Random Thoughts: First day of Spring

"'Tis Spring, 'tis Spring, the Bird is on the Wing..." and Coach Roy has a few comments about Women's Lacrosse [Big Winners Sunday], Women's Softball [Big Winners over the Weekend] and Basketball [Big Winners - next year we hope]....

As the weather heats up, so do the Wildcats
Is anyone surprised by the scoring outburst the NU Women's Lacrosse team had Sunday?

One observer of the game wrote that if the Irish got a lead they might just keep on scoring...

Well, they got a lead, the Cats actually were behind at the half, but Aly Josephs goal at 5:23, ignited a 13-2 run that continued until 13:15 of the 2nd half.

As the game wound down, but Lindsey Munday, Kristen Kjellman and Aly Josephs combined for 4 goals in 1 minute 40 seconds to put the game out of reach.

Pretty impressive.
The same goes for the Diamond Girls
Our name for the women's Softball team -- they certainly "sparkled" in Hawai'i over the weekend dodging the raindrops to win all 4 tournament games.

To be honest, I was a little worried about their play early in March, after they dropped a couple out in California, but getting done with the Winter Quarter seemed to agree with Coach Drohan's "girls" out in Hawai'i Friday and Saturday

They've got two very talented pitchers, Courtnay Foster and Eileen Canney. Sometimes that's all you need to go the distance in Softball.
Yes, I was bummed out by the end of the Basketball season...
but I've also been a little concerned about the "dump Carmody" threads that seem to have popped up on several message boards.

Some fans think that with the departure of Mo Hachad and Vedran Vukusic, the program is due to crash and burn. I kind of disagree and here's why.

The future Seniors have as much invested in the NU program as Vedran, Mo, and Jitim and Hardy before them.

I like Tim Doyle's ability to speak out about the team, and at times, his play. I think both Vince Scott and Bernard Cote` never got on track last year because everyone expected Mike Thompson to come in and be a dominant force inside. He didn't and Scott and Cote` couldn't seem to find confidence in their play.

However, I liked the way Craig Moore took control of things at times. Moore talks to the other players on the court - not sure about what, but it seems to work, especially when his 3 point shot starts falling.

I also have good feelings about Sterling Williams - you've got to remember that he was a freshman this year, playing in his first Div I games. He's the guy who will have to take on Mo Hachad's role as the slasher and pick up his D, but I think he's the guy.

If Jean-Marc sticks around and finds his shot, he's also someone who could jump up and kick the team into overdrive.

I think everyone knows that I have high expectations of the 3 [or is it 4] incoming freshmen. Coble has to bring his shooting to Evanston and make it work in the Big 10. Jeff Ryan has the size to also make and impact along with Jeremy Nash. We still don't know much about Nikola Baran, the kid from Zagreb, but we didn't know much about Vedran before he hit all those 3's either.

Yup, I do feel good about Basketball next Fall -- and the present Coaching staff - all of them.

Of course I"ve been wrong before too....
-- da Coach

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