Howard CC vs Onondaga CC (2019 NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse)

Howard CC vs Onondaga CC (2019 NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse)

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TOP TEN JUNIOR COLLEGE SHOWDOWN. HOWARD, RANKED NUMBER THREE IN THE NJCAA RANKINGS UP AGAINST TWO-TIME DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION
ONONDAGA. HOWARD ENTERS THE GAME WITH A 2-0 RECORD. DRAGONS, LOOKING TO AVENGE LAST YEAR’S 11-GOAL
LOSS TO THE LAZERS IN THE FINAL FOUR. OCC, WINNER OF 11 OF THE LAST 13 NJCAA NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS, ENTER THIS GAME IN UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY. ONONDAGA HAS LOST TWO CONSECUTIVE GAMES. PRIOR TO 2019, THE LAZERS HAD ONLY LOST SIX
GAMES DATING BACK TO 2006. THAT’S 6 LOSSES IN 13 SEASONS. A MOTIVATED LAZER OFFENSE, DOING SOME DAMAGE. EARLY TWO GOAL LEAD FOR ONONDAGA MOMENTUM STAYS WITH OCC, SAM HIXON-MILKS ATTACKING
THE UNSETTLED SITUATION, MOVES IT TO KYLE WORSLEY. ONONDAGA, SWARMING HOWARD FROM THE OPENING
FACE-OFF. OCC ONLY SCORED 4 GOALS IN LAST WEEK’S LOSS
TO NASSAU. THIS WEEK, FIVE GOALS WITH 8:19 REMAINING
IN THE FIRST QUARTER. ONONDAGA ALSO WON SIX OUT THE GAME’S FIRST
SEVEN FACE OFFS DRAGONS, IN TROUBLE EARLY, TIM RUSSELL MAKES
A PLAY. MOMENTARILY PUTS AN END THE ONSLAUGHT LATER IN THE POSSESSION, NOT TO BE OUTDONE,
FRANK DELIA STOPS THE HIGH TO LOW BOUNCE SHOT. ONONDAGA’S DEFENSE, SLIDING AND FORCING
TURNOVERS. DISRUPTING THE HOWARD OFFENSE FRANK DELIA, SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN A SEASON
AGO, SMOTHERING THESE HIGH TO LOW SHOTS. SECOND QUARTER, ONONDAGA CONTINUES TO SEPARATE
ITSELF. WORSLEY DELIVERS THE EXTRA MAN TALLY. 8-NOTHING LAZERS HOWARD, FINALLY STARTS TO ASSERT ITSELF. JOJO MONTESANO PROVIDES A SPARK. RIDES AGGRESSIVELY AND IT PAYS OFF JEREMY SFORZO CONNECTS WITH JAKE PYKE. AFTER A ROUGH 25 MINUTES, HOWARD’S STARTING
TO SETTLE IN DREW GOODE DODGING, GETS THE DEFENSE MOVING,
GOODE GOES TO BOBBY SOLOMON. BEATS DELIA LOW TO HIGH. HOWARD FINISHES THE HALF WITH THREE UNANSWERED. THIRD QUARTER, OWEN HILL DODGES TO THE MIDDLE,
GETS HIMSELF A TREMENDOUS ANGLE AND THERE’S NOT MUCH RUSSELL CAN DO ABOUT THAT. HILL MAKES IT A 7 GOAL LEAD. ONONDAGA RESPONDS, PERCY BOOTH EXTENDS THE
LAZERS’ LEAD TO NINE DRAGONS ON THE RUN, FRANK DELIA DENIES HOWARD
ONCE AGAIN. 18 SAVES ON THE DAY FOR THE SOPHOMORE GOALIE. 3 MINUTES REMAINING IN THE THIRD QUARTER,
DREW GOODE FINDS JOJO MONTESANO WIDE OPEN. A POSSESSION FOR THE DRAGONS TO BUILD ON BUT, ONONDAGA’S DOMINANCE AT THE FACE-OFF
X, A BIG REASON BEHIND THE 8 GOAL LEAD. FOURTH QUARTER, DRAGONS PUSHING THE PACE,
SFORZO HITS MONTESANO FOR HIS 4TH GOAL. ALSO, ASSIST NUMBER 6 FOR JEREMY SFORZO BUT, IT WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH TO CLIMB OUT OF
THE FIRST HALF HOLE. 5 GOAL, 4 ASSIST GAME FOR PERCY BOOTH. ONONDAGA RETURNS TO FORM. LAZERS SCORE A CONVINCING WIN OVER HOWARD. MATT: JEREMY, IT WAS A DISAPPOINTING RESULT
FOR THE TEAM TODAY. JUST TELL US, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER
THIS ONE? JEREMY: YOU KNOW, VERY DISAPPOINTING TODAY. WE WANTED TO COME OUT AND, YOU KNOW, WE JUST
KINDA GOT PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH BUT YOU KNOW, WE GOT, WE GOT THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING
ON AND GETTING BETTER. UMM, WE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BACK FROM
THE BOTTOM, YOU KNOW, WE CAN ONLY GO UP FROM THE BOTTOM THAT’S, THAT’S JUST ABOUT IT
FROM TODAY. GUT-WRENCHING FEELING THOUGH FOR SURE, GUT-WRENCHING. MATT: I KNOW JUST, YOU PLAY WITH A LOT OF
HEART OUT THERE, RIDING IN PARTICULAR AND, YOU KNOW, LEADING THE ATTACK REALLY, SO JUST,
YOU KNOW, HOW DO YOU THINK THE TEAM RESPONDED TODAY? YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU SAID, YOU GOT PUNCHED IN
THE MOUTH A LITTLE BIT BY ONONDAGA, JUST, HOW DO YOU THINK THE TEAM DID EMOTIONALLY,
LIKE, GETTING UP FOR THIS BIG GAME. JEREMY: YOU KNOW, IT TOOK A MINUTE, IN THE
FIRST WE WERE, WE WERE DOWN ON OURSELVES WE WERE STARTING TO YELL AT EACH OTHER BUT THEN,
YOU KNOW, OUR COACHES REMINDED US, THAT, YOU KNOW, THE PROCESS, YOU KNOW, WE GOTTA TRUST
OUR TEAMMATES, WE GOTTA, WE GOTTA DO THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO, YOU KNOW, MAKE THE
NEXT PLAY, YOU GOTTA FORGET THE BAD PLAYS, AND YOU KNOW, JUST ALL, NEXT PLAY MENTALITY. YOU KNOW, BEING ABLE TO FORGET THE MISTAKES
AND, AND YOU KNOW, JUST REALLY LOOKING FORWARD AND BUILDING EACH OTHER UP, YOU KNOW, WE CAN’T
DO IT ALONE SO, TEAM MENTALITY’S IT’S GOTTA, GOTTA STAY STRONG. BUT, UH, I FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, ONCE WE GOT
BROUGHT IN, COUPLE TIMEOUTS AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER YOU KNOW, WE HAD A NEW FIRE, NEW FIRE
BURNING UNDER US, YOU KNOW, WE CAME OUT PRETTY HARD IN THE SECOND, AND, YOU KNOW, WE KINDA,
YOU KNOW, SLOWLY FOUGHT THE WHOLE GAME BUT DEFINITELY STILL, LOT, LOT TO WORK ON. A LOT TO WORK ON FOR SURE. MATT: WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING STRATEGY-WISE
OR SECRETS AWAY, WHAT’S LIKE THE MESSAGE AROUND THE TEAM RIGHT NOW AFTER, AFTER LOSING
TO ONONDAGA? JEREMY: RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO GET MUCH BETTER
IN BETWEEN THE LINES, GROUND BALLS, UNFORCED TURNOVERS KILLED US TODAY, UMM, YOU KNOW,
JUST OVERALL INTENSITY FROM THE FIRST WHISTLE UNTIL THE LAST WHISTLE, BUT, YOU KNOW, OTHERWISE,
OTHERWISE, UHH, YOU KNOW, STILL GOTTA HAVE FUN, BUT UHH, YEAH, DEFINITELY HARD WORK AND
PRACTICE ALL WEEK THAT’S OUR MENTALITY. FOR SURE. MATT: SO WHAT DOES TODAY PROVIDE EXTRA IN
PRACTICE,AND YOU ALSO HAVE TWO GAMES COMING UP, BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY YOU HAVE TWO GAMES,
SO WHAT DOES, WHAT MOTIVATION DOES TODAY PROVIDE FOR YOU? JEREMY: YOU KNOW, KINDA, KIND OF A LITTLE
BIT OF A WAKE UP CALL. YOU KNOW, WE, UHH, WE CAME IN PRETTY CONFIDENT,
YOU KNOW, KINDA UNDERESTIMATING, YOU KNOW, THE REIGNING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP’S ABILITY
AND, AND NOW WE, UHH, WE HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN ON THE FIELD WHEN
WE, WHEN WE STEP ON, YOU KNOW, HARD WORK ALL DAY, JUST GOTTA, JUST GOTTA GRIND MATT: SO HOW, HOW PUMPED UP ARE YOU ALL FOR
THE GAME WEDNESDAY AGAINST POTOMAC STATE AND THEN HARFORD, REMATCH OF LAST YEAR’S REGION
TITLE GAME, THEY’RE RANKED NUMBER TWO, POTOMAC STATE, TWO REGION XX GAMES, HOW PUMPED UP
ARE YOU TO GET AFTER THEM? JEREMY: IT’S A BIG WEEK YOU KNOW WE GOTTA,
WE GOTTA YOU KNOW PROVE OURSELVES A LITTLE BIT AGAIN, SO I THINK WE’RE GONNA COME OUT
WITH A LOT OF, A LOT OF FIRE AND INTENSITY. IT’S VERY, VERY HIGH ENERGY THIS WEEK. WE’RE GONNA BE VERY HIGH ENERGY FOR SURE. MATT: JUST, MY OWN OBSERVATIONS OF YOU ON
THE FIELD, YOU JUST SEEM LIKE YOU REALLY WANT IT. YOU’RE A VERY INTENSE COMPETITOR, YOU CAN
TELL JUST FROM WATCHING ON THE SIDELINES. WHAT MAKES YOU, WHAT MAKES YOU THAT WAY? JEREMY: YOU KNOW, THE LOVE OF THE GAME, MAN. I GREW UP IN COLORADO, CAME OUT TO MARYLAND,
AND IT’S JUST BECAUSE OF THIS SPORT, ANYTHING I COULD DO TO WORK HARD FOR THIS SPORT, THAT’S
ALL I GOT. I LOVE THIS SPORT. MATT: HOW’D YOU END UP AT HOWARD COMMUNITY
COLLEGE FROM COLORADO? THAT’S A GOOD POINT. JEREMY: (LAUGHS) FORTUNATELY MY, UH, MY OLD
HEAD COACH, YOU KNOW, CAME IN CONTACT WITH COACH FOUST AT A LACROSSE CONVENTION HERE
IN MARYLAND, HE GREW UP IN ANNAPOLIS. SO THEY WERE ACTUALLY SAT NEXT TO EACH OTHER
AT A CONVENTION, YOU KNOW, THEY GOT TO TALKING, AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW, COACH FOUST WAS CALLING
MY NUMBER THE NEXT DAY. UMM, COULDN’T BE MORE FORTUNATE TO BE HERE. VERY GRATEFUL, I’VE HAD A LOT OF, LOT OF
GRACIOUS PEOPLE IN MY, IN MY LIFE, YOU KNOW, GIVING ME OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP PLAYING THE
SPORT I LOVE. SO IT’S JUST GREAT. COULDN’T ASK FOR ANYTHING ELSE. MATT: DREW, THIS WAS A TOUGH RESULT TODAY
FOR THE DRAGONS, JUST, WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER THIS ONE? DREW: UH, I THINK WE JUST GOTTA COME BACK
AT PRACTICE AND KIND OF GIVE IT OUR BEST SHOT, WE HAD A, UMM, A VERY INTENSE PRACTICE, BUT
AT THE SAME TIME, WE KINDA UNDERESTIMATED ONONDAGA BECAUSE THEY LOST TWO GAMES IN A
ROW, BUT, I FEEL LIKE, AT THIS WEEK OF PRACTICE WE GOTTA KINDA COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER SO
WE CAN GET READY FOR POTOMAC ON WEDNESDAY. MATT: THAT’S KINDA, JUST HEARING THAT, THAT’S
KINDA HARD TO BELIEVE, ONONDAGA, THEY’VE BEEN SO GOOD FOR SO LONG, HOW DID YOU GUYS
NOT GET SO PUMPED UP, JUST, I GOTTA ASK, I’M CURIOUS CAUSE WE HEARD KIND OF THE SAME THING
FROM JEREMY. BUT, ONONDAGA THEY’VE LOST LIKE FOUR GAMES
OVER THE LAST LIKE NINE YEARS (LAUGHS) SO, LIKE, WHAT DO YOU THINK, YOU GUYS WERE JUST
THAT CONFIDENT IN YOURSELVES MAYBE? OR? DREW: YEAH, I KINDA FEEL LIKE SINCE ONONDAGA
LOST TWO GAMES WE KINDA, CAME INTO THE GAME LIKE, LIKE THEY, THEY REALLY WEREN’T AS
GOOD AS, AS THEY WERE LAST YEAR AND THE YEARS BEFORE, AND I KINDA, WE KINDA FELL OFF THE
MAP AT DOING THAT AND KINDA UNDERESTIMATED ‘EM, I FEEL LIKE EVEN THOUGH THEY LOST TWO
GAMES, YOU NEVER KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES OR HOW MANY PRACTICES THEY COULDA HAD BEFORE
THOSE GAMES, SO, WE KINDA JUST CAME IN AND JUST, DIDN’T REALLY TAKE ‘EM AS SERIOUSLY
AS WE SHOULD HAVE MATT: WELL ONE POSITIVE THING, PREGAME, IT
SEEMED LIKE YOUR TEAM’S VERY LOOSE, AND JUST, READY TO HAVE FUN AND HAVE A GOOD, GOOD
GAME SO, JUST TALK ABOUT, A LITTLE MORE, OF YOUR MINDSET COMING IN, AND JUST THE MINDSET
OF THIS TEAM AS A WHOLE. DREW: UMM, I THINK THE MINDSET AS A TEAM AS
A WHOLE, I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF TO WORK ON, TODAY, YOU KNOW, WE HAD OUR OWN
LITTLE WARMUP TAPE THAT MADE US, YOU KNOW, GET PUMPED UP FOR THE GAME AND THINGS LIKE
THAT AND WE KINDA CAME OUT HERE FULL OF ENERGY BUT, I TALKED TO A LOT OF DEFENSEMEN, A LOT
OF OFFENSIVE PLAYERS AND THEY SAID THEY WERE JUST NERVOUS FOR THE GAME SO, THAT IS WHAT
IT IS. MATT: UMM, HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR TEAM DID
WITH THE PHYSICALITY OF THE TEAM, YOU KNOW, ONONDAGA, YEAR IN, YEAR OUT, THEY’RE JUST,
THEY’RE PHYSICAL, THEY, THEY HIT, THEY’RE YOU KNOW, BIG PHYSICAL TEAM. HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR TEAM RESPONDED TODAY? DREW: I REALLY FEEL LIKE THAT’S KINDA WHERE
WE FELL OFF TODAY. WE KINDA, THEY KINDA PUSHED US AROUND, TALKED
A LOT, AND WE KINDA JUST LOST OUR MENTAL STATE. AND, THEY KINDA JUST CAME OUT HERE AND PUSHED
US AND TALKED AND WE JUST, WEREN’T REALLY READY FOR IT AT ALL MATT: SO ONE LAST CRITICISM, I DON’T WANNA
HARP ON IT TOO MUCH, BUT, JUST, ONE LAST CRITICISM, IT SEEMED LIKE, WHEN ONONDAGA GOT THAT BIG
LEAD AND THEY WERE KINDA PUMPING THEIR CHESTS OUT IT SEEMED LIKE, HOWARD NEEDED TO DO A
LITTLE MORE OF THAT. DO YOU AGREE, NEXT TIME, MAYBE THATS SOMETHING
YOU GUYS CAN LEARN FROM? DREW: YEAH, I FEEL LIKE, I FEEL LIKE TODAY
WE KINDA WENT DOWN BY 6, AND THE OFFENSE GOT THEIR FIRST POSSESSION AND WE KINDA JUST FELT
LIKE, IS THERE ANYTHING WE REALLY CAN DO TO COME BACK RIGHT NOW? SO, I FEEL LIKE THE NEXT GAME WE GOTTA UNDERSTAND
THAT, SOMETIMES YOU’RE NOT ALWAYS GONNA GO OUT ON A 2-1 LEAD AND THINGS LIKE THAT
SO, I FEEL LIKE NEXT TIME, WE JUST GOTTA UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S OKAY TO FIGHT BACK MATT: DREW, I KNOW IT WAS A TOUGH ONE TODAY,
BUT IS THERE ANYBODY LIKE, THAT YOU CAN GIVE SOME CREDIT TO, YOU THOUGHT REALLY PLAYED
A GOOD GAME, ANY UNSUNG HERO THAT THE CASUAL FAN MAY NOT HAVE NOTICED, REALLY STEPPED UP
TODAY? EVEN THOUGH THE TEAM HAD A TOUGH ONE. DREW: YEAH, I JUST WANNA GIVE OUT THE, A SHOUT
OUT TO JACK WATSIC, HE’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE GUYS THAT CAN KEEP THE TEAM TOGETHER,
EVEN MYSELF, I KNOW, I’M A LEADER ON THE TEAM BUT SOMETIMES I DO LOOK TO FALL AND LEAN
ON JACK WATSIC SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY SHOUT OUT TO HIM TODAY MATT: SO HOW DO YOU APPROACH BEING A LEADER
ON THIS TEAM AFTER THE, THE TOUGHEST MOMENT OF THE SEASON REALLY. HOW DO YOU REALLY APPROACH THIS MOMENT AS
A LEADER ON THE TEAM? DREW: UMM, I’M JUST READY TO COME TO PRACTICE
AND JUST COMPETE WITH THE DEFENSE, I KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES WE GO BY MENTALITY THAT’S
KIND OF, YOU KNOW, WE ENEMIES DURING PRACTICE, AND THEN FRIENDS RIGHT AFTER IT SO I THINK
THAT’S HOW WE’RE GONNA HAVE TO APPROACH PRACTICES FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON MATT: YOU ALREADY MENTIONED THE TWO GAMES
COMING UP BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, POTOMAC STATE WEDNESDAY, HARFORD ON FRIDAY, THAT’S
A REMATCH OF LAST YEAR’S REGION XX TITLE GAME WITH HARFORD, SO JUST, HOW PUMPED UP
ARE YOU TO GET THIS ONE OUT OF, OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND GET BACK ONTO THE FIELD DREW: I’M DEFINITELY READY TO GO, I FEEL
LIKE, PLAYING HARFORD AND EVEN POTOMAC STATE IS A BIG GAME, I FEEL LIKE HARFORD NOW, SINCE
WE LOST TO ONONDAGA, IS GONNA KINDA BE LOOKING AT US MAYBE WE’RE NOT AS GOOD AS WE THINK
WE ARE THIS YEAR, SO I’M DEFINITELY READY TO GET AT HARFORD

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