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 Supple of Bridgewater State University.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Supple: 30.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
We practice every Thursday night with a few rotating added days each week. Because I am active duty military the schedule usually flows with my work schedule.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
We had our annual alumni game on Saturday the 22nd of October as well as a scrimmage on the 29th at Stonehill College. As usual the alumni weekend was a huge success with the “White” (current players) taking home the trophy.
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Going into my third season with a larger roster than in the past, we hope to improve on overall team play as well as increasing our lacrosse IQ.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
John Agostinelli, Junior, Attack. An outstanding second year starter who transferred from St. Michaels. High School St. Xavier, MA
Ryan Barney, Junior, Attack. Second year starter who helps posses the ball on offense. High School Weymouth, MA
Zach Breen, Junior, Defense. Second year starter who transferred from Hartford. Zach is a great anchor on our defense. High School Canton, MA
Connor Miller, Junior, Defense. Third year starter who is very disciplined and is a major part of both even strength and man down play. High School East Long Meadow
Greg Smith, Senior, Goalie. Fourth year starter who has outstanding technique and his saves/game as well as percentage speak for themselves.
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
No changes have been made, I am the head coach and have been doing so alone for the past few years. It has been quite the challenge but since my first year I have created my own ways to make every aspect of the season to run smoothly.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
We involve our players in many aspects of the university community. Starting from day one of the fall semester we support new freshman class members by assisting them and their families during their move in. We also incorporate our alumni game in the fall with parents and alumni weekend so we can obtain maximum exposure.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. We intend to grow our program throughout the local lacrosse community as well as nation wide.
2. We intend to make strides in conference play with more success in post season play.
3. We intend continue having a seasons with a better record than the previous year.
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Bridgewater. Good luck this season!