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Thinking Outside The Box

Mike Murphy is in his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Army lacrosse team. Under his tutelage, the Black Knights have consistently been ranked among the nation's top defenses, while he has also guided some of the most prolific goalkeepers in Academy history. A native of Beverly, Massachusetts, Murphy graduated from New Hampshire in 1996 where he was a three-year lacrosse letterman for the Wildcats.

Feb. 10, 2011

And so it begins ...

I am sorry that this week's blog has taken so long to post.  I have been side tracked a little this week. 

Before I get going on the blog I want to take time to congratulate Jeremy Boltus and Bill Henderson for being drafted into Major League Lacrosse.  The MLL is the outdoor pro league for lacrosse.  They were drafted by the Hamilton Nationals.  The draft happened a few weeks ago, but I wanted to mention it in my blog.  A few days ago we found out that Tom Palesky was also drafted by the 2010 MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks.  Their GM called Coach Alberici the other day to inform us.  It's been a good few weeks for Army goalies past and present.  A few weeks back former Army net minder Adam Fullerton posted a shut-off for a half against Notre Dame en route to being named player of the game for an exhibition down in Florida, and then Tom gets picked up by the MLL champs. See below as one of our young keepers collected a coveted weekly award to complete a nice stretch for the Red Army.

I guess all of that stuff is what the blog is all about so in reality I have gotten going on the blog already...oh well whatever.

Last week was a very up and down week for the Black Knight lax men. We had a spirited week of practice leading up to last Saturday's Fairfield scrimmage. We did a lot of good things moving on from our Stony Brook tilt.  It just seemed like we could not maintain our focus.

So as Friday rolled into Saturday, the weather seemed to take a turn, and so did our intensity.  We came out very sluggish against a very hungry Stags team and they took it to us in the first quarter.  Though the score might not have been indicative of the play, our opponents from Connecticut were severely out playing the Black Knights.

As the quarter came to a close, Coach Alberici "called" the guys in and "spoke" to them with a reminder that the team that just played that first quarter was not a very good representation of Army lacrosse.  So our "heroes" did their best and to bounce back and start playing a better brand of Army lacrosse.

Overall we were disappointed in the scrimmage, but we did get some good individual performances. We were happy with the play of senior goalie Tom Palesky as well as some of the other young net minders. Freshman Tyler Kamide showed some nice promise at the midfield as did freshman Nick Isnardi in the face-off "x."

Our practice player of the week for week #4 was junior goalie Zach Palmieri. Congrats to Zach. 

Geez, whoever the goalie coach is for Army really is something...

And yes that concludes the self-promotion portion of my blog, moving on! 

A little humor for a Thursday.

As I mentioned to you last week, Monday's around Post during lacrosse season is early lunch and films for the "lax dudes." It gives us a chance to really start to study our opponent as well as make corrections from the previous weekend.

This week also brought on two dreaded words around Post...THAYER WEEK! 

A Thayer Week at West Point means that the students have a busy (to say the least) academic week. Multiple papers, projects and good ole WPR's-yep you know it even, an exam isn't an exam at West Point, it's a Written Performance Review.

I have to give the guys credit with all that is going on they have been focused on UMass as best as they can. Guys have been not only studying for calculus, economics and chemistry but also studying about the Minutemen's one-two punch of Will Manny and Art Kell at attack and their do-it-all midfielder Anthony Biscardi. Let's not forget about UMass' bruising defense with a dynamic stopper in Tim McCormack.

As Thursday begins and the last of the exams are taken, I know the players will be relieved to travel to up to Amherst and focus on the task at hand.  The UMass/Army series goes back a long time. Through the early 80's and into the 90's, historically it has been a physical affair pitting two storied programs against each other. Well, on Saturday Feb. 12, we will renew the rivalry and hopefully get the 2011 season started off on the right foot.

Talk to you soon!

Coach Murph


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