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Cannons Coach Bill Daye offers his thoughts on the second weekend of training camp

SECOND WEEKEND IN THE BOOKS

I got back yesterday from Wilton, what a great weekend. The scrimmage went well for us, we got exactly what we were looking for out of it. It was an opportunity to see how the younger players would adjust and react to the speed of the MLL game and most importantly how would they perform. I definitely saw some really good things from a few players on Saturday vs Long Island. Unlike in year’s past, Coach Mule from Long Island didn’t really bring that many guys into camp so we were facing a very good LI team and the rookies and guys trying out for us performed well. Tomorrow we have a staff conference call to discuss cutting down to our 23 man active roster for the upcoming weekend. It’s our last weekend of training camp and I want to use it to prepare for our home opener vs. Denver. These types of meetings/calls can get a little crazy sometimes because we have to look at the big picture which not only entails how a player performed but also looking at the business side; travel expenses, salary cap issues, etc. Should be fun, always hard but it’s not a bad thing having to make these hard decisions as this was one of the most competitive training camps we’ve had in a long time!

Saturday night was pretty sweet as well. We went to the JDRF fundraiser gala in Old Greenwich and supported our teammate Chris Eck and his family as they were honored for all of their hard work and support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. You talk about high rollers, everyone was dressed to the nine and looking good….check out the picture online at http://www.facebook.com/laxschool of the Cannons all “cleaned up” as we like to say. Chris did a great job with his speech as well, it’s not easy speaking in front of 500+ people and he nailed it. Thanks again to the Eck’s for having us there as their guests!

Did you catch any college lax over the weekend? Some conference tourneys were played and two automatic qualifiers made the big dance. Congrats to Coach Alberici at Army for capturing the Patriot league championship and getting an AQ as well as my man Coach T for getting it done in his 1st year at DU after dismantling Loyola to advance to the NCAA tourney. There are a few more tourneys this upcoming weekend which will decide who goes to the tournament. Sunday the NCAA Lacrosse selection show will be on ESPNU @ 9:00. Make sure you tune in and see if your squad makes the dance…..I’ll be checking it out for sure to see where the Tarheels end up and who they’ll be facing in the 1st round! What’s going to happen with the Hop??? Johns Hopkins could be in jeopardy of not making the NCAA tournament, what’s up with that? A little fact, The ‘Jays have played in every tournament except 1971.

Our interview with Chris Bates is up on lax-school.com so make sure you check it out, especially if you’re interested in going Ivy after you graduate from HS!

Have a question, email me at bd@lax-school.com.

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