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Howard CC vs Harford CC (2018 NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse)


REGION XX LACROSSE. HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTING HARFORD COMMUNITY
COLLEGE. HOWARD ENTERS RANKED 4TH IN THE NATION. DRAGONS ARE IN LINE FOR THE TOP SEED IN THE
REGION XX TOURNAMENT, BUT IT’LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THEY RESPOND TO THEIR LOPSIDED
LOSS AT GENESEE, WHICH WAS JUST THREE DAYS AGO. HARFORD ENTERS RANKED 6TH IN THE NATION. THE FIGHTING OWLS, 5-2 OVERALL, 2-1 IN THE
REGION, AND SEEKING THEIR FIRST WIN AGAINST HOWARD SINCE 2014. FIRST QUARTER, EARLY LEAD FOR HOWARD. IAN DECKER, BEHIND THE CAGE, INSIDE ROLL,
AND HE BEATS THE GOALIE HIGH. DECKER, LEADING THE NJCAA IN GOALS, WITH 41. DECKER WITH THE BALL IN HIS STICK AGAIN, DRAWS
TWO, GETS THE DEFENSE MOVING, ALEX STEPHANOS! HITS THE TOP RIGHT CORNER. THREE GOAL LEAD FOR THE DRAGONS. HARFORD’S MAN UP UNIT, MOVING THE BALL NICELY,
FIGHTING OWLS PUT IN TWO UNANSWERED. AFTER A HARFORD FAILED CLEAR, HOWARD GETS
GOING IN TRANSITION. HOWARD’S ATTACK, SHOWCASING ITS PASSING
AND CHEMISTRY. CHRIS RINEHART HITS WILL SMITH ON THE CREASE,
RIGHT IN THE STICK, AND SMITH FINISHES WITH HIS LEFT. MAYBE SOME OF THAT CONFIDENCE IS STARTING
TO RETURN. HARFORD’S OFFENSE, DRAWING SLIDES, GIVING
HOWARD ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS IN THE SECOND QUARTER. CHANDLER SCHMIDT, TREMENDOUS HIGH TO LOW SHOT,
MAKES IT A ONE GOAL GAME. MORE FROM HOWARD’S ATTACK UNIT, RINEHART
WITH THE FLASHY FINISH. 8-6 HOWARD. HARFORD GOALIE CHRIS STALLINGS WITH THE SAVE,
BUT HE THROWS IT RIGHT TO STEPHANOS, WHO CONNECTS WITH WILL SMITH. DECEPTIVE FINISH FROM THE DRAGONS CAPTAIN. DRAGONS CARRY A 2 GOAL LEAD INTO THE BREAK. THIRD QUARTER, JAKE MACKENZIE, TO SMITH. BURIES IT. HOWARD EXTENDS ITS LEAD TO THREE. HARFORD’S LOOKING TO KEEP UP, DRAGON GOALIE
TJ ELLIS, TOUGH SAVE, HITS THE TURF TO BLOCK THE WELL-PLACED, HIGH TO LOW SHOT. CRUCIAL SAVE AT AN IMPORTANT MOMENT IN THE
GAME. AUSTIN NORTON, DODGING, FORCES THE ISSUE,
GETS THE DEFENSE MOVING, HITS WILL SMITH ON THE DOORSTEP. DRAGONS, STARTING TO SEPERATE THEMSELVES. 5 GOAL LEAD FOR HOWARD. JAKE PYKE ON THE RUN, TO SMITH. LOW RELEASE, AND HE SCORES. 7 GOAL, 3 ASSIST DAY FOR WILL SMITH. THE TRANSFER FROM D3 LYNCHBURG MOVES UP TO
SECOND IN THE NATION WITH 59 POINTS, RIGHT BEHIND DECKER. FOURTH QUARTER, 5 MINUTES REMAINING, SMITH
HITS DECKER FOR THE MAN UP TALLY. 8 GOAL LEAD FOR HOWARD TIME IS RUNNING OUT ON THE FIGHTING OWLS… HARFORD TAKES THE MAN DOWN FACE OFF…PARKER
LINDSAY WITH THE TRAIL CHECK AND HE WINS IT BACK FOR HOWARD. LINDSAY SMASHES IT IN WITH THE LONG POLE. HOWARD OUTSCORES HARFORD 11-4 IN THE SECOND
HALF. THE DRAGONS WIN IT 21-12. MATT: IAN, MUCH NEEDED WIN AGAINST HARFORD,
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS FOLLOWING THIS GAME? IAN: I THINK OUR OFFENSE, WE PUT UP SOME GOOD
NUMBERS, BUT, A LOT OF TURNOVERS AND WE LET UP TOO MANY GOALS. MATT: SO, JUST, WHAT’S THE WHOLE FEEL AND
THE WHOLE MESSAGE AROUND THE TEAM RIGHT NOW AFTER, I KNOW YOU HAD A TOUGH WEEKEND. BUT, RIGHT NOW, WHAT ARE YOU ALL SAYING TO
EACH OTHER? YOU AND YOUR TEAMMATES. IAN: LOOK AT YOURSELF. DO YOUR OWN JOB. DON’T WORRY ABOUT EVERYBODY ELSE. JUST WORK ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL. MATT: SO, NOW THAT YOU’VE PLAYED HARFORD,
YOU’VE PLAYED ANNE ARUNDEL, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT REGION XX COMPARED TO LAST YEAR AND
JUST, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STATE OF REGION XX IS RIGHT NOW? IAN: IT’S PRETTY SIMILAR. UHH, I FEEL LIKE WE, IT’S OURS TO WIN, OURS
TO LOSE. AND IF WE JUST PLAY OUR GAME AND WE DON’T
MESS UP TOO MUCH THEN I THINK WE CAN GET THE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP. MATT: IAN, WAS THERE ANY DETAIL ABOUT THIS
GAME TODAY THAT STUCK OUT IN YOUR MIND, THAT YOU’LL THINK ABOUT? IAN: UMM, NO ONE PLAY IN PARTICULAR, BUT UMM,
IT WAS GOOD TO SEE US GETTING MORE TRANSITION THAN USUAL, AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE
WERE LACKING, FROM LAST YEAR, WHICH REALLY HELPED OUR TEAM GO FAR. SO HOPEFULLY THAT CARRIES THROUGH IN THE FUTURE. MATT: I KNOW THE TEAM WAS DISAPPOINTED FOLLOWING
THE LOSS TO GENESEE. TAKE US INSIDE THE PRACTICE YESTERDAY, WHAT
WAS THE PRACTICE LIKE, WERE YOU HAPPY WITH IT? IAN: OH YEAH, WE DID HAVE PRACTICE YESTERDAY. WE HAD OFF MONDAY, BUT YESTERDAY WAS A GOOD
DAY. OFFENSE WAS WORKING HARD, DEFENSE, WE SEEMED
TO GET BACK IN OUR GROOVE. BUT OFTEN WE PLAY BETTER IN PRACTICE, BUT,
I FELT LIKE TODAY WE DID A LITTLE BIT BETTER IN THE SECOND HALF SO WE WERE IN PRACTICE
FORM. MATT: SO, I KNOW YOU’RE CAPTAIN ON THE TEAM,
YOU’RE A LEADER, HOW ARE YOU READING YOUR TEAMMATES RIGHT NOW, LIKE, WHAT’S THE FEEL
AROUND THE TEAM IN TERMS OF WHERE YOU GUYS ARE COMPARED TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. ARE YOU HAPPY RIGHT NOW? IAN: I THINK WE’RE JUSTING TRYING TO STAY
POSITIVE AND WE KNOW WE CAN DO IT SO WE JUST GOT TO CARRY THROUGH WITH THE MOMENTUM THAT
WE HAD IN THE SECOND HALF. AND, JUST, YEAH, STAY POSITIVE. MATT: SO, I KNOW THE TOUGH LOSS AGAINST GENESEE
TOOK A LOT OF PEOPLE BY SURPRISE, MYSELF INCLUDED. SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK, WHAT DO YOU THINK WENT
WRONG, NOT LIKE ONE SPECIFIC THING, BUT IN GENERAL, WHAT DO YOU THINK WENT WRONG UP IN
BATAVIA, NEW YORK AGAINST GENESEE? IAN: WELL, WE WEREN’T GETTING OUR CLEARS,
AND, OFFENSE, WE HAD A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES AND WE WERE TAKING, TAKING THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY
AND NOT WAITING FOR, FOR THE BEST OPPORTUNITY, AND WE KNOW WE CAN GET ‘EM, SO, AS LONG
AS WE’RE PATIENT AND WE’RE WORKING ON OUR CLEARS, WE’RE NOT FORCING THE BALL,
NEXT TIME AROUND WE SHOULD HAVE A BETTER SHOWING. MATT: SO, I KNOW THE PROGRAM GOAL IS TO GET
YOU ALL PLAYING LACROSSE AT THE NEXT LEVEL, AT A LEVEL WHERE YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE, SO, GIVE
US AN UPDATE ON WHERE IAN DECKER’S HEADED RIGHT NOW. OR, JUST, YOU KNOW, A GUESS. IAN: UMM, WELL, IF I’M PLAYING NEXT YEAR
IT’LL BE AT UMBC. MATT: WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO THE RETRIEVERS’
PROGRAM THAT YOU THINK, YOU KNOW, WHY DO YOU THINK UMBC WOULD BE THE RIGHT CHOICE? IAN: WELL I’VE VISITED A FEW TIMES AND THEY
SEEM LIKE A GOOD GROUP OF GUYS AND IT’S REAL CLOSE TO MY HOUSE SO, I THINK IT’D
BE A NICE OPPORTUNITY, IT’S A GOOD PROGRAM, UP AND COMING, GOT A GOOD HEAD COACH SO. MATT: PARKER, BIG WIN FOR YOUR PROGRAM TODAY. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS FOLLOWING THE WIN AGAINST
HARFORD? PARKER: UMM, IT WAS A GOOD TEAM WIN. YOU KNOW, WE FOUGHT, EVEN THOUGH WE WERE DOWN
A LITTLE BIT, OR, WE GOT DOWN ON OURSELVES WE JUST FOUGHT BACK AND GOT BETTER AS A GROUP,
PLAYED A BETTER SECOND HALF, AND WE’RE HAPPY WE GOT THE DUB. MATT: HOW’D YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR GOAL? PARKER: (LAUGHS) I FELT PRETTY GOOD ABOUT
IT YOU KNOW, I WASN’T EVEN REALLY EXPECTING IT, I JUST GOT THE BALL FROM ONE OF THE DEFENSIVE,
I LOOK UP, NEXT THING YOU KNOW I’M ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE GOALIE, AND I WAS JUST LIKE, “ALRIGHT,
LET ME JUST FINISH.” SO. MATT: HOW ABOUT THE CELEBRATION, WHAT WERE
YOU LOOKING TO DO THERE? IT LOOKED, THE FANS WERE LOVING IT. PARKER: (LAUGHS) IT WAS A LITTLE FORTNITE
CELEBRATION IF NO ONE KNEW WHAT IT WAS. IT’S A DUMB VIDEO GAME THAT’S A HUGE CRAZE
RIGHT NOW SO, (LAUGHS) YEAH. IT WAS SOMETHING I JUST KIND OF THOUGHT IN
MY HEAD REAL QUICK , I WAS LIKE, YEAH, WHY NOT? (LAUGHS) MATT: WELL, IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU HAVING
FUN OUT THERE. SO, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE POSITIVITY,
IAN WAS SAYING THE MESSAGE RIGHT NOW IS YOU GUYS TO BE POSITIVE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WHERE IT IS, WITH THE
POSITIVITY RIGHT NOW? PARKER: IT’S GOOD RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, FOLLOWING
THAT GENESEE LOSS WE KINDA GOT DOWN, SORT OF GOT NEGATIVE, BUT WE JUST KIND OF FOCUSED
AND REGROUPED TOGETHER, A WE WERE LIKE, WE NEED TO PLAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, PLAY TOGETHER,
IF WE DO THAT THEN THE REST WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. SO. MATT: PARKER, I KNOW THE PROGRAM GOAL IS TO
SEND PLAYERS TO 4-YEAR SCHOOLS WHERE THEY’LL CONTRIBUTE. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING IN MIND RIGHT NOW FOR
YOURSELF? PARKER: UMM, I’VE BEEN THINKING AROUND A
COUPLE SCHOOLS. I REALLY HAVEN’T MADE A DECISION YET. UHH, SEE, LIKE NEWBERRY’S ONE, I GOT, UMM,
WHAT’S THE OTHER ONE? IT’S BLANKING ON ME. UHH, CHOWAN DOWN AT NORTH CAROLINA, YOU KNOW,
NEWBERRY’S IN SOUTH CAROLINA. I REALLY JUST HAVEN’T MADE A DECISION, SO
I’M STILL KIND OF DECIDING. BUT, HOPEFULLY WHEREVER I PICK WILL BE A GOOD
CHOICE FOR ME AND WILL BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. MATT: SO, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING TO DO IN YOUR
FUTURE WITH YOUR EDUCATION AND YOUR PLAYING LACROSSE, IS THERE ANY ROLE YOU’RE LOOKING
FOR AT THE NEXT LEVEL? PARKER: LIKE SCHOOL-WISE? MATT: UHH, SCHOOL AND, AND LACROSSE. PARKER: UHH, I MEAN, YOU KNOW LACROSSE ALWAYS
TO GO PLAY FOR DI, DII OR DIII. UHH, EDUCATION-WISE, IT’S JUST SOMEWHERE
WHERE I KNOW I’LL GET A GOOD EDUCATION. UHH, WHERE I PLAN ON GOING ON INTO IS SOCIOLOGY
AFTER THIS YEAR. UMM, HOPEFULLY THE SCHOOL I CHOOSE TO GO HAS
A GOOD SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM AND IT WILL LEAD ME TO A BETTER CAREER.

David Frank

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