ORANGE & BLUE: Men’s Lacrosse – Kip Turner

ORANGE & BLUE: Men’s Lacrosse – Kip Turner

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[MUSIC PLAYING] Welcome into the Orange
and Blue report presented by the UVA health system. I’m Dave Koehn, and I am
happy to be joined right now by Assistant coach for the
men’s lacrosse team, Kip Turner joining us here
on this installment. And Kip, here we
sit three games in. You guys are fresh off
of a game last night. This was a tough game. You guys were a rare
midweek road game for you guys in North Carolina
against High Point, a game that was tied at halftime. However, you win 18
to 12 in the end, only three goals allowed
that second half. What was the difference? Our guys just showed
a lot of resilience. We played with a ton of energy. And then from the
opening whistle, I thought they did a
really good job scrapping. They were tough tests. They were tough
tests for Maryland. They’ve had a hard
schedule in recent weeks, and we just knew we
had to keep fighting. And from an offensive
perspective, I thought we had
a really good day, and they kind of took
over the game at points. And the face offs
for us were huge. And Justin Swank did a
really good job there and started winning more
draws in the second half. Incidentally, you
coach faceoffs, you coach a goalie– we’ll
talk about goalie in a moment. But face offs, it’s somewhat
been a problem in the past. But all three
games you guys have been able to win those
faceoffs this season. How big of a key have
been for this team? It’s huge. When you play the type of
high octane, high energy pace that we play, we
need to win faceoffs. And it’s not just
one man though. It’s a group effort. Our wing play has been great. And it’s just the buy
in from the group, how important the faceoff is,
and just winning that ball, having those possessions. Having extra possessions in
our game is really important. For those that have
followed Virginia lacrosse through the years,
you recognize Kip. He was the starting goaltender
for the Cavaliers, of course, back in the mid-2000s, 2006,
part of that championship team. So here we sit. Fast forward 12
years later, you guys had to make a switch yesterday
in last night’s game. It was the first
five goals allowed. Then you put in the
freshman, Alex Road. Tell us a little bit about
what the thinking was there and what he brought to this
team and that win last night. Truthfully, we weren’t
great defensively early, and High Point was getting
a lot of great shots. So it was really Griffin
Thompson’s problem. It was more we just
needed a change. We needed a spark. And some nights as a
goalie, you don’t see it. And it wasn’t necessarily
that he wasn’t seeing it. But we maybe needed
to steal one or two, and just throwing Alex
in gave us that spark. And it was really good to see. What kind of a challenge
is that for a young guy to be thrown into the mix? This was his first
time you had a chance to get him in front of
some of those live bullets, so to speak. It’s hard. It’s hard. Even as a sophomore,
it was hard. Some of those early
season starts are tough, but Alex is a great kid. I think he’s pretty unflappable,
and he did a really good job proving himself last night,
that he can play at this level. Now here we are, 3
and 0 on the season. You guys have a
chance to go 4 and 0 for the first time since
2014 when Princeton comes to town on Saturdays. Second home game
for the Cavaliers. Now you know this Princeton
team from your years. I know they played you close
that national championship year in 2006. 18th ranked team in
the country this year, what you expect to see from
the Tigers on Saturday? I just think they’re pretty
good top to bottom, honestly. And they have a one
really special player in their attackmen– Michael Sauers,
who’s a sophomore. And he’s just super dynamic,
similar to a Pat Spencer who we saw against Loyola. So they’re dangerous,
no doubt about it. So we’re going to make
sure our guys are prepared and see them at
Klockner on Saturday. I mentioned the fact that you
actually played these guys when you were a senior
here at UVA in 2006. Well, it’s been six years
since Virginia’s played against Princeton, since
2012 that NCAA tournament. Kind of fun to have them
back on the schedule again? It absolutely is. That’s a rivalry from
the earlier 2000s that I think was
a great rivalry, and it’s really good to
rekindle this rivalry. I think their coach is doing
a good job in bringing them back to where they were. All right, well, past
meets present and future all together. Here is Virginia getting set
to take on Princeton coming up on Saturday. Kip Turner, glad to
have you with us. Good luck in this one Saturday. Thanks, Dave. All right, we’re going
to hope to see you out at Klocker Stadium
again on Saturday. That is a 1:00 PM as Virginia
takes on the Princeton Tigers. We’ll see you there.

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