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REGION XX RIVALRY GAME TODAY IN COLUMBIA,
MARYLAND. HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTING CCBC ESSEX. DRAGONS ARE UNDEFEATED AGAINST REGION XX SCHOOLS,
THEY’VE ALREADY CLINCHED THE NUMBER ONE SEED IN THE REGION XX TOURNAMENT. HOWARD, LOOKING FOR ITS FIRST WIN AGAINST
THE KNIGHTS SINCE 2008. CCBC ESSEX, AN INTERESTING STORY. TIM KING WAS HIRED ON JANUARY 30TH, 2017 TO
TAKE OVER AS THE PROGRAM’S HEAD COACH. A POSITION HELD BY SHAWN BURKE ALL THE WAY
THROUGH JANUARY 2017. CCBC ESSEX, UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGION
XX TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR. NEVERTHELESS, THE KNIGHTS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
PUT TOGETHER A FEW IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES. CCBC ESSEX GAVE ONONDAGA ITS SECOND TOUGHEST
TEST, THE KNIGHTS LOST BY 5 GOALS TO THE LAZERS, THE CONSENSUS NUMBER ONE TEAM IN AMERICA. CCBC ESSEX HAD A ONE GOAL LOSS TO NASSAU,
A TWO GOAL LOSS TO GENESEE BACK IN MARCH, AND SCORED A WIN AGAINST HARFORD, PETER EMERY, FORMER DRAGON AND CURRENT MEMBER
OF UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S LACROSSE TEAM, RINGSIDE FOR THIS ONE. FIRST QUARTER, ESSEX POSSESSION…ALEXANDER
STEPHANOS PICKS IT OFF AND TAKES IT THE OTHER WAY. STEPHANOS!! KEEPS IT HIMSELF AND GETS THE DRAGONS GOING. COLIN WALLACE FINDS A WIDE OPEN JACKSON DOWNS
ON THE CREASE. THERE’S AN ASSISTED GOAL FOR HOWARD’S
OFFENSE. HOWARD GETTING THE BETTER OF ESSEX AT THE
FACE-OFF X. SKYLAR BRISCOE AND PARKER LINDSAY COMBINE TO WIN POSSESSION FOR HOWARD. JESSE EKSTROM MATCHED UP AGAINST A SHORT STICK
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER. EKSTROM HITS THE BREAKS, ROLLS TO THE GOAL
AND SCORES! DAVIS CARR, HUGGING THE CREASE, SPEEDS BY
HIS DEFENDER. CARR GETS THE GOAL. MATT GRANGER NOW DODGING BEHIND THE CAGE. WITH A SLIVER OF AN ANGLE, GRANGER, ABLE TO
BEAT THE GOALIE. 4:03 REMAINING IN THE FIRST QUARTER, DOWNS
DRAWS THE SLIDE, GIVES CHRIS RINEHART AN OPENING, RINEHART, GOES ACROSS THE MIDDLE AND HAS HIS
WAY. REID MERLO OPERATES BEHIND THE GOAL, DODGING,
GOES TO IAN DECKER, GETS THE DEFENSE MOVING. KEVIN CURCIO! BEHIND THE BACK! 7-1 HOWARD. KNIGHTS’ EXTRA MAN OFFENSE TAKES THE FIELD. AUSTEN KING FEEDS COLLIN STASCH. MARK BOWSER WITH THE HIT. MAN DOWN DEFENSIVE STAND FOR THE DRAGONS. JACKSON DOWNS, HAVING HIMSELF A DAY. PLENTY OF PACE ON THAT ONE. 5:16 TILL THE HALF. ADAM FRIEDMAN FORCES THE TURNOVER, GETS IT
GOING IN TRANSITION. STEPHANOS LEADS THE WAY. MAKES THE POLE HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIM, STEPHANOS
WITH ANOTHER ASSIST. IAN DECKER PUTS IT AWAY. 4TH QUARTER, BRISCOE WINS THE FACE-OFF. STEPHANOS… MATT LEONE…RINEHART!! MAKES IT AN 11 GOAL HOWARD LEAD. WES RUMPLE GETS A GOOD SHOT. MARK BOWSER, STICK SAVE AND HE CONTROLS THE
REBOUND. STEPHANOS PUSHING IT OFF THE RESTART… TO MATT LEONE!!! WEDNESDAY, HOWARD HANDED HARFORD ITS WORST
LOSS OF THE SEASON. TODAY, HOWARD HANDS CCBC ESSEX ITS WORST LOSS
OF THE SEASON. HOWARD 21, ESSEX 7. 14 GOAL WIN FOR THE DRAGONS. [MATT]
COACH FOUST, HOW BADLY DID YOU WANT THIS ONE FOR YOUR TEAM? [ERIK]
HONESTLY, MATT, WE REALLY LOOKED AT THIS GAME JUST LIKE ANY OTHER GAME. TRYING NOT TO PUT TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON IT. CONSIDERING THAT YOU KNOW ESSEX WAS UNABLE
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGION XX TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR AND ANY POSTSEASON, WE YOU KNOW
HAD ALREADY CLINCHED THE NUMBER ONE SEED IN THE REGION SO THIS GAME REALLY WAS IN EFFECT
A SCRIMMAGE, BUT YOU KNOW IT’S GOOD TO GET A WIN AGAINST ESSEX. I THINK IT’S THE FIRST WIN FOR HOWARD IN
TEN YEARS OR SO. SO, YOU KNOW, I THINK EVERYONE CAME IN YOU
KNOW READY TO PLAY HARD AND YOU KNOW EXECUTE AND IT SHOWED UP ON THE SCOREBOARD. [MATT]
SO, WHAT DID YOU SEE IN SCOUTING ESSEX THAT ALLOWED YOU TO HAVE SUCH A BIG GAME TODAY? [ERIK]
WELL, WE KNEW WE MATCHED UP WELL WITH THEM AT THE FACE, AT THE X, AND THEN WE ALSO KNEW
WE MATCHED UP WELL WITH THEM DODGING FROM BEHIND THE CAGE AND YOU KNOW GOING ON THEIR
MIDFIELDERS AND WE HAVE A VERY STRONG ATTACK TOO, SO I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW GOING INTO IT
YOU KNOW AFTER WATCHING FILM UM THAT WE YOU KNOW REALLY MATCHED UP WITH THEM IN ALL AREAS
OF THE FIELD UM YOU KNOW AND WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE MARK BOWSER WHO’S YOU
KNOW, EASILY THE BEST GOALIE IN ALL OF JUCO AND WE KNEW THAT, YOU KNOW, MARK WOULD MAKE
SAVES AND KEEP IT, KEEP US IN THE GAME IF IT WAS A YOU KNOW A TIGHT ONE. SO YOU KNOW, HONESTLY WE DIDN’T CHANGE ANYTHING
UP. FROM WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING WE’RE JUST
PLAYING HARD AND NOT BEING SELFISH WITH THE BALL AND YOU KNOW PLAYING SOUND DEFENSE. [MATT]
TALK ABOUT THE WORK MARK BOWSER HAS PUT IN DURING HIS TIME HERE AT HOWARD. [ERIK]
MARK IS, IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE, HE’S VERY COMMITTED TO HIS CRAFT. HE’S ALWAYS RUNNING THE LADDER, HE’S ALWAYS
WORKING ON THE BOUNCE BACK, HE’S ALWAYS WILLING TO TAKE SHOTS, YOU KNOW AND, AND MOST
IMPORTANTLY HE’S A LEADER. YOU KNOW, HE LEADS THE DEFENSE, SO YOU KNOW,
UM YOU KNOW MARK IS, IS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF OUTSTANDING FOR US IN TWO YEARS. [MATT]
COMING INTO THIS GAME, HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO, ESPECIALLY YOUR SOPHOMORES, JUST KEEP EVERYBODY
AT AN EVEN KEEL SO THEY DIDN’T THROW THE BALL AWAY, OR DO ANYTHING CRAZY IN THIS GAME. [ERIK]
WELL, I THINK A LOT. I THINK WE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT OURSELVES WHEN
WE LOST TO GENESEE, I GUESS IT WAS A WEEK AGO… AND WE YOU KNOW WE LEARNED THAT YOU GOTTA
JUST APPROACH EVERY GAME LIKE IT’S JUST A GAME. THERE’S, YOU CAN’T PUT TOO MUCH INTO,
JUST, WE LITERALLY DIDN’T CHANGE A THING. YOU KNOW, AND, WE’RE FORTUNATE, WE HAVE
A SOLID GROUP OF GUYS THAT WORK HARD IN PRACTICE AND WE HAVE A VERY TALENTED GROUP A VERY ATHLETIC
GROUP UM, YOU KNOW, SO AFTER THAT GENESEE GAME, I REALLY LOOKED AT IT AS A, AS, AS A
POSITIVE BECAUSE I THINK SEEING THE NUMBER TWO, CAUSE WE WERE RANKED NUMBER TWO IN THE
NATION, SEEING THE NUMBER TWO NEXT TO OUR NAME POSSIBLY GOT TO SOME OF THE GUYS’ HEADS. YOU KNOW, AND UH IT SHOWED UP AGAINST GENESEE,
AND WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO REBOUND AGAINST CATONSVILLE THEN HARFORD ON WEDNESDAY. [MATT]
SO, SINCE GENESEE, YOU’VE HAD TWO VERY IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO GET
THROUGH TO THE TEAM, WHAT YOU WERE JUST SAYING THERE, HOW “DON’T LET IT GET TO YOUR HEAD”
DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO GET THEM TO, SEEMS LIKE THEY
UNDERSTAND THAT. [ERIK]
AGAIN, WE DIDN’T, WE DIDN’T CHANGE ANYTHING. UM, YOU KNOW WE STICK TO A PLAN, WE STICK
TO WHAT WE DO WELL. IF WE YOU KNOW IDENTIFY THINGS THAT WE’RE
NOT DOING WELL, WE ADDRESS IT AS A TEAM YOU KNOW AND THESE GUYS AREN’T VERY, THESE GUYS
AREN’T SELFISH YOU KNOW THERE’S, THERE’S NOT A PERSON ON THIS TEAM WHO’S ALWAYS LOOKING
TO GET A GOAL OR WHATNOT, WE’RE LOOKING TO GET ASSISTS AND YOU KNOW, EVERYONE’S
WILLING TO ADMIT THEIR MISTAKES AND, YOU KNOW, LEARN FROM THEM AND, EXCUSE ME, THAT’S YOU
KNOW, THAT’S JUST THE APPROACH WE’RE TAKING THIS YEAR WITH THIS GROUP. YOU KNOW, JUST KEEP DOING WHAT WE DO WELL
AND YOU KNOW IDEALLY WE CAN KEEP RIDING THIS FOR A LITTLE WHILE. [MATT]
TALK ABOUT, HOW DIALED IN WERE YOU TODAY GETTING READY FOR THIS GAME? [MARK]
YEAH, AS A TEAM WE WERE ALL FOCUSED WE JUST KNEW WE COULDN’T LOSE AT ALL THE REST OF
THE SEASON. EVERY GAME’S A PLAYOFF GAME NOW AND WE WERE
JUST FOCUSED UP AND WE TREAT EVERY TEAM LIKE THE SAME, WE JUST CAME TO WORK. [MATT]
TAKE ME INSIDE A LITTLE BIT, WITHOUT GIVING ANY SECRETS AWAY, HOW DOES THIS TEAM FEEL
ABOUT ITSELF RIGHT NOW. [MARK]
WE’RE VERY CONFIDENT, VERY CONFIDENT UM, WE LOST ONCE OR TWICE THIS YEAR, BUT WE LEARNED
FROM THEM AND ARE WORKING VERY HARD EVERY DAY AND WE’RE CONFIDENT IN EACH OTHER, WE
TRUST IN EACH OTHER AND WE WANT TO DO THIS FOR EACH OTHER CAUSE WE KNOW HOW SPECIAL IT
IS IF WE CAN GET TO THE END. WE REALLY WANT THAT. [MATT]
SO TALK ABOUT JUST THE WORK YOU’VE PUT IN, COACH FOUST WAS JUST DESCRIBING YOU AS A LITTLE
BIT OF A GYM RAT, YOU’RE ALWAYS WORKING, TALK ABOUT THAT APPROACH. [MARK]
I MEAN I’M JUST TRYING TO LEAD. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. IF I’M NOT WORKING AS HARD AS THE OTHER
PERSON I CAN’T TELL THEM WHAT TO DO. SO IF I WANT TO BE A LEADER I GOTTA LEAD ON
AND OFF THE FIELD. DO THE BEST I CAN, CAUSE WE ONLY GET ONE SHOT
AT THIS SO WE BETTER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. [MATT]
TELL ME A LITTLE BIT OF THE STORY OF HOW YOU DECIDED TO COME HERE, COME TO MARYLAND AND
PLAY FOR COACH FOUST AND REALLY BE A PART OF THE DRAGONS’ TAKING THE NEXT STEP AS
A PROGRAM. [MARK]
YEAH, IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE, EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON AND IT JUST
FELT THIS WAS A PLACE I NEEDED TO BE UM I JUST TALKED TO COACH OVER THE PHONE, VERY
NICE GUY, HE SHOWED ME AROUND CAMPUS, BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS, ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGES
IN THE COUNTRY FOR A TWO-YEAR OR A FOUR-YEAR SO VERY GLAD I CAME HERE. MET A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE AND LEARNED A LOT
OF GREAT THINGS. VERY HAPPY HOW IT ALL WORKED OUT.

David Frank

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