOR US, JUST
GOTTA WORK FOR IT. YOU KNOW, GET OUT THERE AND GRIND. I, I SEE, I SEE A NATTY CHAMP IN OUR FUTURE MATT: LAST ONE, JUST GOING INTO THIS REGION
XX TOURNAMENT, JUST, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE TEAM SHOULD WORK ON BETWEEN NOW AND THAT SEMIFINAL
ROUND. WHAT, WHAT ARE YOU AND YOUR TEAMMATES HAVE
TO WORK ON GOING INTO REGION XX TOURNAMENT BOBBY: UMM, IT’S REALLY BIG, WE GOTTA BE
MORE EFFICIENT OUT THERE, WE GOTTA MAKE, MAKE THOSE BIG PLAYS, JUST GOTTA GET THE JOB DONE MATT: COLVIN, FIVE GOAL PERFORMANCE FOR YOURSELF
TODAY IN A RIVALRY GAME AGAINST ESSEX, HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW AFTER SUCH A STRONG
PERFORMANCE FOR YOURSELF? COLVIN: UMM, RIGHT NOW I’M FEELING GOOD,
YOU KNOW, THE TEAM PLAYED GOOD TOGETHER, UMM, WE’RE REALLY WORKING ON OFFENSE AND STARTING
TO GET OUR OFFENSE TOGETHER CORRECTLY, YOU KNOW, JUST BANGING IT AND NOT BEING SELFISH
WITH THE BALL, THAT’S WHAT I FEEL LIKE, YEAH. AND I WAS IN THE RIGHT SPOTS AND, UH, YOU
KNOW, TOOK A COUPLE OF OUTSIDE SHOTS, PUT EM IN THE RIGHT SPOT MATT: WHY DO YOU THINK THE TEAM’S PROGRESSED
OVER THE SEASON. WHERE, YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU WERE SAYING, JUST
EVERYBODY GETTING IN THE RIGHT SPOT TODAY AND SHARING THE BALL WELL AND SO MANY DIFFERENT
GOAL SCORERS, WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S COMING TOGETHER RIGHT NOW? COLVIN: WELL AT PRACTICE, I MEAN, WE’RE
ALWAYS RUNNING SKELETON, YOU KNOW, EVERY SHOOTING DRILL, EVERYTHING THAT WE TRY TO WORK ON INVOLVES
OUR OFFENSE SO WE CAN ALL, YOU KNOW, HAVE A REALLY GOOD GRASP OF OUR OFFENSE SO THAT’S
REALLY WHAT, WHAT’S YOU KNOW GETTING US CLICKING. MATT: COLVIN, SO ESSEX HAD SOME MOMENTS IN
THIS GAME BUT YOUR TEAM REALLY HAD CONTROL IT SEEMED LIKE THROUGHOUT, WHAT WAS THE KEY
TO MAINTAINING CONTROL THROUGHOUT THIS GAME AGAINST A GOOD OPPONENT? COLVIN: UMM, POSSESSION, WAS A MAIN THING
YOU KNOW, WE HAD A COUPLE TIMES WHERE WE HAD GUYS, YOU KNOW, TRY TO MAKE A COUPLE YOU KNOW,
BIG PASSES, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO GET THE GOAL BUT, UMM, WE STARTED TO FIGURE IT OUT, WE
FIGURED OUT MOSTLY IN THE FIRST PART IN THE, UHH, THE FIRST PART OF THE GAME THEN WE STARTED
TO, YOU KNOW TRY TO PUSH IT TOO MUCH, GOT A LITTLE COMFORTABLE AND THEN, THEN WE, UHH,
WE FIGURED OUT THAT WE NEED TO POSSESS THE BALL, WE ALL STARTED BANGING IT, YOU KNOW,
COUPLE OF OUR ATTACKMEN STARTED YOU KNOW, GETTING THEIR GOALS IN AND WE GOT BACK UP
ON TOP. MATT: HOW EXCITED ARE YOU FOR THE PLAYOFFS,
THE NEXT GAME WILL BE THE REGION XX SEMI, SEMIFINAL, JUST, TAKE US INSIDE YOUR MIND
RIGHT NOW. HOW AMPED UP ARE YOU TO GET OUT AND COMPETE
FOR A TITLE? COLVIN: OH, I’M READY TO GO. YOU KNOW, I’M HOPING THE TEAM’S GONNA
CLICK JUST LIKE THEY DID TODAY, YOU KNOW, BUT EVEN BETTER, YOU KNOW, UMM, WE’RE GONNA
KEEP ON PRACTICING AND UHH KEEP WORKING AND TRYING TO BE THE BEST WE CAN MATT: DREW, THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT WIN FOR
THE DRAGONS TODAY. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER THIS WIN? DREW: UH, I’M HAPPY, WE PLAYED AMAZING TODAY,
WE KINDA, THEY KINDA WENT UP ON US AND WE CAME RIGHT BACK SO I’M HAPPY WITH OUR PLAY
TODAY. I’M JUST READY FOR THE PLAYOFFS MATT: SO GOING INTO THE PLAYOFFS, JUST, WHAT
DO YOU THINK NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR THE DRAGONS TO GET WHERE THEY WANNA GO, AND DEFEND, TWO-TIME
DEFENDING REGION XX CHAMPIONS, JUST, GET WHERE YOU WANT TO GO? DREW: WE JUST GOTTA BUCKLE DOWN AND, AND BE
MORE CONSISTENT A LOT OF TIMES IN OUR WINS LIKE THIS WE KINDA PLAY AMAZING IN THE FIRST
AND SECOND QUARTER, THEN WE FALL OFF IN THE SECOND HALF SO WE JUST GOTTA, WE CAN GO FAR
IF WE STAY MORE CONSISTENT IN THE GAME MATT: DREW, SO, BEFORE THIS GAME, THIS WAS
A BIG GAME ATMOSPHERE TODAY AGAINST ESSEX. HOWARD AND ESSEX TRADITIONALLY HAVE BEEN VERY
BIG GAMES, A LOT OF DRAMA IN THOSE GAMES, SO, IT JUST SEEMED LIKE YOU WERE READY TO
PLAY TODAY, WAS THAT THE CASE? DREW: YEAH, YEAH I WAS DEFINITELY READY TO
PLAY TODAY, YOU KNOW, UMM, I GOT A CONCUSSION AND I WAS OUT FOR FIVE GAMES SO I ACTUALLY
FEEL 100-PERCENT IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS IN THE GAMES THAT WE PLAYED WITHIN THOSE TWO
WEEKS SO I WAS JUST HAPPY TO FEEL 100-PERCENT AGAIN MATT: SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN TO YOU, JUST,
IT SEEMS LIKE, YOU TAKE IT SERIOUSLY, AND JUST, UH, HAVE A PHENOMENAL GAME TODAY IN
SUCH AN IMPORTANT GAME, JUST, WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN TO YOU, DREW? DREW: UH, IT’S, IT MEANS A LOT, LIKE WE
CAME IN THE FALL AND WE ALL WORKED HARD AS A TEAM, NOT JUST ONLY ME, SO IT JUST, IT FEELS
GOOD, IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING PAID OFF 100-PERCENT MATT: SO I KNOW YOU’RE A LEADER ON THE TEAM,
HOW DO YOU FEEL LIKE, AS THE WEEKS HAVE GONE BY, AND YOU’VE GOTTEN BACK ON THE FIELD,
HOW HAPPY ARE YOU WITH THE WAY YOU’RE GROWING INTO THE ROLE AS A LEADER ON THE TEAM, AS
A FRESHMAN, BUT I KNOW YOU’RE A STRONG PERSONALITY DREW: UHH, YEAH, IT FEELS, IT FEELS REALLY
GOOD TO BE, TO BE A LEADER AND IT TEACHES ME A LOT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF GUYS
ON THE TEAM THAT ARE SOPHOMORES ARE OLDER THAN ME SO I KINDA LEARN A LOT FROM THEM AND
JUST LEARN HOW TO BE A BETTER LEADER EVERY DAY ON THIS TEAM MATT: COACH WORTHINGTON, A BIG WIN FOR YOUR
TEAM TODAY, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER THIS WIN FOR THE DRAGONS? RISTO: UH, AWESOME TEAM WIN. SO, WE’VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH OUR OFFENSE
BEING IN SYNC AND RUNNING A SYSTEM AND TODAY THEY REALLY DID, THEY SHARED THE BALL AND
WE HAD A LOT OF ASSISTED GOALS AND, UH IT WAS A REALLY GREAT DAY FOR BOBBY, CAUSE BOBBY
HAD SORTA HAD SOME STRUGGLES IN PREVIOUS GAMES AND TODAY REALLY STEPPED UP SO IT WAS AN AWESOME
TEAM WIN. MATT: HOW GREAT IS THAT FOR YOU AS A COACH
TO SEE ONE OF YOUR FRESHMEN, JUST MAKE THAT STEP IN A GAME LIKE THIS TODAY, LIKE BOBBY
DID RISTO: MAN, THAT’S HUGE, ESPECIALLY COME
THE END OF THE SEASON WHERE PLAYOFFS ARE NOW IN PLAY AND, YOU KNOW, WINNERS WIN AND LOSERS
GO HOME SO FOR HIM TO PEAK AND BE RUNNING THE SYSTEM AND REALLY FITTING IN NOW, IT’S
HUGE, IT’S REALLY AWESOME MATT: COACH, YOU MENTIONED THE TEAM, YOU KNOW,
DOING WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO ON OFFENSE LEADING UP TO THIS GAME, DO YOU THINK IT WAS
A MATTER OF PRACTICE OR WHY DO YOU THINK TODAY WAS THE DAY THAT YOUR TEAM, SORT OF, MADE
THAT CONNECTION? RISTO: YEAH, IT’S A, IT’S CONSISTENCY
OVER TIME, SO WE’VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH A FEW ASPECTS OF OUR GAME AND JUST CONSISTENTLY
WORKING ON IT IN PRACTICE AND THE GUYS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER AT IT, THEY, THEY’RE UNDERSTANDING
IT MORE AND AS A RESULT IT’S SHOWING OUT ON THE FIELD SO NOW OUR REAL BIG STEP IS TO
PUT TOGETHER FOUR QUARTERS SO, WE, WE’VE HAD TYPICALLY A SLUMP IN OUR SECOND QUARTER
SO IF WE CAN KEEP THAT CONSISTENT EFFORT FOR ALL FOUR QUARTERS THEN WE’RE GONNA BE A
VERY TOUGH TEAM TO BEAT MATT: HOW EXCITED ARE YOU, YOU’LL BE THE
NUMBER TWO SEED IN THE REGION XX TOURNAMENT, TWO-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPION, HOW PUMPED ARE
YOU TO COMPETE FOR THIS REGION XX TITLE? RISTO: OH MAN, YOU’RE ALWAYS PUMPED TO COMPETE
FOR A REGION XX TITLE (LAUGHS) SO THE REAL IMPORTANT THING IS FOR THAT NOT TO GET TO
OUR HEADS, LIKE, WE HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE, WE, WE HAVE YOU KNOW SOME REALLY TOUGH OPPONENTS
THAT ARE AHEAD OF US AND WE CAN’T TAKE ANY OF THEM LIGHTLY SO IT’S REALLY A MATTER
OF US COMING TO WORK HARD EVERY SINGLE DAY AND THEN PUT THAT POLISHED PRODUCT OUT ON
THE FIELD COME GAME TIME MATT: IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE ON THE OFFENSE
TODAY WHO YOU FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, REALLY STEPPED UP AND HAD A, HAD A BIG GAME? ANYBODY YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE SOME PROPS TO
AFTER THIS WIN FOR THE, FOR THE DRAGONS? RISTO: MAN, THERE’S SO MANY OF GUYS DID
WELL. OBVIOUSLY DREW GOODE HAD A GREAT GAME, UMM,
JEREMY DOES A GREAT JOB EVERY GAME, YOU KNOW, AND, OBVIOUSLY BILLY, UH BILLY, BOBBY! UH BOBBY DID AN AWESOME JOB ALSO SO UMM, WHAT
WE REALLY NEED IS JUST EVERYBODY WORKING TOGETHER AND WE’LL BE ALRIGHT. MATT: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE WAY THE TEAM’S
JUST GETTING ALONG RIGHT NOW AND JUST BEING, ENJOYING BEING AROUND EACH OTHER. DO YOU THINK THAT’S WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE? RISTO: YEAH, I DO, THE TRIP TO LONG ISLAND
WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US CAUSE WE REALLY GOT TO GEL OVER THAT, THAT TRIP SO WE LEFT
ON A FRIDAY AND CAME BACK ON A SUNDAY AND IT WAS REALLY NICE FOR THE GUYS TO SORTA BE
STUCK WITH EACH OTHER BUT MORESO DEVELOP SOME OF THAT CHEMISTRY OFF THE FIELD WHICH ALWAYS
TRANSLATES TO ON THE FIELD

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