Morning Jac: The Perils of the Webcast
One of the joys of the modern age is the ablilty to watch lacrosse games, both in the regular season and in the playoffs, via the "webcast." For someone like me, who is in a mildly remote location, it is an invaluable tool.
According to RIT head coach Jake Coon, the accessibility of these games on the internet almost cost the Tigers their undefeated season and top seed in the North bracket of the NCAA tournament.
With the bye until last Saturday, Coon let his players watch the streaming video of the Denison-Ohio Wesleyan game on Wednesday, the winner of which was heading to Rochester for the second round. The Big Red eventually won the game with a late goal for the 7-6 victory.
"They watched the computer webcast of [Denison] against Ohio Wesleyan, and when you watch it, it's almost like it was in slow motion," said Coon, who is preparing to play Amherst in the quarterfinals this afternoon. "They didn't look very good on that, and then I got the disc and it was a night and day difference. I knew our guys wouldn't be where they needed to be. I don't think our guys respected to them, and that needs to change immediately."
Coon called Denison the fastest team he has seed all season, and the Big Red led by two goals midway through the fourth quarter. RIT rallied to tie the game and then won it in overtime, 13-12. Denison had two shots to win it, but one was saved and the other hit the pipe.
Will RIT be respecting Amherst when the Lord Jeffs come calling today?
"We'll make sure they do. We won't be watching anymore webcasts, I'll tell you that," said Coon. "Yeah, we'll gave them some film. I told them the other day that they needed to trust me and trust what I'm saying. I told them up and down how good Dension was, and it's tough because they saw what they saw. That was a mistake on my part, allowing them to watch that."
One of the reasons players are motivated in the NCAA tournament is the fear of the unknown. The postseason match-ups often times pit teams that have never seen other, especially in the early rounds, so taking nothing for granted can be a driving force. In this information age, it is becoming harder and harder to maintain that. And it almost cost RIT its season.
I guess everything on the internet isn't true after all.
Best & Worst
Best part about today: Day two of action at the MCLA championships in Denver. The schedule has been moved up because of poor weather on the way, so we'll get some morning lacrosse.
Worst part about today: I'm heading to Denver tomorrow and I've got to get a bunch of stuff to get done, including mowing the lawn.