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 Steve Blair of the University of Puget Sound
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Blair: 26.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
October 1st and 2nd – Laredo Tournament
October 22nd – Central Washington University
November 12th – @ Western Washington University
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Everything, we run an entirely new offense, defense, ride, and clear from last season.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
Midfielder/Face-Off Specialist – Weston Manor – Sophomore – #8 – Phenomenal at the face-off X, has a laser of a shot, and probably plays the best defense out of any midfielder on the team.
Long-Stick Midfielder – Aiden McDonald – Freshman – #7 – Dominate defender who is a vacuum on every ground ball and has the best stick skills I have ever seen (in person) from a pole.
Attack/Midfield – Alexander Fine – Sophomore – #36 – Great shooter, great feeder, great athlete, great student of the game, great competitor.
Defense – Erik Solhaug – Sophomore – #4 – Smart player who plays his angles very well and has excellent stick skills for a pole.
Attack – Mike Blumberg – Sophomore – #3 – He has a cannon of a shot with excellent placement.
Attack – Max Smith – Junior -#24 – Very composed and patient scorer who has exceptional vision at all times.
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
We brought in Greg Fredlund to take over the defense, and he has done a great job so far. You never understand the importance of a good assistant coach until you find one.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
We do almost all of our promotion though word of mouth on campus. We are lucky enough to have a majority of the roster involved in student government and the Greek system which allows us to spread the word of the program very well.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Increase name recognition.
2. Have fun.
3. Be perfect.
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Blair. Good luck this season!