Briarcliffe Blog – 3/28


Sophomore Midfielder Timothy Dillon will be blogging with MCLA Fan this season. Check out his next installment after the jump.

Grove City, PA

The Bulldogs came to Pennsylvania with one goal, and that was to go victorious in two competitions against #9, and the #5. This family of 21 strong did just that.  We started out the weekend playing Grove City College, beating them 17 to 1. They played their hearts out and I personally believe they were the classiest team we have ever stepped on the field with. Thanks to Grove City College for a great game and a great experience. The Bulldog Midfielders stepped up big scoring 12 out of 17 goals for the squad. Greg “Conway” Difalco had 1 goal and an assist, John “Barkin” Larkin tallied 3 goals, and Jeff “Money Bags” Orban and Timmy “Comedy Tim” Dillon put in four goals a piece to lead the team. Kevin “Chedda” Collica had a miraculous .909 save percentage. “DARK SIDE” Defense as a whole played a great game holding the opposing offense to just 1 goal. Great win for the “New and Improved” 2011 team.

Saturday was a great day for the team, able to spend quality time together and have a little fun. The Best Western of Grove City was our home for the weekend with a great pool and Jacuzzi. Mr. Vitale, Father of our top LSM, brought hotdogs and hamburgers and the Bulldogs had a good old fashion BBQ. Families from hotels all over came down to the hotel and joined us for our BC cookout. We also checked out the outlets on our time off, but PA is home to absolutely no Lacrosse Stores within 3 hrs of our hotel. Living on Long Island the Epicenter of the Lacrosse Universe there is a lax store within fifteen minutes of every town. When the BBQ came to a finish, and  9 o’clock came around, the team buckled down and started to prepare for the day ahead of us. As our new assistant coach, Coach Hemmerich, made his nightly room checks he reminded us of Coach Pagano’s mandate “drink two bottles of water, everybody go back to your rooms, lights out at 10, and start mentally preparing for the day ahead”. As a Captain, I made my rounds ensuring everybody was where they were supposed to be and started to mentally prepare. Looking forward to the day ahead we all called it a night and caught some Z’s.

Slippery Rock, PA

Slippery Rock completely lived up to it’s name, despite the worst field I think I’ve ever played on, we pulled away with the 10 to 7 victory over the #5 team in Country, Davenport University. We came to PA confident in our team and anything but two W’s wouldn’t have been tolerated. Forums all around the Internet asked why an “untested” Briarcliffe team was ranked so high and this weekend was our first opportunity to prove we are one of the top teams in DII. Our offense got off to a good start but was battling the “slippery” field conditions and couldn’t put the ball in the cage. We were able to look at the net 21 times in the first quarter and only found the cage twice. Thanks to all the cheerleading we were able to start locking in and putting the ball where we wanted it; not to take any credit away from Davenport’s goalie who had an absolute great game, without a doubt. Goaltender Kevin “CHEDDA” Collica also had a great game, and stood tall in between the pipes with an outstanding fourth quarter. Face-offs were crucial today and controlled the way this game could have ended. Briarcliffe’s Tim Dillon went 17 of 21 at the X. Matt Karp, Jon Bonacore, Jon Trama, Tim Dillon, Jeff Orban, John Larkin, and Greg Difalco all tallied goals in the big win. Defenders Sean Stanton, Steven Blaskey, James Sitler, Christian Sherlock, and Dom Rullo played solid defense and held the Davenport offense to 7 goals. Fellow Pat-Med High School alumni, freshman Sean Stanton had one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play.  We are very excited about these two wins, but are beginning to mentally prepare for the competition within our conference. The Bulldogs still have to play many good teams including Stonehill, # 23 Coast Guard, and a “scrimmage” against the Army JV squad who we only beat last year by a goal.  As DU pointed out during our pregame prayer “Jesus Loves us”….Until next time “I FEEL GOOD”

Captain Timmy Dillon #4


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  1. I can literally hear NESCAC attackmen shaking in their boots at the prospect of Guay returning. Midd struggled big time against Cortland last year when their Dpoles were clearing the rock, with Guay back and some of the younger guys having picked up big game experience, I expect the unit to be much improved… and it will have to be to offset Stone’s graduation.