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Howard CC vs Suffolk County CC (2019 NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse)


(DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS) ANNOUNCER: MARYLAND-NEW YORK BATTLE WITH SERIOUS
NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IMPLICATIONS. HOWARD ON THE ROAD, GOING UP AGAINST SUFFOLK. SHOULD EITHER TEAM FAIL TO WIN ITS REGION, BOTH ARE LIKELY TO END UP IN DIRECT COMPETITION
FOR THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT’S SINGLE AT-LARGE BID. HOWARD IS LESS THAN 24 HOURS REMOVED FROM A PHYSICAL GAME AGAINST NASSAU. THE EIGHT GOAL LOSS TO JUCO’S NUMBER ONE
TEAM MEANS ADDED PRESSURE TO PERFORM WELL TODAY, TO AVOID GOING 0-2 ON LONG ISLAND. DRAGONS ENTER WITH A 7-3 OVERALL RECORD. THE SHARKS LOST TO NASSAU IN THEIR LAST GAME AS WELL. HOWEVER, IT TOOK PLACE TWO WEEKS AGO. SUFFOLK ENTERS WITH A 4-2 RECORD, BUT STILL
SEEKING ITS FIRST WIN AGAINST A TOP-TIER OPPONENT. SHARKS HAVE NOT DEFEATED HOWARD SINCE 2013. SUFFOLK HAS LOST ITS LAST FOUR MEETINGS IN
THE SERIES. FIRST QUARTER, DREW GOODE DODGING ABOVE GOAL LINE EXTENDED, FEEDS IT TO JACK WATSIC. DRAGONS SCORE ON EACH OF THEIR FIRST TWO POSSESSIONS. SUFFOLK ON OFFENSE, FLAG IS DOWN, HOWARD GOALKEEPER TIM RUSSELL COMES UP WITH THE LEG SAVE. AND HE DIVES ON THE LOOSE BALL. ENSUING EXTRA MAN, BRENDAN CAIN, RUSSELL MAKES THE STOP, BUT THE SHARKS NAB THE REBOUND,
LEIN TAKES IT, TIM RUSSELL MAKES THE SAVE. FRUSTRATING SUFFOLK’S SHOOTERS HERE IN THE
FIRST. DRAGONS MAN-UP UNIT TAKES THE FIELD, WATSIC TO JOJO MONTESANO. HIGH LEFTY RELEASE, TO A LOW LOCATION. MAKES IT A THREE GOAL HOWARD LEAD RUSSELL SENDS IT IN THE DIRECTION OF JACKSON
KRASNY. BALL’S ON THE GROUND, KRASNY COLLECTS IT,
DRAWS THE DEFENSE, AND DEALS OUT THE ASSIST TO JAKE POLINSKY. DRAGONS, LANDING HAYMAKERS EARLY ON IN THIS
PIVOTAL BOUT. 5-NOTHING LEAD FOR HOWARD, KRASNY DODGING AGAINST THE LONG POLE…TAKES IT TO THE GOAL. KRASNY PUTS IT AWAY. HOWARD HAS SUFFOLK IN TROUBLE. EXTRA MAN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SHARKS. PATRICK DOYEN CUTS TO THE CREASE AND FINISHES. SUFFOLK NETS TWO UNANSWERED. BUT, HOWARD WON THE NEXT FACE-OFF, JAKE GRIFFIN GOES TO JEREMY SFORZO. CHANGES PLANES WITH HIS SHOT. QUICK RESPONSE FROM HOWARD. SFORZO WOULD FINISH WITH THREE GOALS, AND
TIED FOR FIRST IN THE NATION WITH 58 POINTS. DESMOND DANIELS DODGING, DRAWS THE SLIDE, TO BRENDAN CAIN.. JASON MCELROY GETS OUT ON HANDS, EXACTLY WHAT
HOWARD WANTS TO SEE. SECOND QUARTER, STRONG SHOWING THUS FAR FOR HOWARD’S DEFENSE. MCELROY LANDS ANOTHER CHECK. 4 CAUSED TURNOVERS FOR THE DRAGONS FRESHMAN 5 MINUTES TILL HALFTIME, DOYEN FINDS LEIN
(LINE) OPEN IN THE MIDDLE. SUFFOLK’S OUTSCORED HOWARD 4-1 OVER THE
LAST 10 MINUTES TO GET BACK IN IT. SUFFOLK OUT-SHOT HOWARD 47-40 IN THE FIRST HALF, BUT TIM RUSSELL’S DIALED-IN. 11 FIRST
HALF SAVES. PLAYING AT AN ALL-AMERICAN LEVEL THIRD QUARTER, SHARKS OPENED THE SECOND HALF
WITH TWO UNANSWERED. AND THEY’RE STEPPING UP ON THE DEFENSIVE
END AS WELL. JOHN GILLIS COMES UP WITH THE TURNOVER. PATRICK DOYEN GOES DOWN THE ALLEY AND PLACES
IT JUST INSIDE THE FAR POST. SUFFOLK’S ON A 3-0 RUN. WE HAVE A ONE GOAL GAME SHARKS, SHUTTING HOWARD OUT SO FAR IN THE
SECOND HALF. SUFFOLK FORCES ANOTHER TURNOVER. OTHER END, LEIN CAPITALIZES ON THE UNSETTLED SITUATION. SIDEARMS IT IN! AFTER BEING DOWN 6-NOTHING, SUFFOLK HAS BATTLED
ALL THE WAY BACK FOURTH QUARTER, TIED AT NINE, DRAGONS ON THE EXTRA MAN, JACK WATSIC LURES THE DEFENSE IN,
MOVES IT TO THE WEAK SIDE QUICKLY, IT’S JOJO MONTESANO! GIVES HOWARD THE LEAD! LEIN SENDS IT TO RYAN GLIDDEN ON THE WEAK SIDE, RUSSELL DROPS DOWN FOR THE SAVE EXTRA MAN OPPORTUNITY FOR SUFFOLK, CAIN CATCHES
THE DRAGONS BALL WATCHING, EXCELLENT PASS TO GLIDDEN ON THE CREASE. MAN-UP TALLY FOR THE SHARKS JACKSON KRASNY LIKES THIS MATCHUP, DODGES
AGAINST THE SHORT STICK, KRASNY WITH THE BOUNCER, SCORES!! HOWARD’S  BACK IN FRONT SUFFOLK’S FACE-OFF SPECIALIST, RICKY KRUGER,
BARRELING DOWN THE FAR SIDELINE. DRAGONS, HESITANT TO STOP THE BALL. KRUGER WALTZES TO THE CREASE AND FINISHES
THE BALL! SUFFOLK ONCE AGAIN FINDS A WAY TO RESPOND UNDER 6 MINUTES REMAINING, WATSIC MOVES IT
TO COLVIN PROSSER, GETS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD, PROSSER! CLUTCH GOAL FOR THE DRAGONS FRESHMAN 5 MINUTES TO PLAY, DRAGONS WONS THE FACE-OFF,
DREW GOODE BEHIND THE GOAL, SHARKS PUT A SHORT STICK ON HIM, GOODE SWIM MOVE! GOODE!! GIVES HOWARD A 2 GOAL LEAD! 2 MINUTES REMAINING, GLIDDEN GOES TO LEIN! SCORES! WE HAVE A ONE GOAL GAME LAST CHANCE FOR SUFFOLK, EXTRA MAN OPPORTUNITY,
15 SECONDS, GLIDDEN FEEDS CAIN! DENIED BY TIM RUSSELL !! A SEASON-HIGH 21
SAVES FOR THE DRAGONS FRESHMAN. HOWARD HOLDS ON. DRAGONS SURVIVE THE HARD-CHARGING SUFFOLK
COMEBACK EFFORT. HOWARD WINS IT 13-12. MATT: COACH, TALK ABOUT, JUST, THIS MOMENT THAT YOUR TEAM JUST WENT THROUGH. WHAT ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW? ERIK: RELIEF. (LAUGHS) UMM, WE, UHH, CAME UP TO LONG ISLAND
AND PLAYED TWO VERY, VERY GOOD TEAMS. AND, UH, TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE HERE WITH A 1-1
RECORD IS, IS SATISFYING. UMM, WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE YESTERDAY’S
GAME OF COURSE, BUT, UMM, YOU KNOW, IT WOULD OF HURT A LOT MORE TO, UHH, BE LEAVING HERE
0-2 OBVIOUSLY , YOU KNOW, UMM, SO IT WAS A GOOD, IT WAS A BATTLE, UHH, YOU KNOW, OUR
GUYS SHOWED SOME GRIT AND TENACITY AND THEY HAD TO FIGHT BACK AND YOU KNOW, WE EKED OUT
A WIN. MATT: HOW PROUD ARE YOU OF, JUST, THE GUTTY-NESS OF THIS WIN, IT KINDA REMINDS ME A LITTLE
BIT OF THE GENESEE COMEBACK, BUT, YOU REALLY HAD TO SHOW WHAT YOU WERE MADE OF TODAY. JUST, EVERYBODY SEEMED REALLY INTO IT ALSO,
YOU COULD JUST SEE PEOPLE SCREAMING AND JUST, THE TEAM REALLY WANTED IT, SO. ERIK: YEAH, IT, I MEAN, GOOD AND BAD PARTS TO IT, I THINK WE GOT A LITTLE, YOU KNOW,
EXCITED AND, AND COMMITTED SOME FOULS THAT, UHH, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T GO OUR WAY
AND PUT US IN A HOLE A LITTLE BIT. I NEED TO SEE THE STATS AND SEE WHEN, YOU
KNOW, WE WERE MAN-DOWN CAUSE WE LET UP A LOT OF MAN-DOWN GOALS IN THAT FIRST, IN THAT FIRST,
UHH, HALF AND, UMM, YOU KNOW, I THINK, THE GUYS ARE YOUNG, AND UMM, THESE TYPES OF GAMES
AND THE GAME, YOU KNOW, THAT WE HAD AGAINST GENESEE, I THINK WILL PREPARE US WELL FOR
HOPEFULLY THE PLAYOFFS. MATT: GOTTA ASK YOU ABOUT TIM RUSSELL’S
PERFORMANCE TODAY, JUST, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TIM’S PERFORMANCE? ERIK: TIM WAS OUTSTANDING, TIM WAS OUTSTANDING,
HE, UHH, HE WAS SEEING THE BALL WELL TODAY, UHH, HE DID A GREAT JOB CLEARING THE BALL
AND GETTING THAT BALL OUT OF THE DEFENSIVE ZONE, AND FINDING GUYS UPFIELD. YOU KNOW, AND HE WAS A LEADER TODAY, HE WAS
DIRECTING THE D, AND UMM, YOU KNOW, I’M PROUD OF HIM. HE KEPT HIS HEAD FOR THE MOST PART SO, YOU
KNOW, HE HAD A GREAT GAME. MATT: WITH SUCH A YOUNG TEAM THAT YOU HAVE
THIS YEAR, WITH A LOT OF TALENT, JUST, A DAY LIKE TODAY. WHAT DOES THIS TEACH THE TEAM? ERIK: (LAUGHS) HOPEFULLY TO LISTEN TO COACHES
(LAUGHS) YOU KNOW, I THINK, UHH, I THINK IT’S JUST GONNA MAKE ‘EM STRONGER AND UMM, YOU
KNOW, MENTALLY, YOU KNOW, THIS ISN’T A, THIS WASN’T SO MUCH LACROSSE-RELATED, IT
BEING SO TIGHT, IT WAS JUST BEING ABLE TO KEEP YOUR HEAD AND FORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW,
DREW GOODE HAD A NICE TAKE AT THE END WITH, I DON’T KNOW, FOUR MINUTES LEFT TO PUT US
UP BY TWO AND THAT WAS THE WINNER, CAUSE THEY SCORED ANOTHER ONE WITH 1:20 LEFT I BELIEVE,
UMM, SUFFOLK DID, AND, UHH, YOU KNOW, THE GUYS NEVER STOPPED BELIEVING, YOU KNOW, AND
I THINK IT’S JUST SOMETHING WE CAN BUILD OFF OF, YOU KNOW. MATT: HOW HAPPY DOES IT MAKE YOU AS A COACH
TO SEE SO MANY DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORING CLUTCH GOALS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, LIKE YOU DID
TODAY? ERIK: OH, THAT’S HUGE, I MEAN, CAUSE WE
CAN’T, UMM, RELY ON JUST TWO OR THREE GUYS AND, WE’RE SO DEEP AND WE HAVE, YOU KNOW,
GOOD STICKS EVERYWHERE, UHH, YOU KNOW, IT’S GONNA BE HARD FOR TEAMS JUST TO KEY ON, YOU
KNOW, ONE OR TWO GUYS AND NOT, YOU KNOW, SUFFER, UMM, HOPEFULLY IT CAN BE, KIND OF LIKE A PICK
YOUR POISON TYPE THING AS WE, YOU KNOW, PROGRESS INTO THE PLAYOFFS, UMM, YOU KNOW, AND SOME
OF OUR BEST PLAYERS (CLEARS THROAT) AREN’T GETTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME AS THEY USED
TO, BECAUSE OTHER GUYS ARE STEPPING UP AND, AND MAKING THINGS HAPPEN SO, YOU KNOW, ANOTHER
GOOD PIECE OF THIS IS GUYS HAVE TO COMPETE IN PRACTICE. AND, UHH, YOU KNOW, EXECUTE IN PRACTICE AND,
AND DO WHAT WE ASK THEM TO DO IN PRACTICE AND IF THEY DON’T, YOU KNOW, THEY MOVE DOWN
THE DEPTH CHART. YOU KNOW, SO. MATT: AS PLAYOFFS APPROACH, AND THE GAME AGAINST
ESSEX, COMING UP NEXT WEEK ARE THERE ANY CERTAIN AREAS THAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT TARGETING FOR
IMPROVEMENT RIGHT NOW, WITH THE TEAM? ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR THAT YOU THINK BETWEEN
NOW AND PLAYOFFS, THAT YOU’RE REALLY LOOKING TO HONE IN ON? ERIK: I THINK WE GOTTA GET BETTER CLEARING
THE BALL. YOU KNOW, WE, WE MESSED UP OUR CLEAR YESTERDAY
AND TODAY AND, UHH, YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST A COUPLE THINGS, IT’S NOT ANYTHING TOO,
UMM, CRAZY BUT UHH, YOU KNOW, AND, AND YOU KNOW, I THINK WE GOTTA, WE REALLY GOTTA WORK
ON YOU KNOW, JUST FOLLOWING OUR SYSTEM AND NOT DEVIATING FROM THE SCRIPT, CAUSE I THINK
WE’RE YOUNG AND HAVE A TENDENCY TO, YOU KNOW, START THINKING AS OPPOSED TO JUST REACTING
AND USING OUR INSTINCTS AND, UHH, YOU KNOW, THAT GETS US IN TROUBLE AT TIMES, YOU KNOW,
WE JUST GOTTA PLAY, WE JUST GOTTA KEEP PLAYING MATT: TIM, YOU HAD AN INCREDIBLE DAY, SO MANY
SAVES, FIRST HALF, SECOND HALF, JUST, HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW? TIM: UHH, FEELING PRETTY GOOD, UHH, THIS IS
A PRETTY BIG WIN FOR US, UHH, WE NEEDED THIS FOR THE PLAYOFF BID FOR THE FINAL FOUR, UMM,
YESTERDAY WE HAD A TOUGH LOSS TO NASSAU, EVEN THOUGH WE PLAYED PRETTY WELL, WE STILL FOUGHT,
WE CAME BACK OUT HERE TODAY FIGHTING, LET ‘EM COME BACK A LITTLE BIT, BUT, YOU KNOW,
HAD TO MAKE THE GAME A LITTLE INTERESTING AND, IT WAS JUST A FUN GAME AND IT WAS FUN
TO BE A PART OF, AND IT’S ALWAYS FUN JUST TO BE A PART OF THIS GAME WITH THIS TEAM. MATT: SO THE FIRST, LET’S GO BACK TO THE
FIRST HALF, A LITTLE BIT, WHERE, YOU KNOW, WHEN SUFFOLK STARTED COMING ON, YOU REALLY
HAD A WHOLE BUNCH OF SAVES IN THAT FIRST HALF, I BELIEVE 11’S THE NUMBER, SO, COULD YOU
JUST SENSE, YOU KNOW, THE MOMENTUM SHIFTING? AND THEN HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO STEP UP WHEN
THE MOMENTUM WAS, IT COULD HAVE GOTTEN OUT OF HAND AT THAT MOMENT. TIM: UMM, IT KINDA GOES BACK TO YESTERDAY
AS WELL, UHH, I DIDN’T PLAY MY BEST YESTERDAY SO I WAS KINDA GOING BACK TO THE BASICS TODAY,
UHH, MY OLD GOALIE COACH WHEN I WAS YOUNGER ALWAYS JUST TOLD ME “HOLD, REACT, SEE IT”
AND THAT’S WHAT I KINDA DID TODAY, I FOCUSED ON THAT AND MADE SURE THAT WAS IN MY MIND
ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS SEEING THE BALL AND IT REALLY HELPS ME, JUST KINDA GETS ME IN
A BETTER MOOD ALWAYS AS WELL I WORKED BEFORE ME AS WELL AND I SAW IT ON THE FIELD ALL THE
SAVES I GUESS. MATT: JUST HAVING SUCH A CLOSE COLLEGE GAME
TODAY AND GOING BACK TO YOUR CHILDHOOD, JUST, TAKE US INSIDE THIS WHOLE MOMENT, WHEN, YOU
KNOW, THE BULLETS ARE FLYING AND YOU’RE OUT THERE. TIM: I MEAN, I GUESS AT THE END THERE, THE
GAME-WINNING SAVE, I MEAN, THAT’S ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS EVER, I MEAN, I MEAN,
BEING ON THIS TEAM ALREADY, TWO OF THE GREATEST THINGS HAVE ALREADY CAME, I WENT COAST-TO-COAST
THIS YEAR AND I HAD THE GAME-WINNING SAVE IN ANOTHER GAME AND IT’S JUST FUN, I DON’T
KNOW, IT’S JUST, A LOT RIDING ON YOU AND IT’S FUN TO BE THAT GUY IN, LIKE, THE BIG
MOMENT AND JUST COME ON TOP MATT: HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING BEING A LEADER
ON DEFENSE? EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE A FRESHMAN, YOU’RE,
YOU’RE THE GOALKEEPER, HOW ARE YOU, AND YOU’RE, YOU REALLY MADE SOME HUGE PLAYS
IN BIG GAMES SO HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING THAT RESPONSIBILITY? TIM: UMM, I JUST GO AT IT ONE STEP AT A TIME,
UH, THERE’S DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS ON OUR TEAM FOR SURE, UMM, IT’S A
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, IT’S A PROCESS AND THERE’S SOME KIDS WHO ARE GONNA BE A LITTLE SLOWER
THAN OTHERS BUT YOU GOTTA TREAT SOME OTHERS THE WAY, IT’S ALWAYS DIFFERENT FOR EACH
PLAYER AND YOU GOTTA LEARN TO HANDLE THAT AND, THAT’S REALLY BEEN THE BIGGEST PART
FOR ME IS JUST UNDERSTANDING WHO TO TALK TO, HOW TO TALK TO THEM AND REALLY TRY TO GET
IN, NOT GET INTO THEM, BUT MAKE SURE THEY GET THE POINT ACROSS, THE MESSAGE ACROSS AND
IT’S DIFFERENT. IT’S A CHALLENGE BUT IT’S INTERESTING,
IT’S FUN AND IT’S ALWAYS, IT’S GOOD TO COME ON TOP WITH A WIN LIKE THIS WHEN YOU
KNOW LIKE THE HARD FOUGHT TEAM, HARD-FOUGHT BATTLE AND IT WAS NICE. MATT: TIM, SO YOU HAD THE TWO, TWO REALLY
KINDA DRAMATIC WINS THIS YEAR, YOU HAD THE COMEBACK AGAINST GENESEE AND TODAY YOU SURVIVED
A COMEBACK AGAINST SUFFOLK, TWO VERY GOOD TEAMS, YOU HAD TO DO THAT AGAINST, SO, ACCOMPLISHING
THAT TOGETHER AS A TEAM, TELL US ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE AND HOW DO YOU ALL FEEL ABOUT YOUR
POTENTIAL, WHAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DO? TIM: THE POTENTIAL ON THIS TEAM IS ACTUALLY
CRAZY, UMM, WE’RE, MOST OF US ARE FRESHMEN ON THIS TEAM AND THE TALENT IS UNBELIEVABLE
UMM, IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF A MENTALITY LOSS I GUESS, LIKE AS SOON AS SOME ADVERSITY
COMES AND THEN IT’S KINDA HARD FOR SOME OF OUR PLAYERS TO KIND OF FIGHT BACK AT SOME
TIMES AND YOU KNOW THAT KINDA REALLY GOES BY, LIKE, THE LEADERSHIP ROLES I GUESS, WHEN
YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, LIKE HOW, SOME OF US PLAYERS GOTTA PICK UP OTHERS AND GOTTA
FIGURE OUT HOW TO TALK TO PLAYERS IN THOSE CERTAIN MOMENTS, BUT OVERALL THE MOOD’S
REALLY GOOD, I MEAN, AFTER THIS WIN, HOLDING OFF A NEW YORK ISLAND, NEW YORK LONG ISLAND
TEAM, LIKE, THERE’S NOTHING NOT A BETTER FEELING THAN THAT HONESTLY AND IT WAS, IT
WAS DIRTY TOO, IT WAS A HARD-FOUGHT GAME ON GRASS, LIKE, IT WAS NOTHING BETTER THAN THIS
HONESTLY, YEAH. IT WAS FUN.

David Frank

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  1. L7Flow Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Matt, løve all the Footage!! Keep Working Hard Dragons!!!

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