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Good Quote I Saw Today:

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 28, 2010

Sports do not build character, it reveals them. 

Well said!

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Stats from Last 3 Games (Madison, Ridge & Westfield)

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 25, 2010

The 5th grade Chiefs were up and down this weekend.  On Saturday we had a big win in our rematch vs. Basking Ridge (score: 10-1).  We then played a very tough game against Madison Elite on Sunday and came up just short in a 3-2 loss.  The team fought hard from start to finish.

We are now moving into the last leg of our season with 3 games left – all against familiar foes (Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Millburn and Cranford).

Here are the stats from the past 3 games (Madison, Basking Ridge and Westfield):

(1) 5/23/10 vs. Madison (Chiefs lost 3-2)

 Scoring Percentage: 18% – 2 goals on 11 shots on goal. 

 – Goals: Goals were scored by: Duffy and Nieves

Assists: zero assists

Saves: Connor Morang made 5 saves and successfully cleared 2 of them.

Face-Offs: not recorded

Ground Balls: the team picked up 13 ground balls in the game. 

Penalties: we committed 3 penalties and served time for all of them.

(2) 5/22/10 vs. Basking Ridge (Chiefs won 10-1)

– Scoring Percentage: 31% – 10 goals on 32shots on goal. 

 – Goals: Goals were scored by: Castagna (5), Nieves (2), Reynolds (1), Barletta (1), Pasquariello (1).

Assists: Duffy assisted on 3 goals and Pasquariello on one.

Saves: Connor Morang made 5 saves and successfully cleared 3 of them.

Face-Offs: won 3 and lost 3.

Ground Balls: the team picked up 42 ground balls in the game. 

Penalties: we did not commit any penalties in this game.

(3) 5/20/10 vs. Westfield Elite (Chiefs lost 5-3)

Our “Official statistician” was not present at this game so only goals and assists were recorded.

Goals: Pope, Barletta, Castagna

Assists: Barletta and Castagna

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Coming up short vs. Westfield Elite

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 22, 2010

On a very hot May night last Thursday we played a very competitive game against Westfield’s elite squad.  The Chiefs played their hardest but came up short by the score of 5-3.  The heat was surely a factor and the field was crummy.  In spite of the loss, the players should be proud of the way they played – the Westfield squad is made up of the best players from their large number of in-town teams.  They have that luxury; we don’t.   We gave them a game and that’s all I can ask. 

Full slate this weekend.  Saturday is our rematch vs. Basking Ridge at home.  Sunday is another big game vs. Madison (a top-notch team).  Let’s Go Chiefs!!

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Great article about Army Lacrosse Team

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 20, 2010

Great article from yesterday’s (5/19) NY Times about the Army lacrosse team that ousted Syracuse in the first round of this year’s Division I NCAA Tournament.  Many of the seniors on the lacrosse team will be heading to Afghanistan or other hotspots in the world upon their graduation next month. 

The article can be accessed by clicking this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/nyregion/20towns.html

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Stats from last four games

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 17, 2010

Fell a little behind on the stats but better late than never.  Below are stats from all games last week (Millburn, Watchung Hills, Basking Ridge and Cranford).

(1) Millburn Game (Tuesday 5/11)

– Scoring Percentage: 23% – 3 goals on 13 shots on goal. 

 – Goals: Goals were scored by: Castagna and Nieves (2).

Assists: Eric Nieves assisted on one of the three goals.

Saves: Connor Morang made 6 saves and successfully cleared 4 of them.

Face-Offs: won 3 out of 6  face-offs.  50%.

Ground Balls: the team picked up 19 ground balls in the game. 

Penalties: we committed 7 penalties and served time for all of them, including two for unnecessary roughness.  We need to avoid those types of penalties.

(2) Watchung Hills Game (Tuesday 5/12)

Dave Hannaford, our official team statistician was away for this game and the Basking Ridge game so the only thing I was able to record and focus on the game was goals and assists.

Goals were scored by Castagna (4) and Nieves (1).  Nieves also assisted on one of the goals scored by Castagna.

(3) Basking Ridge Game (Saturday 5/15)

In this high scoring game for the Chiefs, goals were scored by: Castagna (4), Nieves (2), Pencek, Herrigel, Wong, Reynolds and O’Halloran for his first ever lacrosse goal!

(4) Cranford Game (Sunday 5/16)

– Scoring Percentage: 53% – 9 goals on 17 shots on goal. NICE!

 – Goals: Goals were scored by: Castagna (2), Anderson (2), Wong, Duffy, Barth, Barletta and Jones.

Assists: Three of the goals were assisted: (Barletta, Jones, Nieves).

Saves: Connor Morang made an awesome game in the cage with 11 saves.

Face-Offs: won 5 out  8  face-offs.  63%.

Ground Balls: the team picked up 32 ground balls in the game. 

Penalties: we committed 3 slashing penalties.

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A VERY Successful Week!!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 17, 2010

What a great week our team had!  After our loss to Branchburg last week, the team came roaring back big with wins two nights in a row over Millburn (score 3-1) and then in our rematch vs. Watchung Hills (score 5-1).  We also had a high-scoring victory on Saturday (5/15) over Basking Ridge (score 11-4) and yesterday (Sunday) over Cranford (score 9-2) .  The team is on a roll and we need to maintain that momentum through the end of the season.  We have just 8 games left.

Here’s our schedule for this week:

Tuesday (5/18) – Home game vs. Florham Park.  7pm at Governor Livingston H.S.

Thursday (5/20)– Away game vs. Westfield.  6pm at Tamaques School.

Stats from the games of the past week will be updated in the next couple of day.

See you on the field.

GO CHIEFS!!

– Coach B

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A Bump in the Road – Stats from Loss to Branchburg on 5/8/10

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 11, 2010

This past Saturday we came up against a very hungry Branchburg team yesterday and had a bit of a breakdown of our fundamentals. We chalk it up to a learning experience and put it behind us.  Here are the stats from the game:

– Scoring Percentage: 15% – 3 goals on 20 shots on goal for a scoring percentage of 14%.  We also missed the goal a number of times which could have led to a different end result.

 – Goals: Goals were scored by: Castagna (2) and Carney.

Assists: Eric Nieves assisted on all 3 goals.

Saves: Connor Morang made 4 saves and successfully cleared 2 of them.

Face-Offs: won 5 out of 7  face-offs. 

Ground Balls: the team picked up 31 ground balls in the game.  Turner Haddad and Eric Nieves had 4 ground balls each.  Cole  and  Ryan Pope each had 3. 

Penalties: we committed 4 penalties and served time for all of them.

Busy week ahead:

Millburn on Tuesday night at 7pm – GL

Watchung Hills on Wednesday night 7pm at the Old Stirling Turf Field in Watchung.  Directions to field are on Chiefs website.

Practice on Thursday night – 6pm.

Lets get back on track and continue racking up the WINS!
GO CHIEFS!!

– Coach B

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2010 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Champrionship Tournament

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 10, 2010

The men’s NCAA lacrosse Tournament starts this week.   The 16 teams were selected last night.  A copy of the bracket can be accessed here: http://insidelacrosse.com/sites/all/themes/images/pdf/2010_men_di_bracket.pdf

All the first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU and the quarterfinals, semis and finals will be on ESPN2 and ESPN.  If you have some downtime over the next few weekends I recommend watching these games as they are a great example of how lacrosse looks when played at a high level.  To that end, this should help with your players’ understanding on a larger level about the nuances of the game, how it is played and some of the strategy and rules as well.

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Full Stats from 5/1/10 Thunderbolt Tournament

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 7, 2010

GAME 1 – CHIEFS DEFEATED ALLENTOWN 3-1

– Scoring Percentage: 21%

Goals: Goals were scored by: Castagna (2) and Nieves (1)

Assists: Haddad, Wong and Nieves had assists on the goals scored. 

Saves: Connor Morang had 8 saves against Allentown

Face-Offs: we were 50% on our face-offs in this game

Ground Balls: the team picked up 30 ground balls in the game.  

 GAME 2 – CHIEFS DEFEATED HOPEWELL 7-3

– Scoring Percentage: 33%

Goals: all seven goals were scored by different players in this game: Kingsley, Pope, Barletta, McCormick, Carney, Nieves and Castagna

Assists: Castagna (2), Nieves and Duffy 

Saves: Connor Morang had 4 saves against Hopewell.

Face-Offs: we won 7 of 10 face-offs in this game.   

Ground Balls: the team picked up 13 ground balls in the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 Steps to a Positive Lacrosse Experience (From U.S. Lacrosse)

Posted by Barry Marenberg on May 7, 2010

U.S. Lacrosse recently posted a fantastic article on their website entitled: 10 Steps to a Positive Lacrosse Experience

I have reposted it below if you have not previously seen it.  I especially like number Five ;-).

10 Steps to a Positive Lacrosse Experience

You, the parent, are equally as important to your child’s positive lacrosse experience as the coach of the team. In order for your child to get the most out of playing lacrosse, it is important that you do the following:

One:
Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Positive reinforcement encourages learning and fun. Research has shown that a ratio of five positive statements (compliments, positive recognition) for each negative statement (criticisms, corrections) is ideal for helping young athletes do their best. Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio in your comments to your child.

Two:
Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask about your child’s experience, not whether the team won or lost. Some questions that you might ask before asking about the final score include: “Did you try as hard as you could? Did you have fun? Did you learn anything today that might make you a better player in the future?”

Three:
Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, officials, opponents and your child’s teammates. “Honoring the Game” is an important part of what US Lacrosse represents. Help us by honoring the game in your behavior as a spectator.

Four:
Let your child set his own goals and play the game for himself/herself. Be your child’s “home court advantage” by giving him or her your unconditional support regardless of how well he or she performs.

Five:
Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing. Use positive reinforcement with your child’s coach. Let the coach know when he or she is doing a good job. Read the rest of this entry »

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