Editor’s note: After the success of our “Growing the Program” series last year, we knew we had to follow up with another league-wide update. So, this Fall we’re hitting the streets in search of new information about teams around the MCLA. We’re asking questions about try-outs, players to watch, team promotion, coaching changes and everything this side of the Mississippi. With that, here come our Fall Ball Reports!
Each report will feature a different MCLA team, touching on the importance of Fall Ball and anticipation of the 2012 season – which is just a few months away!
Today we’re speaking with Coach Bill Schmoldt of John Carroll University.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Schmoldt: 28.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
We practice twice a week (Tue/Thur) evenings from 8:30-10:30. We then have team lifting on Wednesday and agility running on Mondays. Fall practices will go until Halloween, after which we will do individual skill sessions and lifting.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
We will play 5 games on 4 dates. We played local NCLL teams (Ashland and Bowling Green) over the last couple weekends, winning both comfortably. We have the weekend of Oct 15th off for fall break, then play against Toledo and Siena Heights Oct. 23 in Toledo, before ending with an alumni game Oct 28 and team outing (paintball) Oct. 29.
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
We are looking to improve our our goals against by playing more pressure defense and getting into the offense quicker. Last year we had a problem turning the ball over too much in the clearing game and forced looks on offense, leading to playing too much defense. This year, we are trying to be more effective and aggressive, pushing the ball in transition when we can, and when not, settling into sets to find the right match-up.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
Brian Jaszka, Junior, M, #11, leading scorer as a freshman, went to Niagara for sophomore year but transferred back to JCU, top player, from Buffalo, all state in high school.
Ryan Cox, Junior, A #9. Leading scorer last year, third on team as freshman, tops in assists both years. Team president, quaterback of offense.
Chad Riley, Junior, A, #6. 2nd in points, top goal scorer first 2 years. Crease attack who averages over 2 goals a game and shoots near 25%. Great hands, has better field awareness than anyone on the team.
Peter Grisanti, Senior, D, #26 Co-captain is a take away defender. Quick feet, throws a lot of checks and can handle the ball. A high risk/high reward player who looks to get the ball back whenever possible.
Kevin Warner, Freshman, D, #17. All state defender from Ohio who will start right away. Fundamentally sound, never out of position and covers up his teammates mistakes. Looking for him to be the team eraser- he may not take the ball away, but the guy he goes against doesn’t do much either.
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
No, staff has stayed the same. Bill Schmoldt, head coach, Bill Fallon, offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, Tim Whitehead defensive coordinator, Andrew Wisniewski, assistant coach, midfield.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
On campus, we submit articles to the school paper and update the home page, which is part of the varsity athletics page. We also are looking to commit to Habitat for Humanity and hope to do a lacrosse triple header in the spring connected to Wounded Warrior, in addition to on campus posters. In the community, we have a JCU Lacrosse twitter feed and Facebook pages, as well as an email chain for prospective recruits and local coaches, along with hosting a local 7v7 high school tournament to help get the name out there.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Average GPA above a 2.8
2. Average 10 GF, 7 GA/game
3. Make the conference tournament
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Schmoldt. Good luck this season!