We were a little slow out of the gate against PSU but knew throughout the game what it would take to win. As in any first game there were items that could use a bit of improvement but these shortfallings were an excellent opportunity for us to assess which areas need the most work. There are game situations that you simply cannot practice and I appreciate any opportunity to expose points of excellence and points of needed emphasis. The guys rallied and closed out the game playing smart, disciplined and consistent lacrosse. PSU has a strong defense and I am glad we were able to post the win. Scoring was quite spread out and included five different players recording goals. Spencer Adams (pictured left) had ten saves on the day and played a great game in net.
On Sunday, we welcomed Sonoma State to the northwest. They moved very well on offense and were able to put up four goals in the first five minutes of play. We were able to make adjustments defensively and shut them out in the second quarter. John Linari did a great job on face-offs throughout the game which allowed needed possessions. We began to close the gap in the beginning of the third quarter but SSU pulled away late in the third and fourth quarter capitalizing on transition and a few man-up opportunities. There were many game aspects that we did well today but our biggest weakness was the SSU goalie. I have not looked at the records from the game but I would not be surprised if he had at least 20 saves. My hat goes off to the guy.
UW player highlight of the weekend was a goal by Chris Brown (pictured right) that was a high-to-high rip against PSU.
This week in practice will focus on endorsing keys to offensive success and placing emphasis on heads up defensive play in preparation for the PAC-12 Shootout at UCLA Feb 18th-19th. We will play Utah and Arizona and I look forward to the challenge ahead.
We play to beat the best. Until next week,