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March 26, 2013

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Buczek: Picking the Blog Back up at Cornell

Connor Buczek

Hey everyone, Connor Buczek back to update you on all of the happenings of the Cornell men's lacrosse team this spring. I had the opportunity to blog for LaxMagazine.com about all of my experiences with the U.S. under-19 team this summer and was fortunate enough to be asked to keep you updated on our Big Red throughout the remainder of this spring. We are currently eight games into the season, holding a 7-1 overall record and a 2-0 record in Ivy League play. [Related: Cornell team page]

We had our Spring Break last week, and over this period our team had two major goals: 1) go undefeated in our three games, and 2) to become a more cohesive unit by spending the time away from classes bonding as a team. Unfortunately we fell short of our goal to win three games over break because of a tough loss to a talented Bucknell team, but I think we would all agree that the team grew closer over the week off from classes. We worked hard to improve our lacrosse skills on the field, but we also did a lot off the field to bond as a team.

We started our break by traveling to New Haven, Conn., to open our Ivy League schedule at Yale. We arrived in Connecticut the day before the game and our first stop in the Nutmeg State was at the house of Cornell lacrosse alum Joe Lizzio. The Lizzio family was gracious enough to invite the team over for our pregame meal at their beautiful home in New Canaan. The dinner was great, but the most memorable part of the night was when the family dog, JJ, sang "God Bless America" with the help of everyone in attendance. No joke, it was the most impressive thing I've ever seen a dog do.

Another highlight of the week was the freshman and sophomore dinner at Chili's. On Sunday night we got our classes together and took full advantage of the 2-for-$20 deal and the bottomless chips and salsa. The dinner turned out to be a great meal with a lot of good conversation and laughs, but we saved the best part for last. Just before we got our checks we asked the waitress to put together a dessert and make a lot of noise as an early birthday surprise for freshman Tony Britton (Defense, #5). It's safe to say that "Big Ton'" was adequately surprised when he realized they were bringing out an early present for his birthday considering it isn't until December. He enjoyed the dessert and I think we all felt that it was 66 cents well spent after the waitress split up the cost of the dessert onto all of our checks.

Finally, we had the traditional Spring Break team movie night at the local movie theater. After buying out the majority of the snack bar, we watched an action movie "Dead Man Down," agreed on by our coaches and captains. Although it was by no means an Academy Award winner, our team was able to turn an action/thriller into a comedy by laughing at some of the serious scenes that were a little too ridiculous.

Although we didn't achieve all of our goals over break, I think we certainly made strides in the right direction towards becoming a better team, both on and off the field. Now all of our focus turns to a dangerous Siena team that comes to Schoellkopf on Tuesday afternoon. Thanks for reading. I'll check back in a few weeks with another update on our team.

LGR,
Connor Buczek

For more about Connor, check out his bio page on the Big Red men's lacrosse website here, and read his past LaxMagazine.com blogs from this summer here.


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