s UConn Men's Lacrosse: Huskies Prepare for 2003 Season

Huskies Prepare for 2003 Season

Saturday, February 15, 2003

(Storrs, CT) The Huskies have been practicing for weeks in order to prepare for the impending spring season. Things have been really tough though. With what seems to be record breaking snowfalls, the Huskies have not yet seen a field. They have been practicing indoors in the Greer Gym in the UConn field house. Coach Davis is hoping the transition onto a field will be smooth.

As Davis explains, "I am not worried about teams from the Northeast, it is the teams we will face down south on spring break that are the problem. Those teams have not had these weather problems. With these teams playing 5 or 6 games before our first, I am afraid they might jump out to early leads against. We have a very young team this year. Some of these sophomores will have to step up and take on the responsibilities of a junior of senior. The freshman might be shocked at the speed and high level of competition of the USLIA. The teams we will face on spring break are all very good teams. The team will be physically ready, however, in order to win, we must mentally outplay teams."

Coach Mitchell added, "Practicing indoors has been great, and I thank the Department of Recreation for the field time, but there is no substitute for outdoor practices. Drills, walkthroughs, and scrimmages are larger, wider, and harder outdoors on grass. We will see if our conditioning will hold up on a regulation field in the south. Defensively I expect we will be solid as we have been in the past. This year however we come with a more organized offense which should pose a formidable threat to our opponents. I think the experience gained from the trip down south will strengthen us in the regular season, and on our way to a winning season.."

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